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Marjorie Perloff Converses

I’ll be participating tomorrow in the “Conversation with Marjorie Perloff” panel at the Pacific Modern and Ancient Language Association (PAMLA) annual conference in Riverside, California. It’s going to be in the Riverside Convention Center Room 4, 1:45-3:15pm. Come watch the conversational fireworks.


As of September 1st, I am now the Chair of the Department of English at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Off to Oz

In just a couple days I am leaving home to spend two months as a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at Australian National University in Canberra. I’ll be giving a public lecture at ANU on 11 August titled “Conceptual Writing: Poetry as Information Art”; I’ll also be giving talks at the University of Sydney (10 September) and at Melbourne University (TBD).

Summertime in Canada

This week (2-6 June) I’m at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. I’m participating in the course “DH for Department Chairs and Deans.” Bring on the digitech!

Why Are They Round Not Square?

This weekend I’m at the American Literature Association annual conference in Washington, DC. I’m speaking as part of a roundtable on the modernist Hart Crane, then moderating a second roundtable on the poet. Tomorrow I’m on a roundtable about the new Cambridge History of American Poetry, for which I wrote the chapter on the New York School.


I’m off to Portland for the annual conference of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS). On Saturday morning 4/26/14 I’ll be giving a paper titled “The Shine and the Shadow: John Tranter Re-Views John Ashbery” on a panel with John Beer and Kaplan Harris on the legacy of the “New Australian Poetry” of the 1960s and 1970s. You can find the conference program on the AAALS web site if you’re interested.

Elective Affinities

I’ve accepted an invitation to become an Affiliate Faculty Member in the UW Comparative History of Ideas program. (I’m still a professor in the English department. I just now have another baseball cap I can wear on occasion.)

Hear, Hear

You can now stream or download my lecture “Less is More: Contemporary Poems Composed Through Deletion,” which I gave in August 2012 at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Here’s how the talk was originally advertised: “Since the turn of the millennium, a number of poets have begun composing verse by taking pre-existing texts and selectively deleting words, phrases, sentences, and even whole sections. Does it make sense to call such poets ‘writers’ in anything but a very loose sense, since, instead of generating text, they remove it? Moreover, since they give us nothing but passages of borrowed language with the original word order preserved intact, can we say that they are sharing their unique thoughts, experiences, and emotions? This talk argues that today’s poetry-by-subtraction is best understood as an inventive response to information overload.”

Over on Tumblr . . .

I’m trying an experiment. I’ve started a Tumblr feed called “Professor Reed Recommends” where I post daily examples of or pointers to art, music, and literature that I wish I had known about back in my twenties and thirties. The imagined ideal audience is my niece and nephew.

See You at the MLA?

I’ve just received news that I’ve been elected to the Modern Language Association’s Poetry Division Executive Committee. It’s a five year term. So I’ll be helping to plan the division’s panels at the MLA conventions 2015-2019. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see featured at a future MLA!