Don’t be shy…

The Literary Arts Program at Brown University, renowned for innovative fiction and poetry, currently also offers MFA places in Electronic Writing. These studentships are generously funded by the University’s Graduate School for two years of financial support and include remarkable opportunities to gain relevant teaching experience in the second year.

Electronic Writing at Brown builds on its site within a workshop-based school of writing, and deploys the concepts of writing digital media and language-driven digital art in an effort to extend the writing workshop into a studio of computational language art, while remaining open to narrative and poetic traditions, and to a wide range of hypertextual and networked innovations. Thanks to our strong community of media artists and theorists – the Brown MEME program in Music, Modern Culture and Media, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Digital+Media Program, and others – there is interested engagement from a wide range of faculty and students.

Program-led or sponsored courses in electronically mediated writing and programming for digital art and literature may be supplemented by the University’s & RISD’s cross-disciplinary offerings. There is even a unique course for writing in the immersive 3D artificial environment of a ‘Cave.’ These residential graduate positions would also suit relatively mature digital literary artists wanting to develop new work in a supportive environment while acquiring a new qualification. In Spring 2011, the University’s all-new Granoff Center for the Creative Arts will open. Faculty devoted to Electronic Writing at Brown include Professors John Cayley and Robert Coover.

Information on admissions <>

Johanna Drucker has organized a one-day symposium on the Los Angeles and the fine printing tradition in California, scheduled for October 9th at the Clark Library.

From what I understand, the library doesn’t seat too many people, and an RSVP is required. I’ll be presenting a short paper on conceptual writing and various small presses here.

Paul Vangelisti is speaking, as well as other authorities on California publishing. Several students of Johanna are presenting on local typesetters and printers.

The reception afterwards will feature many of the editors who run presses like Les Figues, MakeNow and Insert (and a bunch of others I’d never heard of).

A readable version of the image below, with the full schedule, appears here. Let me know if you want to come, I can get you in. I could even drive you!

My new chapbooks of poems, mostly written in Philadelphia but also New York and Los Angeles, has just been published by Mathew Timmons’ Insert Press as part of its beautiful Parrot series of chapbooks, which offers as a whole an invaluable cross section of Southern California poetry and conceptual writing. Info below:

The PARROT series was originally issued by Blanc Press (Los Angeles) from 2005-2010. Insert Press is reissuing facsimile editions of each title from the PARROT series and releasing a Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection at the end of the run.

PARROT will print the work of Harold Abramowitz’s A House on a Hill (A House on a Hill, Part One), Amanda Ackerman’s I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck, Will Alexander’s On the Substance of Disorder, Stan Apps’ Politicized Pretty Picture, Amina Cain’s Tramps Everywhere, Teresa Carmody’s I Can Feel, Allison Carter’s All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions, Michelle Detorie’s Fur Birds, Kate Durbin’s Kept Women, K. Lorraine Graham’s My Little Neoliberal Pony, Jen Hofer’s The Missing Link, Maximus Kim’s Break Bloom Burn, Janice Lee’s Fried Chicken Dinner, Bruna Mori and George Porcari’s May I take Your Order?, Joseph Mosconi’s But On Geometric, Vanessa Place’s Forcible Oral Copulation, Amarnath Ravva’s Airline Music, Stephanie Rioux’s My Beautiful Beds, Ara Shirinyan’s Erotic in Czech Republic, Michael Smoler’s Pieces of Water, Brian Kim Stefans’ Viva Miscegenation, Mathew Timmons’ Complex Textual Legitimacy Proclamation, and Allyssa Wolf’s Loquela.

Individual issues of PARROT sell for $6.00. Subscribe to PARROT and receive all the individual titles from the PARROT series for $81.00 or pre-order the Limited Edition hand-bound set of the collection, signed and numbered 1-50 for $100.00.

Subscribe to PARROT for $81.00 and receive individual titles from the PARROT series as they are released.

Buy Now

Or Pre-Order the Limited Edition hand-bound set of the PARROT collection, signed and numbered 1-50 for $100.00.

You are invited to a Beyond Baroque reading on July 30th at 7:30 pm with Factory School Books poets including:
Diane Ward, Deborah Meadows, Kathyrn Pringle, Sarah Menefee, Allison Cobb, Brian Kim Stefans, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Catherine Daly.

The doors open for a reception and to the book store at 6 pm.

Beyond Baroque is located:
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Deborah Meadows teaches in the Liberal Studies department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her sixth collection of poetry is from Factory School, Depleted Burden Down. Other recent titles include How, the means (Mindmade, 2010) and Goodbye Tissues (Shearsman Press, 2009).

Diane Ward was born in Washington, DC and currently lives in Santa Monica, California. She attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and is studying Geography and Urban Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. She has published eleven books of poetry including, most recently, a collaboration with Tina Darragh and Jane Sprague at #8 in the Belladonna Elders series,2009, No List (no list) from Seeing Eye Books, Los Angeles, 2008, Flim-Yoked Scrim, Factory School, 2006, and When You Awake, New York: Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Several of her poems have been set to music by the Los Angeles composer Michael Webster, including “Fade on Family” which was performed in 2005 as part of The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound series at the Schindler House in West Hollywood. “InHouse,” a constructed poem, is forthcoming as part of Kindergarde, the First Avant Garde Anthology for Children.

Catherine Daly‘s book Chanteuse / Cantatrice was published in the Heretical Texts series in 2007. It is a book about collaboration and complicity during World War II and now; it can be read from the bottom of the page to the top and normally.

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press) and Green-Wood (Factory School). She was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as were the first atomic bombs, and she now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Menefee is a San Francisco poet whose latest books are Human Star [Factory School] and In Your Fish Helmet [Transmission Press].

kathryn l. pringle has written RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (Factory School), The Stills (Duration Press), and Temper and Felicity are lovers. (TAXT). she lives in Oakland, Ca.

Brian Kim Stefans lives in Los Angeles, California, and teaches digital media and literature at UCLA. His latest books are What is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (2006) and Kluge: A Meditation, and other works (2007). In manuscript is a short collected titled Viva Miscegenation. His digital text works and other art projects can be seen at

Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up 3 miles from the CIA. Her two books of poems include That Gorgeous Feeling (2007) and Underground National (2010). Juliette also edits Corollary Press (, a chapbook series devoted to new work by writers of color.

Some real kick-ass work from the class this year. I’m bringing donuts and a few other treats, as are some of the students. Kick off the summer with some ambidextrous avant-gardism, Brooklynism performism, techno-spiritualism, Las Vegas shrimp-ism, disease-riddled factism, Mallarmean sestina-ism, and cacophonous Irish-Mexicanism, UCLA style!

The journal won’t be ready but here’s what the cover looks like:

We Control the Weather (cover)

If only for Grace Jones…

A Mayday celebration on the 8th of May two thousandth and ten.

Pentagonal Monochrome (Tambourine) performance eventh by Scoli Acosta
and Area Sneaks Los Angeles launch

With: Scoli Acosta, Area Sneaks, Ara Shirinyan, Aaron Kunin, Alexandro Segade (the Universal Separatist), Pearl Hsiung & Scott Martin, Anna Sew Hoy, Gabriela Jauregui, Brian Kim Stefans & more

Featuring: DJ Jan Tumlir

Including: the levitating of the Pentagon, peddling of wares, vinyl records, skeins of homespun yarn yarn straight off the animal, ceramics, small press books, paper jewelry, dog balloon art, preserves and other foodstuffs, manifestations of poetry, the poetics of the manifesto

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: LA>< Art Street: 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd. City/Town: Los Angeles, CA View Map

Friend of mine from Bard and fabulous filmmaker… not to be missed.

with a live score by Skúli Sverrisson
Los Angeles premiere
“Reeves’s captivating tour de force explodes all preconceptions about both experimental and environmental film.” The Globe and Mail

2008, 68 min., dual-projection 16mm

This double-projector film performance by New York artist Jennifer Reeves pays rapturous homage to the endangered beauty of our blue planet. Composed in four parts to represent the four seasons and cardinal directions, When It Was Blue traverses the globe and its diverse ecosystems from New Zealand to Iceland, the Americas and beyond, rejoicing in myriad fauna and flora, mountains, forests, oceans, the splendor of seasonal change—in short, the expanse of life as it exists on earth. Reeves hand-paints frames and optically prints other images to create impressionistic textures in what critic Mark Peranson calls “a wide-ranging play on the notion of ‘blue’—the color, the sensation, the sinking realization that the natural world (and 16mm film) must be captured as much as possible before it disappears.” New York-based bass player and composer Skúli Sverrisson—who directs music for Laurie Anderson—plays his soaring score live.

In person: Jennifer Reeves and Skúli Sverrisson

Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

I’m going… I’ve only read one of his books but it was really great.

The Korean Cultural Center and Green Integer/Douglas Messerli
invite you to a reading and reception
for the noted Korean poet, Ko Un
on Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 7:30pm

Location: The Korean Cultural Center, 5505 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(parking is located behind the Center)

Ko Un will be reading in Korean, Douglas Messerli in English

Born in 1933 in southwestern Korea, Ko Un grew up in a Japanese-controlled land that was soon to experience the horrors of the Korean War. In 1952 he became a Buddhist monk, and began writing in the late 1950s. Since that time, Ko has been recognized as one of the most notable of living Korean writers and has regularly been nominated and short-listed for the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1982 Ko Un published his Collected Poems in Korea. The Los Angeles Publisher, Green Integer, has published two volumes in English by Ko Un to date, Ten Thousand Lives, selections from Ko Un’s 25 volumes of poems about people he has met during his life, and Songs for Tomorrow, selected poems from 1960-2002.

Friday May 7, 2010, 1-3 pm: Noah Wardrip-Fruin, “Meaning What We Play: Games, Fiction, and Expressive Processing”
(5826 Mathematical Sciences Building)

Today’s games have well-developed models of spatial movement, combat, and economics. But their models of fiction barely deserve the name. Even those supporting the most ambitious games are burdensome and bug-prone for authors – while providing the player quite limited ranges of meaningful choice. This talk discusses examples of more dynamic approaches to fiction, considering lessons past work presents for designers wishing to craft models that express their visions for playable fiction. At the same time, the talk argues that critics need to begin to interpret the computational processes of computer games (and digital media generally) and connect them to an understanding of audience experience.

The event will be open to all, but because seating will be limited, please RSVP to David Shepard ( if you will be attending.

Additionally, on Monday, May 10, 2010, 4-6pm, in Humanities Building 193, Wardrip-Fruin will present some of his more recent, unpublished research for discussion. All are welcome to attend.

More L.A. Poetry stuff…

Big City Forum invites you to a conversation with poets, writers, and seers about literal vs metaphoric space, inscape/landscape, the visible/invisble world,liminality — “betwixt and between”– & proximity in motion…

Saturday, March 20th, 2010
4 – 6 pm

Honor Fraser Gallery
2622 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 837-0191

Mathew Timmons
Elena Karyn Byrne
Vanessa Place
Teresa Carmody
Brendan Constantine

Mathew Timmons is a writer, curator and critic in Los Angeles. He is the General Director of General Projects at various locations including Outpost for Contemporary Art and The Ups & Downs, an installation series, at workspace. He also co-edits/curates Insert Press (w/ Stan Apps), LA-Lit (w/ Stephanie Rioux), Late Night Snack (w/ Harold Abramowitz) and he is the Los Angeles editor of Joyland. A chapbook, Lip Service is recently out from Slack Buddha Press. His first full length book, The New Poetics (Les Figues Press), his micro-book collaboration with Marcus Civin, a particular vocabulary (P S Books), and a chapbook, Lip Music (By the Skin of Me Teeth), are forthcoming. His work may be found in various journals, including: P-Queue, Holy Beep!, Flim Forum, The Physical Poets, NōD, PRECIPICe, Or, Moonlit, aslongasittakes, eohippus labs, Area Sneaks, Artweek and The Encyclopedia Project.

Elena Karina Byrne. Former 12 year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, Elena Karina Byrne, is a collage artist, teacher, editor, Poetry Consultant / Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. Her publications include, 2009 Pushcart Prize XXXIII Best of the Small Presses, Best American Poetry 2005, The Yale Review, The Paris Review, APR, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Volt, TriQuarterly, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly , Barrow Street, Volt and Verse daily. Books include: The Flammable Bird , (Zoo Press /Tupelo Press 2002); MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008) and the forthcoming Burnt Violin (2011), and a collection of essays entitled, Beautiful Insignificance.

Vanessa Place is a writer, a lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. She is author of Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues Press, 2006), La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2, 2008), and Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009). Her nonfiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law is forthcoming from Other Press/Random House. Information As Material will be publishing her trilogy: Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument. Statement of Facts will also be published in France by éditions è®e, as Exposé des Faits.

Teresa Carmody is the author of Requiem (Les Figues, 2005), Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and the chapbook Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). Other work has appeared in such publications as Bombay Gin, Fold Appropriate Text, American Book Review, emohippus greeting cards 1-3, and Drunken Boat. An organizer of the original Ladyfest and co-organizer of Feminaissance, Carmody is co-director of Les Figues Press and co-curator of the Mommy, Mommy! Reading Series in Los Angeles.

Brendan Constantine is an ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most recognized poets. He has served these communities as a teacher of poetry in local schools and colleges for the last fifteen years. In addition to this, he has lead similar classes in hospitals and shelters for the homeless. In 2002 Mr. Constantine was nominated for Poet Laureate of the state.

His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Review, The Cortland Review, RUNES, and LA Times Bestseller The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. New work can be found in the Spring editions of Ninth Letter and The Boxcar Poetry Review, as well as the anthology Bright Wings, forthcoming from Columbia University Press and edited by Billy Collins. His collection, Letters To Guns, was released in February 2009 from Red Hen Press.

Mr. Constantine is currently poet in residence at the Windward School in West Los Angeles and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Youth Writing Program in Idyllwild, California.

My weird little update on the Los Angeles poetry scene is in this new issue of Lungfull! This launch, of course, is in New York.


The time has come. Lungfull! 18 will be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in a carnival of never-before-seen acts of…poetry. &c.

LUNGFULL! 18 RELEASE PARTY & READING EXTRAVAGANZA an all-caps evening of excitement

6:30pm Saturday 4/24
Zinc Bar 82 W 3rd NYC
Between Sullivan & Thompson
Subway ACEBDQF to West 4th RW to 8th or Prince

Join us for an evening of poetry. Poetry. & poetry.

HEAR marvelous poems read by marvelous poets!
WITNESS astounding water-defying demonstrations of Lungfull!ism!
BID on indescribable items of vast allure & untellable value!
PURCHASE a brand-new copy of Lungfull! Magazine!
TAKE HOME fabulous volumes of poetry, rough drafts, art, world news reports, cranky letters, & MORE!

$5-15 sliding scale fund raiser. $20 gets you in, plus a copy of the magazine. A pair of sparkly pants & fiery hoops will earn you our unending awe.

Want to read? RSVP & we’ll secure you a spot. Plan on 1-2 poems or 2-3 minutes. Many people will be reading—prepare to be brief & awesome.

Want to contribute a fantastic something to the auction? RSVP & the wondrous TRACEY will contact you with details.

Want to see your friends there? More importantly: want to help Lungfull!
make budget for the year? It’s up to YOU to spread the word! Paper the city with wheat paste. Make your mark on Facebook. Or do it the old-fashioned way: email!

Still reading & eager for more? Visit the death-defying
You won’t be sorry. Or perhaps you will.

Questions? Contact us at

Hoping to see you there in your spangly best, LUNGFULL!

The Poetic Research Bureau presents…


Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 4:00pm

@ The Poetic Research Bureau
3706 San Fernando Rd.
Glendale, CA 91206

Doors open at 4:00pm
Reading starts at 4:30pm

$5 donation requested

ROD SMITH is author ofDeed (University of Iowa Press), Music or Honesty (Roof ), The Good House (Spectacular Books), Protective Immediacy (Roof), In Memory of My Theories (O Books), and a CD of his readings, Fear the Sky(Narrow House Recordings). He is editor/publisher of Edge Books and is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California). Smith is a Visiting Professor in Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for the Spring 2010 semester.

MEL NICHOLS is author of Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon(National Poetry Series finalist), Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha), The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones, mnichol6 (Edge), and Day Poems (Edge). Other recent work can be found in Poetry, New Ohio Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. She teaches at George Mason University

Unless 4 feet of snow rain down on Santa Cruz a week from now, I’ll be appearing at this conference with a few others you might know, such as Vanessa Place, Kasey Mohammed, Juliana Spahr, Craig Dworkin, Karen Yameshita, Walter Lew and David Buuck. (At least, those are the ones I know.)

Tree-tall man Charles Olson was not invited, but I promise to doodle some circles on my PowerPoint slides.

Here’s the propaganda:

This conference invites participation in a series of dialogues about the role of the poet-scholar. As a practitioner of poetry or other “imaginative” writing and more theoretical or critical work, the poet-critic or poet-scholar works both inside and outside the university. How do these two activities come together to affect the reading and writing practices of poet-critics and their readership? Since many poet-critics are read within college classrooms or are themselves professors or teachers, we are interested in the pedagogical implications of their writing practices. The conference is an occasion for dialogue across genres, disciplines, readerships and pedagogical practices and focuses on the ways writing practices can encourage creative and critical thinking.

The conference consists of six panels with three papers and invited respondents; a pedagogy colloquium; and poetry readings. Respondents will consist of invited guests and UCSC faculty.

Conference Schedule

[Hmmm, just realized I’m not reading. I guess that means I’m not getting paid!]

Daytime Panels: Humanities 210, UCSC

Friday, March 12
9-9:30am:Welcome address by conference organizers


Panel 1: Historicizing the Poet as Intellectual: Respondent David Lau
Evan Kindley, Juliana Leslie, Jacqueline Weeks

11am-12pm:Lunch and Informal Poetry Reading

Panel 2: Poetics and Reading Methodologies: Respondent Juliana Spahr
Amanda Lim, Alta Ifland, Surya Parekh


Poetry in the Classroom: Pedagogy Colloquium: Moderated by Kasey Mohammed. Confirmed Panelists: Micah Perks, Karen Yamashita, David Buuck, Emily Carr


Panel 3: Poetic Epistemologies and Alternative Forms of Scholarship: Respondent Sina Queyras
Stan Apps, Zachary Caple, Alex Papanicolopoulos

Evening Poetry Readings: Felix Culpa Gallery, Downtown Santa Cruz
Place, Dworkin, Wilson, Mohammad

Saturday, March 13
Please bring a lunch to campus as food vendors are closed or have limited hours. (See blog for suggestions.)


Panel 4: Writing and Thinking Between Genres: Respondent Vanessa Place
Lily Robert Foley, Emily Carr and Erin Wunker, Adrian Acu

Lunch and Informal Poetry Reading


Panel 5: Poetic Conceptualisms and Poetic Productions: Respondent Craig Dworkin
Brian Kim Stefans, Keegan Finberg, David Buuck


Panel 6:
Poetry and Pedagogy: Respondent: Rob Wilson
Rebekah Edwards, Walter Lew, Eireene Nealand

Evening Poetry Reading: Felix Culpa Gallery, Downtown Santa Cruz
Lau, Spahr, Queyras

I’m particularly excited about this as I’ve been a fan of Poundstone’s work for years (and even interviewed him for the Iowa Review Web), and Mancini, who I first met quite recently in Vancouver, is a very interesting artist and smart guy. So go.

A Reading
at Beyond Baroque
27 February, Saturday, 2010 – 7:30 PM
facebook link


Hosted by Mathew Timmons in association with Les Figues Press.

GREGORY BETTS is a poet, scholar, editor, and curator from St. Catharines, Ontario. His books include If Language (Book Thug) and The Others Raisd in Me (Pedlar).

DONATO MANCINI, hailing from Vancouver, B.C., is author of two books of procedural and visual poetry, Ligature (New Star) and Æthel (New Star), both nominated for the ReLitAward and will publish Buffet World (New Star) in 2010. He co-directed the world’s first in-world avatar documentary AVATARA (2003).

VANESSA PLACE is a writer, lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press. Recent and forthcoming books include The Guilt Project (Random House), La Medusa (The University of Alabama), and with Robert Fitterman, Notes on Conceptualisms (UDP).

WILLIAM POUNDSTONE has written 12 nonfiction books, most recently Priceless and Gaming the Vote (Hill and Wang). His electronic literature has been featured in The Believer and many web publications.

CHRISTINE WERTHEIM is the author of +|’me’S-pace (Les Figues), 4 LUV ALONE, and Corpus (Triage). She has edited the anthologies Feminaissance and with Matias Veigener, Seancé, and The /n/oulipian Analects.

This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Language Arts Live: Bates’ series of literary presentations offers a reading and performance by Brian Kim Stefans, a poet, professor of English and creator of acclaimed Web-based work that influenced new-media poetics. Sponsored by the English department, the Bates Humanities Fund, the Learning Associates Program and the John Tagliabue Fund for Poetry.

February 4 at 7:30 pm

Chase Hall Lounge
56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston


January 7, 2010, 7:30 pm

Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Drive, Room 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90095

An informal screening of experimental works of abstract film and video, followed by discussion and observation. The theme of this salon: Strategies of Abstraction. Abstraction ranges from the intangible to the geometric. Often it includes representational objects within a realm of abstraction. Sometimes a process exists wherein a concrete concept or image is abstracted. Concepts range from mathematical to spiritual, rhythm is ordained by musical, biological or poetic forces.

The theme for this salon is TEXT AND SPEECH. We will be examining works that explore the confluence of abstraction and language. What choices do artists make when using text in abstraction? How do speech and poetry compliment or complicate visuals? The lineup of films (subject to change) currently includes:
Screening on 16mm as part of the historic film segment:

The Critic (1963) – Ernie Pintoff
Silence (1968) – Jules Engel
Dear Janice (1972) – Adam Beckett
Screening on video for the contemporary segment:
The Alphabet (1968) – David Lynch
Primiti Too Ta (1988) – Colin Morton and Ed Ackerman
The Dreamlife of Letters (2006) – Brian Kim Stefans
Oli’s Dream (2008) – Jaroslaw Kapuscinski (Text by Camille Norton)
Karatchi Scramble (2009) – Chris Casady
Floating Point (2009) – Audri Phillips
Civil War (2009) – Jean Detheaux

The Electronic Literature Organization and Brown University’s Literary Arts Program invite submissions to the Electronic Literature Organization 2010 Conference to be held from June 3-6, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA celebrating Robert Coover.

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2009
Send to:
Notification of Acceptance: February 25, 2010
PLEASE NOTE: We will still aim to receive full papers by May 1, 2010.

For more details, please keep checking the website:

We welcome:

  • Proposals for critical/academic papers relating to the topics and themes set out on the site. Submit an abstract – about 300 words, 500 word maximum – with title and brief bio (indicating affiliation, if any).
  • Proposals for performative or artistic presentations, including readings and artist talks. Submit a description and or artist statement – totaling about 300 words, 500 word maximum – and include a brief bio (indicating affiliation, if any).
  • ‘Panel’ proposals – about 300 words, 500 word maximum – but note that these will be folded into ‘Seeded’ sessions. (More on this soon.)
  • Proposals for the Arts Program which will focus on installable work. Submit a description and or artist’s statement – totaling about 300 words, 500 word maximum – and include a brief bio (indicating affiliation, if any).

Alternative, innovative proposals through which we will attempt to diversify the format of the conference. Submit a description of about 300 words, 500 word maximum.

NB. If you send illustrative, digitized AV materials, either keep these (byte-wise) small and short, or send us links.


CREDIT Launch! & Conceptual Lit Reading! in Los Angeles!
Outpost for Contemporary Art
presented by General Projects, Blanc Press and Insert Press
Saturday December 19, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1268 N. Ave 50, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 982-9461

Do you sometimes wonder: “What the heck is Conceptual Writing!?” Some amazing new fad sweeping the nation? Some bland thing a bunch of dudes thought up in a bar as a joke? The new genre of infomercials after the tragic death of Ron Popeil? All this and so much more?!!

After a string of conferences, events, publications, etc–Conceptual Poetry and its Others conference at University of Arizona Poetry Center, May 29-31, 2008; Flarf vs. Conceptual Writing! at The Whitney, April 17, 2009; Conceptual Writing! & Its Environs, The Uferhallen, Berlin, May 1, 2009; a portfolio of Flarf and Conceptual Writing! in Poetry Magazine, July/August, 2009–Conceptual Writing! has arrived in LA, only to find that it’s already there!? Los Angeles!? Conceptual Writing!

Discover Conceptual Writing! and so much more as you encounter the Conceptual Writing! of Harold Abramowitz, Joseph Mosconi, Bruna Mori, Vanessa Place, Ara Shirinyan, Brian Kim Stefans, Mathew Timmons and Christine Wertheim at the Conceptual Lit Reading! & CREDIT Launch! in Los Angeles! at Outpost for Contemporary Art in Highland Park on Saturday December 19, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. presented by General Projects, Blanc Press and Insert Press.

Come celebrate the release of Mathew Timmons’ CREDIT, an 800 page, large format, full color, hardbound book published by Blanc Press and retailing for $199.99 which the author himself lacks the cash or credit to purchase. Come also to celebrate Conceptual Writing! in Los Angeles! with the wonderful Conceptual Writing! of Harold Abramowitz, Joseph Mosconi, Bruna Mori, Vanessa Place, Ara Shirinyan, Brian Kim Stefans, Mathew Timmons and Christine Wertheim at the CREDIT Launch! & Conceptual Lit Reading! in Los Angeles! at Outpost for Contemporary Art in Highland Park on Saturday December 19, 2009 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. presented by General Projects, Blanc Press and Insert Press.

For more information about this event, please contact: laliterature [at[ gmail [dot[ com

Information About the Artists


You’re invited to a publication party for
Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman
published by Nightboat Books & Otis Books/Seismicity Editions

with brief readings by Bill Mohr, Stephen Motika & Martha Ronk

Saturday, December 12, 5-7pm
Arundel Books
8380 Beverly Blvd, 3 blocks east of La Cienega Bl.
Phone: 323-852-9852

Los Angeles poet and editor LELAND HICKMAN (1934-1991) was the author of two collections of poetry: Great Slave Lake Suite (1980), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Lee Sr. Falls to the Floor (1991). He was the editor of the poetry journal Temblor, which ran for 10 issues during the 1980s. This new volume collects all of the poems published during Hickman’s life as well as previously unpublished pieces. The volume, edited by Stephen Motika, features a preface by Dennis Phillips and an afterword by Bill Mohr.



Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 4:00pm

@ The Poetic Research Bureau
3706 San Fernando Blvd
Glendale, CA 91206

Doors open at 4:00pm
Reading starts at 4:30pm

$5 donation requested

Lindsey Boldt lives in San Francisco where she is a practicing poetess, cultural worker, vaudeville-style entertainer, elementary after-school teacher, human jukebox and assistant editor with The Post-Apollo Press. She is the author of the chapbook Oh My, Hell Yes and is currently working on two prose projects related to two very dated 80’s movies.

John Sakkis‘s first full length book, Rude Girl, is just out from BlazeVox Books. He is the author of numerous chapbooks including most recently: Gary Gygax, The Moveable Ones and Rude Girl. With Angelos Sakkis he translates the work of Athenian multimedia artist/ poet Demosthenes Agrafiotis; their translation of Agrafiotis’s Maribor is forthcoming from The Post-Apollo Press as well as Chinese Notebook forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse. Recent work has appeared in Area Sneaks, Action, Yes and Octopus. He lives in the Lower Haight and works at Small Press Distribution in Berkeley.

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