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Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series: Lee Ann Brown and Rob Fitterman
Tuesday, April 28th, 2008, 8 pm, 517 Hamilton
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professors Brent Hayes Edwards and Michael Golston

Lee Ann Brown is a poet who often works with song forms in perfomance.  She is the author of *Polyverse,* *The Sleep That Changed Everything,* a song cycle, *The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time* and the forthcoming *Philtre,* a project for ATELOS.  A play, *Sop Doll!  A Jack Tale Noh,* co-written with Tony Torn has just been published by Mermaid Tenement Press. She teaches poetry at St. John's University in New York City and is co-founder of The French Broad Institute (of Time and the River) in Marshall, NC, a multidisciplinary, collaborative space.

Robert Fitterman is the author of 10 books of poetry, including 4 installments of his ongoing poem *Metropolis: Metropolis 1-15* (Sun & Moon Press, 2000), *Metropolis 16-29* (Coach House Books, 2002), and *Metropolis XXX: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire* (Edge Books, 2004) and, forthcoming, *Sprawl: Metropolis 30A* (Make Now Books). Other new titles include: *rob the plagiarist* (Roof Books)—a collection of essays, conceptual writing, and other writings generated by plagiarism and appropriation, and *Notes On Conceptualisms* co-authored with Vanessa Place (Ugly Duckling Presse).  Several of his books are collaborations with visual artists, including war, the musical with Dirk Rowntree (Subpress Books) and The Sun Also Also Rises with Nayland Blake (No Press). He teaches writing and poetry at New York University and in the Bard College, Milton Avery School of Graduate Studies.


**New(er) Submit Deadline + Open Mic Reading!
New Poetry Journal Vol. 2

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2009

Open Mic Reading: Friday, February 27, 2009, 8 pm, 303 Hamilton

Columbia New Poetry, the rebellious younger sibling of the modern lit mag, is now accepting new and exciting work for its second journal. Send anything: misfit sonnets, html haikus, inappropriate pantoums, strange artwork, text messages, ghost stories. If you dig it, we'll read it. Send up to 5 pages with your name, e-mail address, and a one-sentence bio to columbianewpoetry@gmail.com. Submissions open to students of all undergradate universities.

Not sure if you trust us with your little darlings? Come to our open mic event, February 27 at 8pm. Stop by, have some cheese, and listen to work by the editors and authors from our first volume. If you're game, sign up to read some of your own goodies. See the Facebook event.



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series: K. Silem Mohammed
Thursday, December 4th, 2008, 8 pm, 602 Hamilton
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of the poetry collections *Deer Head Nation* (Tougher Disguises); *A Thousand Devils* (Combo Books); and *Breathalyzer* (Edge Books); as well as the chapbooks *Hovercraft* (Kenning) and *Monsters* (Abraham Lincoln). Mohammad is an associate professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Philosophy at Southern Oregon University.



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series: Susan Howe
Thursday, November 20th, 2008, 8 pm, 602 Hamilton
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

Susan Howe has been described as a language poet, a feminist militant, a Yankee eccentric and an Irish free spirit. She is the author of several books of poetry and two books of criticism, including *My Emily Dickinson* (North Atlantic). Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies such as The *Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry* and *In the American Tree,* an anthology of language poetry. In additon, Howe collaborated with experimental musician David Grubbs to create two CD recordings, *Thiefth* and *Souls of the Labadie Tract.*



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series: Bob Perelman & Kenneth Goldsmith
Friday May 2nd, 2008, 7:30 pm, 501 Schermerhorn
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

Bob Perelman is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published 16 books of poetry, including *Ten to One: Selected Poems* (Wesleyan) and *Playing Bodies*, a painting/poem collaboration with Francie Shaw (Granary Books). *In a Mean Time* will be published by Roof Books this fall. His critical books are *The Trouble With Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein and Zukofsky* (California) and *The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History* (Princeton). He has edited two collections of poets’ talks: *Hills Talks* and *Writing/Talks* (Southern Illinois).

Kenneth Goldsmith's writing has been called some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of nine books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, and the editor I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which is the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith" premiered at the British Library in 2007. Kenneth Goldsmith is the host of a weekly radio show on New York City's WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive.



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series: Bruce Andrews
Thurs. April 10, 2008, 7:30 pm, 614 Schermerhorn
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

Bruce Andrews was born in Chicago on April Fools Day, 1948. He is the author of several dozen books of poetry and performance scores, most recently, Lip Service (Coach House Press, 2001). His essays on poetics are collected in Paradise & Method: Poetics & Praxis (Northwestern University Press, 1996). He was co-editor, with Charles Bernstein, of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E (1978-1982) and The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book (Southern Illinois University Press, 1984). Andrews has taught Political Science at Fordham University since 1975 — with a focus on global capitalism, U.S. imperialism, the politics of communication, conspiracy theory, and covert politics. In New York City, he has also been involved in a long series of collaborative multi-media theatrical projects and performances. As composer, sound designer & live mixer, since the mid 1980s, he has been Music Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers.

U Buffalo Author Page: http://english.utah.edu/eclipse/authors.html
Eclipse Online Books Page: http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/andrews/
Photo: Charles Bernstein, 2006.



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series: Barrett Watten
Thurs. March 27, 2008, 7:00 pm, 614 Schermerhorn
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

Barrett Watten is a “language-centered” poet and critic of modernist and postmodern cultures. His recent study The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics (Wesleyan, 2003), received the René Wellek Prize in 2004. His creative work has taken the form of experiments in and between genres: his collected earlier poems, Frame: 1971–1990, appeared from Sun & Moon in 1997; Bad History, a nonnarrative prose poem “including history,” from Atelos in 1998; and Progress/Under Erasure, a combined edition of two long poems, from Green Integer in 2004. He has collaborated on two multi authored experimental works: Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union (Mercury House, 1992) and The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975–80, which began publication in a serial edition in November 2006. He edited the influential language-centered magazine This and co-edited Poetics Journal. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tübingen, Germany, in 2005, and teaches modernist studies and poetics at Wayne State University, Detroit (www.english.wayne.edu/fac_pages/ewatten).



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Craig Dworkin
& Charles Bernstein
Thurs. February 21, 2008, 7:00 pm, 413 Kent Hall
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston



New Poetry's Experimental Journal
Write and Submit 'til March 17, 2008: newpoetry@gmail.com

"Columbia New Poetry is a student organization dedicated to new, thought-provoking writing. This semester, we are gathering work for our first experimental poetry journal.

"Attempt poetry, short prose, new media, or visual composition as you’ve never written it. Shun the publishable. Squeeze the last drops of new out of your work. Fail better! Our journal seeks to collect the most adventurous & ambitious writing at Columbia...

"...most of which has yet to be written. Writers of all stripes, send new work to newpoetry@gmail.com ‘til March 17, 2008"



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
poet and translator Andrew Schelling
Fri. February 1, 2008, 7:00 pm in Hamilton Hall, rm 516
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

Andrew Schelling is a poet, translator and essayist, whose writings are known for their ecological focus and an engagement with the poetic traditions of Asia. He is the author of over a dozen books, most recently Two Elk: A High Country Notebook (bootstrap productions, 2005), The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry (Wisdom, 2005), and Kamini, a lithographed artist book designed by Ken Botnick at M-Dash Studio. Other titles include Tea Shack Interior: New & Selected Poetry, a collection of essays, Wild Form, Savage Grammar, and Erotic Love Poems from India, a translation of the eighth century Sanskrit collection Amarushataka. In the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, he co-edited the journal of experimental poetics, Jimmy & Lucy's House of "K." His translations from Sanskrit, Pali, and related Indian vernaculars appear in many anthologies. Dropping the Bow: Poems from Ancient India received the Academy of American Poets translation award in 1992. He teaches at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa in Boulder, CO. (Biography courtesy of Andrew Schelling's faculty page.)



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Richard K. Tipping
Wed. Oct 3, 2007, 8:15 pm in Hamilton Hall, rm 702
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and Professor Michael Golston

Not to be confused with Richard H. Tipping, Penn State professor of theoretical molecular physics, Richard K. Tipping is a sign-maker.  His signs can be found in Adelaide, Australia where he was born as well as in the book Signs of Australia (Penguin, 1982). In Adelaide, a sign directing drivers to the Airport turns into a sign directing drivers to the Airpoet. He also creates poetry sculptures with an almost Op art tension: meaning changes as the observer finds new ways of seeing the words presented. He studied at Flinders University and received his MA at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 1969, he founded the magazine Mok. He has published three books of poetry (Soft Riots, Domestic Hardcore, Nearer by Far) with the University of Queensland Press and has appeared in many anthologies. He lives in Newcastle, South Wales where he works at the School of Design, Communication and Technology at the University of Newcastle.



We Were There, Activities Fair

If you signed our table today, thanks & welcome. Sorry we had nothing for the goody baskets; we'll make it up to you. If you slept in, went to work, or were, like me, scared away by the large inflatables, keep posted on meetings & events online or by subscribing to t-h-e Columbia New Poetry email list -- always only gists & piths -- by sending yr name & address to cjw2109@columbia.edu. Am looking forward to the next four months. Do also let me know whether you eat shrimp.



New Poetry, New

New fall calendar dates. Another semester full-up with meetings & events -- stay posted for time & place - should know by mid-Sept. & by December, an online exhibition of work buffed & polished at the CNP work-shop.



In Memory

Columbia New Poetry mourns the death of poet, former Columbia PhD candidate, and faculty member of Emerson College Sarah Hannah, who took her life last week. Many of us are familiar with Sarah's remarkably passionate and intelligent poetry. A few of us at Columbia were also fortunate enough to have her as a T.A. Sarah Hannah's capacious knowledge of English poetry, from Wyatt to Bernstein and beyond, made her one of the rare graduate students whose study sessions were always full and busy with excited discussion. Having started her academic career later than most, Sarah used to joke with us about being the oldest PhD candidate at Columbia. This week, we are all struck by just how young and promising a poet and scholar we all have lost.

Sarah Hannah's first book, Longing Distance, was published by Tupelo Press in 2004. A second book of her work, Inflorescence, is due out in September. Information on the memorial reading to coincide with this book's release will be posted here as soon as it is made available.



New Poetry's APPROVED

As of this month, New Poetry is casting off its underground, whisper-low status & entering the ranks of recognized, stable, & funded Columbia groups. This means that we'll soon be moving our discussions out of "empty spaces" & into reserved rooms. Next year, we will finally have the resources to invite some poets for readings & to organize student readings & events on campus & in the City. We believe this will mark a major step in the reinvigoration of the poetry community at Columbia. We're celebrating. More to come.

There are some exciting April & May events to be found on the calendar. Keep the submissions coming!



Spring & All

Much going on this semester! Keep an eye on the calendar for a +/- up-to-date look at some very exciting NY poetry happenings.

Our regular meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays at 8:00 pm in Furnald Hall Lounge (directly inside the door) this semester - all are welcome. We'll be reading some interesting poets, talking about some work & ideas, plunging the shallow depths, etc.



3rd Annual Howl: A Celebration Of Columbia's Beats
November 03, 2006 from 4:30 - 10:00 pm
Afternoon: 301 Philosophy Hall
Evening: The West End
RSVP Only!

From the Web site:

Columbia howls again... join us for this two-part tribute to Columbia's beat legends on the 49th anniversary of Kerouac's signature work, On the Road.

David Amram: jazz musician/composer and longtime artistic collaborator with Kerouac and Ginsberg
Joyce Johnson: author of Minor Characters, a memoir of her time with Kerouac and the beats
Prof. Ann Douglas: Columbia English professor and Beat scholar
Penny Vlagopoulos: PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature (Columbia University) and editor of the forthcoming Kerouac scrolls

Remembering Jack
301 Philosophy Hall
Jazz composer/musician David Amram and writer Joyce Johnson will join Professor Ann Douglas and Penny Vaglopoulos for a discussion about Jack Kerouac. Kerouac's On The Road is celebrating its 49th anniversary this year, with Kerouac's friends and artistic collaborators returning to Columbia to talk about the author. To conclude with a screening of Pull My Daisy, a short film written by Kerouac and with a score by David Amram.

Howl: Jazz and Poetry
Havana Central at The West End, 2909 Broadway
Columbians meet at the West End, Kerouac and Ginsberg's old haunt, for a night of poetry and jazz, dinner and drinks. Jazz with David Amram and special guests, poetry recitations with Ann Douglas, Peter Hale, and others. Student musicians, bring your instruments to jam with David Amram.
$15 - alumni/guests
$10 - recent alumni (graduates from the last 10 years)
$5 - current students (all students are welcome to enjoy the jazz, readings, food and company; for those under 21, please note the West End will be stictly enforcing alcohol policy)
*price includes buffet dinner and open bar (beer and wine) for two hours  


One Month In: NYC Poetry Calendar
Suggest an upcoming event

In the past month, the New Poetry Calendar has grown from zero listings to well over 100. Thanks to all who have submitted events so far. Please continue to support the calendar with your input and freeback. To suggest a listing, please click here.

To become involved in New Poetry at Columbia or to see what our group has been up to in the past couple of months, click here.


Charles Bernstein: Launch for Girly Man @ Labyrinth Books
October 10th, 6:00 pm,
112th Street b/t Broadway and Amsterdam

Quoted from http://www.labyrinthbooks.com/events_detail.aspx?evtid=163&loc ::

After 9/11, postmodernism and irony were declared dead. Charles Bernstein here proves them alive and well in poems elegiac, defiant, and resilient to the point of approaching song. Heir to the democratic and poetic sensibilities of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, Bernstein has always crafted verse that responds to its historical moment, but no previous collection of his poems so specifically addresses the events of its time as Girly Man, which features works written on the evening of September 11, 2001, and in response to the war in Iraq. Here, Bernstein speaks out, combining self-deprecating humor with incisive philosophical and political thinking.

Composed of works of very different forms and moodsetchings from moments of acute crisis, comic excursions, formal excavations, confrontations with the cultural illogics of contemporary political consciousnessthe poems work as an ensemble, each part contributing something necessary to an unrealizable and unrepresentable whole. Indeed, representationand related claims to truth and moral certaintyis an active concern throughout the book. The poems of Girly Man may be oblique, satiric, or elusive, but their sense is emphatic. Indeed, Bernstein's poetry performs its ideas so that they can be experienced as well as understood. 

A passionate defense of contingency, resistance, and multiplicity, Girly Man is a provocative and aesthetically challenging collection of radical verse from one of America 's most controversial poets.
Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of more than twenty books, including My Way: Speeches and Poems and With Strings, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Site Update: NYC Poetry Calendar
Suggest an upcoming event

After a pleasant summer of inactivity, the Web site is new again; Columbia New Poetry is hosting a new Internet calendar of New York poetry & poetry-related events. By demand, our calendar is built to encourage participation in the fringe poetry communities of NY. Event submissions are needed to develop the calendar into a useful guide. Your help is especially appreciated in the formative months of the project. To suggest a listing, please click here.

Also note changes to the above navigation. Check back for regular updates.


Ontological-Hysteric Theater Spring/Summer '06

Experimental happenings continue in St. Mark's Church all summer at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, home of Richard Foreman et al. Full schedule can be found here.

May 18-21: "BRIDE" by Kevin Augustine's Lone Wolf Tribe
May 25-28: "Evoke memories of a golden age." by Object Collection
May 27: "Q & Y: A brief Comedy About Death" written and directed by Theresa Buchheister
June 15-24: "UNDER THE SIGN OF THE HOURGLASS..." by Anthony Cerrato, adapted from Bruno Schulz's short stories
June 30 - July 15: "THE SEWERS" by Banana Bag & Bodice
July 26-28: "UNTITLED INTENTIONAL EXERCISE # 1" by Stuck Pigs Squealing Theatre (Australia) in collaboration with NYC based artists Oliver Butler, Jason Craig, Jessica Jeliffe, and Mac Wellman.
August 3-12: "METRONOMA" by 31 Down Radio Theater
August 23-26: "THE HYSTERY OF HEAT" by the Performance Thanatology Research Society
August 31 - September 9: "SPOLEUM" by Daniel Allen Nelson



Now a Web address that you can count on
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Plan on future updates at the new address. The old address will remain online for a time. Edit your bookmarks, cross out the old and write the new address into your black book and organizer, re-touch-type it into your cellular phones and assign a new ringtone, mail your change-of-address labels out to Seventeen, National Geographic, and Country Cooking magazines, reissue your passports as first name: cu, last name: newpoetry.



Thanks to those who attended the campus poetry events this spring. Thanks+ to Michael Golston and all of the readers in this year's series.

In case you missed the Flarf Festival last weekend &/or would like to get the cozy digital effect of a flarfing, here's a YouTube link to a selection of videos from the festival:
http://youtube.com/profile_videos?user=jordandavis (courtesy of Jordan Davis)


Poster for the April 25 reading: [ reading4.pdf 125 kb ]

Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Charles Bernstein & Mary Rising Higgins
Tues. April 25, 2006, 8:30 pm in Hamilton, rm 602
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and organized by Michael Golston

We end our Spring reading series with two fantastic writers in the experimental tradition.

Charles Bernstein is perhaps the most visible of the Language poets; with Bruce Andrews, he edited the movement’s founding journal, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, during the 1970’s. He is the author of 30 books of poetry and libretti and has published two books of essays and one essay/poem collection. Bernstein is editor of 99 Poets/1999: An International Poetics Symposium, a special issue of boundary 2; Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Politics of Poetic Form: Poetry and Public Policy (New York: Roof Books, 1990) and Live at the Ear (Pittsburgh: Elemenope Productions, 1994), an audio poetry anthology. From 1990 to 2003, he was David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo and Director of the Poetics Program; in 2002, he was appointed SUNY Distinguished Professor. Bernstein is presently Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Recent anthology appearances include The Norton Anthology of Poetry; The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry; The Norton Anthology of Jewish American Literature; The Oxford Book of American Poetry, The Norton Introduction to Literature; The Norton Introduction to Poetry.

More on Charles Bernstein:

Mary Rising Higgins is the author of four books of poetry: red table(S (La Alameda Press, 1999), oclock (Potes and Poets, 2000), )locus TIDES(( (Potes and Poets, 2002), and )cliff TIDES(( (Singing Horse Press, 2005). Her poems, published in oversize formats, are carefully patterned and “shaped” on the page both to produce a striking visual component and to invite alternative soundings. Lyn Hejinian says of Higgins’ poetry,“it is work of précise inventions, work of imaginings that are carefully fantastical, compassionately observed.” Higgins’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This will be her first reading in New York City.

More on Mary Rising Higgins:


Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Robert Grenier
Mon. April 17, 2006, 8:00 pm in Schermerhorn, rm 614
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and organized by Michael Golston

We are very fortunate to have an unanticipated visit from Robert Grenier, who was this series’ first reader back in 2003. Grenier is one of the premier experimental poets working in America today; he
is most recently famous for his series of “drawn” poems, which he reads from slides projected during his live performances. Grenier is well known as an early member of the Language Poetry group; his
famous dictum, “I HATE SPEECH,” is often credited with launching the movement in the early 1970’s. Grenier often works outside of the book form, having published “boxes” of poetry and a large wall poster. His slides and poetry drawings push the boundaries between the visual and literary arts. He is currently represented in NYC by the Boesky Gallery.

More on Robert Grenier:


Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Rodrigo Toscano & Sean Killian
Tues. April 11, 2006, 8:00 pm in Fayerweather, rm 313
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and organized by Michael Golston

Rodrigo Toscano was a 2005 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is the author of To Leveling Swerve (Krupskaya Books, 2004), Platform (Atelos, 2003), The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002) and Partisans (O Books, 1999). His work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, 2004 (Scribners), War and Peace (O Books, 2004), and In the criminal’s cabinet: An anthology of poetry and fiction. His poetry has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croation, and Italian. He was poetry co-coordinator for “The Social Mark” symposium in Philadelphia, 2003, and a recent participant in “Poetry & Empire, Post-Invasion Poetics” at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as in “Societies of American Poetry, Dissenting Practices” at Georgetown University, and most recently, a panelist in “Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement” at the University of California, Irvine. Toscano is originally from California (San Diego and San Francisco). He lives in New York City.

More on Rodrigo Toscano:

Sean Killian is a poet living and working in Manhattan for 22 years. He has had work in many magazines, including American Letters And Commentary, Sulfur, Tool, Notus, Talisman, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, etc. He has been featured in Oblek's New Coast Anthology (2 volumes) and in Sun And Moon's New Millennium Calendar. His most recent book publication is Feint By Feint, Jensen/Daniels. He has curated a reading series for Segue at Double Happiness and organized an evening celebrating Bob Perelman's Marginalization Of Poetry.

Gertrude Stein: What Happened
Monday, April 11, 2006, 5:45 PM on the sundial
Columbia New Poetry + an array of actors, improvisors, passersby, and puppets


Posters for the March 28 reading & meeting:
Set A: [ reading2a.pdf 2.5 me ] [ meeting2a.pdf 4 mb ]
Set B: [ reading 2b.pdf 878 kb ] [ meeting2b.pdf 1.25 mb ]

Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Lytle Shaw & Bob Perelman
March 28, 2006, 8:00 pm in Hamilton, rm 304 (update)
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and organized by Michael Golston

Columbia New Poetry: 28 March 2006
immediately following the reading

Bob Perelman is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published 16 books of poetry, including *Ten to One: Selected Poems* (Wesleyan) and *Playing Bodies*, a painting/poem collaboration with Francie Shaw (Granary Books). *In a Mean Time* will be published by Roof Books this fall. His critical books are *The Trouble With Genius: Reading Pound, Joyce, Stein and Zukofsky* (California) and *The Marginalization of Poetry: Language Writing and Literary History* (Princeton). He has edited two collections of poets’ talks: *Hills Talks* and *Writing/Talks* (Southern Illinois).

More on Bob Perelman:

Lytle Shaw's books of poetry include Low Level Bureaucratic Structures: A Novel (Shark, 1998), Cable Factory 20 (Atelos, 1999), and The Lobe (Roof, 2002). His critical book, Frank O'Hara: The Poetics of Coterie, is forthcoming this summer from Iowa University Press. Shaw has recently written catalog essays on Robert Smithson for DIA Center and the Royal Art Lodge for The Drawing Center. Since 2000 his collaborations with artist Jimbo Blachly have been exhibited or performed at PS1/MoMA, Ace Gallery, and the Queens Museum. Shaw lives in New York City and teaches American literature at New York University.

More on Lytle Shaw:

For the downloadable poster, check back on the wknd.

[Columbia] New Poetry Update

3/22/2006 Columbia New Poetry was one of 19 groups that failed to get recognition from Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) this semester. In a recent e-mail, the decision was explained as follows:

"The board was not entirely comfortable that Columbia Poetry Society filled a new niche on campus... ABC needs to understand why you fills [sic] a unique niche on campus that cannot be filled by another club, and why the work does not fall under the auspices or under the umbrella of another club. Essentially, why is Columbia Poetry Society totally and wholly unique in its purpose and function? In order to assess this in a most complete way, ABC needs to see that Columbia Poetry Society has had numerous, well-attended events on campus relating to its function."

Our unofficial status will not affect meetings, reading, or other smaller projects; it essentially means that we will not receive funding through the Activities Board until Spring 2007 or later. This may cause a setback in our publishing efforts. We are now seeking other sources of funding and support, studying the elegant design and mimeography of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, & practicing general guerilla tactics culled from Kure Kure Takora.

Although I think it's obvious that new poetry is an empty niche at Columbia, long unfilled & desperately in need of attention, the last bit of ABC's response should be taken as a useful, albeit unpoetic, directive for the coming year: numerous, well-attended events. See above.

Additional updates as they arise. Say, Sunday.



Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American Avant-Garde
Reading Series
Samuel Menashe & Michael Heller
7 February 2006, 8:00 pm at Deutsches Haus
[420 W 116 b/t Amerstdam and Morningside]
Presented by the Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature and organized by Michael Golston

Columbia New Poetry: 7 February 2006
immediately following the reading

Samuel Menashe is the first recipient of the Neglected Masters Prize established by The Poetry Foundation, and his New and Selected Poems, edited by Christopher Ricks and published by the Library of America, appears in conjunction with that award. Menashe was born in New York City in 1925. In 1943, he enlisted and was sent to the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. After training in England, his division (the 87th) fought in France, Belgium (The Battle of the Bulge), and Germany. In 1950, he was awarded a doctorat d’universite by the Sorbonne. His first book was published in London in 1961. In 1996, his poems were featured in Penguin Modern Poets, Volume 7. 

Menashe has practiced his art of "compression and crystallization" (in Derek Mahon's phrase) in poems that are brief in form but startlingly wide-ranging and profound in their engagement with ultimate questions. Dana Gioia has written: "Menashe is essentially a religious poet, though one without an orthodox creed. Nearly every poem he has ever published radiates a heightened religious awareness." Intensely musical and rigorously constructed, Menashe's poetry stands apart in its solitary meditative power. But it is equally a poetry of the everyday, suffused, in the words of Christopher Ricks, with "the courage of comedy, flanked by the respect of innocence." The humblest of objects, the minutest of natural forms here become powerfully suggestive, and even the shortest of the poems are spacious in the perspectives they open.

More on Samuel Menashe:

Michael Heller has published seven volumes of poetry, the most recent being Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2003).  A selection of his essays, Uncertain Poetries, has also just been published.  His memoir, Living Root, was published by the State University of New York Press in the Fall of 2000.  Most recently, his libretto for the opera Benjamin, based on the life of the German-Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin, has been set to music by the composer Ellen Fishman Johnson and performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  His poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Paris Review, Conjunctions, Harpers, New Letters, The Nation, American Poetry Review, Pequod, The New York Times Book Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review and many others.  His critical study, Conviction's Net of Branches: Essays on the Objectivist Poets and Poetry, was published by Southern Illinois University Press.  His many awards and honors include prizes from The New School for Social Research, Poetry in Public Places, the New York State CAPS Fellowship in Poetry, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Prize of the Poetry Society of America, a New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fund for Poetry.  He has been a member of the faculty of NYU's American Language Institute since 1967 and has taught at The Naropa Institute, The New School, San Francisco State, Notre Dame and other universities. 

"There is a classic largeness to these poems, whether of means or of reference--a consummately civilized response to our time that makes the intimate and the physical still primary despite the generalizing chaos Heller confronts so movingly."--Robert Creeley 

"...tone perfect poems-the tone, the scale, note by note, interval by interval--attack on the 'gods of ennui and loneliness.'" --George Oppen

 More on Michael Heller:

Download the poster: [ 2-7poster.pdf ]

Columbia New Poetry: 7 February 2006
immediately following the reading

Student readers, writers, critics, and all are encouraged to come.

We will briefly discuss the formation of the organization, its foundation and development in the next few months. We'll also be signing a contact list/petition to request status through Activity Board @ Columbia. If you cannot make it or if you have any questions regarding this new group, please email cjw2109@columbia.edu _Best and best_

In formation

The objective of this organization will be to coordinate interest in and examination of new writings within Columbia’s student body. In idealistic spirit, some goals include:

1. Weekly meetings for dialogue: casual discussion of recent works with consideration of contemporary thoughts and analysis.

2. Collaboration with Poetry Project for publicity, readings, and other projects such as online archiving.

3. An on-campus reading series featuring selected poets paired with Columbia student readers.

4. An online archive project with UbuWeb, Eclipse, and PennSound as models and inspiration, with material from New York sources or with a unique focus determined by the organization. (Abovementioned Web sites have been invaluable as resources for collection and distribution. Here we have a site to house such an archive).

5. A semester publication of all new poetry – .5 for featured in-the-field writers, .5 for undergraduate work and essays – to encourage experimentation and distribution of works that might otherwise be neglected.

6. Active community for collaboration and exchange of ideas.

Please see the links to the left of this page for a sense of the vision and context of Columbia New Poetry.


Dupee-Koch Poetry of the American
Avant-Garde Reading Series: Upcoming Readings

Tuesday, February 7th: Samuel Menashe and Michael Heller

March: Bob Perelman and Lytle Shaw

Early April: Rodrigo Toscano and Sean Killian

Late April: Mary Rising Higgins and Charles Bernstein

Watch for posters w/ specific times and dates.


'06, cjw2109 AT columbia DOT edu

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