Rachel Blau DuPlessis in Sheffield

The Centre for Poetry & Poetics presents a poetry reading with: Rachel Blau DuPlessis

Theatre Workshop, 4a Sherwood Road, S10 2TD University of Sheffield

Friday 20th January 2017, 17.45pm 

Rachel Blau DuPlessis (born Brooklyn, New York) is an American poet and essayist, feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modernist and contemporary  poetry. She is the author of the multi-volume long poem Drafts, (1986-2012), from Salt Publishing and Wesleyan called “one of the major poetic achievements of our time” by Ron Silliman. Post-Drafts    books    include    Interstices   (Subpress, 2014),Graphic Novella (Xexoxial Editions, 2015), the collage-poem Numbers (in press) and a companion long poem, Traces. She has written a trilogy of critical essays on gender and poetics: The Pink Guitar, Blue Studios and Purple Passages, several other critical books, as well as editing The Selected Letters of George Oppen (1990). http://rachelblauduplessis.com/

EMMA COCKER TRANSMISSION LECTURE AND BOOK LAUNCH

Join us on for an evening with Sheffield artist Emma Cocker.

From 4.30pm – 6pm, Emma will give a lecture about the wider context of her practice as a writer-artist, as part of the Transmission Lecture Series, a series of free art lectures produced by Site Gallery in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University’s Fine Art Department.

Following the lecture at Sheffield Hallam University, join us at Site Gallery from 6pm for the launch of Emma’s first collection of writing – The Yes of the No (published by Site Gallery in 2016). Emma will read from the book at 7pm.

Existing in the space between imaginative proposition and a call to action, The Yes of 
the No is an assemblage of provocations, proposals and potential ways of operating
— ranging from navigating the city and inhabiting the margins to errant acts of reading; from preparing for the unexpected
to learning how to ‘not know’, from minor acts of singular sedition to collective expressions of an insurgent ‘we’.

Emma Cocker is a writer-artist based in Sheffield and Reader in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Cocker’s work often addresses the endeavour of creative 
labour, focusing on models of (art) practice and subjectivity that resist the pressure of a single, stable position by remaining wilfully unresolved. Her recent writing has been published in Failure (2010); Stillness in a Mobile World (2011); Drawing a Hypothesis: Figures of Thought (2011); Hyperdrawing: Beyond the Lines of Contemporary Art (2012); On Not Knowing: How Artists Think (2013); Reading/ Feeling (2013) and Choreo-graphic Figures: Deviations from the Line (2017).

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SJ Fowler: new for 2017

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Some new books / plays / courses / exhibitions / events for the first half of the year upcoming.

New Publications

The Guide to Being Bear Aware : a new poetry collection published by Shearsman Books. Launched at York Literature Festival on March 29th, Kingston Writing School April 5th, Arnolfini in Bristol on April 6th and in London, at Swedenborg Hall in Bloomsbury, on April 11th www.stevenjfowler.com/bearaware

I fear my best work behind me : my debut art book – art brut portraiture, abstract illustration and handwritten poems, published by Stranger Press. May 2017. www.stevenjfowler.com/ifear

Subcritical Tests with Ailbhe Darcy – A full length collaborative collection of poetry and one of the first titles, and the very first poetry book, to be published by Gorse. Summer 2017. www.stevenjfowler.com/subcriticaltests

The Words Moving : poems on cinema – Limited edition poetry collection, each poem responding to a film, from The Devils to Angel Heart, from Salo to Jurassic Park, published by Pyramid Editions. Summer 2017 www.stevenjfowler.com/wordsmoving

Theatre

Mayakovsky As part of Rich Mix’s programme exploring the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a new experimental play on Vladimir Mayakovsky. Performed alongside new works by playwrights Petra Freimund, Larry Lynch and others. www.stevenjfowler.com/mayakovsky

Courses 

Inventing Rauschenberg at Tate Modern – Exploring the life and legacy of Robert Rauschenberg, with a course following his innovative and wide ranging practise connected to the exhibition ongoing. 20 Feb – 20 March – Monday evenings : 18.45–20.45, in the galleries at Tate Modern. Booking here.

Exhibitions

Worm Wood with Tereza Stehlikova – A collaborative exhibition at Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenter’s Chapel and Gallery running 100 days from May to September 2017. Featuring new works of video, text art and installation, the exhibition will feature an event programme, including guided walks and workshops, exploring disappearing west London. www.stevenjfowler.com/wormwood

Visual Poetry at Museum of Futures : February 18th to March 5th. A group show of new visual and concrete poetry, text art and avant-garde sculpture, drawing in artists and poets from South West London for the exhibition in Surbiton. http://www.theenemiesproject.com/futures

Curatorial

North x North West Poetry Tour : Visiting six cities across January and February, this tour of collaborative ‘Camarade’ events will draw in dozens of poets from across the region, endemic of the resurgence of avant-garde and literary poetry in the north of England in the last decade plus. New collaborations between myself and Chris McCabe, Amy Cutler, Nathan Walker & more. Curated with Tom Jenks. Supported by Arts Council England. www.theenemiesproject.com/northwest 

Fiender: Swedish Enemies – January 28th at Rich Mix: Free
20 poets present 10 brand new collaborations to celebrate the visit of some of Sweden’s, and Europe’s most interesting writers. A new collaboration with Aase Berg, alongside poets including Elis Burrau & Holly Corfield Carr, Kathryn Maris & Patrick Mackie, Annie Katchinska & Mark Waldron. Curated with Harry Man. Supported by Arts Council Sweden. www.theenemiesproject.com/fiender

University Camarade II – February 25th at Rich Mix: Free
The University Camarade asks pairs of creative writing students from different Universities in the UK to collaborate on short new works of poetry or text, for performance.  The second event in the series features students from Kingston University, Oxford Brookes, York St John, Kent, Essex, York and Royal Holloway www.theenemiesproject.com/unicamarade

English PEN Modern Literature Festival – April 1st at Rich Mix : Free
30 contemporary UK-based writers present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world. The festival continues English PEN’s relationship with innovative contemporary literature over an extraordinary day. The 2017 festival will feature Denise Riley, Hannah Silva, Sandeep Parmar, Vahni Capildeo, Luke Kennard, Nathan Jones, Tony White, Matthew Welton, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Sasha Dugdale & many others. www.theenemiesproject.com/englishpen

Integration Alone Is Not Enough – Concrete poetry exhibition

Curated by Andrew Hunt

3 February, 2016 – 24 March, 2017
Richard Saltoun 111 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 6RY

PV 2 February 6-8pm

Richard Saltoun is pleased to present an exhibition of works of concrete poetry rarely seen in the UK, including artists Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Kenelm Cox, Tom Edmonds, John Furnival, Dom Sylvester Houédard, Peter Mayer, Charles Verey and Edward Wright.

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