Rachel Zolf deconstructs both the MFA indoctrination experience and the farming out of poetic labor over at The Tolerance Project, a fascinating and timely idea. I've donated to the project some texts that rely heavily on quotation and I look forward to seeing how she appropriates my own gestures of appropriation.
A Group Reading of HOWL concludes the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Reading,
the opening event of the annual HOWL Festival of East Village arts.
Some twenty poets from downtown poetry scenes each read their own work, then join together on stage
to perform Ginsberg’s blast of an epic, in a spontaneous improvisation conducted by Bob Holman.
Date: Friday Sept 4th, 2009 6pm-8pm Tompkins Square Park East Village NYC This reading is FREE and OPEN to the public !
Participants in the Group reading of HOWL as of 8/12/09: E.
J. Antonio, Jim Behrle, Evan Burton, Juliet Howard, Nicole Sealey, Steve
Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Chavisa Woods, Daniel Gallant, Hettie Jones,
Macgregor Card, Fay Chiang, Tim Peterson, Nathaniel Siegel and other
poets To Be Announced
Congrats to Nathaniel Siegel who is doing an amazing job helping to promote the HOWL Festival of the Arts this year. Festival Director Marguerite Van Cook has assembled a great set of readings and I know I'll be there!!!
A central problem of the moment--which has gotten obscured by recent claims attempting to essentialize zeitgeist connections between style and media--is this: arguing against writing workshops has become like arguing against gravity.
So many poets make their living teaching workshops now, and it becomes
the context in which so many books of contemporary poetry are read,
that it becomes impossible to imagine anything else. As this target begins to seem less viable, I think there is an effort underway by some to shift the scapegoat position over to people who read poetry, who write criticism, and who think about it in ways that don't fit easily into a workshop context.
I can tell this because now, as opposed to a few years ago, when I say "I hate writing workshops," people always answer me with "Well, I think it depends how the workshop is taught." Look closely at that statement: I think it depends how the workshop is taught. What does that mean?
Congrats to Erica and Rachel for putting together a great conference. What a dazzling lineup! More information is available at the conference website.
Advancing Feminist Poetics & Activism: A Gathering @ The CUNY Graduate Center September 24-25, 2009
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
3:00PM-4:00PM Registration Location: English Department Lounge
4:00PM-5:00PM Opening Plenary I: Why You Talk Like That? Between Orature and Literature Location: English Department Lounge Chair: Tonya Foster Panelists: Meta DuEwa Jones, John Keene, Julie Patton, Evie Shockley
5:00PM-6:00PM Opening Plenary II: Wedge & Suture: Critical Language Practices & the Imperialist Event Location: English Department Lounge Chair: Laura Elrick Panelists: Ammiel Alcalay, Cathy Park Hong, Anne Waldman, Rachel Zolf
6:00PM-6:30PM Discussion Location: English Department Lounge
6:30PM-7:00PM Reception Location: English Department Lounge Wine and light fare will be served.
Room 1 [Panel 1]: Is Ground as to Figure as Ambience is to Body? Ec(h)opoetics of the Disfigured Landscape Chair: Jennifer Scappettone Panelists: Marcella Durand, Brenda Iijima, Linda Sormin (virtually), Kathy Westwater, Rita Wong (virtually)
Room 2 [Panel 2]: Lacrimae of the Medusa; or, Cixous (33 years later) and Cruci-Fictions: Let's Talk about Sex (Again) Chair: Laura Jaramillo Panelists: Dodie Bellamy, Kass Fleisher, Bhanu Kapil, Laura Mullen
Room 3 [Panel 3]: Textual Migrations: Language, Media, Space Chair: Corey Frost Panelists: Caroline Bergvall, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Majena Mafe, Mendi Lewis Obadike (respondent)
Room 4 [Panel 4]: Conceptual Writings Chair: Mónica de la Torre Panelists: Nada Gordon, Vanessa Place, Sina Queyras, Kim Rosenfield, Christine Wertheim
Room 5 [Panel 5]: 8 Minute Monographs, Part 1 Chair: Susan Briante Panelists: David Buuck, CAConrad, Tom Orange, Rodrigo Toscano, Simone White
Room 6 [Panel 17]: Performing a Poetics of Motherhood Curated by: Leah Souffrant Panelists: Lee Ann Brown, Laynie Browne, Christine Hume, Hoa Nguyen
4:00 PM-4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM-6:30 PM SESSION IV
4:30 PM-6:30 PM Closing Plenary: The Ongoing Event: An Open Discussion Location: Elebash Recital Hall Moderators: Tisa Bryant?, Rachel Levitsky, Akilah Oliver and Gail Scott
6:30 PM-8:30 PM Performance & Collaboration Performers: Carla Harryman, The Institute for Domestic Research (Catriona Strang, Christine Stewart & Jacqueline Leggat) , Sally Silvers, Lila Zemborain & Torino Collective
See a lovely and thoughtful review by Kevin Killian of Ruth Lepson's new book here. This kind of engagement with inductive acts of reading is one of the main things that keeps me interested in contemporary poetry at this particular moment.