14 January 2011

Bill Berkson, Kit Robinson, Michael Cross @ Moe's Books!!

Dear Friends: I'll be reading at Moe's Books next Wednesday, January 19th (7:30pm) with Bill Berkson and Kit Robinson as part of a Cuneiform Press showcase. This will actually act as something of a Bay Area book launch for Haecceities (which will be available in a second edition the day of the event!).

Here's the Moe's announcement:

All events, unless noted, start at 7:30pm

Cuneiform Press Night, with poets Bill Berkson, Kit Robinson and Michael Cross, Wednesday, January 19th

Now in its tenth year, Cuneiform Press is a non-profit publisher of poetry, typography, and artists' books as well as the magazine Mimeo Mimeo (edited by Jed Birmingham and Kyle Schlesinger). Recent and forthcoming titles include Michael Cross' Haecceities, Kit Robinson's Determination, Alan Loney's The Books to Come, Bill Berkson's Sudden Address and Ted Berrigan (in collaboration with George Schneeman), Charles Olson at Goddard College, and Alastair Johnston's Hanging Quotes.

Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties. Director of Letters and Science at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1993 to 1998, he taught art history, critical writing and poetry and directed the public lectures program there from 1984 to 2008. He studied at Trinity School, The Lawrenceville School, Brown University, Columbia, the New School for Social Research and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Past recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artspace, Yaddo, the Briarcombe Foundation, the Fund for Poetry, the Poets Foundation, and the American Academy in Rome, he was Distinguished Paul Mellon Lecturer for 2006 at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and was awarded the 2008 Goldie for Literature from the San Francisco Bay Guardian as well as the 2010 Balcones Poetry Prize. A collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, appeared from Qua Books in 2004, and Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006 from Cuneiform Press. in 2007. A new volume of his art writings and interviews, For the Ordinary Artist, has just appeared from BlazeVox.

Kit Robinson is the author of Determination (Cuneiform, 2010), The Messianic Trees: Selected Poems, 1976-2003 (Adventures in Poetry, 2009), Train I Ride (BookThug, 2009), and 17 other books of poetry. A co-author of The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975-1980 (Mode A, 2006-2010), Robinson lives in Berkeley, where he works as a freelance writer and plays Cuban tres guitar in the Latin dance band Bahia Son.

Michael Cross is the author of In Felt Treeling (Chax, 2008) and Haecceities (Cuneiform Press, 2010) and editor of Atticus/Finch chapbooks and On: Contemporary Practice (w/ Thom Donovan & Kyle Schlesinger). Other projects include Involuntary Vision: after Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (Avenue B, 2003), Building is a process / Light is an element: Essays and Excursions for Myung Mi Kim (Queue Books, 2008), and a forthcoming edition of the George Oppen Memorial Lectures. He lives in Oakland where he studies 21st century poetry.

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