Readings at Henry Art Gallery in Seattle

Hey Seattle,

Check out these amazing upcoming poetry events at the Henry!

Charles Bernstein and the Attack of the Difficult Poems
Thursday, January 7, 2010, 7:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE Henry Members and students w/ID; $5 general admission

Charles Bernstein takes us deep into the world of his new work in a command performance—trailing commentary, thought, poetry.

Born in 1950 in New York City, Bernstein is the author of over forty books of poetry and poetics, and is a key figure in the Language Poetry movement started in the 1970’s. The Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, Bernstein is famous for his brilliant avant garde work in diverse sites—in texts, in the university, on the internet, and on the streets.

Forthcoming in spring in 2010 is All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Other titles include Girly Man (University of Chicago Press, 2006); My Way: Speeches and Poems (University of Chicago Press, 1999); Content’s Dream (Sun & Moon, 1986); Islets / Irritations (Jordan Davies, 1983). Bernstein is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim and a NEA. Among Bernstein’s many poetry projects are his co-founding of the Poetics (Ph.D.) Program and the Electronic Poetry Center at SUNY, Buffalo; his co-editorship of the Modern and Contemporary Poetics series at the University of Alabama Press; his hosting of multiple LINEbreak and Close Listening poetry interviews; and his development of the internet audio poetry archive, PENNSound.

This program is co-presented by the University of Washington Bothell’s Writing For Their Lives series. Many thanks to Professor Jeanne Heuving, WFTL coordinator.

Bill Berkson reads from Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 7:00 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE Henry Members and students w/ID; $5 general admission

Bill Berkson reads from a new publication, Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009).

Born in New York in 1939, Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties. Director of Letters and Science at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1993 to 1998, he taught art history, critical writing and poetry and directed the public lectures program there from 1984 to 2008.

He is the author of eighteen books and pamphlets of poetry—including, recently, Gloria, a portfolio of poems with etchings by Alex Katz (Arion Press, 2005), Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007), Goods and Services (Blue Press, 2008), and most recently, Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009). During the 1960s he was an editorial associate at Art News, a regular contributor to Arts, guest editor at the Museum of Modern Art, an associate producer of a program on art for public television, and taught literature and writing workshops at the New School and Yale University. In the mid-1980s he resumed writing art criticism on a regular basis, contributing monthly reviews and articles to Artforum from 1985 to 1991; he became a corresponding editor for Art in America in 1988 and also writes frequently for such magazines as Aperture, Modern Painters, Art on Paper, and others. As a curator he has organized or co-curated such exhibitions as Ronald Bladen: Early and Late (SFMoMA), Albert York (Mills College), Why Painting I & II (Susan Cummins Gallery), Homage to George Herriman (Campbell-Thiebaud Gallery), and Facing Eden: 100 years of Northern California Landscape Art (M.H. de Young Museum). Past recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artspace, Yaddo, the Briarcombe Foundation, the Fund for Poetry, the Poets Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, he was Distinguished Paul Mellon Lecturer for 2006 at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and was awarded the 2008 Goldie for Literature from the San Francisco Bay Guardian. A collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, appeared from Qua Books in 2004, and Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981– from Cuneiform Press, in 2007. A new volume of his art writings and interviews, The Ordinary Artist, will follow soon.

Please join us in welcoming Bill Berkson to the Henry. Special thanks to Open Books for facilitating the post-reading book signing. This program is co-presented by the University of Washington Bothell’s Writing For Their Lives series. Many thanks to Professor Jeanne Heuving, WFTL coordinator.


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