Anne Tardos with Lyn Hejinian, & Jerome Rothenberg – The Exploding Nothingness of Never Define

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Anne Tardos, French-born American poet, is the author of ten books of poetry and several performance works. Her writing is renowned for its fluid use of multiple languages and its innovative forms. Among her recent books of poetry are The Exploding Nothingness of Never Define (BlazeVOX, 2020), The Camel’s Pedestal (BlazeVOX, 2017]; I Am You [first US edition], (BlazeVOX, 2016]; NINE (BlazeVOX, 2015); Both Poems (Roof, 2011); I Am You (Salt, UK, 2008); and The Dik-dik’s Solitude (Granary, 2003). She is the editor of three posthumous books of poetry by Jackson Mac Low, Thing of Beauty (California, 2008), 154 Forties (Counterpath, 2012); and The Complete Light Poems with Michael O’Driscoll (Chax, 2015). Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Tardos lives in New York.

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, anthologist, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. Recent books of poetry include A Field on Mars (in English and French), The President of Desolation, The Mystery of False Attachments, and Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader. He is currently assembling a transnational anthology of North and South American poetry “from origins to present.” He will be launching two titles at The Poetry Project on October 9: The President of Desolation (Black Widow Press) and The Mystery of False Attachments (Word Palace).

For twenty years, Lyn Hejinian taught in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where her academic work was addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. These remain of interest and inform her continuing research and writing. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and critical prose, the most recent of which are Tribunal (Omnidawn Books, 2019) and Positions of the Sun (Belladonna, 2019). She is the co-director (with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets, and co-editor (with Jane Gregory and Claire Marie Stancek) of Nion Editions, a chapbook press.

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