Poets and Critics Symposium 2020.1 : Lyn Hejinian, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February

From writing.upenn.edu

The next Poets and Critics Symposium will be devoted to the work of Lyn Hejinian.

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 February, 2020.

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

9:45 am-5 pm, room M19 (Mezzanine floor of the Olympe de Gouges Building, between ground floor and first floor).

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How  to get there?

For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.


Poetry reading with Marie-Louise Chapelle and Lyn Hejinian

Thursday 13 February, 7pm, 

atelier Michael Woolworth, 

2 rue de la Roquette

Passage du Cheval Blanc, Cour Février, 

75011 Paris M° Bastille. 

How to get there? 

For detailed instructions and directions, click HERE.

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 Lyn Hejinian which will take place during the afternoon session and the second day. 

Lyn Hejinian will be joining the group at 2pm on Thursday 13 February.

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 Thursday afternoon session with Lyn Hejinian should end by 6 pm, which will leave ample time for everybody to get to the poetry reading.


Lyn Hejinian teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, the most recent of which are Positions of the Sun, which was published in January, 2019 by the Brooklyn-based independent feminist literary collective and small press Belladonna, and Tribunal, published by Omnidawn books in the spring of 2019. Translations of her work have been published in Denmark, France, Spain, Japan, Italy, Russia, Sweden, China, Serbia, and Finland. She is the co-director (with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets, and co-editor (with Jane Gregory and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions. Other collaborative projects include a composition titled Qúê Trân with music by John Zorn and text by Hejinian; two mixed media books (The Traveler and the Hill and the Hill and The Lake) created with the painter Emilie Clark; the award-winning experimental documentary film Letters Not About Love, directed by Jacki Ochs; the multi-authored 10-volume work The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography (co-authored with Rae Armantrout, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Tom Mandel, Ted Pearson, Bob Perelman, Kit Robinson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten [Detroit: Mode A, 2006-10])



Principal literary works


Tribunal (Omnidawn, 2019)

Oxota: A Short Russian Novel (Wesleyan University Press, 2019; revised from first edition [The Figures, 1991])

Positions of the Sun (NY: Belladonna Books, 2019)

The Unfollowing (Omnidawn Books, 2016)

My Life and My Life in the Nineties (Wesleyan University Press, 2013)

The Book of a Thousand Eyes (Omnidawn Books, 2012)

Saga / Circus (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008)

The Fatalist (Omnidawn Books, 2003)

Slowly(Tuumba Press, 2002)

A Border Comedy (Granary Books, 2001)

The Beginner (Spectacular Books, 2000; Tuumba Press, 2002)

Happily (Post-Apollo Press, 2000)

The Cold of Poetry (Sun & Moon Press, 1994)

The Cell (Sun & Moon Press, 1992)

My Life (second version; Sun & Moon Press, 1987)

My Life (Burning Deck, 1980)

Writing is an Aid to Memory (The Figures, 1978; reprinted by Sun & Moon, 1996)

Volumes of collaboratively composed poetry/prose and mixed-media work

The Wide Road (written with Carla Harryman; Belladonna, 2010)

Situations, Sings(written with Jack Collom; Adventures in Poetry, 2008)

The Lake (with Emilie Clark; Granary Books, 2004)

On Laughter: A Melodrama (with Jack Collom; Baksun Books, 2003)

Chartings (written with Ray Di Palma; Chax Press, 2000)

Sunflower (written with Jack Collom; The Figures, 2000)

Sight (written with Leslie Scalapino; Edge Books, 1999)

The Traveler and the Hill and the Hill (a collaboration with Emilie Clark; Granary Books, 1998)

Wicker (with Jack Collom) (Boulder, CO: Rodent Press, 1996)

Individuals (written with Kit Robinson; Chax Press, 1988)

Volumes of poetry translated and published in other languages

Mi Vide en Los Noventa (My Life in theNineties), tr into Spanish by Patricio Grinberg and Carla Chinski (Buenos Aires, Argentina: Zindo & Gafuri, 2019)

Fatalisten (The Fatalist), tr. into Danish by Alexander Carnera (Copenhagen: Det Poetiske Bureaus Forlag, 2018)

Pauza, rosa, chto-to na bumage (A Pause, a Rose, Something on Paper / My Life), tr. into Russianby Ruslan Miranov (Moscow: Hosorog No. 7, 2018)

Ma Vie (My Life), tr. into French by Maïtreyi and Nicolas Pesquès, (Dijon, Presses du réel, 2016)

Gesualdo, tr. into Turkish by Uygar Asan (Kadikoy, Turkey: Nod, 2015)

Minha Vida (My Life), tr. into Portuguese by Mauricio Salles Vasconcelos (Sao Paolo, Brazil: Dobra Editorial, 2014)

Felizmente (Happily), tr into Spanish by Gidi Loza (Playas de Rosarito, Baja, California: Editorial Piedra Cuervo, 2013)

Mi Vida (My Life),tr. into Spanish by Tatiana Lipkes (Mexico City, Mexico: Mangos de Hacha, 2012)

from My Life, tr. into Japanese by Junichi Koizumi, Toshiro (Shige) Inoue, Mamoru Mukaiyama, and Koichiro Yamauchi (Tokyo: Meltemia Press, 2012)

Mi Vida (My Life),tr. into Spanish by Pilar Vazquez and Esteban Pujals (Tenerife, Spain: Acto Ediciones, 2011)

Gesualdo, tr. into French by Martin Richet (Marseilles: Jacataqua, 2009)

Lentement (Slowly), tr. into French by Virginie Poitrasson (Paris, 2006)

Mitt Liv (My Life and My Life in the Nineties), tr. into Swedish by Niclas Nilsson (Stockholm: Modernista, 2004)

Mit Liv (My Life), tr. into Danish by Jeppe Brixvold with Line Brandt (Copenhagen: Borgen, 2001)

Jour de Chasse (The Hunt), tr. into French by Pierre Alferi; (Paris: Cahiers de Royaumont, 1992)

Edited poetry volumes

(with Olivia Friedman) Ghosting Atoms: Poems and Reflections Sixty Years After the Bomb (Berkeley: Consortium for the Arts and UC Regents, 2005)

Best American Poetry 2004 (New York: Scribner’s, 2005)

Critical writing

Volumes of critical writing

The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000)

Two Stein Talks (Weaselsleeves Press, 1995)

Leningrad, written with Michael Davidson, Ron Silliman, Barrett Watten (Mercury House, 1991)

Volume of critical prose translated and published in another language

Det öppna och det säregna (The Language of Inquiry), tr. into Swedish by Camilla Hammarström (Stockholm: Bokförlaget Lejd: 2016)

Edited volumes

(with Barrett Watten) Poetics Journal Digital Archive (ebook; Wesleyan University Press, 2015)

(with Barrett Watten) A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field, 1982-98 (University Presses of New England/Wesleyan University Press, 2013)


Volumes of translation

Description, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1990)

Xenia, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1994)


Exhibition catalogues

In time; catalogue text for Diane Hall, “in time” (San Francisco: Rena Bransten Gallery, January 5-February 23, 2019)

Away at Home; curator’s introduction to exhibition catalogue of new works by German photographer Heike Liss (NY: CUE Art Foundation, spring 2006)

Work in other media

Visual art

Exhibition of Film Works (mixed media drawings), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley), spring 2017

Two mixed media drawings, in “Poetry and its Arts: Bay Area Interactions 1954-2004,” group exhibition at the California Historical Society (San Francisco), curated by The Poetry Center (SF State University), December 2004-April 2005

Two mixed media drawings, in “Poetry Plastique,” group exhibition, Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), February 2001

“The Traveler and the Hill and the Hill,” two-person exhibition, Museo Nazionale dell’Architettura, Ferrara (Italy), May-June, 2000

“The Eye of Enduring,” painting and poetry (a collaboration with Diane Andrews Hall); exhibition at Sherrill Haines Gallery, San Francisco, 1995


 “Letters Not About Love,” feature film directed by Jacki Ochs with script based on correspondence between Lyn Hejinian and Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (premier, South by Southwest Film Festival, First Prize: Documentary, 1998)


Text for “Poetry and Playing,” CD by British avant-garde guitarist Derek Bailey (2003)

“Que Tran,” music and poetry (a collaboration with John Zorn); on cd (New Traditions in Far East Asian Bar Band Music), Electra/Nonesuch 1997