Charles Bernstein – a preview

The next Other Room is on Monday 3rd October at The Castle Hotel, Manchester, featuring Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein and Maggie O’Sullivan. 7 PM start, free entry, as always.

This clip is of v’s University of Pennsylvania 6o second lecture What Makes a Poem a Poem?

Charles Bernstein is an American poet, essayist, editor, and literary scholar. He holds the Donald T. Regan Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania and is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets, having co-edited (and co-founded) L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine with Bruce Andrews between 1978 and 1981. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published 17 major books of poetry including Legend, with Bruce Andrews, Steve McCaffery, Ron Silliman and Ray DiPalma (New York: L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E/Segue, 1980), Controlling Interests (Roof Books, 1980), Islets/Irritations (Roof Books, 1992), Rough Trades (Sun & Moon, 1991) The Sophist (Sun & Moon, 1987) and many others, including two selected volumes: Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 (Sun & Moon, 2000) and All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010). Bernstein is also an important critic and editor of contemporary poetry and this year the University of Chicago press published his Pitch of Poetry. His other remarkable critical writings include: Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (University of Chicago Press, 2011), My Way: Speeches and Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999), A Poetics (Harvard University Press, 1992) and Content’s Dream: Essays 1975-1984 (Sun & Moon Press, 1986). Other notable projects include A Conversation with David Antin (Granary Books, 2002) and Shadowtime: a libretto for an opera about Walter Benjamin with music by Brian Ferneyhough (Green Integer, 2005). Find out more about his work at the Electronic Poetry Center and Penn Sound.

Susan Bee – a preview

The next Other Room is on Monday 3rd October at The Castle Hotel, Manchester, featuring Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein and Maggie O’Sullivan. 7 PM start, free entry, as always.

This clip is a sound recording of Susan Bee reading with Johanna Drucker as part of the Segue Series at the Bowery Poetry Club, New York, May 2007.

Susan Bee is an artist who lives in Brooklyn. She has had seven solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery, NY, and solo shows at Southfirst Gallery, Accola Griefen Gallery, and Lisa Cooley Gallery in NY. She has a BA from Barnard College and a MA in Art from Hunter College. Bee has published sixteen artist’s books. She has collaborated with poets including: Johanna Drucker, Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein, and Jerome Rothenberg. She is the coeditor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Bee received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Fine Arts in 2014. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. Find out more about her work at the Electronic Poetry Center site and at Penn Sound.

Maggie O’Sullivan – a preview

The next Other Room is on Monday 3rd October at The Castle Hotel, Manchester, featuring Susan Bee, Charles Bernstein and Maggie O’Sullivan. 7 PM start, free entry, as always.

This clip is of Maggie O’Sullivan’s interpretation of the letter L, part of our celebration of Bob Cobbing’s The ABC in Sound in October 2012. For more clips of Maggie, see her page at Penn Sound or her performance as part of the Other Room’s Poems for the Millennium launch in October 2010.

Maggie O’Sullivan has been making and performing her work internationally since the mid 1970s. Anthology appearances include Poems for the Millennium, Volume 2. She is the editor of out of everywhere: an anthology of contemporary linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK (1996). Books include eXcLa with Bruce Andrews (1993), In the House of the Shaman (1996), red shifts (2001), Palace of Reptiles (2003), all origins are lonely (2003) and Body of Work (2006), WATERFALLS (2009), ALTO (2009), and murmur (2011). The Salt Companion to Maggie O’Sullivan (2011) collects essays by contemporaries on her work. Her author page at Pennsound is a primary resource for online recordings of her readings/performances. Her website is www.maggieosullivan.co.uk

James Wilkes: a preview

The next Other Room is on Thursday 25th August at The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE. 7 PM start, free entry. The readers are Joey Frances, David Kennedy, Wanda O’Connor and James Wilkes.

James Wilkes is a poet, writer and performance maker. His poems and prose have appeared recently in GorsePoetry Wales, Torque 2 andThe Wire; recent performances have included live work for ‘This is a Voice’ (Wellcome Collection, London) and ‘Where Were We – On Intimacy, Writing, Body’ (Godsbanen, Aarhus). He is Associate Director of Hubbub, an interdisciplinary group of artists and researchers investigating rest, noise, tumult, activity and work. Links: www.renscombepress.co.uk // twitter.com/wilkesjames