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Douglas Messerli, Interview, Pt. 1

Douglas Messerli discusses his work at a magazine and book publisher as well as his most recent work, a prose mix of memoir and essays. Messerli was the editor and publisher of Sun & Moon Press; he now publishes Green Integer books. The two presses are among the most important independent publishers of poetry, fiction, and translation.


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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.