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 associate professor in English at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia University Press, 2019), A Common Strangeness: Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature (Fordham University Press, 2012), and of numerous essays, which have appeared in journals such as Comparative Literature, Contemporary Literature, Poetics Today, Slavic Review, and The China Quarterly.
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