New Writing Series reading by Tomaž Šalamun and Johannes Göransson
Considered Slovenia’s greatest living poet, Tomaž Šalamun has been dubbed “Nobelisable” (a candidate who could perfectly well win the Nobel Prize) by several major European newspapers (The Guardian, El Mundo, FAZ) and “One of Europe’s great philosophical wonders” by Jorie Graham. He was born in Zagreb in 1941, and is one of the foremost figures of the Eastern European poetical avant-garde. He is revered by many American poets for his unique surrealistic style. His books have been translated into twenty-one languages, and nine of his thirty-seven books of poetry have been published in English. His first collection, Poker, was published when he was only twenty-five. His most recent collections are There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair (Counterpath Press, 2009, translated by Thomas Kane and others); The Blue Tower (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, translated by Michael Biggins); The Book for My Brother (Harcourt, 2006, translated by Christopher Merrill and others); Poker (Ugly Duckling Press, 2003, 2008, translated by Joshua Beckman); Row (ARCpublications, 2006, translated by Joshua Beckman); Woods and Chalices (Harcourt, 2008, translated by Brian Henry), and On the Tracks of Wild Game (2012).
Johannes Göransson is the author of 5 books (most recently Haute Surveillance) and the translator of several books of Swedish poetry, including books by Aase Berg and Johan Jönson. He edits Action Books, blogs at Montevidayo.com and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.
New Writing Series readings by Paul Naylor and Hank Lazer, October 30, 2013
Paul Naylor’s fourth full-length book of poetry, Book of Changes, was published by Shearsman Books in 2012. Earlier books include Playing Well With Others (Singing Horse Press, 2004), Arranging Nature (Chax Press, 2006), and Jammed Transmission (Tinfish Press, 2009). He is also the author of Poetic Investigations: Singing the Holes in History (1999), a study of five contemporary poets—Susan Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Lyn Hejinian, Kamau Brathwaite, and M. Nourbese Philip. He lives in San Diego, where he directs Singing Horse Press.
Hank Lazer has published seventeen books of poetry, including Portions(Lavender Ink, 2009), The New Spirit (Singing Horse, 2005), Elegies & Vacations (Salt, 2004), and Days (Lavender Ink, 2002). Lazer’s seventeenth book of poetry N18 (complete), a handwritten book, is available from Singing Horse Press. Lazer is Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he is Executive Director for Creative Campus and edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press. Over the past fifteen years, Lazer has collaborated with various jazz musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists in seeking new ways to present poetry. In 2008,Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008 was published by Omnidawn.
Mandy is an experimental poet/artist currently engaging with the San Diego
literary scene. She is working on her MFA in Writing at UC San Diego,
where projects include a lengthy prosetry noir, an impossible play, and a
chapbook composed of materials found at ComiCon. Her poetry is available
for viewing at the Clamor Literary Arts Journal, the 3:15 Experiment, the
Northwest Comedy Network, and her personal blog.
Cathiana Sylne was born in Roche-A-Bateau, Haiti, to farmers and fishermen
by the sea. Her voice as a writer draws from her cross-cultural
experience as a Haitian woman living away from home. Family, love,
political strife, and cultural identity are common topics woven throughout
her work. She has a background in filmmaking, a deep love of banana trees,
and enjoys listening to the sea.
The question, is it possible that poems can do things? For instance, can
they undo the racist capitalist heteropatriachy we live under? As a
community writing workshop facilitator, Voeltz has witnessed poems
affecting subtler change. As a poet who believes in writing as social
practice, she is invested in writing that disrupts and agitates and
language that connects and heals. Franciszka has been reading and writing
a lot about water and is currently curating a collective poem to the
entire planet at dearbelovedsproject.wordpress.com. Voeltz maintains a
daily writing practice (the detail collector) on the world wide web and
her poems have appeared in various publications including Flaneur Foundry,
Ocho, and Analecta Literary Journal.
Evan Lavender-Smith was born in Iowa in 1977. He attended the University of California at Berkeley and New Mexico State University. He is the author of From Old Notebooks (Blazevox, 2010) and Avatar (Six Gallery Press, 2011), Editor-In-Chief of Noemi Press, and Prose and Drama Editor of Puerto Del Sol. His writing has recently appeared in Fence, No Colony, Post Road, and Evergreen Review. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University. He Lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, four poetry collections— Milk and Filth, Goodbye, Flicker, The City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. Formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.
New Writing Series readings by Michael Davidson and Rae Armantrout, April 10, 2013
Michael Davidson is a University of California, San Diego Distinguished Professor. He is the author of The San Francisco Renaissance: Poetics and Community at Mid-Century(Cambridge U Press, 1989), Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word(U of California Press, 1997), Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics (U of Chicago, 2003). and Concerto for the Left Hand: Disability and the Defamiliar Body (U of Michigan, 2008). His most recent book, Outskirts of Form: Practicing Cultural Poetics was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press. He is the editor of The New Collected Poems of George Oppen (New Directions, 2002). He is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Arcades (O Books, 1998). He is the co-auathor, with Lyn Hejinian, Barrett Watten, and Ron Silliman, of Leningrad (Mercury House Press, 1991). He has written extensively on disability issues, most recently “Hearing Things: The Scandal of Speech in Deaf Performance,” in Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities, Ed. Sharon Snyder, et al (Modern Language Association, 2002), “Phantom Limbs: Film Noir and the Disabled Body,” GLQ 9:1-2 (2003), Universal Design: The Work of Disability in an Age ofGlobalization, The Disability Studies Reader, ed. Lennard Davis (Routledge, 2010), and “Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes,” Novel 54.3 (Summer, 2010). His new and selected poems is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.
Just Saying, Rae Armantrout’s most recent book of poems, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2013. Versed (Wesleyan, 2009), received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007), was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times. Other recent books include Money Shot (Wesleyan, 2011,) Collected Prose(Singing Horse, 2007), Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Her poems have been included in anthologies such as The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, (Chicago, 2012), American Hybrid (Norton, 2009), Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (1993 and 2013), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford, 2006) and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Armantrout received an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego. Writing in Poetry magazine, Ange Mlinko has said, “I would trade the bulk of contemporary anecdotal free verse for more incisive, chilling poetry like Armantrout’s.”
If Nancy Was An Acid Freak by Joe Brainard
The Joe Brainard Archive is made up of materials collected by Robert Butts consisting primarily of diverse works by and regarding the popular New York artist and writer Joe Brainard (1942-1994). Brainard was the author of fifteen books of writing, the illustrator of numerous other books produced by members of the New York School, and a celebrated graphic artist whose work covered a broad range of sizes, styles and media. The Joe Brainard Archive consists of numerous examples of Brainard’s graphic work dating from 1962 to 1979, most of the books illustrated by Brainard, all of Brainard’s manuscripts and published writings, notebooks for Brainard’s I REMEMBER series and several other books, Brainard’s correspondence with members of the Butts family and correspondence to Brainard from Ned Rorem and Virgil Thomson, checklists of Brainard’s artistic production constructed by Robert Butts, and a selection of articles devoted to Brainard’s career. In addition to the Brainard materials, the Joe Brainard Archive also includes several lithographs by Alex Katz (b. 1927), an oil painting by Tom Clark, and a few ink sketches by poets Ron Padgett and Allen Ginsberg. There are also manuscripts of Ted Berrigan, Tom Clark and Rudy Kikel, in addition to broadsides and books written by New York School writers such as John Ashbery, Edwin Denby, and Kenneth Koch. The accessions processed in 1991 contain primarily original artworks by Joe Brainard in collaborations with Bill Berkson and Kenward Elmslie, including THE BABY BOOK (1965). Also included are correspondence, manuscript materials and photographs. The accession processed in 1993 comprises 16 letters and postcards from Joe Brainard to Robert Butts and one print by Andy Warhol.
The Joe Brainard Archive’s finding aid is available here.
UC San Diego holds the literary papers of George Oppen (1908-1984), objectivist poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1969. Most of the materials date from the period 1958-1978. Included are manuscripts and typescripts for all the poems contained in Oppen’s nine published books. Also included are drafts and fragments of unpublished poems, typescripts of published and unpublished essays, transcripts of Oppen’s verse, and copies of reviews of Oppen’s work. Of special interest are loose leaf pages of notes, and Oppen’s personal daybooks, all of which help to reveal his thinking about diverse subjects. The largest part of the collection consists of correspondence to Oppen from family members, editors, poets and other writers, and admirers of his work.
Hannah Weiner was born on November 4, 1928, in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from Providence Classical High School in June 1946. She attended Radcliffe College and graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, in English Literature in 1950. After a brief marriage, she took various jobs in New York City, and began writing poetry around 1963. Her first book, The Magritte Poems, was published in 1966. In the late 60s, Weiner participated in several events within the visual arts scene in New York City. Her most notable “poetry event” was the International Code of Signals. In the early 70s, she commenced her primary body of written work, a series of experimental journals which were in part “clairvoyantly” dictated. I See Words became both her manifesto and method of composition.
Weiner’s Clairvoyant Journal 1974 was published by Angel Hair Books in 1978, followed by LittleBooks/Indians (Roof Books, 1980) and Nijole’s House (Potes and Poets, 1981). She became one of the most prominent individuals involved with the “language-centered” movement of poets and experimental prose writers. Her work was featured in Ron Silliman’s anthology, In the American Tree, Douglas Messerli’s Language Poetries, and The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, edited by Charles Bernstein and Bruce Andrews. She was awarded a creative writing fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1986. Other important collections of her poetry include Spoke (Sun & Moon Press, 1984), The Fast (United Artists Books, 1992), Silent Teachers Remembered Sequel (Tender Button, 1994), and We Speak Silent (Roof Books, 1996). Weiner’s manuscript Page, as well as selections from her Clairvoyant Journal and Little Books/Indianshave been published posthumously by various presses.
The papers of Hannah Weiner held at UC San Diego, covering the years 1946-2002, contain notebooks, typescripts of poems, prose works, typed transcriptions of notebooks, audiorecordings, and miscellaneous materials. Included are materials for Clairvoyant Journals 1974: March - June Retreat (1978), Code Poems: From the International Code of Signals for the Use of All (1982), The Fast (1992), The Magritte Poems (1970), and Spoke (1984).