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The Futurisms of American Poetry: A reading/performance event featuring Charles Bernstein and John Yau, 11/14

For all you New York City folks, this looks like a fantastic event featuring Charles Bernstein and John Yau.

With an introduction on Futurism in China by Performa Curator Defne Ayas. Introduction by Chris Alexander and Kristen Gallagher. Organized by Tan Lin.

Museum of the Chinese in America
215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard), New York City
Saturday, November 14 4:00pm


Charles Bernstein is author of “All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, forthcoming March 2010), ”Blind Witness: Three American Operas” (Factory School, 2008); “Girly Man” (University of Chicago Press, 2006), and “My Way: Speeches and Poems” (Chicago, 1999). He is Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. More info at epc.buffalo.edu.

John Yau is a poet, critic, editor, and publisher. His most recent book is ”A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns” (D.A.P., 2008). He is the Arts Editor of the Brooklyn Rail and teaches at Mason Gross School of The Arts (Rutgers University).

Sponsored by the Asian American Writers Workshop, Museum of the Chinese in America, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, and the Chinese American Association for Poetry and Poetics.

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Michael Leong is the author of the poetry books e.s.p., Cutting Time with a Knife, Who Unfolded My Origami Brain?, and Words on Edge. His creative work has been anthologized in THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and Bettering American Poetry, Volume 3. His co-translation, with Ignacio Infante, of Vicente Huidobro’s long poem Sky-Quake: Tremor of Heaven is forthcoming from co•im•press in late 2019. His critical monograph Contested Records: The Turn to Documents in Contemporary North American Poetry is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press in May 2020. He has received grants from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

6 thoughts on “The Futurisms of American Poetry: A reading/performance event featuring Charles Bernstein and John Yau, 11/14

  1. Arg! Yet another awesome reason to lament the fact that I a live so far away from NYC.

    I would love to learn about Futurism in China – did it happen in the same period as Russian/Italian Futurism? Were the concerns similar/different — in what ways? Man that sounds freaking interesting! I have to go google that right now!

    ps – has anyone written a book on it?

    1. The introductory talk on Futurism in China was actually quite brief– apparently the Futurist Manifesto hit China in 1921 via Japan and influenced a variety of art forms… if there’s not a book on this, there should be!

      But the readings themselves were worth the price of admission. Bernstein read a long parodic prose piece called “Recantorium” and Yau began his set with a great list poem (with a clever nod to Frank O’Hara) called “Why I am not Futurist Painter.”

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