Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English Jed Rasula will host poet Charles Bernstein as the 2019 Lanier Speaker. This free event will take place on Wednesday, April 10th at 5 p.m. in Theatre C1 at Ciné, 234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601.
Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on modernist and contemporary art, aesthetics, and performance at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published five collections of essays — Pitch of Poetry (Chicago, 2016), Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (Chicago, 2011), My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago, 1999), A Poetics (Harvard, 1992), and Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984. His books of poetry include Near/Miss (Chicago, 2018), Recalculating (Chicago, 2013), All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Girly Man (Chicago, 2006), With Strings (Chicago, 2001), and Republics of Reality: 1975 - 1995 (Sun & Moon, 2000). His libretto Shadowtime, for composer Brian Ferneyhough, was published in 2005 by Green Integer; it was performed as part of the 2005 Lincoln Center Festival. Bernstein is the editor of several collections, including: American Poetry after 1975 (Duke University Press / special issue of boundary, 2009), Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (Oxford, 1999), The Politics of Poetic Form: Poetry and Public Policy (Roof, 1990), and the poetics magazine L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, whose first issue was published in 1978. He is editor of the Electronic Poetry Center and co-director (with Al Flireis) of PennSound.