Bard College’s Award-Winning Literary Magazine Conjunctions Celebrates Forty Years of Continuous Publication and the Launch of its Latest Issue with an Online Reading on January 21
Conjunctions:77, States of Play Reading Features Charles Bernstein, Anelise Chen, Shelley Jackson, Tracie Morris, and Arthur SzeOn January 21, novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, founding editor of Conjunctions, will host an online evening of readings to celebrate the publication of the latest issue of Conjunctions, the celebrated literary journal published by Bard College. Morrow will be joined by Conjunctions:77 contributors Charles Bernstein, Anelise Chen, Shelley Jackson, Tracie Morris, and Arthur Sze. The livestreamed event, presented by Conjunctions and Elliott Bay Book Company, takes place on Friday, January 21, at 8 p.m. ET. To register, please visit the Eventbrite page.
About the Issue
Published by Bard College in fall 2021, Conjunctions: 77: States of Play, The Games Issue gathers fiction, poetry, essays, and genre-bending work from writers who are willing, through their writing, to invoke one of the oldest, most audacious questions one mortal can put to another: “Do you want to play a game?” Edited by novelist and Bard literature professor Morrow, States of Play features a collection of poems by celebrated Indian poet Ranjit Hoskote, a short story by international bestseller David Shields, poems by PEN/Malamud Award winner Nam Le, a new short story by Jerusalem Prize winner Joyce Carol Oates, new poems from National Book Award winner Arthur Sze, a new series of genre-bending work from cross-genre experimental writer Shelley Jackson, a new poem from National Book Award and Bollingen Prize winner Nathaniel Mackey, and a collaborative duet between Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, two of the most revered voices in American poetry. The issue also includes work from Joanna Scott, John Darcy, Heather Altfeld, Kyoko Mori, James Morrow, Catherine Imbriglio, Pierre Reverdy, Robin Hemley, Anelise Chen, S. P. Tenhoff, Lowry Pressly, Cole Swensen, Rae Armantrout, Lucas Southworth, Kelsey Peterson, John Dimitroff, Alyssa Pelish, Tim Raymond, Justin Noga, Brian Evenson, and Kate Colby.
About the Participants
Charles Bernstein is the author of Topsy-Turvy and Pitch of Poetry (both University of Chicago Press). In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Bollingen Prize for Poetry. With Tracie Morris, Charles Bernstein coedited Best American Experimental Writing 2016 (Wesleyan University Press).
Anelise Chen’s first book, So Many Olympic Exertions, came out with Kaya Press in 2017. She teaches writing at Columbia University.
Shelley Jackson is the author of Riddance (Black Balloon), Half Life (HarperCollins), The Melancholy of Anatomy(Anchor), hypertexts including Patchwork Girl (Eastgate Systems), and several children’s books, including The Old Woman and the Wave (DK) and Mimi’s Dada Catifesto (Clarion Books). She is known for her cross-genre experiments, most notably SKIN, a story published in tattoos on 2,095 volunteers.
Tracie Morris’s recent books include the forthcoming titles handholding: on the other hand (Kore Press), human/nature poems (Litmus Press), Who Do With Words (expanded edition, Chax Press) and Hard Korè: Poems of Mythos and Place(Joca Seria Press).
Arthur Sze recieved the 2021 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His newest book is The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems (Copper Canyon).
Bradford Morrow is the author of ten books of fiction and the founding editor of Conjunctions. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, an Academy Award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Nora Magid Award for excellence in editing a literary journal.
Edited by Bradford Morrow and published twice yearly by Bard College, Conjunctions publishes innovative fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by emerging voices and contemporary masters. For four decades, Conjunctions has challenged accepted forms and styles, with equal emphasis on groundbreaking experimentation and rigorous execution. In 2020, Conjunctions received the prestigious Whiting Literary Magazine Prize. The judges noted, “Every issue of Conjunctions is a feat of curatorial invention, continuing the Modernist project of dense, economical writing, formal innovation, and an openness to history and the world.” Named a “Top Literary Magazine 2019” by Reedsy, the journal was a finalist for the 2018, 2019, and 2021 ASME Award for Fiction and the 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award for General Excellence. In addition, contributions to recent issues have been selected for The Best American Essays (2018, 2019), The Pushcart Prize XLIV: Best of the Small Presses, Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Best Small Fictions 2019, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2019, and The Best American Short Stories 2021.
For more information on the latest issue, please visit conjunctions.com/print/archive/conjunctions77. To order a copy, go to annandaleonline.org/conjunctions, call the Conjunctions office at 845-758-7054, email [email protected], or write to Conjunctions, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000. Visit the Conjunctions website at conjunctions.com.
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