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Tyrone Williams

Tyrone Williams speaks about his upbringing an experiences growing up working class in Detroit; bookishness and the role of education and his early teachers; assimilation versus resistance and formal innovation in American poetry in relation to his dissertation Open and Closed Forms In 20th Century American Poetics; his practice of eshuneutics, named after the Yoruba spirit Eshu; the use of appropriation in his poetry and the necessity of research and reading beyond one’s immediate knowledge context; and the politics and history of English for African-Americans.

 Tyrone Williams was born in Detroit. He is the author c.c., On Spec, The Hero Project, Adventures of Pi, and Howell. He has been teaching at Xavier University in Cincinnati since 1983.

Tune into host Charles Bernstein's reading with Williams at his Penn Sound Page:



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Conversations and readings with poets and artists, produced in cooperation with PennSound and hosted by Charles Bernstein, the American poet, theorist, editor, and literary scholar. Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He is a foundational member and leading practitioner of Language poetry. Bernstein was educated at the Bronx High School of Science and at Harvard University, where he studied philosophy with Stanley Cavell and wrote his final thesis on Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

In the mid-1970s Bernstein became active in the experimental poetry scenes in New York and San Francisco, not only as a poet, but also as an editor, publisher, and theorist. With visual artist and wife Susan Bee, Bernstein published several now well-known poets whose work is associated with Language writing.

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