Poetry & Poetics

A Reading Group Held at the University of Pennsylvania

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Poetry & Poetics Reading with Laynie Browne & Pattie McCarthy

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Please join us for a Penn Poetry and Poetics reading with Laynie Browne and Pattie McCarthy!

6:30pm-8:30 pm, Tuesday April 4, 2017
Where: Room 222, Fisher Bennett Hall (2rd floor)
Walnut and 34th Street

Laynie Browne is the author of twelve collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent collections include PRACTICE, Scorpyn Odes, and Lost Parkour Ps(alms) in two editions, one in English, and another in French. Forthcoming books include a collection of poems You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017) and a novel Periodic Companions (Tinderbox 2017). She lectures at University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College.

Pattie McCarthy is the author of six books of poetry: Nulls (horse less press 2014), and five from Apogee Press: Quiet Book (2015), Marybones (2012), Table Alphabetical of Hard Words (2010), Verso (2004), and bk of (h)rs (2002). She has also published a dozen chapbooks, most recently ‘x y z &&’ (Ahsahta Press 2015). She was a Pew Fellow in the Arts in 2011. In summer 2013, McCarthy was an artist resident at the Elizabeth Bishop House in Great Village, Nova Scotia. She has been teaching at Temple since 2004.

A Reading with Trapeta B. Mayson and Andrew Brenza

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Please join us for the last Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of 2016 with Trapeta B. Mayson and Andrew Brenza!

6:30pm-7:30 pm, Wednesday December 7, 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.

Trapeta B. Mayson reads her poetry widely and works extensively conducting poetry and creative writing workshops. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. She is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship, Leeway Transformation Award, Leeway Art and Change Grant and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grants. Her work was also nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of two books, She Was Once Herself and Mocha Melodies. Her other publications include submissions in The American Poetry Review, Epiphany Literary Journal, Aesthetica Magazine, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry among others. Trapeta is a graduate of Temple University, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Villanova University School of Business. She is a native of Liberia, Executive Director of Historic Germantown and a member of the Greene Street Artists Cooperative.

Andrew Brenza spent his childhood exploring the woods and streams of New York’s Hudson Valley. He later attended Boston University where he earned a BA in English literature and then Temple University where he earned an MA in creative writing. He is the author of three chapbooks, 21 Skies (Shirt Pocket Press, 2015), And Then (forthcoming from Grey Book Press), and 10 Skies (forthcoming from Beard of Bees Press). His work can be found in various online and print journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review, Jellyfish, and Sink. Gossamer Lid is his first full-length collection. He is currently the director of a small public library in southern New Jersey.

A Reading with Gregory Laynor and Li Zhimin

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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.

A Reading With Raquel Salas-Rivera and Oki Sogumi

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Please join us for a Penn Poetry and Poetics reading with Raquel Salas-Rivera and Oki Sogumi.

6:30pm-8pm, Wednesday March 23, 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.

Raquel Salas-Rivera has written numerous poems and essays, most of which have been published in Puerto Rican poetry magazines. She has also published Caneca de anhelos turbios, with Editora Educación Emergente, and will soon publish her second book, tierra intermitente, with Isla Negra Editores. Her first chapbook oropel/tinsel is being published by Lark Books in April. She was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Oki Sogumi was born in Seoul, Korea and currently resides in Philadelphia.  She is the author of The Island of Natural History (forthcoming from Publication Studio), and a chapbook, Salt Wedge. She writes poetry, speculative fiction, and into little boxes on the internet sometimes. She dreams commune dreams.

Reading with Paolo Javier and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

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Please join us for the second Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of 2015 with Paolo Javier and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

7:00pm-8pm, Tuesday October 13, 2015
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.

Paolo Javier was born in the Philippines and grew up in Las Piñas, Metro Manila; Katonah, New York; Cairo, Egypt; and Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned his BFA from the University of British Columbia and worked in experimental theater before returning to New York City. Javier’s collections of poetry include The Feeling Is Actual (Marsh Hawk Press, 2011); 60 lv bo(e)mbs (O Books, 2005); the time at the end of this writing (Ahadada, 2004), recipient of a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award; and Court of the Dragon (Nightboat Books, 2015), which Publisher’s Weekly called “a linguistic time machine.” He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Queens Council on the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and has held residencies at ACA Gallery, the Millay Colony of the Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program. For more than ten years, he edited and published the experimental art and poetry journal 2nd Avenue Poetry. He is the former poet laureate of Queens, where he’s lived since 1999.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated as a Jewish refugee from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1993. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. student in the University of Pennsylvania’s Comparative Literature & Literary Theory program. Her research focuses on the lyric rendering of trauma in contemporary American poetry composed by emigrants of the former Soviet Union. Her poetry has appeared in Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, and TriQuarterly, among others. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf and TENT Writers’ Conferences as well as the Auschwitz Jewish Center. Julia is the author of The Bear Who Ate the Stars, winner of Split Lip Magazine’s 2014 Uppercut Chapbook Award. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine. Learn more by visiting her website.

Reading with Kristen Gallagher and Ariel Resnikoff

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First reading of the academic year! We’re starting early and with a bang. I’m delighted to present the talented duo, Kristen Gallagher and Ariel Resnikoff

When: 6:30pm-7:30, Tuesday September 1, 2015
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.

Future readers, and non-performance meetings, are still to-be-confirmed, but this semester promises Great Times.

Kristen Gallagher’s most recent poetry collection is We Are Here (2011). Since then: “Florida,” a chapbook from Well Greased Press, “Dossier on the Site of a Shooting,” a multi-platform digital work on GaussPDF, and “Untitled (Rosewood),” text w screenshots, in Printed Web 3. Her essay “Cooking A Book with Low Level Durational Energy; or, How to Read Tan Lin’s Seven Controlled Vocabularies” just came out in Reading the Difficulties from The University of Alabama Press, and her essay “Teaching Freire and CUNY Open Admissions” was recently anthologized in Class and the College Classroom: Essays on Teaching (Bloomsbury). She is Professor of English at City University of New York–LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York.

Ariel Resnikoff is a poet, translator & editor. His chapbook, Between Shades, came out in 2014 from the Materialist Press & selections from his forthcoming collection, Avoidances, have been featured on Jerome Rothenberg’s “Poems & Poetics” & Jacket2 blog. He is currently at work on a translation into English of Mikhl Likht’s Yiddish modernist long poem, “Protsesiyes” (“Processions”), in collaboration with Stephen Ross. Ariel is a Contributing Editor at Wave Composition and coordinates the “Multilingual Poetics” reading and talk series at Kelly Writers House. He was awarded a Dorot Fellowship in 2013 & is currently a doctoral student in the department of Comparative Literature & Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Strickland and Christopher Vandegrift

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Please join us for the first Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of 2015 with Stephanie Strickland and Christopher Vandegrift!

7:00 pm-9pm, Tuesday 10 February, 2015
Where: Room 222, Fisher Bennett Hall (2nd 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.

Stephanie Strickland 

Stephanie Strickland is the author of eight books of poetry including Dragon Logic (2013), Zone: Zero (2008), and most recently V: WaveTercets / Losing L’una (2014). She has also authored many electronic poems, including “Sea and Spar Between,” a poetry generator written with Nick Montfort and “House of Trust” with Ian Hatcher. Her award-winning works include “V: WaveSon.nets / Losing L’una, “The Red Virgin: A Poem of Simone Weil,” and “The Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot.”

Christopher Vandegrift.  “Oneirocritica Americana Redux”

Christopher Vandegrift is a writer and new media artist whose work bridges the domains of film, experimental music, and poetics. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has presented at conferences across the U.S. His debut book, Policy Pete’s Dream Book, is forthcoming from Make Now Press. He currently resides in Philadelphia.

Lucas de Lima and Michelle Taransky

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Please join us for the last Penn Poetry and Poetics reading of 2014 with Lucas de Lima and Michelle Taransky!

7:30pm-9pm, Tuesday November 25, 2014
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.

Lucas de Lima, “Beyond White Conceptualism: The Indigenization of André Vallias’ ‘totem.'”
Lucas de Lima is the author of Wet Land (Action Books) and, most recently, the chapbook Terraputa (Birds of Lace). A contributor to Montevidayo, he lives in Philly and pursues doctoral studies in Comparative Literature at Penn.

Michelle Taransky, “Erasure & Confession.”
Michelle Taransky is the author of SORRY WAS IN THE WOODS (Omnidawn 2013) and BARN BURNED, THEN (Omnidawn 2009), selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky is currently a Critical Writing Fellow at Penn teaching courses in critical and occasionally, creative writing. She coordinates the WHENEVER WE FEEL LIKE IT reading series with Emily Pettit and is Reviews Editor of Jacket2.

Caroline Bergvall and Ana Božičević 

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We are delighted to present Caroline Bergvall and Ana Božičević for the third installment of Penn Poetry and Poetics. Caroline Bergvall’s cross-disciplinary work traces the historical imagination of early medieval poetry; Ana Božičević is a multimedia artist and poet whose works engage translation and reading practices. All students, scholars, and faculty are welcome.

Time: 7:30pm-9pm, Monday 3 November, 2014
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.

Caroline Bergvall is an international writer and artist of Norwegian and French origins based in London and Geneva. Works across artforms, media and languages. Projects alternate between books and printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, installations. A strong exponent of writing and reading methods adapted to contemporary audiovisual and contextual situations, as well as multilingual identities. Her linguistic explorations and sparse spatial or audio works revisit literary models and expose difficult language-led historical/political events. Most recent project is the mixed media output Drift (Nightboat Books, NY, 2014).

Ana Božičević is a poet, translator and filmmaker. She wrote Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2009) and Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC 2013), which received the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry. For more, visit www.anabozicevic.com.

Josef Kaplan, Joey Yearous-Algozin, and Holly Melgard

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Please join us for another Penn Poetry and Poetics reading! We are delighted to present the talented trio Josef Kaplan, Joey Yearous-Algozin, and Holly Melgard.

7:30pm-9pm, Tuesday October 21, 2014
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.

Josef Kaplan, “A Brief Note on the Avant-Garde”
Josef Kaplan is the author of All Nightmare: Introductions, 2011-2012 (Ugly Duckling Press, 2014), Kill List (Cars Are Real, 2013), and Democracy Is Not for the People (Truck Books, 2012). He lives in Queens.

Joey Yearous-Algozin, “Everybody’s Obituary.”
Joey Yearous-Algozin is the author of Holly Melgard’s Friends and Family (Bon Aire Projects), The Lazarus Project (TROLL THREAD) and Caller (ABC Books, forthcoming Fall 2015), among others. He is a member of the publishing collective TROLL THREAD. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Holly Melgard co-edits TROLL THREAD PRESS (trollthread.tumblr.com/) and P-Queue lit. journal (p-queue.org), co-curates the Segue Reading Series, dissertates at SUNY Buffalo’s Poetics Program, and is the author of Poems for Baby Trilogy: Vol. 1, 2, & 3 (TTP, 2011) and The Making of The Making of Americans (TTP, 2012).