Wednesdays at 4 Plus
Fall 2001 Poetry and Prose September 12 – November 30  
at the State University of New York, Buffalo (Amherst Campus)


Alan Golding

Lecture: "Pound, Olson, and Late Modernist Didacticism"

Thurs., Sept. 20, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens Hall

Talk: "'Isn't the avant-garde always pedagogical': Experimental Poetics and/as Pedagogy"

Fri., Sept. 21, 8pm; Rust Belt Books (202 Allen Street, Buffalo)

Alan Golding is the author of a now-classic study of the formation of the canon of American poetry, From Outlaw to Classic. He has also published extensively on American poets throughout the 20th century. A recent essay is on line at The Third Factory.


Cole Swensen

Talk: "A Hand Writing"

Tues., Sept. 25, 3:30pm; 412 Clemens Hall

Poetry Reading

Weds., Sept. 26, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Cole Swensen's recent books are Oh (Apogee Press, 2000), Try  (University of Iowa Press, 1999), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize and the San  Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award in 2000, and Noon (Sun & Moon, 1997), which won their New American Writing Award. She is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Denver. It's Alive She Says is available as a "pdf" file from Duration; see also recent work in Jacket, Windover, and Facture. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. PHOTO OF SWENSEN (300dpi/large file)


Luis Rodriguez

Poetry & Prose Reading (Just Buffalo presentation)

Fri., Sept 28, 8 pm,;Allen Hall, UB South Campus ($4 members, $5 students/seniors, $6 general)

Rodriguez is the author of Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., his celebrated memoir of coming of age in East Los Angeles.  Poetry collections include Poems across the Pavement, The Concrete River, and  TrochemocheFor details call 716-832-5400.


Jerome Rothenberg

McNulty Chair/Center for the Americas Residency in Celebration of Rothenberg's 70th Birthday

Poetry Reading

Weds., Oct. 3, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Talk: "Poems for the Millennium"

Thurs., Oct. 4, 4pm; 438 Clemens Hall

Acclaimed poet and translator, editor of such ground-breaking anthologies as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium: The University of California Book of Modern Poetry, pioneer in the fields of performance poetry and ethnopoetics, Rothenberg is a literary radical and a major force in American poetry.  His most recent book from New Directions is Paradise of Poets. PHOTO OF ROTHENBERG (1976)(300dpi/large file).


Philippe Beck and Jacques Darras

Jones Chair French Poetry Festival

Bilingual Poetry Reading

Weds., Oct. 10, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Beck, Darras, & Monnier:  In Conversation

Weds., Oct. 10, 6pm; 930 Clemens Hall

The new French poetry comes to Buffalo with an afternoon of the je ne sais pas that sez it all and an evening of talk and thought. Philippe Beck is a poet, essayist, and professor of philosophy; his first book in English, Selected Poems, is due out this fall from Seeing Eye Books. Jacques Darras is a poet, essayist, translator, and a major force in teaching the new American poetries in France. Pascalle Monnier has had to cancel. Monnier's Bayart is due this fall in English translation from Black Square editions; see John Ashbery's translations of her work on p. 98 of The Violence of the White Page. This program made possible with the support of French Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Ann Lauterbach

Poetry Reading

Weds., Oct. 17, 4pm; CFA Screening Room


Thurs., Oct. 18,  12:30 pm; 438 Clemens

Lauterbach's visit celebrates the publication of If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000 from Penguin. Lauterbach, who received a MacArthur fellowship in 1993, is director of the graduate creative writing program at Bard. Some on-line essays are in Theory & Event, and Boston Review, which also has a review of On a Stair. PHOTO OF LAUTERBACH(300dpi/large file).


Prose Acts

Thurs., Oct. 18 - Sun. Oct. 21 (ticketed events)

Readings by Dodie Bellamy, Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite, Dennis Cooper, Robert Glück, Kevin Killian, Eileen Myles, and Matthew Stadler. Event information available at the EPC. Send all inquiries to


Dominique Fourcade

Talk: "Dickinson and Mallarmé"

Tues, Oct. 23, 3:30pm; 412 Clemens

Fourcade's Everything Happens, translated by Stacy Doris, was published last year. In 1998, Fourcade was awarded the highest prize for French poetry, the Grand Prix National de Poesie.  His books in translation include Xbo and Click Rose. On line: "From All Sides Beautiful." Other Fourcade links in French: essay by Lionel Destremau, and an interview.


If All of Buffalo Read the Same Book

Thurs., Oct. 25 – Sat., Oct. 27 (Just Buffalo Presentation)

Readings and community discussion featuring poet Joan Murray and her book Queen of the Mist, about Annie Taylor, who, in 1901, at age 63, became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. For details call 716-832-5400.


Stacy Doris

Poetry Reading

Weds., Oct. 31, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Doris, of New York and Paris, is the American author of  two French books of conceptual prose, La vie de Chester Steven Wiener écrite par sa femme, and  Une Année á New York avec Chester, and three books of poetry in "the American" – Kildare, Paramour (check out the review at readme) and Conference. She has co-edited two journal anthologies of recent French poetry: Violence of the White Page (1991, Tyuonyi 9/10) with Emanuel Hocquard, and 21 New French Poets (1997, Raddle Moon 16) with Norma Cole. Photo of Doris (300dpi/large file)


Myung Mi Kim

Poetry Reading (followed by discussion)

Fri., Nov. 2, 12pm; 120 Clemens Hall

Myung Mi Kim moved to the United States from Korea at age nine without knowing any English. She has subsequently developed one of the most important voices in contemporary American poetry. Kim is the author of Under Flag, The Bounty, and Dura. She is acting chair of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Read also Mark Schechner’s essay on Kim. On-line work includes an essay in How2, and poems in How2 and not. PHOTO OF KIM(300dpi/large file).


Rodrigo Toscano

Poetry Reading

Weds., Nov. 7, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Rodrigo Toscano's books include Partisans (O Books), The Disparities (Green Integer), and Platform (Atelos Press).  On-line works: The East Village, Arras, Chain, Zyzzyva, Situation. Audio file at UPenn. Toscano works at the Labor Institute. PHOTO   OF TOSCN0 (300dpi/large file).


Robert Pinsky

Silverman Poetry Reading

Fri., Nov. 9, 8pm; 250 Baird Hall

Pinsky's poetry books include Jersey Rain, The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 and The Want Bone. His critical books include The Sounds of Poetry and The Situation of Poetry. Pinsky, a former US Poet Laureate, teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.


Juliana Spahr

Poetry Reading

Weds., Nov. 14, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Talk: "What Anti-Colonial Poetry Has to Say about Language and Why It Matters"

Thurs., Nov. 15; 12:30pm, 438 Clemens Hall

Spahr's new book, Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You, is due out this fall from Wesleyan. Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity was published last year by Alabama. A graduate of UB's Poetics Program, Spahr is coeditor of Chain and teaches at the University of Hawaii. PHOTO OF SPAHR (300dpi/large file)


Bruce Andrews

Poetry Reading

Weds., Nov. 28, 4pm; CFA Screening Room


Thurs., Nov. 29, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens Hall

A major force in redefining the edginess of American poetry, Andrews's recent books of poetry include Ex Why Zee, Divesture-A, Strictly Confidential, Tizzy Boost, I Don't Have Any Paper So Shut Up (or, Social Romanticism), Executive Summary, Getting Ready to Have Been Frightened, and, new from Coach House, Lip Service, available on-line from Coach House. His essays have been collected in Paradise & Method. Photo (large file); photo2 (large file).



Poetry Reading and Bazaar

Friday, Nov. 30; 8pm Rust Belt Books (202 Allen, Buffalo)

Featuring performances and objets d'art by Jordan Berry, Jeffrey Burghauer, Eric Gelsinger, John Long, Brett Masteller, Ric Royer, Jessica Smith, Kevin

Thurston, and Kathy Wiesensel.

All Events are Free and Open to the Public (except as noted).

"Wednesdays at 4 PLUS" is a Poetics Program production sponsored, in part, by the James H. McNulty Chair, Department of English (Dennis Tedlock); the Samuel P. Capen Chair of Poetry and the Humanities (Robert Creeley); the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, Department of English (Charles Bernstein); the Melodia E. Jones Chair in French, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (Gerard Bucher), Professor Susan Howe (Department of English); the Just Buffalo Literary Center; the Poetry Society of America; and Poets and Writers (with funding through a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts). The series is produced with the cooperation of the Center for the Arts and the Department of Media Studies, The Poetry and Rare Books Collection (Robert Bertholf), and Talking Leaves Books. Series coordinator and web design: Charles Bernstein. For further information call (716) 645-3810 or contact us at Visit our web site: for updates and additional information.