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Erica Hunt Interview

Erica Hunt in conversation with Charles Bernstein on how poetry can (and can't) fix a broken world, on poetry as social and community praxis, on identity poetics, and on jazz. Hunt has published three collections of poems – Local History, Arcade, and Piece Logic. She is also the president of the Twentieth-First Century Foundation, a foundation that supports black community change. Hear Hunt read her work in Edition #7.


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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.