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Elizabeth Willis Interview

Elizabeth Willis talks about the influence of Blake and the Pre-Raphaelites and J.M.W. Turner on her work and discusses the relation between artifice and sincerity. Willis teaches literature and creative writing at Wesleyan. Her books include Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003) and The Human Abstract (Penguin,1995).


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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.