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Redell Olsen Reading

London-based poet Redell Olsen reads a selection of poems from Secure Portable Space (Reality Street, 2004). Olsen teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London and is the managing editor of HOW(ever), the journal of contemporary innovative and modernist writing by women. Her other books include Book of the Fur (Cambridge, Rem Press, 2000). Hear an interview with Olsen, including a discussion of some of the poems read, in Edition 12 (28 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.