April 11: An Evening with poets Ron Silliman and Michael Rothenberg

Join us for an evening of readings and discussion with influential poets Ron Silliman and Michael Rothenberg!
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RON SILLIMAN, an influential figure in contemporary poetics, became associated with the West Coast literary movement known as “Language poetry” in the 1960s and ‘70s. He edited In the American Tree (1986), which remains the primary Language poetry anthology, as well as penned one of the movement’s defining critical texts, The New Sentence (1987). Silliman’s prolific publishing career includes over thirty books of poetry, critical work, collaborations and anthologies. He has long championed experimental or “post-avant” poetics, most recently through Silliman’s Blog, a weblog he started in 2002. Silliman’s is one of the most popular and frequently visited of the many contemporary English-language poetry blogs; by 2009 it had received over two million visits. Silliman has taught at various universities including San Francisco State University, University of California-Berkeley, Brown and the Naropa Institute. He has also worked as a political organizer, ethnographer, lobbyist, and was the executive editor of the Socialist Review. A long-time resident of the Bay Area, he moved to Pennsylvania in 1995 and works as a market analyst in the IT industry.

MICHAEL ROTHENBERG is a poet, editor and publisher of the online literary magazine BigBridge.org, co-founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.100tpc.org), and co-founder of Poets In Need, a non-profit 501(c), assisting poets in crisis. His most recent books of poetry include Sapodilla (Editions du Cygne-Swan World, Paris, France, 2016), Drawing The Shade (Dos Madres Press, 2016) and Wake Up and Dream (MadHat Press 2017). A Spanish/English edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, and the poetic journal collection, Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 are scheduled for publication in 2017 by Varasek Ediciones (Madrid, Spain). An Arabic edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story is scheduled for publication in 2018 by Sefsafa Publishing House, Cairo, Egypt. His editorial work includes several volumes in the Penguin Poets series: Overtime by Philip Whalen, As Ever by Joanne Kyger, David’s Copy by David Meltzer, and Way More West by Ed Dorn. He is also editor of The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press. Rothenberg currently lives on Lake Jackson in Tallahassee, Florida.

Event date: 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104