Douglas Kearney: May 3

In Reading Alerts on April 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm


A Reading by Douglas Kearney

Saturday, May 3, 7:00 pm

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney‘s second, full-length collection of poetry, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. Red Hen Press published Kearney’s third collection, Patter, in March 2014. He has received fellowships at Cave Canem, Idyllwild, and others. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Poetry, nocturnes, Pleiades, Callaloo, and The Ninth Letter. His produced operas include Sucktion, Mordake, and Crescent City. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts, where he received his MFA in Writing (2004).



Rob Halpern: April 4, 2014

In Reading Alerts on February 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

Rob Halpern

A Reading & Discussion*
w/ Rob Halpern

Friday, April 4, 7:00 pm

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Rob Halpern’s writing activates a lyric voice shot-through with linguistic debris and media fallout. In the confusion of our current geo-political conflicts, his poems make the fatal abstractions of crisis audible—finance, militarization, war—by implicating the lyric voice in the materialization of those abstractions. Halpern’s most recent book, Music for Porn, moves across the landscape of battlefields and homoerotic affect in an encompassing engagement of desire and death (from Eastern Michigan’s website and Nightboat Books). Halpern is faculty in the Creative Writing Department at Eastern Michigan University. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2006), where he wrote a dissertation on the prehistory of literary modernism in nineteenth-century France. For more, see Rob Halpern’s bio and this interview, where Halpern discusses his work’s relation to “somatics.”

At this event, Halpern will read from various works, including new work related to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

*In preparation for the post-reading discussion, some folks will be meeting to discuss Music for Porn and an essay Rob has shared with us.  The meeting will be Sunday, March 30 at 7pm. Please feel free to email avitale (at) wisc (dot) edu for the location and the readings.

Catherine Taylor Events: March 6, 2014

In Reading Alerts on February 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

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A Reading and Presentation by Catherine Taylor
Thursday, March 6, 7:00 pm
7191 Helen C. White Hall
Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
600 N. Park Street

“Research and Innovative Writing: A Conversation on History, Archives, and Documentary Aesthetics” with Catherine Taylor
Thursday, March 6, 12:00pm
7191 Helen C. White Hall
Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison
600 N. Park Street

Catherine Taylor works on a wide range of nonfiction forms–from documentary and literary journalism to lyric essays, hybrid-genre writing, critical theory, and poetics, and is Associate Professor in the Writing Department at Ithaca College. Taylor is the author of Apart, a hybrid-genre book of memoir and political history about South Africa (Ugly Duckling Presse) and of Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam) winner of the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Taylor worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary film projects in New York City including The Exiles which won an Emmy award for historical programming, and she was a Co-founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She is also a Founding Editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. Taylor’s essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many literary journals including Seneca ReviewThe Colorado ReviewJacket2, ActionYes, The Laurel ReviewXantippePostmodern CultureHotel Amerika, and Witness. Her work has been supported by fellowships and residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and The Millay Colony.

At this event, Taylor will read from her work Apart and excerpts from new work, Inanimate Subjects, which addresses ideas about autonomy and includes meditations on both puppets and military drones.


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