Wednesdays at 4 Plus
Fall 1999 Poetry and Prose   Sept. 15 - Dec. 8
at the State University of New York, Buffalo (Amherst Campus)

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

Bill Griffiths
Poetry Reading
Weds., Sept. 15, 4pm
Center for the Arts (CFA) Screening Room
Talk: “Translation: Centralized Collection or Invigorating Dispersal”
Thurs., Sept. 16, 12:30pm
438 Clemens Hall
Griffiths’s  books include Tract Against The Giants: Selected Poems  (Coach House Press, 1984); Future Exiles: 3 London Poets  with Allen Fisher and Brian Catling (Paladin, 1992); and Nomad Sense (Talus, 1998). He has published several translations of Old English verse. Griffiths lives in Seaham on Britain’s Durham coast and also in London, where he is organizing the Eric Mottram archive at King’s College. Co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.

Susan Howe
Book Party and Reading
Fri., Sept. 17, 8pm
Cornershop (82 Lafayette, Buffalo)
Susan Howe, UB Poetics Core Faculty, will read from her new book Pierce-Arrow, just published by New Directions. Howe is also the author of, recently, Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979.

Susan Stewart
Lecture: “Lyric and the Fate of the Senses”
Tues., Sept. 28, 3:30pm
438 Clemens Hall
Poetry Reading
Weds., Sept. 29, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
Susan Stewart teaches poetry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is Donald T. Regan Professor of English. Her most recent book of poems is The Forest (University of Chicago Press). She is currently translating Euripedes' Andromache with Wesley Smith and working on a book about the relations between lyric practice and the five senses. Her other books include On Longing and Crimes of Writing. She is the recipient of the Lila Wallace Individual Writer's Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Nancy Ruttenburg
Lecture: “ 'The Memoirs of Carwin': A Theologico-Political Reading”
Tues., Oct. 5, 3:30pm
309 Clemens Hall
Ruttenburg is the author of Democratic Personality: Popular Voice and the Trial of American Authorship (Stanford University Press). She is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Poetics of Origins Symposium
Clayton Eshleman
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 6, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Clayton Eshleman, Wilson Baldridge, & Gerard Bucher
Lecture and Discussion
Thurs., Oct. 7, 4pm
Poetry/Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen
Eshleman is the editor of Sulfur and author of many books and translations, most recently, From Scratch (Black Sparrow Press, 1998). Sheets-Johnstone is the authorof The Roots of Thinking (Temple, 1990)  and editor of Giving the Body Its Due (SUNY Press, 1992). The symposium will feature Eshleman on “Paleolithic Imagination,” Sheets-Johnstone on “Languaging Experience: Paleolithic Origins and Methodologies,” UB’s Jones Chair Professor Bucher on “The Origin of the Work/The Birth of Art: Between Heidegger and Bataille,” and Baldridge on “Unearthing the Logos.”

David Albahari
Lecture: “What to Remember /How to Forget: The Uses and Misuses of Memory in Yugoslavia and Kosovo”
Thurs., Oct. 7, 8pm
Allen Hall (South Campus)
Fiction Reading
Fri., Oct. 8, 8pm
Just Buffalo at Hallwalls (2495 Main Street, Buffalo; $5, $4 stud., $3 mem.)
David Albahari is a Serbian fiction writer. Before emigrating to Calgary, Alberta, he was a leader of Belgrade’s Jewish Community, editor of the literary journal Pismo, and a translator from English into Serbian.  Two books have been translated: a collection of short stories, Words Are Something Else (Northwestern University Press, 1996), and a novella, Tsing (Northwestern, 1997). Co-sponsored by the History Department.

Jeff Derksen
Catriona Strang
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 13, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
Derksen Talk: “Poetry and Other Rearticulatory Practices”
Thurs., Oct. 14, 12:30pm
438 Clemens Hall
Strang and Derksen are associated with Vancouver’s Kootenay School of Writing. Strang’s books include Steep (Seeing Eye, 1997) and Low Fancy (ECW, 1993); she has a new CD The Clamourous Alphabet (Periplum, 1999), with Francoise Houle on clarinet. Derksen’s books include Dwell (Talon, 1994) and Downtime (Talon, 1990) and he edited a special issue of Open Letter on “Disgust and Overdetermination.”

Enrique Sam Colop
Talk and Reading: "The Poetry of the Popol Vuh: An Approximation of the Original"
Thurs., Oct. 14, 4pm
Poetry/Rare Books Collection, 420 Capen
Sam Colop is a linguist, lawyer, poet, and newspaper columnist whose first language is K'iche' Maya. Since receiving his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, he has become a leader in the creation of a multilingual, multicultural democracy in Guatemala. His most recent publication is Popol Vuh: Versión Poética K'iche'.

Dominique Fourcade
Bilingual Poetry Reading

Robert Kelly
Gerrit Lansing
Poetry Reading
Weds., Oct. 27, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
“Moon, Magic, and Poetry”
Talk & Conversation
Weds., Oct. 27, 7:30pm
Hallwalls (2495 Main Street, Buffalo)
Robert Kelly is the author of over 50 books of poetry and fiction, including Not This Island Music and A Transparent Tree. He teaches at Bard College. Gerrit Lansing's lifework in poetry has been collected in Heavenly Tree / Soluble Forest, from Talisman House. He lives in Gloucester, Mass.

George Lakoff
Lecture/Performance: “Embodied Poetics”
Weds., Nov. 3, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
Lakoff is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-author, with Mark Johnson, of Metaphors We Live By. His other books include Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things, and Moral Politics. His most recent book is Philosophy in the Flesh: The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought. Co-sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and the Center for Cognitive Science.

Robert Creeley
Poetry Reading
Fri., Nov. 5, 8pm
Allen Hall, South Campus ($5, $4 stud., $3 mem.)
UB’s very own Robert Creeley reading as part of a special program organized by Just Buffalo. Creeley’s latest books are Daybook of a Virtual Poet, Life & Death, and So There: Poems 1976-1983.

Lyn Hejinian
Kit Robinson
Poetry Reading
Weds., Nov. 10, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
Hejinian Talk: “The Language of Inquiry”
Thurs., Nov. 11, 12:30pm
438 Clemens Hall
Hejinian’s books include My Life, Oxota: A Short Russian Novel, The Cell, and, most recently, The Cold of Poetry. This spring, the University of California Press is scheduled to publish a collection of her essays, The Language of Inquiry. Kit Robinson’s books include Democracy Boulevard (Roof, 1998), Balance Sheet (Roof, 1993), and The Champagne of Concrete (Potes and Poets, 1991). They both live in the Bay area.

C. K Williams
Silverman Poetry Reading
Fri., Nov. 12,  8pm
250 Baird Hall
Williams’s latest book is Repair (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). His recent Selected Poems and The Vigil, received the PEN/Voelcker Award and the Berlin Prize and he was awarded a 1999 Academy Award in Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Letters Not About Love
Weds., Dec. 1, 4pm
CFA Screening Room
Jacki Ochs’s documentary film chronicles the correspondence of two poets -- Lyn Hejinian from the U.S. and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko from Russia. Letters Not About Love is a revealing portrait of two cultures and a compelling expression of the art of mutual understanding.

Lisa Robertson
Dorrianne Laux
Poetry Reading
Sun.,  Dec. 5,  2pm
Just Buffalo at Hallwalls (2495 Main Street, Buffalo; $5, $4 stud., $3 mem.)
Robertson Talk: “The Weather: A Report on Sincerity”
Mon., Dec. 6, 3:30pm
438 Clemens Hall
Robertson’s books include Debbie: An Epic (Reality Street/New Star, 1997) and Xeclogue (Tsunami, 1993). She lives in Vancouver. Laux  is the author of Awake and What We Carry, both from Boa. She lives in Oregon.

Poetics Program Undergraduates
Poetry Reading
Weds., Dec. 8, 4pm
CFA Screening Room

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 Melodia E. Jones Chair in French, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (Gerard Bucher); the David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, Department of English (Charles Bernstein); the Poetry and Rare Books Collection (Robert Bertholf); the Butler Chair, Department of English; the Just Buffalo Literary Center; and UB English and Poetics Professor Susan Howe. The series is produced with the cooperation of the Center for the Arts and the Department of Media Studies, and Talking Leaves Books. Design by Susan Bee. Coordinated by Charles Bernstein. For further information call (716) 645-3810 or contact us at Visit our web site.