Upcoming: Temporal Arts Collective Reading 10/18

Friday, October 18 at 8:00pm.
128 W Michigan Ave, apt 5

Performances by TAC & friends. All are welcome! Come out and enjoy what this Ypsi community has to offer.

TAC presents guest reader Cynthia Spencer:

http://www.commonlinejournal.com/2009/10/poetry-by-cynthia-spencer-2009.html

http://www.poetrycemetery.com/spencernew.htm

Upcoming: BATHHOUSE EVENTS 11/5 & 11/6

Join us on November 5th and 6th as BathHouse Events and the Creative Writing Department welcomes Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant!

The details…

Readings by Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant
Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
EMU Student Center Auditorium
Ypsilanti


And:
“Textual Orality: African Diasporic Aesthetic Practices” 
A Discussion with Douglas Kearney and Tisa Bryant
Wednesday, Nov. 6th 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
EMU Student Center Auditorium
Ypsilanti

Texual Orality: African Diasporic Aesthetic Practices
The aesthetic and formal roots of African diasporic cultural production are often determined in relation to oral tradition, from poetic expression and practical education, to transmission of cosmologies and the genealogical storytelling of village griots. Celebrating and analyzing solely the oral can come at the expense of the written word, from signs and pictographs of ancient Egypt or Haiti, to the ‘spirit writing’ of African American mediums and healers. In response to this enduring but insufficient binary thinking, Tisa Bryant and Douglas Kearney devised the concept Textual Orality. Textual Orality is a way of naming this site of generative tension within African diasporic literature. Using this concept as a critical frame, Bryant and Kearney will explore the ways in which both the (il)legible and aural, the stylized mark and the spoken word, experiments in writing and traditions in performance (or vice-versa), are distinct and interdependent features of their individual writing practices and pedagogies.
Tisa Bryant:
            Though she hails from Boston, received an MFA from Brown University, and lives in Los Angeles, Tisa Bryant grew into her writing within San Francisco’s vibrant literary/arts communities, serving in various capacities with ATA, CineLatino, Frameline, New Langton Arts, the San Francisco International Film Festival, Small Press Traffic, and Intersection for the Arts, among others. She is the author of Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), a collection of hybrid essays on myth-making and black presences in film, literature and visual art; co-editor/founder of the ongoing cross-referenced journal of narrative and storytelling, The Encyclopedia Project, and co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology of black gay men’s desire and survival, nominated for a 2010 LAMBDA Literary Award. Bryant is currently on a reunion tour with the poets and writers of The Dark Room Collective, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their nationally-renown African diasporic arts exhibition and reading series and she teaches fiction and experimental writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.
Douglas Kearney:
           Poet/performer/librettist DouglasKearney’s second, full-length collection of poetry, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps) is available. Red Hen Press will publish Kearney’s third collection, Patter, in 2014. He has received a Whiting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award and fellowships at Idyllwild, Cave Canem, and others. Two of his operas, Sucktionand Crescent City, have received grants from the MAPFund. Sucktion has been produced internationally. Crescent Citypremiered in Los Angeles in 2012. He has been commissioned to write and/or teach ekphrastic poetry for the Weisman Museum (Minneapolis), Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA, SFMOMA, the Getty and the Poetry Foundation. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

Friday, October 4 – Site/Nonsite Detroit: Poetry @ASAP

Site/Nonsite Detroit: Poetry @ASAP

http://www.english.wayne.edu/fac_pages/ewatten/pdfs/ASAP%20reading.pdf

Brian Ang (Oakland, CA; editor of Armed Cell); Sara Larsen; (Oakland, CA; organizer of The Public School); David Lau (Santa Cruz, CA; editor of Lana Turner); Rob Halpern (Ypsilanti, MI; author of Music for Porn); Jonathan Stalling (Norman, OK; author of Yingelishi); UIjana Wolf (Berlin/Brooklyn; author of falsche freunde). Hosted by Tyrone Williams (Xavier University). Organized by Barrett Watten (Wayne State University).

Friday, October 4, 7:30–9:00 PM TheWelcome Center @ Wayne State University Woodward and Warren, Detroit Free and open to the public!

Upcoming: Carla Harryman M–/W– launch (9/28)

 
Carla Harryman and George Tysh kick off the evidence series in Ferndale on September 28.
 
evidence:
                new writing in the metro
                        Saturday, September 28, 8 pm
                             Carla Harryman: M–/W– launch
                             George Tysh
                                    407 West Marshall, Ferndale 48220
*For info on Carla Harryman’s  M–/W–  visit  http://splitleveltexts.com/texts/w-m    

Upcoming: An Evening of Poetry and Conversation (9/27)

Please join us for  an evening of poetry and conversation with:

 

CATHERINE WAGNER, KAPLAN HARRIS,

BRENNA YORK, & MATVEI YANKELEVICH

 

Friday September 27

 

@ Rob Halpern and Lee Azus’s home:

319 Garland Street in Ypislanti

 

Gathering begins 7:00. Readings begin at 7:30.

Beer & Wine & Partners, all welcome!

 

Bios and Links:

Catherine Wagner’s collections of poems include Nervous Device (City Lights, 2012) and three previous books from Fence. Her work appears in the recent edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry and other anthologies. She teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Miami University and lives in Oxford, Ohio with her son.

Recent work by Catherine can be found here:

http://theclaudiusapp.com/2-wagner.html
http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Wagner.php

 

Brenna York resides within the Peabody Manor in Oxford, Ohio. She released Mr. Ivy, a chapbook with Plumberries Press, this past June at the Midwest Press Festival in Milwaukee. Brenna is a graduate of EMU’s Creative Writing Program.

A performance of “Twat-lite”, a collaboration between Brenna York and Elizabeth Mikesch, can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/user14622738

 

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists Books) and the novella-in-fragments Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), and the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook/Ardis). He is one of the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series. He is a member of the Writing Faculty at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College; in Fall 2013 he is Visiting Writer at Long Island University’s MFA in Creative Writing.

Recent work by Matvei can be found here: http://bombsite.com/issues/119/articles/6447

[excerpts from the long poem "Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt" and a film based on the same poem made in collaboration with Jeanne Liotta]

 

Kaplan Harris is an editor & scholar. He has forthcoming essays in the Cambridge Companion to American Modernist Poetry & an exhibition catalog on the clairvoyant conceptualist Hannah Weiner. He lives with his daughter in Buffalo, NY.

Recent work by Kaplan can be found at:.

“The 2013 Buffalo Small Press Fair,” Harriet Open Door Series (May 2013).

“Avant-Garde Interrupted: A New Narrative after AIDS.” Contemporary Literature 52.4 (winter 2011).

“A Zine Ecology of Charles Bernstein’s Selected Poems,” Postmodern Culture 20.3 (May 2010).

Interview for “Into the Field #5” (podcast series), hosted by Steve McLaughlin, Jacket2 (June 2011)

The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Edited by Kaplan Harris, Rod Smith and Peter Baker. University of California Press.

 

 

Orientation for New Graduate Students

Orientation for new graduate students in the Creative Writing program is happening Friday, Sept. 20 at 5:30 pm. in rm. 202 Pray-Harrold. Session runs from 5:30 pm. – 7 pm. If you’re new, attendance is required.

This will be an opportunity to receive information to help you get oriented, answer your questions, and introduce you to your grad program advisor (if you haven’t already had that chance).

Questions? Email Christine Neufeld (cneufeld@emich.edu).

CRTW Graduate Showcase

CRTW Graduate Showcase 2013It excites the Creative Writing blog to announce the Creative Writing Graduate Showcase on Thursday, April 18th from six until eight in the evening. This blessed event will be hosted in the Carillon Room in the Halle Library on EMU‘s campus. The graduate performances promise to “blow down doors and hurl windows from the highest of towers.” Those performing include Nicholas “Mr. Electric Ocean” Mourning, Arthur “Ace” Challenger Oemke, and the articulated semtex-man Gerard Breitenbeck. Each will be performing an aspect of their Creative Masters Thesis projects. Mourning’s work is a an ethnographic mapping that bisects poetics and the electric self. Oemke’s can best be referred to as debauched fiction that attempts to undermine the authority of the sensorium. Capping the event, Breitenbeck will showcase new forms which break stale narrative sculptures and blast through our rectangular age with a re-percussive return to the early eighties.

 

 

Spotlight on CARPE DIEM COLLABORATORS

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Student group CARPE DIEM COLLABORATORS is helping to fight student social fatigue by stashing First Aid Books across EMU’s campus which encourage students to get involved. If you find yourself lacking engagement, you’ve only your self to blame.

Their unique presentation of a collaged work includes statistics, images, and a slew of motivational slogans. In addition to providing information to students in a non-standard format the Hear This book also serves to highlight student organizations like SEUSS, the parking escort service, the LGBT community and points to resources like the Smith Health Center, among others. I encourage you to check out their work. It is a hopeful sign that redistributes information through channels that are less likely to be looked over. How many times have we passed kiosks plastered with benign advertisements? The Hear This first aid kit is a wonderful repackaging of information available across campus.

A series of Reviews by Nicholas Hohman

October 18, 2012:

Collaboration Panel

When I did research papers in middle school, before the internet was the first place anyone went to for information, I remember pulling heavy encyclopedias and informative books that had several volumes in the series. When citing them there would always be several authors, which made sense because there was lot of information to be organized in these books. I never really gave how the informative tomes had come into existence until I attended a lecture about collaboration.

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