Vanessa Place
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Vanessa Place

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Vanessa Place killed poetry.anon. via Twitter

Vanessa Place writes poetry, prose and art criticism; she is also a criminal lawyer and co-director of Les Figues Press.

Her most recent work is available in French as Exposé des Faits, and in English as Statement of Facts.

Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact 
of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.”

Kenneth Goldsmith has called Vanessa Place’s work “arguably the most challenging, complex and controversial
literature being written today.”

Vanessa Place n’est pas une femme banale. Avocate à Los Angeles, critique d’art, écrivain…les photographies la
montrent les bras tatoués, toute de noir vêtue comme une rockeuse. Son premier opus traduit en français (et son
sixième ouvrage) :
Exposé des faits ressemble à son auteur : il est étrange et fort. Parfois la littérature
expérimentale est purifiante.
Stephanie Hochet

Vanessa Place's performances, whose rigour, control and deep invention showed her near perfect mastery of / slavery
to deliberate and conscious poetic performance/utterance, a frighteningly terminal position.
Peter Philpott

Vanessa Place is writing terminal poetry. Rae Armantrout


Boycott Project, forthcoming 2012, Ugly Duckling Presse

Andersen’s Wank, forthcoming 2012, After Hand (Dk)

The Father & Childhood, 2011, P-queue Editions

Echo, 2011, No Press (Ca.) (with CD)

Statement of the Case, 2011, Blanc Press

Argument, 2011, Blanc Press

Exposé des Faits, 2010, éditions è®e (Fr)

Statement of Facts, 2010, Blanc Press

The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, Other Press, 2010 (nonfiction)

Notes on Conceptualisms, with Robert M. Fitterman, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009

La Medusa, Fiction Collective 2, 2008

Dies: A Sentence, Les Figues Press, 2006



Factory Series, OOD Press, March 2010–ongoing.


Factory Work
Hellocasts by Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor
Poems for OOD Press
Only Yahweh
The Polished You
Page Not Found
Die Dichtkunst
SCUM Manifesto (with V. Solanas)
Locus Solus
Black Square
Gone With the Wind

The Discourse of the Slave, BookThug (Canada), 2010

The Allegory and the Archive, No Press (Canada), 2010

Notes on Why Conceptualism is Better than Flarf, No Press (Canada), 2010

Statement of Facts, Audiatur (Norway), 2009

Figure from The Gates of Paradise, Woodland Editions, 2007