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A.L. Nielsen Reading

Nielsen reads poems he's written over the last 30 years in under 30 minutes, to the soundtrack of his very own paparazzo. (That's host Charles Bernstein in the background snapping pictures.) He explores the genre of constraint poems--one written during a plane ride, others written as a twist on traditional exercises in a grammar textbook.

Aldon Lynn
is a professor of American Literature at Penn
State University. His books of poetry include Heat Strings,
Evacuation Routes, and Vext. He co-edited Every Goodbye Ain't Gone: An Anthology of Innovative
Poetry by African Americans
(25 minutes).


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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.