Please join us for the first Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of Fall 2016 with Gregory Laynor and Li Zhimin!
6:30pm-7:30 pm, Wednesday 26th October 2016
Where: Grad Lounge 330, Fisher Bennett Hall (3rd floor)
Walnut and 34th Street
Penn Poetry and Poetics offers a series of casual, conversational events structured around the presentation of one or two poems and a short critical talk by each guest. The event is free and open to the public.
In the 2008 financial crisis, Gregory Laynor recorded the pages of Gertrude Stein’s “The Making of Americans” in 913 MP3s, 97 of which have disappeared while the rest remain archived on UbuWeb. From 2010 to 2016, he wrote a dissertation called “The Making of Intermedia: John Cage to Yoko Ono, 1952-1972.” He has taught at Temple University (AFT Local 6290) and the University of Washington (UAW Local 4121). New work is forthcoming in Jacket2 and Postmodern Culture. With Trace Peterson and Eli Goldblatt, he is co-editor of the collected poems of Gil Ott, Arrive on Wave (Chax Press, 2016).
Li Zhimin is a poet in both the English and Chinese languages. He has published numerous chapbooks of poems. His most recent poems collection is “Zhongalish: Think and Feel Globally.” Li serves as Chief Professor of Western Literature Studies at the School of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou University, and is Director of both its Modern Poetry Studies Centre and Foreign Languages Training Centre. He is also a Fellow of the British and American Language and Literature Studies Institute of Sun Yat-sen University, and of the English Poetry Studies Institute (EPSI) at Sun Yat-sen University. He is Deputy President and Secretary-General of the English Language Poetry Studies Association of China, Board Member of Chinese / American Association for Poetry and Poetics (CAAP) and has been the prime mover of The Pearl River Poetry Conference, a gathering of Chinese and English poets held in Guangzhou in 2005 and 2008. Li Zhimin’s publications reflect his broad interests in modern culture, philosophy, modernism and contemporary poetry and their interrelations, in pedagogy, and in poetic and translation theory. He is currently a visiting professor at University of Pennsylvania.