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New Heatstrings Recordings from Louisville, 2016

Posted 5/6/2016

Thanks to A.L. Nielsen we've got a set of wonderful new recordings surrounding this year's Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, which have been added to his Heatstrings series page.

From the conference itself, we have a February 19th panel organized around What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, edited by Nielsen and Lauri Ramey, which was reissued in an updated second edition last summer. This panel, chaired by Nielsen and with a response by Ramey, featured contributions from four poets enclosed in the anthology: Tyrone Williams, C.S. Giscombe, Pia Dias, and Nathaniel Mackey.

Next, and also from the 19th, there's a late-night reading by Mackey as part of the Lute and Drum Reading Series. Finally, from February 20th, the annual tradition of an informal reading at Alan Golding's house continues with an exciting lineup that included Joshua Adams, Jane Augustine, Jon Curley, Joel Duncan, Norman Finkelstein, Michael Heller, Jeanne Heuving, Burt Kimmelman, Mark Scroggins, Ken Taylor, and Barrett Watten, along with Nielsen, Giscombe, and Mackey.

You can browse these and many other Heatstrings recordings from Nielsen's archives here.


New at Jacket2: Paul Auster Interviews the Oppens, 1980

Posted 5/4/2016

Today at Jacket2, we've published a tremendously exciting piece that came our way through the good graces of Richard Swigg: "No Form in Mind" is Paul Auster's 1980 interview with George and Mary Oppen.

Presumed lost for many years, Swigg discovered this historic interview — Oppen's last — among Auster's papers in the New York Public Library's Berg Collection in 2014. Unfortunately, that was too late for his 2012 collection of interviews, Speaking with George Open, but he very kindly shared it with us and provided a brief critical intro. "When Paul Auster in 1980 asked to interview his friend George Oppen," he begins, "the poet agreed, but with a warning. 'What worries me,' wrote Oppen, 'is the question of whether or not I can say anything that I have not already said — And my own condition at this moment which is something alas, very like senility — I am not being very brilliant these days, and I have not written anything since Primitive.'" He needn't have worried: as Auster notes, this lengthy exchange contains "blazing wit, spontaneous remarks as precise and funny as anything I had ever heard him say." You can judge for yourself here.


Trish Salah: New Author Page

Posted 5/2/2016

Here's another new PennSound author page to start your week off on the right foot: this time it's for Canadian poet and critic Trish Salah.

The earliest of the recordings archived here is from the 2009 ADFEMPO (Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism) conference, organized by Belladonna*, which took place on September 24th and 25th of that year. Salah appeared as part of a panel on "Body as Discourse" chaired by Kate Eichhorn that included Joan Retallack, Laura Smith, Nathalie Stephens (Nathanaël), and Ronaldo V. Wilson in addition to Salah, which explored "questions of the body, referentiality, remapping bodies and borders, intertextuality, narrativity, aesthetics, and the challenges of de-essentialization as we scrutinize 'female,' 'queer,' 'raced' and 'othered' bodies."

Beyond that panel, there's a brief set as part of a Belladonna* Reading Series event on Transfeminism and Literature from 2012, and Salah's Segue Series reading at the Zinc Bar in March 2013. Click the title above to start exploring.



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