Spring 2011

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice
Spring 2011

All events take place at 7PM in the Skylight Room (9100), at CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

February 9
Ira Sachs, Sarah Sarai, and Christopher Schmidt

March 9
Christopher Nealon, Ana Bozicevic, Gregory Laynor & Astrid Lorange

March 28
Barbara Hammer, Maggie Nelson, and Janlori Goldman

April 4
Jack Halberstam, Rob Halpern, and Brenda Iijima

May 9
Mary Baine Campbell, Ronaldo Wilson, and Paul Foster Johnson

This series of talks on queer poetics, curated by Tim Peterson (Trace) and titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer theory, poetic manifesto, poetic practice, and pedagogy. For more information, read a brief note about the series.

Tendencies: Poetics & Practice is 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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12/09/10: Abigail Child, Michael D. Snediker, and Timothy Liu

The next event features talks by:

Abigail Child
Michael D. Snediker
Timothy Liu

…followed by a Q&A/discussion.

on Thursday, December 9
at 7 PM
FREE

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

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Abigail Child is a film/video artist and writer. Her montage pushes the envelope of sound-image relations, exploring gesture as language, and creating strategies to rewrite narrative. She has recently exhibited multi-screen installations at The Walker Museum and Harvard University among others. Child has had retrospectives nationally and internationally; her art is in the permanent collection of MoMA, NY and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Harvard Film Center has created an “Abigail Child Collection” which will preserve and exhibit her films. Child’s books of poetry include Scatter Matrix, Mob (both Roof Books), and A Motive for Mayhem (Potes & Poets) and she has authored a recent collection of critical writings, This is Called Moving: A Critical Poetics of Film (University of Alabama Press, 2005). She is senior faculty at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and calls NYC home.

Michael D Snediker is the author of Queer Optimism: Lyric Personhood and Other Felicitous Persuasions (UMinnesota, 2009). His articles on American Literature, poetics, and queer theory have appeared in journals including ELH, Modernism/modernity, and Postmodern Culture. His poetry book, Nervous Pastoral, was published by dove|tail press in 2008, and his poetry chapbook, Bourdon, is forthcoming from White Rabbit Press. He currently is working on a project titled Contingent Figure: Aesthetic Disabling and the Long American Renaissance. He teaches at Queen’s University, in Kingston, ON.

Timothy Liu is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Polytheogamy and Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse. He has also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry. His poems have been included in many anthologies and have appeared in such places as Best American Poetry, Bomb, Grand Street, The Nation, New American Writing, Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and The Yale Review. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, and his poems have been translated into ten languages. Timothy Liu is an Associate Professor at William Paterson University and a member of the Core Faculty in Bennington College’s Graduate Writing Seminars; he lives in Manhattan.

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TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice is curated by Tim Peterson (Trace). For additional information, visit the Tendencies website.

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

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Kevin Killian on Samuel Steward

An excerpt from Kevin Killian’s TENDENCIES talk on Samuel Steward is now available at Fanzine.

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11/11/10: Stephanie Gray, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Nathaniel Siegel

The next event features talks by:

Stephanie Gray
Dawn Lundy Martin
Nathaniel Siegel

Followed by a Q&A / Discussion

on Thursday, November 11
At 7 PM
FREE

At CUNY Graduate Center
In the Skylight Room (9100)
365 Fifith Avenue, NYC

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Stephanie Gray’s first collection of poetry, Heart Stoner Bingo was published by Straw Gate Books in 2007. Publications include EOAGH, 2ndAvenuePoetry, The Recluse, and Press 1. Readings include the PRJCTNS, Segue, Zinc, and Poetry Project Friday series. Her short experimental super 8 films, often city portraits or mini-symphonies have screened internationally, including at the Ann Arbor, Oberhausen, and Viennale fests. Her queer-themed films are often about pop cultural figures such as dyke heroine Joan of Arc in Dear Joan and the perceived dyke heroine Kristy McNichol in Kristy, both of which have screened at gay & lesbian film fests such as Frameline (San Francisco), Outfest (Los Angeles), and Mix NYC. Her analog video from the early 00s, “close your hearing for the cap(shuns)” is probably the only art work out there to mash up “Our Lips Our Sealed” on slo-mo with Schoolhouse Rock’s “Conjunction Junction” and Charlie Brown’s indecipherable adults to explore themes of language, hearing loss and our construction of meaning. If you know of others let her know.

Dawn Lundy Martin, a poet, essayist, and activist, is the winner of the 2009 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize for her manuscript, DISCIPLINE, selected by Fanny Howe and forthcoming in February, 2011. In 2006, she was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize by Carl Phillips for her manuscript, A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering (U of Georgia P, 2007). Among her honors include Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grants for Poetry in 2002 and 2006, and the 2008 Academy of American Arts and Sciences May Sarton Prize for Poetry. Dawn is a founding member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental black poets; she is also one of four founders of the Third Wave Foundation in New York, a feminist, activist foundation that works nationally to support young women and transgender youth ages 15 to 30, and co-editor of a collection of essays, The Fire This Time: Young Activists and The New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004). She is an assistant professor of English in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nathaniel A. Siegel is an artist, activist, poet and curator based in New York City. His work has been shown at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (SOHO); Art Around The Park – HOWL ! Festival; Split This Rock gathering – Washington D.C.; Visual AIDS; and Naropa. He is a member of ACT-UP NYC, and the Queer Justice League and co-founded Poets for Peace, Poets Against the War, the LGBTQ Poetry Reading Series Come Hear ! and Acts of Art. His first chapbook TONY is published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs of Brooklyn. He has performed at The Poetry Project, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Living Theatre, Creative Visions in New York City, and Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia. His installation “how to put on and use a condom : a safe sex presentation” was displayed at NYC’s LGBT Center for The Center Show marking the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall. His poetry and interviews have appeared in EOAGH, Landscapes of Dissent Guerilla Poetry & Public Space by Jules Boykoff and Kaia Sand, BOOG City Newspaper, and BPC’s Study Abroad on the Bowery’s Poets Anthology.

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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, The Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in English, and the GC Poetics Group.

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Fall 2010 Tendencies Lineup

TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice
Fall 2010

Stephanie Gray, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Nathaniel Siegel
November 11 at 7PM

Barbara Hammer, Christopher Schmidt, and Sarah Sarai
Previously Scheduled for November 29 at 7PM
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SPRING 2010

Abigail Child, Michael D. Snediker, and Timothy Liu
December 9 at 7PM

All events take place in the Skylight Room on the 9th Floor of
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Admission: Free to the Public

This series of talks by and about contemporary poets, curated by Tim Peterson (Trace) and titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between queer theory, contemporary poetic practice, manifesto, and pedagogy.

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

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Repeat After Me

Jack Kimball offers a sneak preview of his upcoming talk on Sedgwick and Stein for this Thursday’s event, titled “Repeat After Me.”

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5/6: Kimball, Szymaszek, and Conrad


This series of talks by major poets, titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, explores the relationship between contemporary poetic manifesto, practice, queer theory and pedagogy.

The next event features talks by:

Jack Kimball
Stacy Szymaszek
CAConrad

…followed by a discussion/Q&A session.

on Thursday, May 6
at 6:30 PM
FREE

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

Jack Kimball is a self-described after-language poet based in Boston but often identified with New York. A number of his books are published by Potes and Poets Press (Witness Protection, 1997; Quite Vacation, 1998; Frosted, 2001). Terrence Diggory suggests “identification of that press with Language poetry has established a context for the reception of Kimball’s work. For instance, in a blurb for Frosted, Tony Towle noted ‘mysterious ironies and enjambments, lines that are stunningly odd, and various kinds of oblique narrative that may owe something to “language” influences, but are often also resonant of Jimmy Schuyler.’” Resonating with another New York poet, Kimball set one complex goal, later modified, in recent work, Post~Twyla (published 2006, republished 2010): to keep a sardonic diary, compressing reactions to every page of John Ashbery’s masterpiece Flow Chart by way of fake haiku and renga-like short verse and prose commentary. Publisher of Faux Press, Kimball blogs at pantaloons.blogspot.com. He does not twitter.

Stacy Szymaszek was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. From 1999 to 2005, she was the Literary Program Manager for the nonprofit literary organization Woodland Pattern Book Center. In 2005 she moved to New York to serve as Program Coordinator at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. In 2006-07, she served as Monday Night Reading Coordinator. She became Artistic Director in 2007. She is the author of the chapbooks Mutual Aid (gong press, 2004), Some Mariners (Etherdome, 2004), There Were Hostilities (repair, 2005), Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005), from Hyperglossia (Belladonna Books, 2005), Stacy S: Autoportraits (OMG! Press, 2008), Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (Faux Chaps, 2008), from Hyperglossia Hot Whiskey Press, 2008) and from Hart Island (Albion Books, 2009). Her first full-length book, Emptied of All Ships, was published in 2005 and her second book Hyperglossia in 2009, both with Litmus Press. http://www.litmuspress.org/szymaszek.html (photo by John Sarsgard).

CAConrad is the recipient of The Gil Ott Book Award for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge(Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined(Factory School, 2010). The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. Visit him online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com and with his friends at http://PhillySound.blogspot.com(photo by Stacy Szymaszek).

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

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

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4/9: Bellamy, Killian, and Myles


The next event features talks by:


Dodie Bellamy

Kevin Killian

Eileen Myles

…followed by a discussion/Q&A session.

on Friday, April 9

at 6:30 PM

FREE

at CUNY Graduate Center

(in the Martin E. Segal Theater)

365 Fifth Avenue, NYC


Dodie Bellamy‘s chapbook Barf Manifesto was named best book of 2009 under 30 pages by Time Out New York. Other books include Academonia, Pink Steam and The Letters of Mina Harker. Her book Cunt-Ups won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for poetry. She teaches creative writing in various grad programs in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Kevin Killian has written two novels, Shy (1989) and Arctic Summer (1997), a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1990), two books of stories, Little Men (1996) and I Cry Like a Baby (2001) and two books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), and Action Kylie (2008). With Lew Ellingham, Killian has written often on the life and work of the American poet Jack Spicer [1925-65] and with Peter Gizzi has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008) for Wesleyan University Press. For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written thirty plays, including Stone Marmalade (1996, with Leslie Scalapino), The American Objectivists (2001, with Brian Kim Stefans), and Often (also 2001, with Barbara Guest). New projects include Screen Tests, an edition of Killian’s film writing, and Impossible Princess, a new fiction collection brand new from City Lights Books. A new novel Spreadeagle will appear in the spring.


Eileen Myles is a poet who lives in New York. Her collection of essays The Importance of Being Iceland (Semiotext(e)/MIT) received an Warhol Creative Capital art writing grant. This semester she’s the Hugo Writer at U. of Montana, Missoula. The Inferno (a poet’s novel) will be out in fall 2010 from O/R books. She reads and performs her work widely – her last book of poems was Sorry, Tree, (Wave Books) 2007. She just won the Shelley Memorial Prize from the PSA.

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3/9: kaufman, Martin, & Dick

The next event features talks by:

erica kaufman
Douglas A. Martin
Mina Pam Dick

…followed by a discussion/Q&A session.

on Tuesday, March 9
at 6:30 PM
FREE

at CUNY Graduate Center
(in the Martin E. Segal Theater)
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

erica kaufman is the author of censory impulse (factory school 2009) as well as several chapbooks including civilization day (Open24Hours, Winter 2007). recent work can be found in Little Red Leaves, Aufgabe, and elsewhere. essays and reviews can be found in The Poetry Project Newsletter, CutBank, Rain Taxi, Verse, among other places. kaufman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center where she explores the interstices between contemporary poetics and composition & rhetoric. she lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Baruch College and Bard College.

Douglas A. Martin is the author most recently of a novel, Once You Go Back (Seven Stories Press). His other books include Your Body Figured, a lyric narrative; Branwell, a novel of the Bronte brother; They Change the Subject, a book of stories; and In the Time of Assignments, a collection of poetry. His first novel, Outline of My Lover, was named an International Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and adapted in-part by the Forsythe Company for their multimedia dance-theater piece, “Kammer/Kammer.” He teaches in the Low Residency MFA Writing Program at Goddard College.

Mina Pam Dick (aka Hildebrand Pam Dick, Nico Pam Dick et al.) is a writer, artist and philosopher living in New York City. She’s a native New Yorker. She received a BA from Yale and an MFA in Painting as well as an MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in Tantalum, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail and The Portable Boog Reader 4, and will be included in Aufgabe #9; her philosophical work has appeared in a collection published by the International Wittgenstein Symposium (Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria). Her first book, DELINQUENT, was published by Futurepoem in December, 2009.

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2/24: Oliver, Eichhorn, & Bernstein

The spring 2010 series begins with talks by:

Akilah Oliver

Kate Eichhorn

Charles Bernstein

…followed by a discussion/Q&A session.

on Wednesday, February 24

at 6:30 PM

FREE

at CUNY Graduate Center

(in the Martin E. Segal Theater)

365 Fifth Avenue, NYC

Akilah Oliver is the author of A Toast in the House of Friends (Coffee House Press 2009), and the she said dialogues: flesh memory (Smokeproof/Erudite Fangs, 1999, Winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award). Oliver’s work is featured on the CD “Matching Half”, with Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye. Her chapbooks include: a (A)ugust (Yo-yo Labs, 2007) and The Putterer’s Notebook (Belladonna, 2006), She is faculty at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. She is a founding member of the feminist avant-garde performance group The Sacred Naked Nature Girls (1993-1999). She currently makes her home in Brooklyn, NY. .


Kate Eichhorn is the author of Fond (BookThug, 2008) and co-editor of Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House Books, 2009). A second collection of poetry, Fieldnotes: a forensic, is forthcoming in fall 2010 from BookThug. Current projects include a novel and book-length work of criticism. She teaches writing and cultural theory at The New School.


Charles Bernstein‘s most recent books are All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, March 2010); Blind Witness, (Factory School, 2008), Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and Shadowtime (Green Integer, 2005). He is Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at University of Pennsylvania. More info: epc.buffalo.edu.

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