August September 1998 October
All events take place at the Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia (U of P).
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- Labor Day Weekend
- 3:00-4:30 PM Penn Reading Project:Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston
- 7:00-9:00 PM Class Ode Competition For the Class of 2002
- First Day of Classes
- 7:00-9:00 PM Mellon Writing Groups Training
- 2:00 PM Planning Committee Meeting
- 5:00-7:00 PM Opening Reception for The Writer's Eye: Portraits of Modern Authors, an exhibit of 35 black and white photographs by Robin Hiteshew. The exhibit will be up until October 31, so please stop by and enjoy Robin's work! Many of the photographs are of Philadelphia writers.
- CANCELLED: 8:00-10:00 PM A performance by the infamous Virgin House Band!
- 5:15-7:15 PM Penn and Pencil Club, a writing workshop for staff (meets in Room 202 this month)
- 8:00 PM Season Opener of LIVE at the Writers House featuring poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis!
Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Professor of English at Temple University, is a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and a poet and essayist. DuPlessis is the author of Writing Beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers (1986), H.D.: The Career of that Struggle, both from Indiana University Press, and The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (Routledge, 1990.) LIVE, from Feminism: Memoirs of Women's Liberation, co-edited with Ann Snitow, will come out from Crown in 1998. DuPlessis' recent poetry has appeared in Grand Street, West Coast Line, Conjunctions, Common Knowledge, Chelsea, Parataxis, The Iowa Review, Action Poetique and Hambone. Her work appears in several anthologies of poetry in the United States and France, including Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (Talisman House) and Poems for the Millenium, vol. 2 (University of California Press.
Rodrigo Toscano, originally from San Diego, is now living in San
Francisco. His forthcoming books include: The Disparities (Sun &
Moon), Partisans (O Books), and an as yet untitled book
commissioned by Atelos Press. His work
will also appear in The Gertrude Stein Awards Anthology (Sun &
Moon). His work has appeared in numerous American and Canadian Journals:
Chain, West Coast Line, Poetics Journal, New American Writing,
Proliferation, Big Allis, Tripwire, Object, Washington Review, Zyzzyva,
Explosive Views (Audio CD), Torque, Apex of the M, Ribot, B City,
Situation, Mirage, Fourteen Hills, Lyric &, Prosodia, Exhaust, Lipstick,
Superflux, The Little Magazine (on CD ROM), Crayon 2. Toscano
works as a social worker in San Francisco. His other interests include
art history, labor politics, and playing the piano.
Alan Gilbert is a graduate of the English Ph.D. program at SUNY
Buffalo where he wrote a dissertation on early nineteenth-century British
working-class agrarianism and abolitionism. While in Buffalo, he
co-edited the literary journal apex of the M. He's had poems
published in the most recent issue of First Intensity, and will
have work included in the next issue of Sulfur. Book reviews have
appeared in the Poetry Project Newsletter and Denver
Quarterly. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a part-time
proofreader at a financial printer near Wall Street.
This program was recorded and is available through PENNsound.
Alan Gilbert is a graduate of the English Ph.D. program at SUNY Buffalo where he wrote a dissertation on early nineteenth-century British working-class agrarianism and abolitionism. While in Buffalo, he co-edited the literary journal apex of the M. He's had poems published in the most recent issue of First Intensity, and will have work included in the next issue of Sulfur. Book reviews have appeared in the Poetry Project Newsletter and Denver Quarterly. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a part-time proofreader at a financial printer near Wall Street.
The New York Times Book Review calls Lorene Cary "a powerful storyteller, frankly sensual, mortally funny, gifted with an ear for the pounce [of] real speech," and describes The Price of a Child, Cary's novel about the Underground Railroad, as "a generous, sardonic, full-blooded work of fiction." (Knopf, 1995; Vintage, pap., 1996) Cary graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and earned an M.A. in Victorian Literature at Sussex University in 1980. Cary is also the author of Black Ice and Pride, which tells the story of four strong-willed and accomplished black women who learn loss and triumph as maternal passion, addiction, betrayal, ambition, and violence transform their friendships and their lives.
To hear a recording of this program in mp3 format, click here. This program was introduced by Heather Starr and Gayle Ellison.
Juliette Valery is a poet, video artist, translator and publisher. She lives in Bordeaux, where she directs, along with the French poet Emmanuel Hocquard, Un bureau sur l'Atlantique. She is also a member of the Royaumont Fondation, an organization which has been inviting American poets to France where they work with leading French poets, translators, and editors for intensive all-day, week-long seminars to translate the poetry into French. Two large anthologies have been produced from this, and a number of chapbooks. John Ashbery, Rosmarie Waldrop, Jena Osman, Charles Bernstein, Lyn Hejinian, Jackson Mac Low, Bernadette Mayer, Jennifer Moxley, and Bob Perelman are among the poets whose work has been translated. It's really a fascinating and wonderfully generous operation. Her presentation should be of great interest to all those who are interested in French and American poetry. Valery writes, "Un bureau sur l'Atlantique's aim is to advance knowledge of American contemporary poetry in France by inviting American poets to France; by collective translation seminars, readings, meetings; and by publishing translations, anthologies, Format Americain + Le Gam books. Since it began, Format Americain has published 26 chapbooks, which, when taken as a whole represents an in-progress anthology of more than 500 pages."
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