Thursday, October 06, 2005

At the Poetry Project

At the Poetry Project this Wednesday, October 12 8pmJuliana Spahr & Claudia Rankine

I’ve raved about the Spahr/Rankine book American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and now’s your chance to hear the editors in person. Of course you will have to hear me read Monday afternoon in Bryant Park, and then attend belladonna at Dixon Place, on Tuesday night, which should get you warmed up for the Poetry Project Wednesday. Who said living in NY was easy? Juliana Spahr was born in Chillicothe, Ohio but currently lives in Oakland, California. Her books include This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (University of California Press), Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You (Wesleyan University Press), Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (University of Alabama Press), and Response (Sun & Moon Press). She co-edits the journal Chain with Jena Osman (archive at Temple) and she frequently self-publishes her work (archive here & here). Claudia Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004), Nothing in Nature Is Private (1995), The End of the Alphabet (1998), and Plot (2001). She is co-editor, with Juliana Spahr, of American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language. Well known for her experimental multi-genre writing, Rankine fuses the lyric, the essay, and the visual in Don’t Let me Be Lonely, a politically and morally fierce examination of solitude in the rapacious and media-driven assault on selfhood that is contemporary America. She teaches in the writing program at the University of Houston.

The Poetry Project is located at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery131 East 10th Street at Second AvenueNew York City 10003Trains: 6, F, N, R, and L.

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