Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent

The program for the conference “Poetry Communities & the Individual Talent” hosted by the Kelly Writers House and the University of Pennsylvania is now online here. It promises to be a great conference. Speakers include Maria Damon, Craig Dworkin, Brian Reed, Steven Yao, Kaplan Harris, Bob Perelman, and Al Filreis. I’ll be speaking on “Conceptual Writing: Community and Anti-Community,” probably with particular reference to Kenneth Goldsmith and Vanessa Place, but perhaps also with a glance at their Russian forerunners. The paper is partly inspired by Place’s expression of disgust at the notion of community when I mentioned the conference to her at last year’s Poets and Critics @ Paris Est symposium on her work.


About Jacob Edmond

Jacob Edmond is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is author of A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham UP, 2012). His articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, The China Quarterly, the Slavic and East European Journal, and Russian Literature. He is editor (with Henry Johnson and Jacqueline Leckie) of Recentring Asia: Histories, Encounters, Identities (Brill / Global Oriental, 2011), and editor and translator (with Hilary Chung) of Yang Lian’s Unreal City: A Chinese Poet in Auckland (Auckland University Press, 2006). For more, see: http://www.otago.ac.nz/english/staff/edmond.htm http://otago.academia.edu/JacobEdmond https://commonstrangeness.wordpress.com/
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