Rob Fitterman, “Just Another Soft Machine” + Sophia Le Fraga, “TH3 B4LD 50PRAN0; or, English Made Easy + L O V E S O N G)”

by DSS

Invitation

Poetry & Poetics concludes a packed 2014 spring schedule with this remarkable doubleheader. Please join us on Tuesday, April 29th, at 7:30 PM for the final event of the semester. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be meeting at Fisher Bennett Hall (3400 Walnut Street) in the Grad Lounge (Room 330). A year-end surplus of strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Wrapping up this year of Poetry & Poetics, what could be better than the combined brilliance of Rob Fitterman and Sophia Le Fraga? Working across digital platforms, affective appropriations, linguistics, and pop poetics, Fitterman and Le Fraga bring an exciting range of poetic practices from NYC. Also on display is Fitterman’s pedagogical role at NYU and Bard, where he has become a mentor to a whole variety of young poets, Le Fraga included. Perhaps Sophia Le Fraga surfaces some level of these relation in her recent work on Ionesco. Her presentation at P&P includes a performance of her most recent work, “TH3 B4LD 50PRAN0; or, English Made Easy,” published as edition 111 at Gauss PDF. Considering the process of transcoding the play in a networked environment, Le Fraga explores the ways in which the theater of the absurd lends itself to performance on phone or computer screens. This work is complemented by a reading of L O V E S O N G, a poem nested within a structure of verb classes. Rob Fitterman will present a talk entitled “Just Another Soft Machine” alongside some excerpts from his recent UDP publication No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself. Join us to consider the relations of poetry and poetics to media, remediation, and stolen feelings in and among these various works.

Bios

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of I RL, YOU RL (2013) and I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012). Her work has been exhibited in “Poetry Will Be Made By All!” (LUMA/Westbau, Zürich, 2014) where she completed a residency, “Vorspiel Transmediale” (Berlin, 2014) and “Online/Offline: Encoding Everyday Life”  (Galeria Valle Orti, Valencia, 2012), as well as at the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2006, 2007) and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC (2006). Her writing has been featured in Lambda Literary Review’s Poetry Spotlight, Coconut, HTMLGiant, Lemon Hound, Gauss PDF and Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog. http://www.sophialefraga.com/

Robert Fitterman is the author of 14 books of poetry including No Wait, Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Rob’s Word Shop (Ugly Duckling Press, forthcoming, 2015), Holocaust Museum (Counterpath, 2013, and Veer [London] 2012), now we are friends (Truck Books, 2010), Rob the Plagiarist (Roof Books, 2009), war, the musical (Subpress, 2006), and Notes On Conceptualisms, co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). His long poem Metropolis, has been published in 4 separate volumes. He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and at the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies. His writing can be found at his website: http://homepages.nyu.edu/~rmf1/

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