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Tonya Foster Reading

Tonya Foster reads from her new poetry collection Swarms of Bees in High Court (published by Belladonna in Fall 2013). Foster lives in New York, where she is a doctoral student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Foster is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays that have been published in a variety of journals. Her research interests include 19th and 20th century poetries of the Americas; 20th century poetics; the poetics and politics of space; African diaspora fiction; and Afro-futurism; and distopias. She is an associate at the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College, and teaches in Bard College’s Language and Thinking Workshop.


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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.