Call for Papers for the inaugural meeting of the New York School Studies Association (NYSSA), 1 July 2020, Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée

Call for Papers:

What We Talk About When We Talk About The New York School

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© Martin Spychal, 2019

We welcome short papers addressing any aspect of New York School poetry, art, and writing for the inaugural meeting of the New York School Studies Association (NYSSA). This event builds on the research network scholars and poets began to form during the illuminating New Work on the New York School symposium and poetry evening held at the University of Birmingham in 2018. We hope it will be the second international meeting of many.

We are particularly interested in presentations that deal with the place of New York School poetry, both in its emergent moment, and since:

  • how did New York School poetry and art define itself in its moment?
  • what has it come to mean?
  • who are its artists and poets?
  • what “schools” or movements has it influenced?
  • how did / does it sit within broader New York / American / global writing and culture (including film, music, and art)?
  • what can be said of 3rd and 4th generation New York School writing?
  • what do we talk about, now, when we talk about the New York School?

Talks are expected to be 5-10 minutes in length. Close-readings, interdisciplinary discussions, presentations of archival work, joint presentations, work-in-progress, artistic responses, and other conventional or unconventional responses to the New York School, broadly conceived, are especially welcome. Like last time, the event will be informal, conversational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional. It will conclude with a poetry reading in the evening (poets TBC).

This event is organized by Rona Cran (University of Birmingham) and Yasmine Shamma (University of Reading) and hosted by Olivier Brossard (Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée). It will take place at the Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée, on July 1, 2020, and will be followed by a 2-day Poets and Critics symposium focusing on the poetry of Alice Notley.

Paper / presentation proposals are welcome for submission until January 1, 2020. Please submit 200 words along with a 1-2 sentence bio to

2020 Poets & Critics program: save the dates!

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February 2020: Poets & Critics Symposium with Lyn Hejinian. Université Paris Diderot

Wednesday 1 July 2020: “New Work on the New York School” symposium with Rona Cran‘s and Yasmine Shamma’s research collective, in collaboration with the University of Birmingham and the University of Reading. Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée.

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 July 2020: Poets & Critics Symposium with Alice Notley. Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée.

More information to follow.

14 October 2019. Ann Lauterbach: Lecture on John Ashbery’s Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror

Sorbonne Université et l’Université Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée

vous invitent à une conférence de la poète et critique Ann Lauterbach
(Ruth and David Schwab II Professor of Languages and Literature, Bard College)

le lundi 14 octobre à 18h

Amphithéâtre Cauchy
17, rue de la Sorbonne
75005 Paris

“Time Watching Itself : Narrativity and the Ordinary Sublime in John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.”

Evénement organisé en partenariat avec VALE EA 4085, l’axe de recherche Poetry Beyond, le groupe Poets & Critics, et avec le soutien de l’Institut Universitaire de France et de la Poetry Foundation.

Ill. Poyet, Tit Tot, la science amusante, Gallica, DR

Ann Lauterbach was born and grew up in Manhattan, where she studied painting at the High School of Music and Art. She received her BA (English) from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and went on to graduate work at Columbia University on a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. She lived in London for seven years, working as an editor, teacher, and curator of literary events at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her early poems were published in England. Returning to New York in 1974, Lauterbach worked in art galleries and began to publish poetry and art criticism. She has taught in the Writing programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, City College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. From 2007-2011 she was a visiting Core Critic (Sculpture) at the Yale School of Art. In 2006, she was a Faculty poet for the Summer Literary Seminars in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In 2013 she was named Distinguished Sherry Poet at the University of Chicago; her work was the subject of a seminar in Paris in 2014. Lauterbach has written on artists Joe Brainard, Jessica Stockholder, Taylor Davis, Kenji Fujita and Cheyney Thompson, among others, and for the exhibition “Whole Fragment” at the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada. She has published ten collections of poetry, most recently Spell (Penguin, 2018). Her prose has been collected in The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (Viking, 2006); The Given & The Chosen, and Saint Petersburg Notebook.

Lauterbach has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her 2009 collection, Or to Begin Again, was nominated for a National Book Award.

She has been, since 1990, co-Chair of Writing in the interdisciplinary Milton Avery School of the Arts and, since 1997, Ruth and David Schwab II Professor of Languages and Literature, at Bard College. She lives in Germantown, New York.


2019 edition of La Baule Literary Festival “Ecrivains en bord de mer”


A l’occasion du festival Ecrivains en bord de mer (17-21 juillet 2019), Charles Bernstein, Marcella Durand, et Andrew Zawacki seront présents à La Baule pour des lectures, discussions et un atelier de traduction collective.

Les éditions joca seria publient ce mois sonnetssonnants d’Andrew Zawacki dans une traduction (et avec une postface) d’Anne Portugal, également présente au festival.

Liste des auteurs invités :

Charles Bernstein, Arno Bertina, Frédéric Boyer, Sarah Chiche, Julia Deck, Marcella Durand, Christian Garcin, Stanislas Mahé, Jean Mattern, Gaëlle Obiégly, Anne Portugal, Emmanuel Ruben, Pascale Ruffel, Tanguy Viel, Pierre Vinclair, Andrew Zawacki 

On peut retrouver le programme de l’édition 2019 du festival à

Le festival Ecrivains en bord de mer est organisé en collaboration avec la Poetry Foundation (Chicago) et double change

Poets and Critics Symposium 2019.1 : Dawn Lundy Martin, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 January

Photo credit: Max Freeman – from

The next Poets and Critics Symposium will be devoted to the work of Dawn Lundy Martin.

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 January, 2019.

Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges
8 rue Albert Einstein, 75013 Paris

9:45am-5pm, room 830 (8th floor of the Olympe de Gouges Building).

Howimage doigt petit to get there?
For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.

Poetry reading with Dawn Lundy Martin, Marie de Quatrebarbes, and Maël Guesdon

Thursday 17 January, 7pm, atelier Michael Woolworth, 2 rue de la RoquettePassage du Cheval Blanc, Cour Février, 75011 Paris France – M° Bastille. How to get there? For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.

If you would like to attend the symposium and are not already in touch with us, please contact us and we will send you information, instructions about and directions to the symposium:

Thus far, we have focused on the writer’s own (creative and critical) work on the first day of the P&C symposiums and on broader issues of poetics and practice-based criticism 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 Dawn Lundy Martin which will take place during the afternoon session and the second day. Dawn Lundy Martin will be joining the group at 2pm on Thursday 17 January.

As usual, we intend to address all aspects of our guest’s work as poet, prose writer, critic, and editor. Please feel free to make suggestions as to particular books that you would like to discuss during the symposium.

Our Monday afternoon session with Dawn Lundy Martin should end by 6 pm, which will leave ample time for everybody to get to the poetry reading.

BIO, from

Dawn Lundy Martin is Professor of English in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of several books and chapbooks including: A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007), selected by Carl Phillips for the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books, 2011); The Main Cause of the Exodus (O’clock Press 2014); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, was published by Nightboat Books in 2015 and won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. Her latest collection, Good Stock / Strange Blood was published by Coffee House Press in 2017. Her creative nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazinen+1, and boundary 2. She is currently at work on a memoir.

In 2016, Martin co-founded, with poet Terrance Hayes, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the center’s Director. A creative think tank for African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics, CAAPP brings together a diversity of poets, writers, scholars, artists, and community members who are thinking through black poetics as a field that investigates the contemporary moment as it is impacted by historical artistic and social repressions and their respondent social justice movements.

With Vivien Labaton, Martin also co-edited The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism (Anchor Books, 2004), which uses a gender lens to describe and theorize young activist work in the U.S. She is the co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation (New York), an organization, which was for 15 years the only young activist feminist foundation in the U.S. Martin continues her activist work in collaboration with foundations and activist organizations to research and strategize about protecting the lives and freedoms of women and girls. Using a intersectional lenses that bring together feminism with racial justice and LGBT rights, Martin works to provide analytical frameworks that assist philanthropic organizations in strategic philanthropy to level the playing field and animate social justice reforms.

Martin’s current creative-scholarly work operates in the intersecting fields of experimental poetics, video installation, and performance. Letters to the Future: BLACK WOMEN / Radical WRITING, co-edited with Erica Hunt, was published in 2018 by Kore Press. Her video installation work has been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. In 2016 she was awarded an Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin has also written a libretto for a video installation opera, titled “Good Stock on the Dimension Floor,” featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and collaborated with architect Mitch McEwen on Detroit Opera House, a conceptual architecture project. She is the recipient of a 2018 NEA grant for Creative Writing. She is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three.


Critical work

by Dawn Lundy Martin

“A Black Poetics: Against Mastery.” Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture 44.3 (2017): 159–163.

“Black Took Collective: On Intimacy & Origin.” Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry. Eds. Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin, Libbie. Iowa City, IA: U of Iowa P, 2013. 211-237.

“Alien Eggs, or, the Poet as Mad Scientist.” Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook. Ed. Joshua M. Wilkinson. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2010. 26-28.

Hayes, Terrance, et al. “African American Experimental Poetry Forum.” Jubilat 16 (2009): 115–154.

Martin, Dawn Lundy. “Saying ‘I Am’ Experimentalism and Subjectivity in Contemporary Poetry by Claudia Rankine, M. Nourbese Philip, and Myung Mi Kim.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social SciencesU of Massachusetts, 20090101, p. 4679.


on Dawn Lundy Martin:

De’Ath, Amy. Decolonize or Destroy: New Feminist Poetry in the United States and Canada. Women: A Cultural Review 26.3 (2015): 285-305.