Week Two Workshops and Faculty
Week Two: Hellfire, Drought, and Brimstone: A New Eco-Poetics
July 8-July 14 2013
Coming from the nexus of Bay Area Language Writing, Rae Armantrout has published eleven volumes of poetry. Her book Versed won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her 2011 collection, Money Shot, focused, in part, on the impact of the Wall Street mentality on our culture. A new book, Just Saying, appeared this year from Wesleyan. Armantrout’s poems have been collected in many anthologies, including The New American Poetry of Engagement, Postmodern American Poetry, American Hybrid, and The Open Door: 100 Poems 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. She teaches at UC San Diego.
CA Conrad is the author of TRANSLUCENT SALAMANDER (TROLL THREAD Press, 2012), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: New (Soma)tics (WAVE Books, 2012), The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 UCROSS Fellow, and a 2013 BANFF Fellow.
Samuel R. Delany
Samuel Delany’s stories are available in Aye, and Gomorrah and other stories and Atlantis: Three Tales. His novels include Nova, Dhalgren, the award-winning Dark Reflections, and – most recently — Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, and a revised and enhanced edition of his 2004 novel Phallos. His essay collections comprise The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, Starboard Wine, Longer Views, and Shorter Views. A judge for the 2010 National Book Awards, he was the subject of a documentary The Polymath. His interview in the Paris Review’s “Art of Fiction” series appeared last spring.
Robert Glück is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist and a book of stories, Denny Smith. Glück prefaced Between Life and Death, a book on the paintings of Frank Moore, and he edited, along with Camille Roy, Mary Berger and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting The Error: Writers Explore Narrative. Glück was Co-Director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and Associate Editor at Lapis Press. His first book of stories, Elements of a Coffee Service (1982) has just been republished by Ithuriel’s Spear.
HR Hegnauer is a writer, freelance book designer, and website designer who specializes in working with small presses and individual artists. She is the author of Sir (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). As a designer, HR has worked with over 350 writers and translators. She is a member of the feminist publishing collaborative Belladonna* and the poets’ theater group, GASP: Girls Assembling Something Perpetual; she has also acted in movies directed by Ed Bowes.
Fred Moten is the Helen L. Bevington Professor of Modern Poetry at Duke University. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works), B. Jenkins (Duke University Press), and of two forthcoming books: The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions) and consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press).
Eileen Myles was born in Cambridge, MA and moved to New York (where she still lives) in 1974 to be a poet. Latest books are Snowflake/different streets, Inferno (a poet’s novel) and The Importance of Being Iceland for which she received a Creative Capital/Warhol art writing grant. She’s a 2012 Guggenheim fellow.
Kristin Prevallet is a poet, performer, and change worker whose fifth book, Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (A Four Quartets) was published by the Belladonna Collaborative. She edited and introduced the critical edition of Helen Adam’s work, A Helen Adam Reader (National Poetry Foundation) and recent writing appears in Reality Sandwich, Spoon River Review and Fourth Genre: Adventures in Nonfiction as well as in the anthologies I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women and Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art, and Poetic Reflection. Founding director of the Center for Mindbody Studies, she is a board certified hypnotherapist and integral health coach with a private practice in Manhattan.
Julia SekoJulia Seko is a letterpress printer, book artist, and proprietor of P.S. Press. She learned letterpress printing at the Women’s Graphic Center in Los Angeles and has had inky fingernails ever since. She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University, where she helped set up the letterpress studio, and her letterpress work is in university and private collections. Most recently, she participated in the Al-Mutanabbi Street project.
Ron Silliman has written and edited over 30 books, most recently Wharf Hypothesis, and had his poetry & criticism translated into 12 languages. He has edited In the American Tree, Tottel’s, and The Socialist Review. Silliman was a Kelly Writers House Fellow, winner of the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and a fellow of the Pew Foundation & the NEA. His blog has had over 3.5 million visits.
- Silliman’s Blog
- Ron Silliman Bibliography
- Silliman at the Electronic Poetry Center
- Silliman at Modern American Poetry
- Silliman at Pennsound
- Silliman at the Poetry Foundation
- Silliman Archives @ UC San Diego
Orlando White is the author of Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009). Originally from Tółikan, Arizona, he is Diné of the Naaneesht’ézhi Tábaahí and born for the Naakai Diné’e. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and the 2012 Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and lives in Tsaile, Arizona.
Elizabeth WillisElizabeth Willis’s most recent book, Address (Wesleyan, 2011), was awarded the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for poetry. Other books of poetry include Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); and The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995). She is also the editor of a volume of essays entitled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (Iowa, 2008). She teaches at Wesleyan University and is a 2012-13 Guggenheim fellow.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the anti-memoir The Chronology of Water, the novel Dora: A Headcase: A Modern Farce, and three books of experimental short fictions. She is the recipient of an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and she was a finalist for the Pen Center Award in Creative Nonfiction. She lives, loves, teaches and commits art banditry in Portland, Oregon.
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