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Threads Talk Series


Threads, a series of talks curated by Steve Clay and Kyle Schlesinger, is devoted to the art of the book featuring poets, scholars, artists, and publishers. The objective for the series is to build on the discourse within book arts to explore and enrich relationships between various strands of book culture that are often approached in isolation, for example poetry and writing, visual and performing arts, collaboration, design, printing, independent publishing, literary history, critical theory, and material culture to name a few. The talks were recorded before a small studio audience and are available for public consumption here on PennSound. Eventually the series will be collected and published in book form.

Threads began in the spring of 2009 in New York City with talks by Alan Loney, Charles Alexander and Simon Cutts. Additional recordings will be added periodically.


Alan Loney, March 11, 2009
"What Book Does My Library Make?"

  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (3:01): MP3
  2. Talk (37:35): MP3
  3. Conversation (29:49): MP3

Complete Recording (1:10:24): MP3


Charles Alexander, April 16, 2009
"Between Poetics"

  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (2:31): MP3
  2. Talk (42:40): MP3
  3. Conversation (29:39): MP3

Complete Recording (1:15:12): MP3


Simon Cutts, July 21, 2009
"The Metaphor Books 1967-2009"

  1. Introduction by Kyle Schlesinger (2:49): MP3
  2. Talk (34:48): MP3
  3. Conversation (31:38): MP3

Complete Recording (1:09:17): MP3


Buzz Spector, October 2, 2009
"On the Fetishism of the Book Object"

  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (3:45): MP3
  2. Talk (34:17): MP3
  3. Conversation (33:51): MP3

Complete Recording (1:11:56): MP3



Jerome Rothenberg, May 7, 2010
"From the Voice to the Book, from the Book to the Voice: a Dialectic"
  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (1:55): MP3
  2. Talk (29:55): MP3
  3. Discussion (38:11): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:10:55): MP3


Cecilia Vicuña, November 3, 2010
"Knotations on a Quipu"
  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (3:07): MP3
  2. Talk (40:25): MP3
  3. Discussion (15:39): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:00:32): MP3


Jen Bervin, November 17, 2010
"Text from Textile: Stem & Root"
  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (1:51): MP3
  2. Talk (41:01): MP3


Kathleen Walkup, January 27, 2011
"The Book is a Public Place"
  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (2:19): MP3
  2. Talk (31:06): MP3
  3. Discussion (47:23): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:20:48): MP3


Johanna Drucker, March 16, 2011
"How Some Poems Are Made"
  1. Introduction (2:37): MP3
  2. Talk (1:01:11): MP3
  3. Discussion (24:49): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:26:00): MP3


Keith Smith, November 20, 2011
"Struggling to See"
  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (2:27): MP3
  2. Talk (37:07): MP3
  3. Discussion (15:35): MP3
  • Complete Recording (55:09): MP3


Richard Minsky, December 3, 2011
"Material Meets Metaphor"
  1. Introduction by Kyle Schlesinger (1:19): MP3
  2. Talk (45:40): MP3
  3. Discussion (43:31): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:30:30): MP3


Emily McVarish, October 10, 2012
"Page Space"
  1. Introduction by Steve Clay (2:24): MP3
  2. Talk (52:17): MP3
  3. Discussion (23:48): MP3
  • Complete Recording (1:18:30): MP3

These sound recordings are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights to this recorded material belong to the speakers. © 2011 Threads Talk Series. Used with permission of Steve Clay and Kyle Schlesinger. Distributed by PennSound.