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Joan Retallack Conversation

Joan Retallack is the author of eight books of poetry, including Memnoir, How To Do Things With Words, and Afterrimages. She is also the author of MUSICAGE, a volume of conversations she had with John Cage over a three-year period. Her most recent critical works are The Poethical Wager and her introduction to Gertrude Stein: Selections from the Poets for the Millenium series. Retallack is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. More on Retallack at the EPC (Electronic Poetry Center).


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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.