Tonight (October 5th) at Hugo House on CapHill in Seattle I’m reading along with Kasey Mohammad and Heather McHugh as part of a benefit/silent auction to raise money for Caregifted. Should be a fun evening — come if you can! I’ll be doing several “covers,” including Dada sound poetry, as well as a few translations, including Jan Andrzej Morsztyn’s totally Goth-Baroque “Do trupa” (“To a Corpse”).
I’m looking forward to the conference “Memory, the United States, and Transnational Poetics” (29-30 June 2012) at Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. I’ll be giving the first keynote address, bright and early at 9:30am, titled “Personalizing the Alphabet: The New York School and the New Australian Poetry.” There will be twenty five other people giving papers, including Michael Golston, Heinz Ickstadt, Sabine Sielke, Kornelia Freitag, and one of my own students, Nadine Maestas.
At the end of September the brand new UW Bothell MFA Program in Creative Writing and Poetics will be hosting a conference that they’re calling the Fall Convergence. Looks like it’s going to be an amazing event. I’m going to be on a panel with Charles Altieri and Lyn Hejinian, woot!
Over at PennSound you can now watch my talk as part of the keynote panel at the April 2012 Univ. of Pennsylvania / Kelly Writers House conference “Poetry Communities and Individual Talent.” (Maria Damon, Craig Dworkin, and Steven Yao are also participants.) My part begins around 46:00 minutes into the panel, and I call my presentation “Preparing to Write about the International Reception of the New York School.”
I’d like to announce the publication of my new book, Phenomenal Reading: Essays in Modern and Contemporary Poetics. It’s available now from the University of Alabama Press in paperback. Winner of the press’s Elizabeth Agee Prize for outstanding American literary scholarship, the book reprints eleven previously published essays on figures such as Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Robert Duncan, John Ashbery, Reginald Shepherd, and Rosmarie Waldrop. There is also a new twelfth chapter (on abecedaries!) and an original preface. Fun for all!
Check out my latest essay — “In Other Words: Postmillennial Poetry and Redirected Language” — in the new issue of the journal Contemporary Literature. It’s part of their “poetry of the previous decade” special issue edited by Michael Davidson, and it has lots of cool articles, including ones by Kaplan Harris, Evie Shockley, Juliana Spahr, and Timothy Yu.
I have just received a letter from Michael K. Young, the President of the University of Washington, stating that he approves my promotion from Associate Professor to Professor in the Department of English. Thanks to everyone who wrote letters on my behalf or otherwise supported me through the long review process!
My review of Les Murray’s Taller When Prone and John Kinsella’s Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley is now available over at the Los Angeles Review of Books web site. It’s at the bottom of a page that includes two other great reviews, Adam Plunkett on Hillary Gravendyk (a former student of mine! go go Hillary!) and Siobhan Phillips on Juliana Spahr.