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Johanna Drucker Reading

Johanna Drucker reads a diverse sampling of her writings that spans more than thirty years, including Fragile (1971), From A to Z (1977), Tongues (1982), Damaged Spring (2003) and Combo Meals (2008).

Johanna Drucker is a printer, book artist, poet, and scholar. Her many books are available in digital versions at Artists' Books Online, a treasure trove of digitized artists' books that she has created. She is the author of Alphabetical Labyrinth – a history of the alphabet, and of The World Made Visible, on the importance of the visual dimension of writing, as well as of Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, with Emily McVarish. After many years at University of Virginia, Drucker now teaches at UCLA. Explore more of Johanna Drucker's work at the Electronic Poetry Center (EPC).


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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.