Carla Harryman  Writing

Carla Harryman is known for her genre-disrupting experimental writings such as Adorno’s Noise (Essay Press, 2008), W—/M— (Split/Level 2013), Baby (Adventures in Poetry, 2005), There Never Was a Rose Without a Thorn (City Lights, 1995); experimental novels such as Gardener of Stars (Atelos 2002) and The Words, after Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories and Jean-Paul Sartre (O Books, 1994); and the book-length poem Open Box (Belladonna, 2007). Critical writings include essays on innovative performance, gender, and postmodern literature.  She co-edited Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker (Verso, 2006) and is editor of a special issue on “non/narrative,” from The Journal of Narrative Theory (2011). Collaborations include The Grand Piano (Mode D, 2006-2010), an experiment in autobiography situated between 1975 and 1980 and authored by 10 writers identified with San Francisco language poetry; The Wide Road with Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna, 2011); and Open Box, a sound/music/text cd with Jon Raskin and the Jon Raskin Quartet (Tzadik 2012).  Gardener of Stars, an Opera, for speaking voices, microelectronics, and prepared piano is her most recent collaboration with Raskin. In 2012 she presented Occupying Theodore W. Adorno’s Music and New Music, a closing keynote performance for speaking voice (Harryman) and prepared piano (Magda Mayas)  at dOCUMENTA 13.  An innovator of poets theater, her avant-garde theater and polyvocal performance works have been presented in San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Montreal, Auckland, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Germany. Sue in Berlin, a collection of performance writing and poets theater plays is forthcoming in French and English volumes from the To series of the University of Rouen Press in 2017.   During the academic year, she serves on the faculty of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University, where she currently directs EMU’s interdisciplinary creative writing program.

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