Yale Working Group in Contemporary Poetry

Welcome Back WGCP!

Posted in Announcements, Events, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on August 27, 2012

The Whitney Humanities Center/Beiencke Library Working Group in Contemporary Poetry returns in September! Our tentative calendar of readings and events follows. Please check back for additional details and event confirmation.

WGCP Meetings and Related Events: Fall 2012

WGCP Meeting with Michel Delville: The Prose Poem
Readings to be distributed
Friday, September 14, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

Related Event: Ariana Reines, Poetry Reading
Thursday, September 20, 7:00pm
Room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contacts: justin.sider@yale.edu, sarah.stone@yale.edu

Related Event: Peter Cole, Poetry Reading: The Poetry of Kabbalah, the Kabbalah of Poetry
Thursday, October 11th, 5:15pm
Marquand Chapel
The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature
Contact: Yale Institute of Sacred Music

WGCP Meeting: Discussion of the work of Jan Wagner
Readings to be distributed
Friday, October 12, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

Related Event: C. S. Giscombe, Poetry Reading
Thursday, October 18th, 4:00pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting with Jan Wagner
Readings to be distributed
Friday, October 26, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street10/26

Related Event: Devin Johnston & Anna Moschovakis, Poetry Reading
Monday, November 5, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting: Discussion of the work of John Koethe
Readings to be distributed
Friday, November 9, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

WGCP Meeting with John Koethe
Readings to be distributed
Friday, December 7, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

WGCP Meetings and Related Events: Spring 2013

WGCP Meeting: Discussion of the work of Lisa Robertson
Readings to be distributed
Date TBD
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

Related Event: Lisa Robertson, Poetry Reading
Thursday, February 28, 7:00pm
Room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contacts: justin.sider@yale.edu, sarah.stone@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting with Lisa Robertson
Readings to be distributed
Friday, March 1, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

Related Event: Yale Student Poets Annual Reading
Tuesday, April 9, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting: Discussion of the work of Alice Notley
Readings to be distributed
Date TBD
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

Related Event: Alice Notley, Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 18, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting with Alice Notley
Readings to be distributed
Friday, April 19, 3pm
WHC Room 116, 53 Wall Street

WGCP Hiatus

Posted in Announcements, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on February 5, 2012

The Working Group in Contemporary Poetry will be on a temporary hiatus until the fall of 2012; stay tuned for details about next semester’s activities.

Petals of Zero Petals of One

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on November 23, 2011

Our final two sessions of the semester will be on Friday Dec 2nd and Friday Dec 9th and will focus on the work of Andrew Zawacki. Our main focus will be his most recent collection of poems, Petals of Zero Petals of One.  A useful review is found here http://jacketmagazine.com/37/r-zawacki-rb-shoemaker.shtml

Andrew Zawacki (Ph.D., Committee on Social Thought, Chicago) is the author of three poetry books: Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia).  His latest book, Videotape, is due from Counterpath in 2013.  His work has appeared in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande), Walt Whitman hom(m)age, 2005/1855 (Turtle Point), The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (Iowa), Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner), and other anthologies, as well as in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Nation, and The New Republic.  Coeditor of Verse and of The Verse Book of Interviews (Verse), he has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Talisman, How2, Open LetterNew German Critique, Australian Book Review, Religion and Literature, and elsewhere in the U.S., Europe, and Australia.  A former fellow of the Slovenian Writers’ Association, he edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine) and edited and co-translated Aleš Debeljak’s new and selected poems, Without Anesthesia (Persea).  His translation, from the French, of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo, is due from Burning Deck.  Zawacki has held fellowships from the Salzburg Seminar (Austria), Hawthornden Castle (Scotland), the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Le Château de Lavigny (Switzerland), the Fulbright Foundation (Australia), the Rhodes Trust (England), the Millay Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and Bread Loaf.

Claudia Rankine Visit

Posted in Announcements, Events, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on October 17, 2011

Claudia Rankine will visit the WGCP to discuss her book Don’t Let Me Be Lonely on Friday, November 11th.

Rankine will be reading in the Graduate Poets’ Reading Series  at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 10th,in room 317, Linsley-Chittenden, 63 High Street.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, poet Claudia Rankine earned a BA at Williams College and an MFA at Columbia University.

Rankine has published several collections of poetry, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004) and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Her work often crosses genres as it tracks wild and precise movements of mind. Noting that “hers is an art neither of epiphany nor story,” critic Calvin Bedient observed that “Rankine’s style is the sanity, but just barely, of the insanity, the grace, but just barely, of the grotesqueness.” Discussing the borrowed and fragmentary sources for her work in an interview with Paul Legault for the Academy of American Poets, Rankine stated, “I don’t feel any commitment to any external idea of the truth. I feel like the making of the thing is the truth, will make its own truth.”

With Juliana Spahr, Rankine co-edited American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002) and, with Lisa Sewell, American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (2007). Her poems have been included in the anthologies Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (2003), Best American Poetry (2001), and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry (1996). Her play Detour/South Bronx premiered in 2009 at New York’s Foundry Theater.

Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. She has taught at the University of Houston, Barnard College, and Pomona College. For more information: http://claudiarankine.com/

A terrific interview with Rankine is available here: http://poems.com/special_features/prose/essay_rankine.php

Ben Lerner: Mean Free Path

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on September 8, 2011

On Friday September 16th from 3-5 in rm 116 of the Whitney Humanities Center, we will have our first session of the Yale Contemporary Poetics Group for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The focus of this discussion will be Mean Free Path, Ben Lerner’s third (and most recent book of poems). Lerner will give a reading on 9/29th and then join us on 9/30 to discuss his work (details for these and other WGCP events: https://wgcp.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/fall-2011-schedule/).   Here is the bio from his publisher:

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College.

His newest book is Leaving the Atocha Station, a novel that incorporates meditations on poetics and art as part of its structure. You can read more about it here: http://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Atocha-Station-Ben-Lerner/dp/1566892740

But since we focus on poetry, we’ll discuss the recent poetry collection, Mean Free Path. David Gorin has a terrific, thoughtful review of the book here:  http://jacketmagazine.com/40/r-lerner-rb-gorin.shtml ; and this goes very nicely with an interview by Aaron Kunin with Lerner available here: http://jacketmagazine.com/40/lerner-kunin.shtml. Karla Kelsey offers a very smart reading of Mean Free Path: http://www.constantcritic.com/karla_kelsey/mean-free-path/. And here is another useful review: http://criticalflame.org/verse/0910_pritchard.htm

A response to some earlier work of Lerner’s by Sarah Stone (under her nom du plume) is available here: http://jacketmagazine.com/37/stone-freeman-re-lerner.shtml.

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The Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics meets every other Friday at 3.00 PM in room 116 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University to discuss problems and issues of contemporary poetry within international alternative and /or avant-garde traditions of lyric poetry. All are welcome to attend.

Fall 2011 Schedule

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on August 8, 2011

WGCP Schedule, 2011 — Meetings  and Related Events
Subject to Change (check WGCP Minutes Archive or the WGCP Blog for the latest information)

The Beinecke Library / Whitney Humanities Center Working Group in Contemporary Poetry and Poetics meets Fridays at 3:00pm in room 116 at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, 55 Wall Street (the corner of Church and Wall); schedule changes and special group meeting times and locations will be noted below.

Rae Armantrout, Poetry Reading
Wednesday, September 14th, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting
Friday, September 16th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Ben Lerner Readings TBA

Ben Lerner, Reading
Thursday, September 29th, 7:00 pm
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edujustin.sider@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting, Ben Lerner Visit
Friday, September 30th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Ben Lerner Readings TBA

WGCP Meeting
Friday, October 14th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Claudia Rankine Readings TBA

Dan Beachy Quick, Poetry Reading
Thursday, November 3rd, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

Claudia Rankine, Reading
Thursday, November 10th, 7:00 pm
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

WGCP Meeting, Claudia Rankine Visit
Friday, November 11th, 3 p.m.
Readings: Claudia Rankine Readings TBA

SPRING

Susan Howe, Poetry Reading
Thursday, April 5th, 4:00pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

Yale Student Poets Reading
Tuesday, April 24, 4:00 pm
Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Contact: nancy.kuhl@yale.edu

Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Poetry Reading
Spring 2012, Date TBA
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

Elizabeth Willis, Poetry Reading
Spring 2012, Date TBA
Linsley-Chittenden 317, 63 High Street
Grad Poets Reading Series
Contact: sarah.stone@yale.edu, justin.sider@yale.edu

Susan Stewart Visit 4-29

Posted in Announcements, Events, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on April 15, 2011

Poet and critic Susan Stewart will visit the WGCP at WHC from 3-5pm on April 29 to discuss her recent collection Red Rover.

About Susan Stewart:  Susan Stewart is a poet, critic, and translator. Her five books of poetry include The Forest (1995), which received the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Atheneum; Columbarium (2003), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award; and, most recently Red Rover (2008), soon to be published in Italian translation by Jaca Book in Milan.

Her song cycle, “Songs for Adam,” commissioned by the Chicago Symphony as a collaboration with the composer James Primosch, had its world premiere with the baritone Brian Mulligan and the CSO in October 2009.

Stewart’s collected essays on art, The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics, were published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. Her collaborations with visual artists include most recently work with Ann Hamilton and Sandro Chia.

Her other books of criticism include the forthcoming The Poet’s Freedom: A Notebook on Making; Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (2002), which received both the 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2004 Truman Capote Award in Literary Criticism; Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation (1991);  On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection (1984), and Nonsense (1979).

Stewart published her translation, Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini, with Princeton University Press in 2009. She also translated Euripides’ Andromache with Wesley Smith, and the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini. Currently she is completing a translation of the selected poems of Milo De Angelis with Patrizio Ceccagnoli and a translation of Laudomia Bonanni’s novel La Rappresaglia with her Princeton colleague Sara Teardo.

A 1997 MacArthur Fellow, Stewart has received fellowships as well from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Pew Foundation, and the Lila Wallace Foundation. In 2010 she received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Stewart currently serves as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005.

The Correspondence of Robert Creeley

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on March 14, 2011

The Correspondence of Robert Creeley
a discussion led by editor Kaplan Harris

Friday, March 25, 3 p.m.
Location: Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street (Beinecke Class Visitor Guidelines)

Kaplan P. Harris is Associate Professor of English & director of the MA Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. Recent & forthcoming criticism appears in American Literature, Contemporary Literature, Artvoice, Wild Orchids, Paideuma, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, & Postmodern Culture. He is editing, with Rod Smith & the Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (forthcoming in late 2011 from University of California Press).

Kaplan P. Harris is Associate Professor of English & director of the

MA Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. Recent &

forthcoming criticism appears in American Literature, Contemporary

Literature, Artvoice, Wild Orchids, Paideuma, The Poetry Project

Newsletter, Jacket2, & Postmodern Culture. He is editing, with Rod

Smith & the Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley

(forthcoming in late 2011 from University of California Press).

Kaplan P. Harris is Associate Professor of English & director of the
MA Graduate Program at St. Bonaventure University. Recent &
forthcoming criticism appears in American Literature, Contemporary
Literature, Artvoice, Wild Orchids, Paideuma, The Poetry Project
Newsletter, Jacket2, & Postmodern Culture. He is editing, with Rod
Smith & the Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley
(forthcoming in late 2011 from University of California Press).

Jorie Graham to Visit WGCP

Posted in Announcements, Events, WGCP Communications by beineckepoetry on February 9, 2011

Jorie Graham will join the WGCP to discuss her most recent collection, Sea Change, on February 18 from 3-5 PM in 116 of the Whitney Humanities Center.

Jorie Graham was born in New York City in 1950, the daughter of a     journalist and a sculptor. She was raised in Rome, Italy and educated in French     schools. She studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris before attending     New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied filmmaking. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa.

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

About her work, James Longenbach wrote in the New York Times: “For 30 years Jorie Graham has engaged the whole human contraption — intellectual, global, domestic, apocalyptic — rather than the narrow emotional slice of it most often reserved for poems. She thinks of the poet not as a recorder but as a constructor of experience. Like Rilke or Yeats, she imagines the hermetic poet as a public figure, someone who addresses the most urgent philosophical and political issues of the time simply by writing poems.”

Graham has also edited two anthologies, Earth Took of Earth: 100 Great Poems of the English Language (1996) and The Best American Poetry 1990.

Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

Recordings of Graham reading form her work can be found online:

“Embodies” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20169

“Just Before” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20164

“Nearing Dawn” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20165

Upcoming WGCP Related Events

Posted in Uncategorized by beineckepoetry on February 9, 2011

The Graduate Poets’ Reading Series presents: Christian Hawkey
7:00 pm, Thursday, February 10th
Linsly-Chittenden, Room 317
63 High St., New Haven, CT

Christian Hawkey is the author of Petitions for an Alien Relative (a chapbook by hand held editions, 2010), Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Citizen Of (Wave Books, 2007), Hour, Hour, a chapbook which includes drawings by the artist Ryan Mrowzowski (Delirium Press, 2006), and The Book of Funnels (Verse Press, 2004), winner of the 2006 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. In 2006 he was given a Creative Capital Innovative Literature Award and he has also received awards from the Poetry Fund and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Books will be sold at the reading, Cash or Check Only. For more information, please email Justin Sider (justin.sider@yale.edu) or Sarah Stone (sarah.stone@yale.edu)

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New Writing in German / Neue Literatur at Yale

You are invited to a one-day set of workshops and readings by 6 of the best up-and-coming German, Austrian, and Swiss novelists. Please join the Yale Department of German on Friday, February 11th from 1-7pm in Room 309, Wiliam H. Harkness Hall,

as they welcome:

who will discuss their recent work and the state of the novel written in German today.

1:00pm-5:15pm        Workshops in German

5:30-7:00pm              Readings/ Roundtable in English

7:00                                        Reception/ Dinner