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Ann Lauterbach Interview

Ann Lauterbach in conversation with Charles Bernstein. Lauterbach talks about sound, performance, and folk music and goes on to engage the difficult relation of gender and authority. She also discusses Missing Ages, a poem she read on the companion segment, Ann Lauterbach Reading. Lauterbach is Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature and Director of the graduate writing program at Bard College. Her most recent books are Hum (New York: Penguin, 2005) and The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience (New York: Viking, 2005). In 2001, Penguin published If In Time: Selected Poems 1975-2000.


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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.