WPR CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SPRING 2014 PUBLIC PROGRAMS

For a weekly calendar of events, contact the Poetry Room via e-mail with "WPR Mailing List" as the subject header.

Wednesday, February 12, 5:00pm (reading) & 6:00pm (workshop)

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REINVENTING THE WORKSHOP:
"AUTHORSHIP: ALLEGORIES OF THE WALL"

Lyn Hejinian. Introduction by Mia You.


Join us as poet, scholar and Radcliffe alum Lyn Hejinian inaugurates our new series, “Reinventing the Workshop,” which invites poets to radically reimagine the possibilities of the creative writing workshop. Of her reinvention, Hejinian writes: “The elements of expertise and inspiration that writers seek, whether in solitude or in the contexts of a workshop, are largely assumed to be requisite tools of an individual who can acquire and use them: the author. This workshop will query that assumption, and offer terms for imagining modes of composition in which authorship becomes a dubious proposition, and the grounds for establishing an aesthetic event become communal.”

A brief reading will take place at 5:00pm, with an intermission prior to the workshop. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both events. Generously sponsored by the Catherine L. Morrissey Memorial Fund. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Schwartzwald.


Radcliffe Gymnasium (Knafel Center), Radcliffe Yard, 10 Garden Street.
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 25, 5:00pm (reading) & 6:00pm (workshop)

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REINVENTING THE WORKSHOP:
"THE IMPORTANCE OF GETTING IT WRONG:
COMPETENCE, NEGATIVE CAPABILITY & THE WORKSHOP"

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Whiting Award-winner Rowan Ricardo Phillips, author of The Ground (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012), will involve his audience in an active exploration of the essential differences between a poetry workshop as a means to an end and a workshop that is envisioned as an "end unto itself." A brief reading will take place at 5:00pm, with an intermission prior to the workshop. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both events. A book-signing will follow. Photo courtesy of Sue Kwon.


Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Room 330.
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 4, 6:00pm

DISCURSIVES: "Bibliographic Sound track"

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Two Powerpoint Events by Tan Lin

Our Spring 2014 Discursives series presents two lectures by poet and theorist Tan Lin. In "Bibliographic Sound Track," Lin explores various communications platforms such as Twitter, SMS, status updates, IM chats, programming languages, video game walk-throughs, the couplet,the overhead transparency, and the Powerpoint bullet point, as they affect reading and genre. In "The Ph.D. Sound" he maps the intersection of bibliographies, the smell of wet spanghum peat moss, the perfume Wet London Pavement, Glade Everglade Air Freshener, and the music of New Order and Lucky Dragons. ("The Ph.D. Sound" includes a soundtrack by Mosco Uno.)


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street.
Free and open to the public. "Please keep your cellphones on."

Monday, March 10, 7:00pm

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BOOK OF HOURS: HARVARD BOOK STORE READING

Kevin Young

The Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard Book Store & Mass Poetry are pleased to welcome Kevin Young for a reading of his poetry collection, Book of Hours, hailed by Library Journal as one of the "10 essential poetry titles of 2014." Young's previous books include The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, Dear Darkness and Jelly Roll (for which he was a National Book Award finalist). A Q&A session and book-signing will follow.


Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue.
Free and open to the public.


Thursday, March 13, 7:00pm

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BICENTENNIAL: HARVARD BOOK STORE READING

Dan Chiasson

The Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard Book Store & Mass Poetry are pleased to host a reading by Dan Chiasson, author of Bicentennial: Poems (2014). Chiasson's previous collections include Where's the Moon, There's the Moon and The Afterlife of Objects. He reviews poetry regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. A Q&A session and book-signing will follow.


Harvard Book STore, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue.
Free and open to the public.


Monday, March 24, 6:00pm

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THE CREELEY COLLECTIVE: A COMMUNITY GATHERING TO CELEBRATE ROBERT CREELEY'S SELECTED LETTERS

Penelope Creeley, Kaplan Harris, Gerrit Lansing,
Ruth Lepson (host), Rod Smith & Friends

Poets, editors, scholars, colleagues, friends and readers are invited to join Penelope Creeley, Ruth Lepson, Kaplan Harris and Rod Smith (co-editors of The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley) for this informal, free-form gathering that will feature impromptu readings from the Creeley letters (copies will be on-hand) as well as the sharing of reminiscences and rare materials. Refreshments will be provided. Photo courtesy of Elsa Dorfman.


Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street.
Free and open to the public.


Wednesday, April 2, 5:00pm (reading) & 6:00pm (workshop)

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REINVENTING THE WORKSHOP:
"THE LINES OF OTHERS: ON POETIC PErFORMANCE"

Ana Božiĉević

Embodying poetry through reading, engagement with meter via breath and movement—these have followed the writing of poetry from antiquity all the way to contemporary poetics. In this workshop, presented by Ana Božiĉević (author of Rise in the Fall), audience members will engage directly with each other's work by exploring a system of performative critique. After a short conversation about performance in poetry, reading techniques, and the intersection of poetry and theater, participants will be encouraged to exchange work and challenge themselves to comment on one another's writing—and critique it—through reading and performance.  A brief reading will take place at 5:00pm, with an intermission prior to the workshop. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both events. A book-signing will follow.


Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Room 330.
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 8, 6:00pm

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THE POET'S VOICE

Charles Bernstein, Rosmarie Waldrop & Peter Waterhouse


One of Austria’s leading poets and innovators Peter Waterhouse—author of Krieg und Welt and Language Death Night Outside (trans. Rosmarie Waldrop)—will be joined by poets Charles Bernstein (author of Recalculating and All the Whiskey in Heaven and co-director of Penn Sound) and Rosmarie Waldrop (author of Curves to the Apple and Driven to Abstraction) for a multilingual,
omnidirectional evening of readings. This event is made possible by the Catherine L. Morrissey Memorial Fund.

Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library.
Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 9, 6:00pm

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THE VERSATORIUM PLAYBOOK:
HOW TO DO THINGS WITH TRANSLATION

Seminar with Charles Bernstein, Rosmarie Waldrop & Peter Waterhouse

Austrian poet and novelist Peter Waterhouse and his collaborators at the University of Vienna have created an aesthetics laboratory for new approaches to translation as composition, deformance, and exchange. In this lively and thought-provoking seminar, Waterhouse, Rosmarie Waldrop, and Charles Bernstein will explore the poetics of transduction, substitution, and transformation, in their own work as well in translations of each other's work from English to German and German to English. Co-sponsored by Rethinking Translation.

Plimpton Room, Barker Center, Room 133.
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 15, 6:00pm [The event has been postponed until Spring 2015]

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REINVENTING THE WORKSHOP: "THINKING IN SITUATIONS"

Jen Bervin


Our grand finale event of Spring 2014 features poet and visual artist Jen Bervin (of The Gorgeous Nothings and Nets) exploring the rich vein of experimental teaching approaches pioneered at Black Mountain College. In a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment, this workshop will discover sounds, materials, and language within the Woodberry Poetry Room using techniques pioneered by Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage and others. A book-signing will follow.


Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Room 330.
Free and open to the public.