Vanessa Place: "What's So Funny About Poetry?: and the Death of the Text"

May 6, 2013 - 12:30 pm to May 7, 2013 - 8:00 pm


On Monday and Tuesday, May 6th and 7th, the Los Angeles-based conceptualist writer, theorist, and performance artist Vanessa Place will give a performance and two colloquia sponsored by the English Department. All events are free and open to the public.

A brilliant and mercurial presence in the contemporary poetry scene, Place is the author with Robert Fitterman of the aphoristic and influential Notes on Conceptualisms, published in 2009 by Ugly Duckling Presse. Her books of poetry and conceptual writing include Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues, 2006), a 50,000-word, one-sentence novel in verse; La Medusa (2008); and Statement of Facts (2010), the first volume of her trilogy Tragodía which repurposes legal prosecution and defense documents verbatim.

“Conceptual writing,” Christian Bök says, “teaches us to write about the wrench, not the monkey.” Come see Place in action.

Monday, May 6th from 12:30-1:45 pm in EPB 304: Conceptualisms, Radical Evil, and Writing Now
Monday, May 6th from 4:00-6:00 pm in EPB 304: A Performance and Discussion
Tuesday, May 7th from 6:30 - 8 pm in EPB 427: Statements of Fact: a Q&A with Vanessa Place

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