Poets and Critics Symposium 2016.3 : Nathaniel Mackey, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October, 2016

(c) New Directions publishing.

The next Poets and Critics Symposium will be devoted to the work of Nathaniel Mackey.

Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges

9:45am-5pm, room 830 (8th floor of the Olympe de Gouges Building).
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For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.

+ Poetry reading with Nathaniel Mackey, Thursday 6 October, 7:30pm, Atelier Michael Woolworth, Place de la Bastille, 2, rue de la Roquette, Cour Février, 75011 Paris For detailed directions, click 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.

Please note that the morning session of the first day is devoted to preparing the conversation with Nathaniel Mackey which will take place during the afternoon session and the second day. Nathaniel Mackey will be joining the group at 2pm on Thursday 6 October.

As usual, we intend to address all aspects of our guest’s work as poet, prose-writer, critic and editor. In the past we have tended to concentrate on more recent works, so we might focus on Blue Fasa, Nod House, Bass Cathedral and, as far as Nathaniel Mackey’s theoretical work is concerned, on Paracritical Hinge (2005) as well as Discrepant Engagement (1993). But please feel free to make suggestions as to particular books that you would like to discuss during the symposium.

Nathaniel Mackey was born in Miami, Florida, in 1947, and grew up, from age four, in California.  He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1969 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1975.  He is the author of ten chapbooks of poetry, Four for Trane (Golemics, 1978), Septet for the End of Time (Boneset, 1983), Outlantish (Chax Press, 1992), Song of the Andoumboulou: 18-20 (Moving Parts Press, 1994), Four for Glenn (Chax Press, 2002), Anuncio’s Last Love Song (Three Count Pour, 2013), Outer Pradesh (Anomalous Press, 2014), Moment’s Omen (Selva Oscura, 2015), School of Oud (Middlearth Editions, 2016) and Lay Ghost (Black Ocean, 2016); six books of poetry, Eroding Witness (University of Illinois Press, 1985), School of Udhra (City Lights Books, 1993), Whatsaid Serif (City Lights Books, 1998), Splay Anthem (New Directions, 2006), Nod House (New Directions, 2011), and Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015); and an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, of which four volumes have been published:  Bedouin Hornbook (Callaloo Fiction Series, 1986; second edition: Sun & Moon Press, 1997), Djbot Baghostus’s Run (Sun & Moon Press, 1993), Atet A.D. (City Lights Books, 2001), and Bass Cathedral (New Directions, 2008); the first three of these have been published together as From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate: Volumes 1-3 (New Directions, 2010); the fifth, Late Arcade, is forthcoming from New Directions in 2017.  He is also the author of two books of criticism, Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (Cambridge University Press, 1993; paper edition: University of Alabama Press, 2000) and Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005).  Strick: Song of the Andoumboulou 16-25, a compact disc recording of poems read with musical accompaniment (Royal Hartigan, percussion; Hafez Modirzadeh, reeds and flutes), was released in 1995 by Spoken Engine Company.  He is editor of the literary magazine Hambone, whose twenty-first issue appeared in 2015, and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment’s Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993).  His awards and honors include the selection of Eroding Witness for publication in the National Poetry Series, a Whiting Writer’s Award in 1993, election to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets in 2001, the National Book Award in poetry for Splay Anthem in 2006, an Artist’s Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007, the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize in 2007, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society in 2008, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation in 2014, and Yale’s Bollingen Prize for American Poetry in 2015.  He lives in Durham, North Carolina, and teaches at Duke University, where he is the Reynolds Price Professor of English.  He has previously taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1974-1976), the University of Southern California (1976-1979), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (1979-2010).

“Riot.Strike.Poetry: The Balance of Forces in 1967” (09.26.2016), a talk by Joshua Clover, followed by poetry reading with Jean-Marie Gleize

“Riot.Strike.Poetry: The Balance of Forces in 1967”

a talk by Joshua CLOVER (UC Davis)Clover with Marx and beard

Tuesday 27 September 2016, 6:30pm

Fondation des Etats-Unis, Bibliothèque
15 Boulevard Jourdan,
75014 Paris
(RER Cité Université / Tram Cité Universitaire)


The talk will be followed by a poetry reading (7:30pm) with

Joshua CLOVER and Jean-Marie GLEIZE


Joshua CLOVER is a Professor of English Literature and Comparative Literature at University of California Davis. He is the author of three books of poetry and three of cultural history and theory. His latest books are the poetry collection Red Epic (Commune Editions 2015) and Riot. Strike. Riot, a book on the political economy of social struggles (Verso 2016). He has been translated into ten languages; recent or forthcoming articles appear in Critical Inquiry and Representations. He organized the international “Revolution and/or Poetry” conference with Christopher Chen and Juliana Spahr and has collaborated with Jasper Bernes, Tim Kreiner, Wendy Trevino, Abigail Lang, Els Moors, Chris Nealon, Michael Szalay, Sarah Posman, Annie McClanahan, and others. He is a founding editor of Commune Editions (communeeditions.com)

Joshua Clover est professeur invité à l’université Paris-Diderot en septembre 2016.

Jean-Marie GLEIZE, poursuit depuis Léman une méditation en prose (« prose en prose », « post-poésie ») qui prend la forme d’une enquête, investigation narrative discontinue (littérale, documentaire) à partir de traces ou données matérielles, images (photographie, polaroïd, vidéo) ou textes. Cet ensemble de livres, est organisé en un cycle (sept volumes publiés à ce jour dans la collection Fiction & Cie aux éditions du Seuil). Professeur émérite de littérature à l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon où il a été responsable du Centre d’Etudes Poétiques de 1999 à 2009. A dirigé les collections NIOK (éditions Al Dante) et « Signes » (ENS éditions), et créé la revue NIOQUES qu’il anime depuis 1990.

Dernières publications : Film à venir, Seuil, coll. Fiction & Cie, 2007, Sorties, Questions Théoriques 2009, Tarnac, un acte préparatoire, Seuil, coll. Fiction & Cie 2011,Tarnac, a preparatory act, translated by J.Clover, Chicago, Kenning Editions, 2014, Éd. Correspondance Francis Ponge/Albert Camus, Gallimard, 2014, Sorties(réimpression) éd. Questions théoriques, 2014, Les Callunes, La Sétérée, 2014, Le livre des cabanes, , Seuil, coll. Fiction & Cie, 2015. Littéralité, éditions Questions théoriques, 2015