Poetry & Poetics

A Reading Group Held at the University of Pennsylvania

Marie Buck “Collectivity and the Early Black Arts Movement” and Aaron Winslow, “How to Build a Shitty World.”

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Please join us this Wednesday, September 24, at 7:30pm for the first Poetry and Poetics event of Fall 2014! We are delighted to have the wonderful Marie Buck and Aaron Winslow to kick off the exciting new season. This reading is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments and drinks will be served. So please join us at:

7:30 PM Wednesday, September 24, 
Grad Lounge, 330 Fisher-Bennett Hall (3rd floor, behind the main stairs), 34th and Walnut. 

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.

 But wait there’s more! On Thursday, September 25, at 8pm Marie and Aaron will offer a formal reading at

Hiding Place.
319 N. 11th St. 2nd floor
Philadelphia

Marie Buck, “Collectivity and the Early Black Arts Movement.”
Marie Buck is the author of Life & Style (Patrick Lovelace Editions, 2009) and Portrait of Doom (Krupskaya, forthcoming 2015). Her work has been anthologized in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and translated into Italian for the magazine Abbiamo le Prove. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Wayne State University and is currently completing a dissertation about the literature of the Black Power and Women’s Liberation movements.

Aaron Winslow, “How to Build a Shitty World.”
Aaron Winslow is the author of the chapbook Four Gashes: Tales of the Great Misery (Make Now) and the novel Jobs of the Great Misery (ABC Books, Spring 2015). His fiction has appeared in Promethazine, Intercourse, Smallwork, The Claudius App, P-Queue, Armed Cell, among others. Audio recordings can be found on the University of Pennsylvania’s PennSound website, and excerpts from Jobs of the Great Misery have been profiled on the web journal Jacket2. He currently works as an archivist in Washington, DC, while completing a PhD at Columbia University.

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

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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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Mark Johnson, “The Truth and Life of Lies” + Orchid Tierney, “Archive and the Big Etcetera: Colonizinginginging the Lazy Object”

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Invitation

Poetry & Poetics continues its series of intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 7:30 PM for an evening of readings, lectures, and lively conversation. The event is free and open to the public. We’ll be meeting at Fisher Bennett Hall (3400 Walnut Street) on the second floor (room TBA, likely 222). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

We could not be more thrilled to host this week’s pairing. Come join us for an evening of lecture-reading-conversation with two of Philadelphia’s finest—featuring collector-poet-publisher-impresario-extraordinaire, the inimitable Mark Francis Johnson alongside recent New Zealand transplant, editor, poet, scholar, and brilliant wordsmith, Penn’s own Orchid Tierney. Both present findings, writings, and provocations on notions of the archive. Anyone who has ever thrilled over a rare LP or that forgotten tome in a dusty corner has surely thrilled over Mark Johnson and his various endeavors at (and through) Hiding Place (the only place for audio-textual arcana, best described as: “Excellent strange records and curiously worthwhile books. Film screenings. Poetry readings. Poltergeist activism. [Mark Johnson] in a rocking chair.”). Bringing us “The Truth and Life of Lies,” Johnson presents a series of radical proposals—an alternate history—for the generic classification of literature. In his words: “A revolutionary programme for the expansion of fiction. How you can help!” In league with these expansion joints, Orchid Tierney has been told by a title generator to present: “Archive and the Big Etcetera: Colonizinginginging the Lazy Object.” Tierney, of course, is the Penn contingent of the season, holding down the poetics fort at Fisher Bennett with her razor sharp experimental writing. Operating at the interstices of sonic and visual poetries, Tierney explores the poetic utterance and the linguistic image from every conceivable angle. This activity was recently demonstrated (at Johnson’s house!) along the blurry shores that might conjoin landfall with sea rise. Come for further feats by both this Tuesday—

Limitless rarities: http://hidingplaceplace.com/

Bios

Mark Francis Johnson is the author of Three Bad Wishes (Meow Press, 1995), Exactly Zero (Steel Bridge Publishing, 2011), Penniless Greenery (Editions Plane, 2012), Everything Isn’t (Hidden Press, 2012), Dream of a Like Place (Sus Press, 2013), Orange Mound and Pink Lotion (Gauss PDF, 2013), rFul (Hiding Press, 2013) and GRUON BS (Make Now Press, 2014). He lives in Philadelphia, where he is the proprietor of Hiding Place, a record / book store that hosts readings and, with the art gallery Marginal Utility, an experimental film and video series. He deejays as DJ Hiding Place.

Orchid Tierney, Penn English PhD Candidate, Bachelor of Arts (Hons), English and History (University of Otago, New Zealand, 2001). Master of Creative Writing (University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2010). Master of Arts, English (University of Otago, 2013). Primary Interests: Digital poetics, electronic literature, 20th/21st century avant-gardes. General Interests: Post-45 poetry and poetics, appropriative modes of writing. She is the prolific author of many publications and the editor of REM magazine.

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Only the most recent, see: http://www.orchidtierney.com

 

Ara Shirinyan, “Trade Show” + Joseph Mosconi, “Messy Clusters & Negative Taxonomies in Rules-Based Classification Systems”

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Invitation

Poetry & Poetics continues its series of intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:30 PM for the third 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Please be alerted to this urgent Los Angeles edition of Poetry & Poetics: the ever-brilliant Joseph Mosconi and Ara Shirinyan are in town. Join us for a rare opportunity to converse with two-thirds of the Poetic Research Bureau, one-half of Area Sneaks, and a full 100% of Make Now Press. Following on a fantastic reading at Mark Johnson’s Hiding Place, Mosconi and Shirinyan join us for an evening of new poems, short lectures, and engaged conversation. Ara Shirinyan will read from “Trade Show” in coordination with a lecture presenting new ideas toward nature poetry in the pastoral tradition. Can a flag be pastoral? Where is the wilderness in “Julia’s Wild”? How might nature poetry intersect with conceptual artifice? Joseph Mosconi presents new works and a lecture entitled “Messy Clusters & Negative Taxonomies in Rules-Based Classification Systems,” bridging his professional practice in taxonomic systems with an crucial intervention into the poetics of classification. From a massive reorganization of new age bibliographies to prosodic interventions in the functional efficiency of taxonomy, Mosconi’s writing points to the dark core of the information economy.

http://poeticresearch.tumblr.com/

The publications arm of PRB: http://poeticresearch.tumblr.com/

Bios

Joseph Mosconi co-directs the Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles and edits the art & lit mag Area Sneaks. His books include Demon Miso/Fashion in Child (Make Now Press, 2014), Fright Catalog (Insert Blanc Press, 2013), But On Geometric (Insert Blanc Press, 2010), WORD SEARCH (OMG! Press, 2010) and Galvanized Iron on the Citizens’ Band (Poetic Research Bureau, 2009).

Ara Shirinyan is a poet and editor from Los Angeles. He edits Make Now Press. With Joseph Mosconi and Andrew Maxwell, he curates readings at the Poetic Research Bureau. He has made or authored several books, including Syria Is In The World, Your Country Is Great, Handsome Fish Offices, Speech Genres and Julia’s Wilderness. He likes starting or instigating gatherings.

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Inside back cover to Mosconi’s Fright Catalog: http://www.insertblancpress.net/products/fright-catalog-by-joseph-mosconi

 

Caleb Beckwith, “poems from the court: basketball and poetic value” + Tom Trudgeon, “catalogue, interesting text, practice of the inside of things”

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Invitation

Poetry & Poetics continues its series of intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, April 1st, at 7:30 PM for the second 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

After our inaugural coup with the New York duo Zultanski & Hamilton, Poetry & Poetics is thrilled to return with Caleb Beckwith & Tom Trudgeon, two core actors in the Philadelphia poetry scene, both working at Temple University, both with their fingers firmly on the pulse of contemporary poetry and poetics. Find out what your Northern colleagues are working on, discover new poems and critical writing by two exceptional poets-conversants-critics working in the neighborhood. Caleb and Tom have both opted to fuse critical and poetic presentation. The phenomenal title to Trudgeon’s work is: “catalogue, interesting text, practice of the inside of things.” Tom will be reading from and discussing his thesis work “catalogue”, which deals with issues regarding textual remediation, materiality, archivization, and objecthood. On a different key, Caleb will be presenting a series of writings entitled “poems from the court: basketball and poetic value.” This will entail readings from a series of recent projects. The pairings will seek to illustrate the recent trajectory of Caleb’s work: from app-based mapping projects to “original” aphorisms. This event is not to be missed!

Documentation from "Rolld" http://www.tomtrudgeon.com/

Documentation from “Rolld” http://www.tomtrudgeon.com/

Bios

Tom Trudgeon is a poet and curator from Los Angeles. He is co-editor of Basic Editions, a small arts and poetics magazine run out of
Philadelphia and Brooklyn. He is currently an MFA candidate at Temple University where he also teaches. http://www.tomtrudgeon.com/

Caleb Beckwith is a poet and editor living in Philadelphia, where he studies poetics at Temple University. He is a Senior Editor at the Conversant interview journal and also curates The Volta’s 365 Reviews project, which tries—and fails—to review a book a day for the entire 2014 calendar year.

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Steven Zultanski, “Reality” & Diana Hamilton, “Advice for Today’s Men and Women”

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Invitation

Poetry & Poetics is back for an intensive set of events in the spring of 2014. Please join us on Tuesday, March 18th, at 8:00 PM for the inaugural 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

After a long hiatus, Poetry & Poetics is thrilled to return with an appropriately epic jumpstart to the year: come out this Tuesday for a blockbuster double-header, for drinks and poetics, conversation and poetry, Diana Hamilton and Steven Zultanski. Hailing from NYC, the dynamic duo of scholar-critics-poets will make you break down and cry in poetic agony—this evening event is not to be missed. In works ranging from loosely adapted poetic procedures to rigorous personal inventories to riffs on popular online columns, their writing continues to inhabit a time zone at least one full publication cycle ahead of the contemporary. Hamilton will read from “Shit Advice Columnist,” a poem in the form of a short story that provides advice about bowel movements. In league with this advice, she will present a short lecture on how to cope with panic attacks by becoming an actor in films. In “Reality,” Zultanski will read a few new poems and deliver a short talk on reality.  Following these four brief works, we’ll open for a lively conversation on poetry, poetics, and their relations in this instance.

Bios

Diana Hamilton is the author of two books of poetry: Universe, a chapbook about moral philosophy forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse,  and Okay Okay (Truck Books, 2012), a book which appropriates others’ feelings. Other creative and critical writing has appeared in BombThe BelieverThe Claudius App, and Two Serious Ladies, among other places. She is a PhD Candidate at Cornell University and a Writing Consultant at Baruch College, CUNY.

Steven Zultanski is the author of Bribery (Ugly Duckling Presse: forthcoming 2014), Agony (BookThug: 2012), Cop Kisser (BookThug: 2010), and Pad (Make Now: 2010).

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Zultanski Cop Kisser. Get yrs: http://www.bookthug.ca/products.php?id=101

 

J. Gordon Faylor, “Departure Capita Mortua”

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Invitation

Please join us on Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:30 PM for the celebratory conclusion to this Poetry & Poetics season. 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Though the academic calendar as exhausted itself, Poetry & Poetics is thrilled to announce our final event of the year featuring our own J. Gordon Faylor in a second-to-last performance in Philadelphia (see also: PHP) before his departure to the Bay Area. Scripting a new site-specific work for this event, Gordon will present Departure Capita Mortua,” a multi-faceted poetic engagement with enclosure via divestment. This enclosure deploys the room itself in a conversation that features Trisha Low, Diego Rivera, “autoregressive appropriation,” “decisional stand-up,” and “texts posed as transpositional fictive ordinances against which the venue plays partition.” Needless to say, this is an event that is not to be missed. Help send Gordon off in style with  a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.

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Bio

J. Gordon Faylor is the editor of Gauss PDF and the author of Docking, Rust Archon (bas-books, 2012). He currently lives in Philadelphia. See works online via Troll Thread, on Jacket2, at Title Magazine, through Lulu, across Lateral Addition, & in many other locations on the internet.

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from Green Walls 119

from Green Walls 119

Jena Osman, “Popular Science” + “Exit Survey”

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Invitation

Please join us on Monday, May 6th, at 7:30 PM for the penultimate edition of this Poetry & Poetics season. 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

As the academic year is winding down, Poetry & Poetics is amping up for what promises to be a most fascinating event with Jena Osman this coming Monday. Interweaving a reading of her poem “Popular Science” with a lecture that reflects on her experience with the editorial procedures of Triple Canopy, Osman brings a renewed attention to the processes of negotiation and modulation that characterize the performance of publication. Nested within an exploration of phrenology, neuroscience, and Whitman, in “Exit Survey,” Osman considers the work of translation between page and screen, staged as a struggle between authorial vision and the editorial demands of a medial platform. After this reading & lecture, we’ll have a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.

"Popular Science" on Triple Canopy

“Popular Science” on Triple Canopy

Bio

Jena Osman‘s latest books of poetry are Public Figures and The Network. Her poem on Whitman, phrenology and neuroscience, “Popular Science,” was published this year in Triple Canopy. She’s a professor in the English Department at Temple University.

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From Chain 1 (1994), Editorial Frameworks

Following the “Editorial Forum” from Chain 1 (1994)

Steve McLaughlin, “Cipherfunk” + “Puniverse”

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Invitation

Please join us on Wednesday, April 17th, at 7:30 PM for a local edition of Poetry & Poetics. 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Publisher, Podcaster, Principal Hand Presenter, Poet: this Wednesday the incomparable Steve McLaughlin joins us for an evening of Poetry & Poetics. Steve will be presenting a new lecture entitled “Cipherfunk: Opacity’s Apotheoses.” Exploring the ciphering of writing, the lecture examines not ‘code poetry,’ but poetry as encoding mechanism. Within the lecture, Steve will also present some creative encoding in a new work entitled “Power Grab.” Following this presentation, we’ll have the pleasure of hearing a new poem entitled “Puniverse” (pun as in pun, not puny). After the reading & lecture, we’ll have a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.

Peripheral Writing

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Bio / Link Set

Stephen McLaughlin hosts the podcast Into the Field for Jacket2.org and curates PennSound Radio, a 24-hour stream of poetry readings and conversations. He lives in Philadelphia, where he runs the monthly reading series Principal Hand Presents.

Internet presence: Noisy Channel Coding ; Tumblr ; Twitter ; Flickr ; Facebook ; Google+ ; Attention Span 2012 ; Infinite Unexplored Domain of Poetic Values by Easter Halloween ; My John Anderson ; Sheaf MagazineRun for Your Life ; Issue 1.

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Maggie O’Sullivan, Selected Works + Influences

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Invitation

Please join us on Tuesday, April 2nd, at 7:30 PM for a special Poetics of Identity edition of Poetry & Poetics. 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). Strong drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract

Maggie O’Sullivan has very graciously agreed to join Poetry & Poetics for an evening of readings and conversation. We’ll have the opportunity to discuss her works in relation to notable influences and precursors. This reading follows on her reading at the Kelly Writers House on April 1st, as part of the Writers Without Borders series. For those who can catch both events, we’ll discuss both readings in our meeting on April 2nd, and think through the poetics of influence. After the Maggie’s reading of works both her own and by others, we’ll have a lively conversation about poetry, poetics, and their relations. Please see the Format section for further notes on the program.

from Unofficial Word (1988)

from Unofficial Word (1988)

Bio

Maggie O’Sullivan is a British poet, performer and visual artist. For over thirty years, her work has appeared extensively in national and international journals and anthologies and she has performed her work, often in collaboration with dancers and musicians, all over the world. O’Sullivan’s work is influenced by Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Beuys, Jerome Rothenberg, Bob Cobbing and Basil Bunting. Her books include, most recently, murmur (Veer Books, 2011), ALTO (Veer Books, 2009), WATERFALLS (etruscan books, 2009), and Windows Opening (Belladonna Chapbook #108, Belladonna Books, 2007). In 1996, she edited out of everywhere: An anthology of contemporary linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK. Body of Work, which brings together for the first time the full texts of O’Sullivan booklets now out of print made during the London-based late 1970’s-1980’s and includes many Writers Forum publications is out now (Reality Street, 2006). Full online texts of recent work, including all origins are lonely (2003); murmur – tasks of mourning (2004) and courtship of lapwings (2006) are featured on her website, www.maggieosullivan.co.uk.

Via Eclipse, you might read: Concerning Spheres, 1982 + An Incomplete Natural History, 1984 + Un-Assuming Personas, 1985 + A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts, 1985 + From the Handbook of That & Furriery, 1986 + Divisions of Labour, 1986 + States of Emergency, 1987 + Unofficial Word, 1988.

Or, for more recent work, and an extensive listing of works online, see Maggie’s page here.

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cover to From the Handbook of That & Furriery (1986)

cover to From the Handbook of That & Furriery (1986)