Wednesdays at Four Plus
Fall 2002 Poetry and Prose August 24 -- December 6
at the State University of New York, Buffalo (Amherst Campus)

Susan Schultz
Talk: "'Grandmothers & Hunters': Ronald Johnson and Feminine Tradition"
Sat., Aug. 24, 3:30pm; Rust Belt Books (202 Allen Street, Buffalo)
Poetry Reading
Sat., Aug. 24, 7pm; Rust Belt Books
Schultz's recent books include Memory Cards & Adoption Papers and Aleatory Allegories. She is editor of Tinfish magazine and press and teaches at the University of Hawai`i in Honolulu. High resolution (300dpi) photo of Schultz.

Régis Bonvicino
Poetry Reading
Weds., S
ept. 11, 4pm; Center for the Arts (CFA) Screening Room
One of the major figures in contemporary Brazilian poetry, Bonvicino is co-editor of Nothing the Sun Could Not Explain, an anthology of Brazilian poetry and Sibilia, a literary review. Sky-Eclipse: Selected Poems, an English translation of his work, was recently published by Green Integer. High resolution (300 dpi) photo of Bonvicino.

Poetry Reading
Fri., Sept. 13, 8 pm; Big Orbit - Soundlab (505 Pearl St., Buffalo)

Young Buffalo artists present a night of poetry, word-art, and music to kick off the name season. Featuring Tawrin Baker, Adam Caccamise, Christopher Fritton, Eric Gelsinger, Barrett Gordon, .sandra guerreiro, Matthew Klane, Tracey Long, Aaron Lowinger, Brett Masteller, Linda Russo, Lauren Shufran, Jessica Smith, and Chelsea Warren. ($5 donation.)

Poetics Program Digital Poetry Showcase
Weds., S
ept. 18, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
This digital presentation, featuring graduate students from the Department of Media Study and the Department of English, will showcase outstanding innovative works exploring text and image in New Media. Co-presented with the Electronic Poetry Center.

Rae Armantrout
Poetry Reading
Weds., Sept. 25, 4pm;
CFA Screening Room
Armantrout's selected poems, Veil, were recently published by Wesleyan University Press along with a new Green Integer collection, The Pretext. Her spare lines are never sparing but cut to the heart of the conditions of everyday life. Armantrout lives in San Diego and teaches at UCSD. High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Armantrout.

Abigail Child
Poetry Reading and Film Screening (Writers Making Film Series)
Covert Action, Mayhem, Mercy, Ornamentals, Dark Dark
Weds., Oct. 2, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Abigail Child makes experimental films that are distinguished by their frenetic montage of original and archival images and use of sound as a concrete rather than complementary element. Her films enable the viewer a temporary home in the unknown. Child, chair of the Film Department at the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, is also a poet, whose books include Motive for Mayhem, Mob, and From Solids. The program will include both a film screening and a reading by Child of her poetry. Full program informatiion: here. High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Child.

William Cirocco
Poetry Reading
Tues., October 8, 2 p.m.; 420 Capen Hall.
William Cirocco is a Buffalo native who attended UB as an undergraduate in the 1960s. His latest book is The Affirmation of Shadows (Quelquefois Press); he is also author of Scream and Narcissus. Cirocco, a translator of Ungaretti and Pasolini, is publisher-editor of Hawkhaven Press. He currently lives in San Francisco.

Humberto Ak'abal
Voz y poesía/Voice and Poetry (ñ series)
Wed., Oct. 9, 4pm; 420 Capen Hall
A Conversatorio with Humberto Ak'abal
Thurs., Oct. 10, 3:30pm; 540 Clemens Hall
Ak'abal, a K'iche' Maya poet who writes in both K'iche' and Spanish, has been translated into French, English, German, and Italian. In 1993 he won the Quetzal de Oro prize.

Steve Clay
A Conversation on the Art of the Book
Thurs., Oct. 10, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens Hall

Steve Clay is the publisher of Granary Books, the most important publisher of artists' books in the country. He has also published an exemplary set of books about books, including two he co-edited: A Book of the Book and A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventure in Writing, 1960-1980 and When Will the Book Be Done?: Granary's Books, with a preface by Charles Bernstein and an introduction by Clay.

Greg Hewett
Poetry Reading
Fri., Oct. 11, 7pm, Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main St., Buffalo)
Hewett is the author of Red Suburb (Coffee House) and To Collect the Flesh (New Rivers).

Carol Sima
Fiction Reading
Sat., Oct 12th, 7pm, Talking Leaves Books
(951 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo)
Sima's The Mermaid That Came Between Them is just out from Coffee House. Her earlier novel, Jane's Bad Hare Day, was published by Dalkey Archive.

Susan Gevirtz
Michael Magee
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 16, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Michael Magee Lecture: "Pragmatism, Jazz, and the American Vernacular"
Fri., Oct. 18, 12:30pm; 436 Clemens

Susan Gevirtz is the author of Hourglass Transcripts (Burning Deck, 2001), Spelt, a collaboration with Myung Mi Kim (a+bend press, 1999); Black Box Cutaway (Kelsey Street Press, 1999), Linen Minus, and Narrative's Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson (Peter Lang, 1996). She teaches in the creative writing program at San Fransciso State. Read on-line her Domino: Point of Entry, from UB's Leave Books. Michael Magee is the editor of Combo and author of MS and Morning Constitutional. His essays address pragmatism and poetics. Magee teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Magee. High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Gevrittz.

J. M. Coetzee
Butler Chair Prose Reading
Thurs., Oct. 17, 8pm; CFA Screening Room
South African writer J. M. Coetzee has twice won the Booker Prize, Great Britain's highest award for fiction, for his postcolonial novels The Life and Times of Michael K (1984) and Disgrace (1999). A member of the UB English Department from 1968-71, he currently teaches at the University of Cape Town and the University of Chicago.

Johanna Drucker
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 23, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
A Conversation with Johanna Drucker
Thurs, Oct. 24, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens Hall

Drucker's most recent artist's book is A Girl's Life, a collaboration with Susan Bee, from Granary Books. She is Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Her critical books include The Visible Word (University of Chicago Press), Theorizing Modernism (Columbia University Press), The Century of Artists' Books (Granary), and Figuring the Word (Granary). High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Drucker.

Jerome McGann
Talk & Discussion
Thurs., Oct. 24, 2pm; 438 Clemens Hall
One of the major scholars of British poetry, textual editor of Byron, Defender of Swinburne and Rossetti, McGann's recent work has made him a leading thinker about web textuality and scholarship. Author of Romantic Ideology, The Black Riders, The Textual Condition, and most recently Radiant Textuality, McGann is the John Stewart Bryan University Professor at the University of Virginia.

Jen Hofer& Pattie McCarthy
Poetry Reading
NEW LOCATION: Sat., Oct. 26, 8pm; 178 Edward, side enterance (Buffalo)

Jen Hofer recently edited and translated, No Visible Doors / Sin puertas visibles, an anthology of contemporary poetry by Mexican women entitled, which will be co-published by University of Pittsburgh Press and Ediciones Sin Nombre in 2003. Her first book of poems, slide rule, was published by subpress in 2002. She divides her time between Los Angeles and Mexico City. Pattie McCarthy's bk of (h)rs was published earlier this year by Apogee Press. With Kevin Varrone, she founded and edits Beautiful Swimmer Press. Currently, she lives in Baltimore and teaches at Towson University.

Henry Hills
Film Screening
Weds., Oct. 30, 4pm; CFA Screening Room

Thurs., Oct. 31, 12:30pm, 438 Clemens
Henry Hills' intensely rhythmic films: 1. hover somewhere between music and writing, 2. demand repeated viewings, yet you may only have this one opportunity; 3. mellow with age. A leading figure of contemporary American avant-garde film, Hills has made 22 short films since 1975, including Radio Adios, Money, and SOS, featuring a full array of innovatiove poets, dancers, and musicians, mostly from New York. Three High-resolution (300 dpi) photos of Hills: one, two, & three.

d. a. levy 60th Birthday Celebration
Thurs., Oct. 31, 4 pm; 420 Capen Hall.
Readings by Kent Taylor and E. R. Baxter III. The reading coincides with the opening of The Poetry Collection's exhibition: d. a. levy and the 1960s Mimeo Revolution.

Ted Enslin
Poetry Reading
Ted Enslin's poetry has always followed musical forms, from the early work in Origin, through the long poems of the 1970s, Ranger, Synthesis and Forms. Then, and Now: Selected Poems 1943-1993 appeared in 1999. Selected Later Poems (1999) and the brilliant series Rings (2001) add to his score.

Short Fuse Poetry Reading
Weds., Nov. 6, 7 pm; Talking Leaves Bookstore, 3158 Main Street (Buffalo)
Buffalo launch for SHORT FUSE: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, edited by Todd Switt & Philip Norton. Featuring short readings by Charles Bernstein, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Penn Kemp, Stephen Brockport & others. Sponsored by Just Buffalo.

Alphonso Lingis

NEW TIME: Thurs., Nov. 7, 4pm;
436 Clemens
Alphonso Lingis is a renowned writer, philosopher, and translator of Levinas and Merleau-Ponty. His work poetically intermeshes photography, travelogues, and philosophy.

James Stevens
Poetry Reading
Thurs., Nov. 7, 7pm, Talking Leaves Books (Maine Street)
James Thomas Stevens is a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk tribe in upstate New York. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa, and Brown University. Stevens is the author of Tokinish (First Intensity Press 1994) and Combing the Snakes from His Hair (Michigan State University Press 2002). He is a 2000 Whiting Writer’s Award winner and currently is Assistant Professor in English and American Indian Studies at the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

Language & Encoding
A Symposium for Artists, Programmers, & Scholars
Fri., Nov. 8, 6pm & Sat., Nov. 9, 9am-10pm
One and-a-half day symposium on issues of language, expression, and computer code in emergent media. Featured artists, programmers, and scholars, including Lev Manovich, Phoebe Sengers, Alex Galloway, Michael Mateas, David Rokeby, Marc Böhlen, Loss Pequeño Glazier. Co-curated by the Dept. of Media Study. For details consult the EPC home page for the event.

Stephen Dobyns
Oscar Silverman Annual Poetry Reading
Fri., Nov. 8, 8pm, Baird Hall
Stephen Dobyns teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. He has authored eight volumes of poetry, eighteen (mostly mystery/thriller) novels and a book of essays, Best Words, Best Order.

Yunte Huang and Mark Wallace
Poetry Reading
Weds., Nov. 13, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
Yunte Huang Lecture: "Basic English, Chinglish, and Alternative Modernities"
Thurs., Nov. 14, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens
Yunte Huang, Poetics Program Ph.D. now teaching at Harvard, is the author of Shi: A Radical Reading of Chinese Poetry and the translator into Chinese of Ezra Pound's Cantos. His most recent book is Transpacific Displacement: Ethnography, Translation from University of California Press. He was born in China and came to the United States in 1991. High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Huang. Mark Wallace, also a Poetics Program Ph.D., lives and teaches in Washington, D.C. Wallace is the author of Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn't There and Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the New American Poetry Award and is forthcoming from Sun and Moon. With Steven Marks, he edited Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University of Alabama Press). Wallace Bio; High-resolution (300 dpi) photo of Wallace.

Geoffrey O'Brien
Poetry Reading and Poetics Talk
Friday, Nov. 15 at 7pm; Talking Leaves Books ( 3158 Main St., Buffalo)
Book Signing and Discussion of Cultural Journalism
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7pm; Talking Leaves Books (951 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo)
O'Brien is a poet, critic, cultural historian, frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and Village Voice, and editor-in-chief of the Library of America. Counterpoint as just reissued O'Brien's 1960s' time capsule Dream Time, along with a new collection of his essays, Castaways of the Image Planet: Movies, Show Business, Public Spectacle). Talisman published Floating City: Selected Poems. Listen to O'Brien, together with Max Rudin, interviewed on The Library of America on Bookworm.

Keith Waldrop and Rosmarie Waldrop
Poetry Reading
Weds., Nov. 20, 4pm; CFA Screening Room
A Conversation with Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop
Thurs., Nov. 21, 12:30pm; 438 Clemens
Keith Waldrop's most recent books include Analogies of Escape (Burning Deck), Haunt (Instance Press), the trilogy: The Locality Principle, The Silhouette of the Bridge (America Award, 1997), and Semiramis if I Remember (Avec Books), the novel, Light While There Is Light (Sun & Moon), and, with Rosmarie Waldrop, Well Well Reality (Post-Apollo Press). He teaches at Brown. Rosmarie Waldrop's most recent books are Reluctant Gravities  (New Directions, 1999), Split Infinites (Singing Horse Press, 1998), and Another Language: Selected Poems (Talisman House, 1997). Northwestern has reprinted her two novels in one volume: The Hanky of Pippin's Daughter and A Form/of Taking/It All. She has translated fourteen volumes of Edmond Jabs's work. Her memoir, Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabs, is forthcoming this fall from Wesleyan University. Read on line: Lawn of Excluded Middle. Together, the Waldrops edit Burning Deck Press. High-resolution (300 dpi) photos of the Waldrops by Renate von Mangoldt: Rosmarie, Keith.

Poetry Reading & Release Party
Fri., Dec. 6, 8 pm; Big Orbit - Soundlab (505 Pearl St., Buffalo)

Poets featured in Issue 6 of name present their work. ($5 donation).


"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); The Poetry and Rare Books Collection (Robert Bertholf); The Butler Chair (Department of English), Professors Susan Howe; Myung Mi Kim and Barbara Bono (Department of English); the Just Buffalo Literary Center; 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, the Department of Media Study, the Department of Computer Science and Englineering, and Talking Leaves Books. "Writers Making Film" is curated by Caroline Koebel of the Department of Media Study; "Digital Poetry 2002" is curated by Loss Pequeño Glazier of the Department of Media Study; "Language & Encoding" is curated by Loss Pequeño Glazier and Marc Böhlen of the Department of Media Study.

Series coordinator and web design: Charles Bernstein.

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Jackson Mac Low
Marjorie Perloff
Anne Tardos
Peter Gizzi
Elizabeth Willis
David Antin
Norma Cole
Pierre Joris
Nicole Peyrafitte
Robert Grenier