Event: Experimental Poetry @ PSU (Feb. 8)

Symposiums on Experimental Poetry and Poetics
Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, 2008

Distinguished writers Marjorie Perloff, (2006 President of the Modern Language Association and author of 13 books of criticism), Lyn Hejinian (current Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, whose thirty-four books include Writing is An Aid to Memory, My Life and The Language of Inquiry), and Joan Retallack (John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College and author of 4 books of poetry as well as Musicage, a series of her conversations with John Cage) will be in Portland February 8 and 9, to give symposiums at Lewis & Clark College, and at Portland State University where they will be joined by Hank Lazer (editor of the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series for the University of Alabama Press and author of 12 books of poetry). Both events are free and open to the public.

Portland State University
Friday, February 8, 2-4 p.m.
SMC 238
Marjorie Perloff will discuss the tradition of avant-garde or experimental writing, followed by brief readings by each of the three poets, Hank Lazer, Lyn Hejinian, and Joan Retallack. An open conversation with the participants will follow.

Lewis & Clark College
Saturday, February 9, 1-5 p.m.
Smith Hall
Schedule: 1:00-2:00 p.m. • Lecture by Marjorie Perloff: Unoriginal Genius: A Genealogy: With Reflection on the Poetics of Lyn Hejinian and Joan Retallack
2:15-2:50 p.m. • Poetry Reading by Joan Retallack
2:55-3:30 p.m. • Poetry Reading by Lyn Hejinian
3:45- 4:30 p.m. • Panel Discussion: Marjorie Perloff, Joan Retallack, Lyn Hejinian
4:30-5:00 p.m. • Reception and Book Signing

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