Alice Notley: November 12, 2015

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

UW-Madison Campus

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.

Ray Hsu: September 18, 2015

In Reading Alerts on September 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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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

UW-Madison Campus

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.

Nathaniel Mackey: April 30, 2015

In Reading Alerts on April 10, 2015 at 11:41 am


Poetry and Music of the African Diaspora: An Evening with Nathaniel Mackey

Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm
Memorial Library, Rm 126
UW-Madison Campus
(Enter from Library Mall)

Nathaniel Mackey, Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke University, will read from recent installments of serial works in both poetry (“Mu”/Song of the Andoumboulou) and prose (From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate), and from his newest work Blue Fasa (forthcoming from New Directions Press). Preeminent among contemporary experimental writers, Mackey has favored serial (ongoing) forms as part of his engagement with musical structures, open form, and diasporic poetics. These works travel through familiar but strange landscapes, exploring American music and African folk traditions in the service of imagining how story and song create our lives.

Winner of the National Book Award for Poetry (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement (2014), and most recently the prestigious Bollingen Prize for Poetry (2015), Mackey is a cosmic traveler of the interracial and transnational crossings of contemporary sound and sense.

Brown bag discussion with Nathaniel Mackey
Thursday, April 30, 12:00 pm
Helen C. White Hall, Rm 7191
UW-Madison Campus
The Felix Series of New Writing invites all interested students and faculty to an informal discussion on poetics, race, and music with visiting poet and scholar Nathaniel Mackey. Contact Anna Vitale (avitale@wisc.edu) for more information and to request readings. Feel free to bring your lunch.

These events are made possible with generous support from the English Department, Afro-American Studies, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Latin-American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, the Anonymous Fund, and the Lectures Committee General Fund.


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