In Reading Alerts on January 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm
Photography Margarita Corporan
Timothy Yu Reads 100 Chinese Silences
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 pm
Pyle Center, Room 205
UW-Madison’s own Timothy Yu will be reading from his first book of poetry, 100 Chinese Silences, lauded by award-winning poet and critic John Yau as a collection that “delivers dazzling lines with the deadpan wit and precise timing of Buster Keaton, the stone-faced master of silence.” Writing back to an orientalist tradition that has defined modern American poetry, these 100 Chinese silences unmask the imagined Asias of American literature, revealing the spectral Asian presence that haunts our most eloquent lyrics and self-satisfied wisdom. Rewriting poets from Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore to Gary Snyder and Billy Collins, this book is a sharply critical and wickedly humorous travesty of the modern canon, excavating the Asian (American) bones buried in our poetic language.
Timothy Yu is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: 15 Chinese Silences, Journey to the West (winner of the Vincent Chin Chapbook Prize from Kundiman) and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger. He is also the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965, which won the Book Award in Literary Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies. His work has appeared in Poetry, Cordite Poetry Review, SHAMPOO, Mantis, Lantern Review, and Kartika Review. He is associate professor of English and Asian American studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He can be found at timpanyu.com.
In Reading Alerts on October 9, 2015 at 3:46 pm
An Evening with Alice Notley
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Pyle Center, Room 112
Alice Notley has published over thirty-five books of poetry, and is best known as an epic poet and inventor of poetic forms. Born in Bisbee, Arizona in 1945, she grew up in Needles, California in the Mojave Desert. She has lived most extensively in Needles, in New York, and since 1992 in Paris, France. In addition to her poetry, she has written essays and talks on poetry, as well as edited and co-edited books by Ted Berrigan and Douglas Oliver. She edited the magazine CHICAGO in the 70s and co-edited the magazines SCARLET and Gare du Nord with Oliver in the 90s.
Alice Notley is the esteemed recipient of various prizes and awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Award (for Mysteries of Small Houses), the Griffin Prize (for Disobedience), the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize (for Grave of Light, Selected Poems 1970-2005), and the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize, a lifetime achievement award. Her recent books include Benediction, Manhattan Luck, Negativity’s Kiss, Songs and Stories of the Ghouls, and Certain Magical Acts (forthcoming in 2016). Notley is also a collagiste and cover artist. Above all she is a full-time poet, at this point an internationalist and haunter of Paris, remaining an American, an ex-New-Yorker, and a desert denizen.
In Reading Alerts on September 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm
Ray Hsu: Avant-Garde Poetry in the Archive Trace of the Job Market
Friday, September 18, 7:00 pm
College Library, Media Studio Room 2252
You are cordially invited to an evening with Ray Hsu, who was once a graduate student here at the UW-Madison English department and is now an award-winning poet, famed artist-entrepreneur, and teacher. He will be reading and performing from his body of experimental work, as well as discussing and answering questions about his experiences as an avant-garde practitioner navigating conservative forms such as funding applications and job ads.
Ray Hsu is the award-winning author of two critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, Anthropy (2004) and Cold Sleep Permanent Afternoon (2010). A graduate of UW-Madison’s very own English PhD program in 2008, Ray returns to read, perform, dazzle, and astonish for one night only. Named one of “Vancouver’s most promising young entrepreneurs” by Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail, Ray is an eclectic magician deeply invested in pushing the boundaries of art, business, and interdisciplinary collaboration. He is also a co-founder and co-director of Art Song Lab, which puts composers and poets in connection to create new vocal compositions in the (not so) classical art song tradition.