In Reading Alerts on September 27, 2016 at 9:47 pm
Felix Presents: Eileen Myles
Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
The Bubbler, Central Library (201 W Mifflin St, Madison)
Free and open to the public
Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1949, attended Catholic schools in Arlington, and graduated from the University of Massachusetts (Boston) in 1971. They came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Their poetic education primarily took place at St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1975 to 1977, through attending readings and participating in workshops led by Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, and Paul Violi. From 1984 to 1986 Eileen was the artistic director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls, both out in fall 2015, from Ecco/Harper Collins. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York.
In Reading Alerts on September 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm
A Poetry Reading by Stephen Burt
Thursday, October 27, 4:00 pm
Rm 126 Memorial Library (728 State St, Madison)
Free and open to the public
Book signing to follow
Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard University, and has authored three poetry collections (Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music) and several collections of critical works. His essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other works include The Art of the Sonnet; Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler; The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry; Parallel Play: Poems; Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden; and Randall Jarrell and His Age. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The Believer, and the Boston Review. His most recent publication, The Poem Is You: Sixty Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them, is published by Harvard University Press, and he is currently working on a project called Don’t Read Poetry (A Book About How to Read Poems).
In Reading Alerts on April 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm
An Evening with Dawn Lundy Martin
Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 pm
L150 Elvehjem Building (800 University Ave, Madison)
Free and open to the public
Please join us for the final Felix reading of this season! No RSVP required, but a Facebook event is available here if you would like to use it to save the date and/or invite your friends.
Dawn Lundy Martin is the author of three books of poetry, and three chapbooks. Of her latest collection, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015), Fred Moten says, “Imagine Holiday singing a blind alley, or Brooks pricing hardpack dandelion, and then we’re seized and thrown into the festival of detonation we hope we’ve been waiting for.” Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Martin is a member of the three-person performance group, The Black Took Collective. She is also a member of the global artist collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, the group that withdrew its work from the 2014 Whitney Biennial to protest the museum’s biased curatorial practices. Martin is currently working on a hybrid memoir, a tiny bit of which appears in “The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library,” published in The New Yorker in December 2014.
In Reading Alerts on March 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm
An Evening with Brian Kim Stefans
Friday, April 8, 7:30 pm
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative (426 W Gilman St, Madison)
Free and open to the public
Brian Kim Stefans is a digital and procedural poet and Assistant Professor of English at UCLA. He is the author of many books, including “Viva Miscegenation”: New Writing (MakeNow Books, 2013), Kluge: A Meditation and other works (Roof Books, 2007), What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (Heretical Texts, 2006), Angry Penguins (Harry Tankoos Books, 2000), Gulf (Object Editions, 1998), and Free Space Comix (Roof, 1998). Along with several chapbooks of poetry, his other books include Before Starting Over: Selected Interviews and Essays 1994-2005 (Salt Publishing, 2006) and Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics (Atelos, 2003), which includes experimental essays on the role of algorithm in poetry and culture. Brian Kim Stefans also runs the prescient and popular poetics website http://www.arras.net/, which has been active since 1998.
In Reading Alerts on February 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm
Bruce Andrews: Poetry as Praxis
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Madison Central Library (201 W Mifflin St), Room 302
Free and open to the public
Bruce Andrews is a New York City-based poet, performance writer, literary theorist & recently retired left-wing political science professor. As Musical Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers, he has created sound designs and live mixes of music & text for over two decades of performances. From 1978 to 1981, Andrews, along with poet and scholar Charles Bernstein, edited the magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, which galvanized a new and politically engaged literary avant-garde that would become known as “Language poetry.” Although Language poetry transformed the landscape of American poetry, Andrews’ work has never been limited by disciplinary boundaries. His work as a sound designer, music director, multimedia writer, theorist, and political scientist are all integrated into a continued interrogation of the connections between art, politics, and social life. The most recent of his dozen or so books is You Can’t Have Everything… Where Would You Put It! from Veer Books in London.
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.
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
(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
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 (email@example.com
) 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.
In Reading Alerts on March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm
A Reading by Renee Gladman
Friday, March 20 @ 8:00PM
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.