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Johanna Drucker

photo © 2006, Charles Bernstein

Appearing on Close Listening with Charles Bernstein, Kelly Writers House, March 14, 2011

Program One: Reading

  1. Fragile, 1971, printed 1977 (2:22): MP3
  2. Dark, 1972 (1:08): MP3
  3. From A to Z, 1977 (1:02): MP3
  4. Nederlands, How (so) Far, 1978 (0:50): MP3
  5. Tongues, 1982 (1:34): MP3
  6. Bookscape, 1988 (2:20): MP3
  7. History of the/my Wor(ld), 1989-90 (2:03): MP3
  8. “The Uselessness of Art in Management Situations,” Dark Decade, (written in the 1980s, published in 1995) (4:50): MP3
  9. “Mutant Politics,” and “Genetic Knowledge,” from Deterring Discourse, 1993 (2:42): MP3
  10. Narratology, 1993-4 (4:01): MP3
  11. Damaged Spring, 2003 (2:17): MP3
  12. Combo Meals, 2008 (3:23): MP3
  • complete reading (28:41): MP3

Program Two: Conversation

  • complete conversation with Charles Bernstein(29:47): MP3


PoemTalk #47, discussing Rosmarie Waldrop's "Shorter American Memory of the Declaration of Independence," November 10, 2011

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2.

"A Conversation about Aesthetics and Materiality: at the Kelly Writers House, Penn, March 14, 2011"

  • audio of complete talk and discussion (1:06:09): MP3

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"Radical Remediation," keynote for the conference "Remediating the Avant-Garde: Magazines and Digital Archives." Princeton University, October 25, 2013

Recorded by Chris Funkhouser
  • Complete lecture (51:57): MP3

Threads Talk Series "How Some Poems Are Made", March 16, 2011

  1. Introduction (2:37): MP3
  2. Talk (1:01:11): MP3
  3. Discussion (24:49): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:26:00): MP3

MLA Offsite Reading at ArtShare, LA, January 8, 2011

complete reading (2:11): MP3

Johanna Drucker, "Art Theory Now: From Aesthetics to Aesthesis," School of VIsual Arts (NY), Dec. 11, 2008 link

"Combo Meals: Why/How This Book Now?" — PennDesign Visiting Artists Lecture, February 14, 2008

"Writing Books: What Writers Learn From Making Their Work Into Books," the 2008 Bernheimer Symposium Lecture at the Kelly Writers House, February 13, 2008

  • complete lecture (1:02:06): MP3
  • (you can view "The Boiling Cells," an exquisite corpse broadside created by Drucker's letterpress workshop later that afternoon here)

Segue at the Bowery Poetry Club, Susan Bee and Johanna Drucker, May 5, 2007

  1. Introduction by Erica Kaufman and Tim Peterson; reading from A Girl's Life (27:04): MP3
  2. Susan Bee shows slides of her work; Johanna Drucker reads from From Now (38:34): MP3

for photos and more information on this event, please visit this page

MLA Offsite Poetry Reading, December 26, 2006

  • Total Wreck (1:36): MP3

Speaking at the 2005 International Association of Word and Image Conference, KWH, September 27, 2005

Graphical Affectivity (12:41): MP3

Reading at Wednesdays @ 4 Plus, SUNY-Buffalo, October 23, 2002

complete reading (40:15): MP3

reading as part of the Line Reading Series, November 17, 2000

  • complete reading (38:46): MP3

The Radio Readings Project, 1999

  1. from "Naratology," followed by comments (11:03): MP3
  2. Figuring the Word (7:19): MP3
  3. from "Prove Before Laying" (3:47): MP3
  4. from "Dark Decade" (19:35): MP3
  5. Pollution Style (1:14): MP3
  6. Mutant Optics (1:31): MP3
  7. Terminal Data (1:35): MP3
  8. Cyber Sentience (2:52): MP3
  9. complete reading (52:54): MP3

Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, February 29, 1992

  • Complete Reading (44:30): MP3
  • Segue Series Reading at the Ear Inn, October 22, 1988

    • Dark Decade (26:01): MP3
    • New York Talk, New York, NY, June 5, 1984

      • "On Writing as the Visual Representation of Language" (2:15:21): MP3

      To view an assortment of Drucker's artists' books and visual poetry, visit Artists' Books Online

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