Writing in the Dark

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Writing in the Dark
Curated by: Jon Cotner, Andy Fitch

The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
February 12th, 2009 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

212 817 7138
Tuesday - Friday 12-8PM, Saturday - Sunday 12-6PM



This spring the James Gallery hosts a variety of P.M. events that use the gallery as an interactive social space for conversation, screenings and performance.


Writing in the Dark:
In this series of readings, talks and videos by poets, novelists, critics and anthropologists, organizers Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch expand on Interdisciplinary Transcriptions, their 1,036-page anthology of interviews, photos, lectures, collages, drawings, diaries, scholarly articles, blogs and other writings. This online journal grew from their interest in 'transcriptions,' or the appropriations and translations of work from one medium to another. Cotner and Fitch have reconfigured the text-based entries they assembled for their journal and invited key contributors to enact their transcriptions especially for the James Gallery.

Writing in the Dark: Lee Ann Brown, Elaine Equi, Richard Kostelanetz and Dennis Tedlock
February 12, 7:30 PM

Lee Ann Brown will read poems written in the dark at movie screenings, music concerts and other events. Elaine Equi will present pieces from "Cinema Tarot," a poetic project she began by photographing images on her TV screen. Richard Kostelanetz will discuss his film Epiphanies, which he describes as "a large collection of single-sentence stories" And Dennis Tedlock will translate Mayan hieroglyphs contained in 2000 Years of Mayan Literature.

Writing in the Dark: Bruce Andrews, Wayne Koestenbaum, Wendy Steiner, and Reva Wolf February 19, 7:30 PM

Bruce Andrews will relive his 2006 confrontation with Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly, playing an "Outrage of the Week" video segment. Wayne Koestenbaum will offer a medley of poems and prose. Wendy Steiner will introduce her opera "The Loathly Lady", based on Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale." And Reva Wolf will discuss theft and appropriation in the work of Ted Berrigan.


Writing in the Dark: David Antin, Charles Bernstein and Lynne Tillman
April 23, 7:30 PM

David Antin, returning to New York from San Diego, will improvise a talk-poem (a home grown medium in which he has worked for more than three decades). Charles Bernstein will read pieces from a forthcoming book of criticism. And Lynne Tillman will present old, middle and new work, mixing reflections on art with a story or two.

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