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Mei-mei Berssennbrugge Interview

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge in conversation with Charles Bernstein on landscape, perception, the body-in-pain, and the vocation of the poet. She also discusses several of the poems read in Edition 17. Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing in 1947 and grew up in Massachusetts. Among her books are The Heat Bird, Empathy, Sphericity, and Four Year Old Girl. I Love Artists: New Selected and Poems, had just been released from University of California Press. Her collaborations include books with artists Richard Tuttle and Kiki Smith (28.5 minutes).


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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.