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Mi06Jun201820:00Eintritt 5/4 €
Reading with Barrett Watten and Daniel Tiffany
Barrett Watten plans to read “Plan B”, a poem written in the aftermath of our national catastrophe, as a kind of “knowledge base” for the symbolic rubble of the election and the state of political crisis it produced. The keyword 'Gleichschaltung', drawn from the German experience in March 1933, is used as a call not to “normalize” the result of the election—an imperative that continues for many. Both terms appear at regular intervals through the poem. Also evoked is the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald—a 1975 maritime disaster on the Great Lakes (and ballad by Gordon Lightfoot) that is iconic for residents of Michigan, for whom it represents the destruction of the state as well as the wreck itself. The poem is translated into German by Munich performance poet Franziska Ruprecht, and will be presented in multi-media format, along with other works.
Daniel Tiffany will be reading from a book-length poem composed in syllabics and, more specifically, in a five-line stanza called the “cinquain," invented around the turn of the last century by the prosodist and poet, Adelaide Crapsey. The poem (just over 300 stanzas) writes through, very loosely, the framework of The Book of Margery Kempe—the earliest known prose autobiography in English—about an illiterate, fourteenth-century female mystic.
Barrett Watten is a language-centered poet and critic. His collection "Frame": 1971–1990 appeared from Sun & Moon in 1997; "Bad History", from Atelos in 1998; and "Progress/Under Erasure" from Green Integer in 2004. He edited "This", one of the central publications of Language writing, and co-edited "Poetics Journal" with Lyn Hejinian. He also collaborated on "Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union" (1991) and "The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography" (2006–10), and "Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement" (Palgrave, 2009); Wesleyan University Press published a combined print/digital "Guide to Poetics Journal" and "Poetics Journal Digital Archive" in 2013-15. His critical writing includes "The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics" (2003; René Wellek Prize, 2004) and "Questions of Poetics: Language Writing and Consequences" (2016). He teaches at Wayne State University, Detroit, and posts at barrettwatten.net. Daniel Tiffany's most recent poetry collection (with BLUNT RESEARCH GROUP), "The Work-Shy", appeared in the Wesleyan Poetry Series in 2016. Five previous collections were published by presses including Action Books, Parlor Press, Noemi, Tin Fish, and Omnidawn. His poems have been published in the "Paris Review", "Poetry", "Tin House", "Lana Turner", "Fence", "jubilat", and many other journals. He is also the author of five volumes of literary criticism (from Harvard, Chicago, California, and Johns Hopkins) and has published translations from French, Greek, and Italian. He is a recipient of the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize. He lives in Los Angeles.
Workshops & Infoabende
Sa08Jun2019So09Jun201910:30 - 16:30Beitrag: 150€
Telling Tales: The Art of Creating Stories
Workshop mit Roy MacLean
Stories can entrance, engage, even possess us. Every one of us has a story to tell; factual or fictional, cool documentary or heartfelt family journey, practical travelogue or sparkling flight of the imagination. But to become an accomplished storyteller one needs time, a conducive environment, and a sensitive guide to direct and refine individual talent.
In June best-selling author Rory MacLean will lead an exclusive, two-day creative non-fiction writing workshop in Berlin. Participants will be guided and supported on their creative journey. Both amateur and professional writers are invited to join. No experience is necessary. The only requirement is the passion to tell a story.
The course will include morning talks on the craft of narration and introductory workshops on gathering material, note-taking, voice and structure. Rory will underline the importance of writing from the heart, using honesty and personal experience to fill one’s creative work with feeling and excitement. Afternoons will be dedicated to exercises and, if possible, one-to-one discussions or project pitches, helping to draw out individual skills. Together Rory and the participants will unpick the transformation of our ordinary encounters, epic journeys, family histories and imaginative quests into prose. Whether you aspire to writing journalism, a blog, memoir, personal essay or documentary, take this rare opportunity to work with one of the Reader’s favourite writers and most popular tutors.
Rory MacLean is the author of more than a dozen books including the UK top tens "Stalin’s Nose" and "Under the Dragon" as well as "Berlin: Imagine a City", a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I’ve ever read’ according to the Washington Post. His works – wrote the late John Fowles – are among those that ‘marvellously explain why literature still lives’. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he divides his time between the UK, Canada and Berlin.
To sign up please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All of the info is available here.