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Mei-mei Berssennbrugge Reading

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge reads from her most recent collection, I Love Artists: New Selected and Poems, from University of California Press. Hear an interview with Berssenbrugge, where she discusses some of the poems read here, in Edition 18. Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. Among her books are The Heat Bird, Empathy, Sphericity and Four Year Old Girl. She has collaborated on books with artists Richard Tuttle and Kiki Smith (29 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.