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Renee Gladman: March 20, 2015

In Reading Alerts on March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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A Reading by Renee Gladman

Friday, March 20 @ 8:00PM

Rainbow Bookstore
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Renee Gladman’s writings and drawings explore language and narration as architectures of thinking. Her most recent publication is Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (Dororthy Project, 2013), which is the third installment of the Ravicka novella series. A collection of essays, Calamities, and a short novel, Morelia, are forthcoming in 2015. She lives in Providence, RI, and is a 2014-2015 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University.

Fred Moten: April 10, 2015

In Reading Alerts on February 16, 2015 at 9:11 pm

A Reading by Fred Moten

Friday, April 10 @ 7:00PM

Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L150

(Lower level of Art History building. See Center for Humanities’ helpful page on directions, parking & accessibility)
800 University Avenue
Madison WI 53706

Fred Moten is a poet and professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of ArkansasPoems (with Jim Behrle), I ran from it but was still in itHughson’s TavernB JenkinsThe Feel Trio, and the critical works In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition and The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney).

Moten’s newest book, The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015)is a collection of poems that extends the poet’s experiments in what he calls “shaped prose”—a way of arranging prose in rhythmic blocks, or sometimes shards, in the interest of audio-visual patterning. Shaped prose is a form that works the “little edges” of lyric and discourse, and radiates out into the space between them. As occasional pieces, many of the poems in the book are the result of a request or commission to comment upon a work of art, or to memorialize a particular moment or person. In Moten’s poems, the matter and energy of a singular event or person are transformed by their entrance into the social space that they, in turn, transform.

About The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014, Finalist for the National Book Award):

The Feel Trio is Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker. Or is it that The Feel Trio are Cecil Taylor, Tony Oxley and William Parker? See, that’s the amazing problem and chance, right there! In the wake and air and light of The Feel Trio, what it bears and what propels them, which is everything in particular, The Feel Trio tries to put some things together. Alabama runs through those things like nobody’s business. I kept trying to visit the uncounted space James Brown forms around the one. To celebrate the varieties of black devotion. But coalition can’t be too easy; it’s in our nature not to come naturally lyrically, beautifully violently. The organizing principles, in our extramusical tailor’s retrofit of fitting, sharp as a tack from the tone worlds of east by southeast of Sheffield, the Bronx’s compassionate project/s and fly, flaired, flared Corona: listen to everything, relax the shape, approach with love, be worthy of a lovely t! —Fred Moten

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Elizabeth Willis: December 4, 2014

In Reading Alerts on November 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

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A Reading by Elizabeth Willis

Thursday, December 4, 8:00 pm 

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman
Madison, WI 53703

Elizabeth Willis is the author of Alive: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from New York Review Books in Spring 2015. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan, 2011); Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995); and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). She also writes about American poetry and has edited a volume of essays entitled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (University of Iowa Press, 2008). She is Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University and was recently a Guggenheim fellow in poetry. This fall she is teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Additional information may be found at www.elizabethwillis.net and http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/willis/

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