Scott Thurston:Talking Poetics— Dialogues in Innovative Poetry

This is a book of full-length interviews with the poets Karen Mac Cormack, Jennifer Moxley, Caroline Bergvall and Andrea Brady carried out between 2008 and 2009 in the UK and USA by Scott Thurston. During the course of these conversations, the poets explore a huge range of topics likely to interest anyone concerned with the state of innovative poetry today. Each interview considers the complete oeuvre of each writer and includes detailed engagements with selected texts as well as unfolding themes such as the role of innovation, the politics of poetry and reflections on lyric and autobiography. Each interview is footnoted and there is an extensive bibliography. Out now on Shearsman.

Ghost Cargo – a “sky writing” project over Leeds, by Caroline Bergvall

Tuesday, June 21 · 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Be part of an incredible art event, taking place right across Leeds:

At midday on the 2011 summer solstice, Tuesday, 21 June 2011, the skies above and around Leeds city centre will play host to a unique ‘sky writing’ project conceived by internationally renowned artist and writer, Caroline Bergvall, and delivered as a part of the 20th annual Refugee Week celebrations. As part of the project, the artist is inviting people right across Leeds to pick up their phones and video cameras, film the artwork as it passes overhead, and upload their footage to this Event page.

All the footage collected will be edited together into a film for presentation at Leeds Art Gallery later this year.

‘Ghost Cargo’ will fly for 90 minutes across the Yorkshire landscape, reaching Leeds city centre at midday. We are inviting everyone with access to a video camera or video enabled phone to get involved by filming Ghost Cargo as it passes overhead, and to upload their footage to this Event page (if you can add a comment under your video submission, with details of where you filmed from – an address or postcode – that would be great!)

The project is being delivered in partnership with Leeds Art Gallery and Writing Encounters, an initiative that supports writers and artists who work with text.

More information about the project can be found here:

Revolutions in Form #3

Caroline Bergvall / Ross Sutherland / Laura Dockril / Hannah Silva

The third in Mercy’s occasional series of language-in-performance events returns to its roots with four of the top practitioners of innovative poetry in performance – seeing out the Bluecoat’s Chapter and Verse Literature Festival.

at the Bluecoat
Sunday 17th October, 9.30 – 11.00


Caroline Bergvall- 2 events

Speaking Out: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice

Saturday 6 February 2010, 10.30–17.30

This symposium focuses on the use of the spoken word in artistic practice and its manifestations in sonic and audiovisual art works. Taking the lead from the recently published anthology of works Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice, this event encompasses performances, talks and conversations by artists and researchers who employ spoken words as their material and inspiration.
Contributors include Tomomi Adachi, Caroline Bergvall, David Toop, Imogen Stidworthy, Brandon LaBelle, Oswaldo Macià and Trevor Wishart.
In collaboration with CRISAP, Creative Research into Sound Art Practice, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Tate Modern  Starr Auditorium
£25 (£15 concessions), booking recommended

Sina Queyras:
Caroline Bergvall’s Lingual Scultpures
Lively posting on a few of Caroline Bergvall’s  pieces by Canadian poet Sina Queyras on the Poetry Foundation’s widely read blog, Harriet.
Includes a sound file.
Posted on 26 January 2010.
To be followed by a written Q&A to be published in the next few days.

Other recent events available to view/hear/check up on:

Guardian Reveals ‘Top Ten Poetry of the Noughties’

In its festive merriment, and review of the culture of the decad,e The Guardian takes a closer look at what’s been important over the last ten years in the world of poetry.

1. Miles Champion Three Bell Zero
2. Christian Bok Eunoia
3. Tim Atkins Horace
4. Peter Manson Adjunct: A Digest
5. Tom Raworth Collected Poems
6. P. Inman Ad Finitum
7. Ron Silliman The Alphabet
8. Tom Jenks A Priori
9. Caroline Bergvall Fig
10. Jeff Hilson (ed.) The Reality Street Books of Sonnets

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