Happy April New York School-ers!
London Symposium and Poetry Reading: we're looking forward to seeing familiar and fresh faces at our gathering in London at the end of next month. Details continue to be posted on our website (https://www.nnyss.org/london-2023-symposium.html) as our plans take shape. You can now register to attend the event here. Due to the size of the venue, tickets are quite limited. It's not going to be a hybrid event, unfortunately, but we will record as much of it as we can, and share that in due course. We are also thrilled to share the full tranche of recordings from last year's Paris Symposium and Poetry Reading, with huge thanks to Olivier Brossard for putting them all together. You can view them on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWXV8S47xVYUbZtJuMcdwU-h2qlzx7ZvH.
The Flow Chart Foundation will be hosting their next Gathering on July 22nd and 23rd, at the Flow Chart Space in Hudson. This event focuses on the New York School’s influence on and reverberations through work that engages race, gender, sexuality, and disability—and the poets embodying these identities—and will also explore and celebrate work in this lineage being created now. The 2023 Gathering will again feature a combination of talks, hybrid presentations, performances, and conversations. You can find their Call for Presentations on the website - proposals will be accepted until April 28th. Email email@example.com with any questions.
Earlier this week, Marjorie Perloff joined us for a conversation that took in analysis, structure, and gossip; writing poetry, writing about poetry, and publishing; New York nostalgia, making connections and gaining distance; taste, subjectivity, and opening out the poetry world; starting late and staying longer; and gender, teaching, and turning students into 'little Gertrude Stein-lets'. You can watch/listen to the interview on our YouTube channel.
On Thursday 6th April Paolo Javier led an intimate, virtual group thinking-and-reading-through of "Riddle Me" by John Ashbery, as part of the Flow Chart Foundation's CLOSE READINGS IN A VIRTUAL SPACE series, the video library for which you can find here.
Donna Dennis: Poet in Three Dimensions is out April 19th with The Monacelli Press. Dennis's first monograph, this is a full career consideration of her work as an architectural sculptor, installation artist, and long-time collaborator with the New York School of poets, including Anne Waldman, Ted Berrigan, and Kenward Elmslie. There's more info here.
Eileen Myles's first collection since Evolution, entitled a 'working life', is out April 18th with Grove Press, a booked rooted in the everyday, and exploring the many dualities of human life. They're on tour, too, throughout April and May. Dates and locations here.
Douglas Dunn + Dancers presents Garden Party, a new dance by Douglas Dunn with design by Mimi Gross and Lauren Parrish, April 24-30. Garden Party is a series of vignettes, each with its own elegant and playful interaction of movement, visual art, music, and language. Dunn partners with longtime collaborator Mimi Gross to transform his loft space into a verdant haven. Ten members of Douglas Dunn + Dancers, including Dunn himself, frolic within this lush garden landscape while lighting and projections by Lauren Parrish illuminate each scene and its interruptions. In this hour-long work, Dunn’s steps are interwoven with poetry (John Keats, Anne Waldman, and others) and music (Robert de Visée and John Lennon, to name a few). There's more info, and tickets, here.
Olivier Brossard has completed a comprehensive bibliography of US poetry in French translation, from 1786 to 2023 (among which quite a few New York School poets feature). You will find it at www.poetscritics.org.
In the current issue of The New York Review of Books, Geoffrey O'Brien has a great review of a new book by the poet and art critic John Yau, Joe Brainard: The Art of the Personal; Joe Brainard and Frank O'Hara (and Mark Ford) also feature in the Guardian's LGBTQ+ Lit List: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/apr/09/lgbtq-lost-classics-books-chosen-by-authors.
On Wednesday 26th April, please join The Poetry Project in celebrating the life and work of beloved poet, librettist, novelist, editor, performance artist, and friend Kenward Elmslie. The event will feature readings, songs, and remembrances from WC Bamberger, Lee Ann Brown, Maxine Chernoff, Donna Dennis, Serena Devi, John Godfrey, Ann Lauterbach, Ron Padgett, Vivien Russe, Steven Taylor, Cindy Tran, Anne Waldman, and Trevor Winkfield. RSVP here. On Friday 12th May, The Project will honour the memory of Bernadette Mayer, with remarks, readings, and performances from Lee Ann Brown, Laynie Browne, Charlotte Carter, CAConrad, Brenda Coultas, Helen Decker, Bill DeNoyelles, Barbara Epler, Peter Gizzi, John Godfrey, Bob Holman, Fanny Howe, Colter Jacobson, Annabell Lee, Erica Dawn Lyle, Greg Masters, Grace Murphy, Maureen Owen, Morgan Ritter, Ed Sanders, Sarah Steadman, Anne Waldman, and Don Yorty. More details, and RSVP here.
POETS @ PACE are hosting A Celebration of John Ashbery, on Wednesday April 19, at 6:00 pm, in the Pace University Bianco Room, 3 Spruce St (a block east of City Hall). Charles North will introduce the celebration, and there will be readings by poets Marcella Durand, Eugene Richie, Rosanne Wasserman, and John Yau.