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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
Sa23Nov2019So24Nov201910 AM - 16 PM 125€
The Reader’s acclaimed two-day introductory workshop
A Workshop covering the basics of fiction writing by Victoria Gosling and Jane Flett
Suitable for new writers or offering a shot in the arm for those who want to reinvigorate their writing practise, the course will cover establishing a writing routine, with exercises to kickstart the imagination, tuition on characterisation and dialogue (Saturday), followed by a class on plot and structure, guidance on editing, and a brief overview of how to begin finding publishers for your work (Sunday). The perfect place to reignite your love of writing, the workshop will provide inspiration and encouragement in equal measure in a supportive, creative environment.
The Workshop will start at 10:30 and continue until 16:30 with a one-hour lunch break. Maximum number of participants is 14.
To sign up, please email email@example.com.
Victoria Gosling is the founder of The Reader Berlin and The Berlin Writing Prize. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Serpent’s Tail in July 2020 (UK) and Henry Hudson in 2021 (US). She is represented by Judith Murray of literary agency Greene & Heaton. Alongside directing The Reader’s day-to-day activities, Victoria works as a freelance editor, writer and consultant and is a former contributing editor of Berlin Stories for NPR. Offering manuscript assessments, mentoring, expert feedback and guidance, she has worked with hundreds of writers and consulted on a wide range of publications currently available in print and online.
Jane Flett’s writing has been published in over 70 literary journals and translated into Polish, Croatian and Japanese. Her poetry features in the Best British Poetry anthology and her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4. Jane is a recipient of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award and was voted Berlin’s best English-language writer in 2015 by Indieberlin.