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Emily M. Darrow
Each of the four readings features a visiting poet paired with a Bard professor ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College presents four readings by internationally acclaimed poets on Thursdays, March 10, March 17, April 21, and May 5, at 5:00 p.m. Each reading will feature a visiting poet paired with a Bard professor. On Thursday, March 10, in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Michael Palmer and Bard professor Ann Lauterbach will read from their recent work. Palmer was born in New York City in 1943. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Codes Appearing: Poems 1979–1988, The Promises of Glass, The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1972–1995, At Passages, Sun, First Figure, Notes for Echo Lake, Without Music, The Circular Gates, and Blake’s Newton. His work has appeared in such literary magazines as Boundary 2, Berkeley Poetry Review, Sulfur, Conjunctions, and O-blek. Palmer’s honors include two grants from the Literature Program of the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. In 1999 he was elected a chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. He lives in San Francisco. Lauterbach is the David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard and a faculty member of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts and the Center for Curatorial Studies. Her books include If in Time; Many Times, But Then; Before Recollection; Clamor; And For Example; and On a Stair. Lauterbach is a contributing editor of Conjunctions and wrote the column “The Night Sky” in American Poetry Review. She is the recipient of grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Guggenheim Foundation, and has received a MacArthur Fellowship. On Thursday, March 17, in Preston Theater, Brian Kim Stefans and Bard professor Michael Ives will read from their recent work. Stefans is the author of three books of poetry, including Free Space Comix. His most recent book is Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics, a collection of poetic essays, and he contributed an essay in New Media Poetics: Histories, Institutions, and Audiences, published by MIT Press. Stefans edits the website Arras, devoted to new media poetry. Ives is a member of the faculty of the Workshop in Language and Thinking and a visiting lecturer in First-Year Seminar at Bard. He is a founding member and composer for the sound/text performance trio F’loom and has taught music performance and composition and creative writing at Aesthetic Education Institute of Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Lillian Fairchild Award for Significant Contributions to the Arts. His poetry and short fiction have been published in numerous periodicals. His first book, The External Combustion Engine, has just been published. On Thursday, April 21, in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Rob Fitterman and Bard professor Tim Davis ’91 will read from their recent work. Fitterman is the author of nine books of poetry, including Metropolis XXX, Metropolis 16–29, Metropolis 1–15, Leases, among the cynics, and Ameresque. He has collaborated with visual artists Dirk Rowntree, DeWitt Godfrey, Don Colley, Klaus Killisch, and Sabine Herrmann. He is the editor-publisher of Object literary journal and Object/p o e t s c o o p books. From 1987–96 he was a curator and organizer for the Ear Inn Reading Series (Segue Foundation). His writing has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Grand Street, Sulfur, Origin, Arras, West Coast Line, Tripwire, and Shiny. Davis, visiting assistant professor of photography at Bard, is the author of Lots and Dailies and is a contributor to Art on Paper, Blind Spot, and Metropolis. He has had solo exhibitions at New York’s Brent Sikkema Gallery and the Bohen Foundation; Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva; Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels; and Whitecube, London; his work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Biennial 2004, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of the City of New York, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, and others. Davis is also a lecturer in photography at Yale University. His latest book of poetry is American Whatever. The spring 2005 Ashbery Poetry series will conclude on Thursday, May 5, in the Preston Theater, with readings by Peter Lamborn Wilson and Bard professor David Levi Strauss. Wilson has translated classical poetic texts from Islamic sources. Under the name Hakim Bey, he has created new insights into autonomy and chaos and has initiated fresh discussions on media, raves, conspiracy theories, the Mafia, archetypes, and virtual warfare. He is also an editor of the publishing company Autonomedia, and a founding editor of the magazine Semiotext(e). Wilson is a writer, teacher, and New York radio personality as well as a longtime student of the history of religion. Levi Strauss, a faculty member of the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, is a writer and critic whose essays and reviews appear regularly in Artforum and Aperture. In San Francisco, he worked with the poet Robert Duncan and edited ACTS: A Journal of New Writing. He is the author of a book of poetry titled Manoeuvres. His other books include The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photography Books of the Twentieth Century; Between Dog & Wolf: Essays on Art & Politics; Broken Wings: The Legacy of Land Mines; Between the Eyes: Essays on Photography and Politics. His forthcoming books are Artists and Photography and Odile & Odette, a fictional correspondence in word and image. Since 1995, the John Ashbery Poetry Series has brought leading contemporary poets to Bard for readings and discussion in an intimate setting. For further information about the series, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425. # # # (2/23/05)

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