Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Marjorie Welish Readings

Posted in Announcements by beineckepoetry on September 9, 2009

This fall’s first two sessions are dedicated to the work of poet, artist, and critic Marjorie Welish. A discussion of her recent book Isle of the Signatories (2008), as well as several essays (to be announced) will take place on Friday, September 18, 3 p.m. at WHC; Welish will join the WGCP for a conversation about her work on Friday, October 9, 3 p.m. at WHC.

Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought, 2003) consists of papers given at a conference on her writing and art at the University of Pennsylvania. A Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow in 2007, she taught seminars in art criticism at the University of Frankfurt, where she also worked to complete Oaths? Questions?, done in collaboration with James Siena. Other art grants and fellowships awarded her: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Fifth Floor Foundation, International Studio Program, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Trust for Mutual Understanding. Marjorie Welish lives in New York City where she regularly teaches at Columbia University and Pratt Institute. Her paintings are represented by Bjorn Ressle Fine Art in New York and are in the following public collections: Collection Werner Kramarsky, New York; Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York; Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson; New York Public Library, New York; Rutgers (University) Archive for Printmaking Studios, New Brunswick, NJ; Smith College, Northampton, MA. Her book of art criticism is Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge
University Press, 1999).

Isle of the Signatories (2008) is her most recent book of poems; others are Word Group (2004), and The Annotated ‘Here’ and Selected Poems (2000), this last a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. All are published by Coffee House Press. Welish has received poetry grants and fellowships from the Djerassi Foundation, the Howard Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She was the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Cambridge University in 2005.

Sound files of Welish reading at UPenn and elsewhere:

Recent art criticism by Welish:

Images of some of Welish’s paintings:

Photo: Marjorie Welish reading in the Belladonna Series; photo by Erica Kaufman.

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