Poets and Critics

2011-2014 CALENDAR


February 4-5 EILEEN MYLES > + Feb. 4 poetry reading


December 14-15 FRED MOTEN > + Dec. 14 poetry reading


December 15-16 ANN LAUTERBACH > + Dec. 15, 8pm poetry reading

May 12-13 ANNE WALDMAN > + May 12 Poetry Reading, 8pm, Maison de la poésie de Paris : Anne Waldman & Patrick Beurard-Valdoye


FINAL SYMPOSIUM Dec. 11-12 COLE SWENSEN > + Dec 11 Poetry Reading, 8pm, Maison de la poésie de Paris : Cole Swensen & Nicolas Pesquès

Sept. 26-27 CLARK COOLIDGE> + Sept. 26, 8 pm Poetry/Music Reading, CLARK COOLIDGE & THURSTON MOORE, Maison de la poésie de Paris

April 11-12 MARJORIE WELISH > + April 11, 7:30 pm Poetry Reading MARJORIE WELISH & JACQUES ROUBAUD, Galerie éof, Paris


December 13 & 14 LISA ROBERTSON> Thursday December 13 7:30pm poetry reading with Lisa Robertson, Anne Parian and Pascal Poyet, galerie éof, Paris.

September 27 & 28 REDELL OLSEN

May 29 & 30 PETER GIZZI



September 29-30 VANESSA PLACE at Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée

June 30 July 1 CAROLINE BERGVALL at Université Paris Est Créteil

June 15 DAVID ANTIN at Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Ann Lauterbach Symposium at Université Paris Est Marne-La-Vallée, Monday 15 December & Tuesday 16 December

On Monday 15 December and Tuesday 16 December, we will be hosting a 2 day symposium on Ann Lauterbach’s work at Université Paris Est Marne-La-Vallée, bâtiment Copernic, 2nd floor, room 2B055-057 (Monday) and room 2B047-049 (Tuesday). 

How to get there? See here.

So far, we’ve tried to focus on the writer’s own (creative and critical) work on the first day of the P&C symposia and on broader issues of poetics and practice-based criticism with the writer on the second day. But there’s no specific preconceived program for the 2 days of the symposium: as the previous sessions of the program have shown, it seems important to let the conversation take its own course.

Bio, bibliography & links from National Poetry Foundation website : 

We will be meeting in the morning of December 15th at 10 am to prepare our sessions with Ann Lauterbach. Ann Lauterbach will be joining us at 2 pm on the 15th. She will also be with us all day on the 16th.

On Monday 15 December at 8pm, Ann Lauterbach will give a poetry reading in Paris.

Poems and essays available from the following websites:
- The Poetry Foundation
- Poets.orghttp://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poems/46011
Excerpts from books are also linked to on this website. 

Lauterbach was born in New York City, the daughter of a war correspondent or Life and Time magazines in Moscow who was also the head of the Moscow Bureau of Time during World War II. Lauterbach’s father died in 1950, when Ann was still a child; this absence and his absences while traveling would later feature in her poetry. As a child, Lauterbach studied painting and became especially interested in abstract expressionism. After receiving a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964, she attended Columbia University for one year on a Woodrow Wilson graduate fellowship. At the completion of her studies, Lauterbach moved to London, England, where she edited books and taught literature. In 1974 she returned to the United States and immersed herself in the art world, working as an art consultant and an assistant director to various art galleries.

Poet Ann Lauterbach's work has been compared to the poetry of John Ashbery and Barbara Guest. She has published several volumes of poetry, including Many Times, but Then (1979), Before Recollection (1987),Clamor (1991), And for Example (1994), On a Stair(1997), If in Time (2001),Hum (2005) and Or to Begin Again (2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. If in Time, a volume of her selected poetry, demonstrates the transformation of her style over three decades, an evolution described by Thomas Fink in the Boston Review: “Lauterbach has found new forms for expressing the continuousness of change: its ways of summoning and disrupting intimacy, of evoking and subverting the position of perceptions and the framing and decentering play of language itself.” 

Lauterbach's linguistically complex, senstive work has been compared to the poetry of John Ashbery and Barbara Guest.“Suffice it to say that she evidently wants us to experience her work form-first, to sense its shapes before shaping a sense,” noted critic Andrew Osborn of the poems in On a Stair. Lauterbach seems to concur with this assessment. In a Rain Taxi interview, she declared, “I’m much more interested in a more difficult kind of sense-making, and I mean difficult in the sense of complexity, and obscurity, but not willful obscurity, just the fact that there are certain things we cannot penetrate and do not know, we can’t know, we may never know.” In an essay for the Poetry Society of America, she further discussed the disjunctions in her work: “I began to give up the use of classical syntax, the logic of cause and effect, of an assumed relation between subject and object, after my sister died. The narrative as story had been ruptured once and for all; I wanted the gaps to show.” In Or to Begin Again Lauterbach continues to investigate the potential of narrative and rupture, as well as the differences between spoken and written language; taking its title from a sixteen-poem elegy, the book also contains the long poem “Alice in the Wasteland,” which uses the work of both Lewis Carroll and T.S. Eliot to explore language, reading, and consciousness.
In addition to poetry, Lauterbach has published a book of essays, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (2005). She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. For over 15 years, she has taught at Bard College and co-directed the Writing Division of the MFA program. She has also taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Columbia University, Princeton University, and the University of Iowa.


o    Vertical, Horizontal, Seafront Press (Dublin, Ireland), 1971.
o    Book One, Spring Street Press (New York, NY), 1975.
o    Many Times, but Then, University of Texas Press (Austin, TX), 1979.
o    Later That Evening, Jordan Davies (Brooklyn, NY), 1981.
o    Closing Hours, Red Ozier Press (Madison, WI), 1983.
o    Sacred Weather, with a drawing by Louisa Chase, Grenfell Press (New York, NY), 1984.
o    (With Bruce Boice) Greeks, photographs by Jan Groover, Hollow Press (Baltimore, MD), 1985.
o    Before Recollection, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1987.
o    How Things Bear Their Telling, with drawings by Lucio Pozzi, Collectif Generation (Colombes, France), 1990.
o    Clamor, Viking (New York, NY), 1991.
o    And for Example, Viking (New York, NY), 1994.
o    A Clown, Some Colors, a Doll, Her Stories,a Song, a Moonlit Cove, with photogravures by Ellen Phelan, Whitney Museum (New York, NY), 1996.
o    On a Stair, Penguin Poets (New York, NY), 1997.
o    If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000, Penguin Poets, 2001.
o    Hum, Penguin Poets, 2005.
o    Or to Begin Again, Penguin Poets, 2009.

o    The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience, Viking, 2005.

o    Contemporary Women Poets, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1998.
o    Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 193: American Poets since World War II, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1998.
o    The Tribe of John: Ashbery and Contemporary Poetry, University of Alabama Press (Tuscaloosa, AL), 1995.

o    American Poetry Review, January-February 1988; May-June 1992.
o    Booklist, November 15, 1994, Elizabteh Gunderson, review of And for Example, p. 574.
o    Choice, March, 1980, review of Many Times, but Then, p. 74; December, 1987, M. Gillian, review of Before Recollection, p. 622.
o    Cream City Review, summer, 1988.
o    Denver Quarterly, spring, 1995.
o    Diacritics, fall-winter, 1996.
o    Hudson Review, spring, 1992, Andrew Hudgins, review of Clamor, p. 162; summer, 1995, Thomas M. Disch, review of And for Example, p. 345.
o    Ohio Review, no. 48, 1990.
o    Parnassus, spring-summer, 1981, Bonnie Costello, "Four Ways to Break the Silence," pp. 111-124.
o    Partisan Review, spring 1994.
o    o    Publishers Weekly, October 31, 1994, review of And for Example, p. 54.
o    Queen's Quarterly, spring, 1989, Myra Junyk, review of Before Recollection, pp. 159-162.
o    Talisman, fall, 1994; winter, 1995.
o    Times Literary Supplement, January 18, 1980, John Fuller, "The Americans," p. 65.
o    Virginia Quarterly Review, spring, 1991; winter, 1998, p. 28.
o    Wallace Stevens Review, fall, 1995.
o    Washington Post Book World, February 16, 1992, Harriet Zinnes, "Sound and Sense," p. 11.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ann Lauterbach Interview by Brainard Carey from Yale radio WYBC

(c) Steve Evans

Listen to Ann Lauterbach interview by Brainard Carey from Yale Radio WYBC at http://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/ann-lauterbach/ or by pressing play below:

source: Yale Radio WYBC

Ann Lauterbach's Essay "The Given and the Chosen"

 Ann Lauterbach wrote "The Given and the Chosen" at the invitation of David Levi Strauss, Chair of Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where Ann Lauterbach gave her talk as part of D. L. Straus's lecture series on the 11th of February 2010.

Ann Lauterbach subsequently published her essay with Omnidawn (2011; click on image for more information) and gave her lecture in the Sherry Poet-In-Residence Series of the University of Chicago (full length video below).

Ann Lauterbach's Pennsound Page

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Ann Lauterbach's Under the Sign

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Ann Lauterbach's The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience

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Ann Lauterbach's Or to Begin Again

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Ann Lauterbach's Hum

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Ann Lauterbach's If in Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000

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Ann Lauterbach's On a Stair

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Ann Lauterbach's Before Recollection

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Ann Lauterbach's Many Times but then

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