Alt.Poetries, Alt.Pedagogies

Joan Retallack at the Kelly Writers House

Is it productive to teach experimental poetry in an experimental way? If so, why?

Joan Retallack

A reading by Joan Retallack and a discussion of relations between innovative poetry and experimental teaching held at the Kelly Writers House on Wednesday, February 28, 2001 at 6 PM.

Joan Retallack's reading was followed by a collaborative exploration of the relationship between avant-garde poetry and alternative pedagogies.

The reading and discussion were webcast live. Thirty-five people participated via webcast, including several who posed questions by electronic mail and telephone. Watch and listen:

See the Writers House calendar entry for more about this event.

Joan Retallack's most recent books are MONGRELISME (Paradigm Press, 1999) and How To Do Things With Words (Sun & Moon, 1998). She is the author of four other books of poetry, including AFTERRIMAGES (Wesleyan, 1995). Her book on and with John Cage, MUSICAGE (Wesleyan, 1996), won the America Award for Belles-Lettres. Her book of essays, The Poethical Wager, is forthcoming from the University of California Press this Fall. Retallack is John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College and co-director of the Language & Thinking program there.

Joan Retallack was one of nine poets who read themselves through modernism at the Writers House, as part of the Modernist Studies Association conference in October 2000. Her reading in relation to Cage, Wittgenstein, and Stein is available here.