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Lawrence Joseph Reading

Lawrence Joseph reads a selection of poem from many of his books. Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1948, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Michigan Law School, Lawrence Joseph is the author of five books of poetry and a book of prose, Lawyerland, published by FSG in 1997. A book of his selected prose, The Game Changed, will appear in the University of Michigan Press's Poets on Poetry series in 2009.


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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.