Wednesdays at 4 Plus

FALL POETRY AND PROSE September 17 - December 3, 1997

Dodie Bellamy / Kevin Killian
Prose Reading
Weds., Sept. 17, 4pm, Center for the Arts (CFA) Screening Rm
Talk by Kevin Killian: "Jack Spicer: The Poet as Medium"
Thurs. Sept. 18, 12:30, 438 Clemens Hall
Bellamy's The Letters of Mina Harker is forthcoming from Hard Press. She is the director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center in San Francisco. Killian has written a book of stories, Little Men; a novel, Shy; a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows, and is active in the Bay Area poets' theater. He is co-author of a biography of Jack Spicer (1925-65), forthcoming from Wesleyan. (Spicer talk sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.)

Michael Basinski
Jackson Mac Low Birthday Celebration (I)
Poetry Performance
Weds., Sept. 24, 4pm, CFA Screening Rm
Basinski's books include Idyll and Heebee-jeebies. He is assistant curator at the Poetry/Rare Books collection at UB. Basinski will be performing with his sound poetry ensemble EBMA.

Marta Werner
Lecture: "Dickinson's (Un)pinned Fragments"
Sept. 30, 3:30pm, Poetry/Rare Books Coll., 420 Capen Hall
Werner is author of Emily Dickinson's Open Folios and teaches at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. from UB.

Janine Pommy Vega
Book Signing
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7pm, Talking Leaves Books (3158 Main Sreet)
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 1, 4pm, CFA Screening Room
Vega has a new book from City Lights, Tracking the Serpent: Journeys to Four Continents. She lives in Woodstock, New York and has been active teaching poetry in prisons.

Jackson Mac Low
Jackson Mac Low Birthday Celebration (II)
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 8, 4pm, CFA Screening Room
Lecture: "Intention/Nonintention/Chance/Choice/Other"
Thurs., Oct. 9, 12:30pm, 438 Clemens Hall
Mac Low, one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, celebrates his 75th birthday with a short residency at UB. His many books include Representative Works: 1938-1985 and Pieces o' Six: Thirty-three Poems in Prose.

Alan Halsey / Geraldine Monk
British Poetry Festival (I)
Lecture by Halsey: "The Text of Shelley's Death"
Tues., Oct. 14, 3:30pm, 436 Clemens Hall
Poetry reading by Monk and Halsey
Weds., Oct. 15, 4pm, CFA Screening Room
Alan Halsey's books include Perspectives on the Reach and Five Years Out. Geraldine Monk's books include The Sway of Precious Demons: Selected Poems and Interregnum; she is renowned for the intensity of her performances.

Memorial Service for Mac Hammond
Sun., Oct. 19, 2 pm, Burchfield Center, Buffalo State College
Poet and UB Professor Mac Hammond will be remembered by friends including Ansi Baird and Bill Sylvester.

David Bromige
Poetry Reading
Mon., Oct. 20, 7pm, Talking Leaves Books
Bromige is the author of Harbormaster of Hong Kong (Sun & Moon) and a forthcoming collaborative novel Piccolo Mondo, with George and Angela Bowering and Mike Matthews (Coach House Books).

Caroline Bergvall
Poetry Reading
British Poetry Festival (II)
Weds. Oct. 22, 4pm, CFA Screening Room
Caroline Bergvall is a poet and a performance artist whose books include Strange Passage and Eclat.

Steve McCaffery
Lecture: "Text, Lay-out and Memory"
Thurs., Oct. 23, 12:30, 438 Clemens Hall
Poetry Reading

Weds., Nov. 5, CFA Screening Room
McCaffery is John Logan Poetics Program Fellow at UB and author of The Cheat of Words (poems) and North of Intention (essays).

Laura Moriarty
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 29, 4pm, CFA Screening Rm
Moriarty is the author of Symmetry, Like Roads, and Rondeaux. She directs the American Poetry Archive at San Francisco State.

Steve McCaffery
Poetry Reading
Weds., Nov. 5, 4pm, CFA Screening Room

Randall McLeod

"Enter Reader"
Thurs., Nov. 13, 12:30pm, 438 Clemens Hall
McLeod is among the most innovative textual scholars now working. His essays, Material Shakespeare, are forthcoming from Cambridge. He is editor of Crisis in Editing: Texts of the English Renaissance and teaches at the University of Toronto.

David Ignatow
Silverman Poetry Reading
Fri., Nov. 14, 1997, 8pm, 250 Baird Hall
Annual reading of a distinguished poet sponsored by the Oscar Silverman fund.

Jackson Mac Low Birthday Celebration (III)

Performance Poetry
Weds., Nov. 19, 4pm, CFA Screening Room
Michael Ives, Robert Kulik and Rick Scott of Geneva, New York, make up the sound poetry group F'loom, which has been dazzling audiences with their lively mix of language and music.

Joan Jonas
Video Performance
Weds., Dec 3, 4pm, CFA Screening Room

Talk: "Video as Medium"
Thurs., Dec. 4, 12:30pm, 438 Clemens Hall
Jonas is one of America's premier video, installation and performance artists, with recent shows at the Stedelijk Museum in Amserdam , the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, and in Berlin, Kassel, and Lodz. She lives in New York City and is represented by the Pat Hearn Gallery.

"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 Melodia E. Jones Chair in French, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (Raymond Federman); and the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, Department of English (Charles Bernstein). The series was curated, in part, by Professor Susan Howe (Department of English) and is produced with the cooperation of the Center for the Arts, the Poetry and Rare Books Collection, and Talking Leaves Books. The Silverman Reading is sponsored by the Oscar Silverman Fund. This series is made possible, in part, by Poets & Writers, Inc., through a major grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund and a grant from the Literature Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. Design by Susan Bee. Coordinated by Charles Bernstein. For further information call (716) 645-3810 or contact us at