TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice 4/5. From left to right: Tim Trace Peterson, Sarah Schulman, D'Lo, TC Tolbert. Photo by Sam Ace

From left to right: Sarah Schulman, D'Lo, TC Tolbert. Photo by Samuel Ace

4/5: Sarah Schulman, TC Tolbert, D’Lo


TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice

presents poetics/practices/manifestos by:

SARAH SCHULMAN
TC TOLBERT
D’LO

Thursday, April 5 at 7 PM
in Room 9206,
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

What are the new poetics and the new manifestos? What do authors actually do when they write, and what can be learned from their investigations? This series of talks on queer poetics, titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer writing/artmaking process, pedagogy, and the manifesto.

 

Sarah Schulman is the author of 16 books, most recently THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination (U of Cal Press) and the forthcoming ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL, due in the Fall from Duke University Press. She is co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project, an archive that revitalized interest in the history of AIDS activism and created a cultural context for its representation. She is a Distinguished Profess of the Humanities at CUNY, College of Staten Island.

TC Tolbert is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. Co-editor of the forthcoming Anthology of Trans and Genderqueer Poetry, TC is also the author of a chapbook, territories of folding, published by Kore Press and his book, Gephyromania, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. He is the Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana and founder of Made for Flight. http://www.tctolbert.com

D’Lo is a queer Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer. D’Lo’s work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, most recently: Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (co-edited by Sharon Bridgforth). D’Lo is also the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant Queer Organizations nationally (LA, NY and SF).

3/12: Jonathan Goldberg, Byron Kim, Michael Moon


TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice

presents poetics/practices/manifestos by:
JONATHAN GOLDBERG
BYRON KIM
MICHAEL MOON

Monday, March 12 at 7 PM
in Room 9206/9207,
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

This series of talks on queer poetics, titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer writing/artmaking process, pedagogy, and the manifesto.

Jonathan Goldberg is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at Emory University, where he also is Director of Studies in Sexualities. He recently edited Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s THE WEATHER IN PROUST, published by Duke University Press. His most recent book is THE SEEDS OF THINGS, published by Fordham University Press. A monograph on Alfred Hitchcock’s STRANGERS ON A TRAIN is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press.

Byron Kim was born in La Jolla, California in 1961 and received a B.A. in English at Yale in 1983. Kim’s large painting installation called “Synecdoche,” which depicts human skin color was included in the 1993 Whitney Biennial. Kim is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and in Seoul by PKM. He presented solo exhibitions at both galleries in 2012. Among the awards Kim has received are The Louise Nevelson Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1994), the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant (1994), the National Endowment for the Arts Award (1995), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (1997), and the Alpert Award in the Arts (2008).

Michael Moon is the author of Darger’s Resources, out from Duke Press in March 2012, as well as Disseminating Whitman (1991) and A Small Boy and Others: Imitation and Initiation in American Culture from Henry James to Andy Warhol (1998). The editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Leaves of Grass, he teaches American Studies and Queer Studies at Emory University.

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Trace Peterson.

All events are co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), The Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group

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Robert Glück and Tendencies in Aufgabe

Tim Trace Peterson, Rachel Zolf, Robert Gluck, and Trish Salah at TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice, CUNY Graduate Center, 10/29/09


A partial excerpt from Robert Glück’s Tendencies talk, “Uncertain Reading,” appears in Issue 10 of Aufgabe. On his own blog Rob McLennan reviews the issue, asking if Tendencies curator Tim Trace Peterson is collecting the talks together and publishing a book of them. The answer, as correctly surmised through the grapevine by the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, is yes!

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2/15: Kate Bornstein, Camille Roy, Kaplan Harris

TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice

presents poetics/practices/manifestos by:
KATE BORNSTEIN
CAMILLE ROY
KAPLAN HARRIS

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 PM
in the Martin E. Segal Theatre,
CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

What are the new poetics and the new manifestos? What do authors actually do when they write, and what can be learned from their investigations? This series of talks on queer poetics, titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer writing/artmaking process, pedagogy, and the manifesto.

Kate Bornstein is a performance artist, college & high school lecturer, and advocate for teens, freaks, and other outlaws. She has written several award-winning books in the field of Women and Gender Studies, including Gender Outlaw and My Gender Workbook (an updated edition is forthcoming in 2012). Her 2006 book, Hello, Cruel World is an underground best seller. May 1st sees the release of her first memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger, from Beacon Press. She has earned two citations of honor from the New York City Council and garnered praise from civil rights groups around the globe.

Camille Roy is a writer and performer. Her most recent book is Sherwood Forest, from Futurepoem. Earlier books include Cheap Speech, a play, from Leroy, and Craquer, a fictional autobiography from 2nd Story Books, as well as Swarm (two novellas, Black Star Series), among others. She co-edited Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative (CoachHouse 2005, re-issued 2010). Roy has taught creative writing at San Francisco State University, California State University SummerArts, and Naropa.

Kaplan Harris is writing a history of Bay Area poetry & activism in the wake of the New Left. His recent work is found in American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Jacket, Jacket2, Open Letter, Paideuma, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Postmodern Culture, and Wild Orchids. He is also editing, with Peter Baker & Rod Smith, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley for the University of California Press. He lives in Buffalo, NY.

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Trace Peterson

All events are co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), The Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group

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Spring 2012 Tendencies Calendar

TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice
Spring 2012 Calendar

This series of talks, titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer writing/artmaking process, pedagogy, and the manifesto.

All events take place at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, NYC.
Free admission.

February 15, 7 PM
in the Segal Theater
Kate Bornstein
Kaplan Page Harris
Camille Roy

March 12, 7 PM
in Room 9206/9207
Jonathan Goldberg
Byron Kim
Michael Moon

April 5, 7 PM
in Room 9206/9207
D’Lo
Sarah Schulman
TC Tolbert

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Peterson (Trace)

All events are co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), The Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group

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Tendencies in Art in America

Eileen Myles gives a shout-out to our recent Tendencies event featuring Samuel Ace, Stephen Motika, and Robert Reid-Pharr in the latest issue of Art in America, reporting in detail about talks by Ace and Motika:

Sam did the bravest thing in the midst of what felt like a very rangy, sexy, cerebral reading. He showed on a screen a video of himself as a woman, years ago, reading her poems when he was her. I remembered that other friend, her cheekbones, her different reading style. My girlfriend and I were moved to tears by the enormity of his gesture: to stand there as both persons, both poets, still mainly asking questions about love.

Read the rest of the article here.

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11/21: Robert Reid-Pharr, Stephen Motika, Samuel Ace

TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice
presents talks/manifestos by

ROBERT REID-PHARR

STEPHEN MOTIKA

SAMUEL ACE

…followed by a discussion/Q&A

November 21
at 7 PM
Free admission

at CUNY Graduate Center
in the Skylight Room (9100)
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

What are the new poetics and the new manifestos? What do authors actually do when they write, and what can be learned from their investigations? This series of talks on queer poetics, titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the intersection of queer writing, the manifesto, poetic practice, and pedagogy.

A Distinguished and Presidential Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, ROBERT FITZGERALD REID-PHARR holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before coming to the Graduate Center he was an assistant and associate professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he has been the Edward Said Visiting Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, the Drue Heinz Visiting Professor of English at the University of Oxford, the Carlisle and Barbara Moore Distinguished Visiting Professor of English at the University of Oregon, and the Frederic Ives Carpenter Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. A specialist in African American culture and a prominent scholar in the field of race and sexuality studies, he has published three books and numerous articles in, among other places, American Literature, American Literary History, Callaloo, Afterimage, Small Axe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Women and Performance, Social Text, Transition, Studies in the Novel, The African American Review, and Radical America. His research and writing have been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn.

STEPHEN MOTIKA is the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and the author of the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011). His first book, Western Practice, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in Spring 2012. Recent work has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Boog City Reader 4, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. The Field, his collaboration with visual artist Dianna Frid, was on view at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2003. A 2010-20122 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, he is currently the program director at Poets House and publisher of Nightboat Books.

SAMUEL ACE has published widely in periodicals and journals, including Ploughshares, EOAGH, Nimrod, The Prose Poem, an International Journal, and the Kenyon Review. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Stealth, co-authored with Maureen Seaton (Chax Press), Normal Sex (Firebrand Books) and Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Hard Press). He is a two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. He currently lives in Tucson, AZ and Truth or Consequences, NM.

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Peterson (Trace). All events are co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), the Ph.D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group.

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What Is Tendencies: Poetics & Practice?

Tendencies is a series of talks by contemporary poets, writers and makers of art.

Tendencies is inspired by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s book of the same name, and curated by Tim Peterson (Trace).

Tendencies is energetic, awkward, torqued, gangly, lively, exhilarating. You will hear conversations here that happen nowhere else.

Tendencies is inspired by queer issues and queer writers.

Tendencies is an answer to the question “what next” for poetics and for writing today.

Tendencies talks are about WRITING PROCESS.

Tendencies talks are MANIFESTOS that invent new terms.

Tendencies talks address what individual writers actually do when they write that we don’t know about yet, what we actually do when we write that they don’t know about yet, and what I actually do when I write that you don’t know about yet.

Tendencies events put writers into conversation with each other about writing process and reading and pedagogy.

Tendencies gathers new manifestos by major queer writers (and writers concerned with queer issues), with a view toward collecting these in a book project.

Tendencies wants you to join our dialogue, participate, ask questions, give us a rhetorical hard time, give us some linguistic love.

Tendencies is building alternate kinds of kinship in language and discussion.

Tendencies is happening every month at CUNY Graduate Center and is cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the CUNY Graduate Center Ph. D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group.

Tendencies is fierce.

Tendencies is glorious.

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