by Lyn Hejinian & Barrett Watten
Thursday 29 March, 7pm
Lyn Hejinian is the author of many books, including Writing is An Aid to Memory (The Figures, 1978), My Life (third edition, Green Integer, 2002), Oxota: A Short Russian Novel (The Figures, 1991), and The Fatalist (Omnidawn, 2003). Her essays are collected in The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000). She was editor of Tuumba Press, 1976-84 and co-editor (with Barrett Watten) of Poetics Journal, 1981-99, and is now co-director of Atelos. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.
Barrett Watten is a poet and a professor of literature and cultural studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. He has published two volumes of literary and cultural criticism, of which The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics (Wesleyan, 2003) was awarded the René Wellek Prize in 2004. His published works of poetry include Frame (1971-1990), published by Sun and Moon in 1997; Bad History (Atelos, 1998); and Progress/Under Erasure (Green Integer, 2004). Watten edited This, one of the central little magazines of the experimental writers who would be known as the Language school, and co-edited Poetics Journal, one of its theoretical venues. The Grand Piano, a multi-authored “experiment in collective autobiography” of the period, began serial publication in November 2006. Recently, he spent time in Germany as a Fulbright Fellow, at the University of Tübingen and in Berlin, where he wrote on visual art, performance, and cultural politics.
Poetry readings are organised in collaboration with Barry Schwabsky