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Lee Ann Brown Interview

Lee Ann Brown talks about her Southern roots as an impetus for her deformative ballads and her buoyant advocacy of poems in many forms. She also discusses the relation of motherhood to art making. Brown in the author of Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999) and The Sleep that Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). She teaches at St John's University in New York City.


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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.