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Bard College to Host Celebration of Poet and Essayist Ann Lauterbach on Thursday, April 21

This Event Is Part of the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking’s Annual April Conference on Friday, April 22

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— On Thursday, April 21, Bard College will host a celebratory reading in honor of the work of Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature, member of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts faculty, and the renowned author of Under the Sign; Or to Begin Again (National Book Award nominee); Hum; If in Time: Selected Poems 1975–2000The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience; and other books. Poet John Ashbery, Charles P. Stevenson Professor Emeritus of Languages and Literature, writes, “Ann Lauterbach’s poetry goes straight to the elastic, infinite core of time.” Celebrating Lauterbach’s work will be poets Jibade-Khalil Huffman ’03, Simone White, Michael Ives, Camille Guthrie, and Anselm Berrigan, who will briefly discuss their artistic relationship to Lauterbach’s influential oeuvre. The evening will culminate with Lauterbach reading her own work.
Presented by the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT), the literary journal Conjunctions, and the Bard Division of Languages and Literature, the celebration takes place at 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Available for sale and signing will be limited-edition broadsides of one of Lauterbach’s poems, produced exclusively for the event by Ugly Duckling Presse; and copies of her books from Oblong Books & Music. For more information, call 845-758-7054 or e-mail
This event is part of the annual IWT April Conference, which takes place Friday, April 22 at Bard. This year’s conference, The Difficulty with Poetry: Opacity and Implication in the New and Old,” features a plenary session with Lauterbach, White, and Charles Bernstein, as well as workshops that highlight writing-based teaching practices and ask “What can ‘difficult poetry’ teach us about the uses and forms of knowledge?” All participants will receive the e-book edition of Conjunctions’ landmark American Poetry issue. There is a fee for registration. For more information, please visit
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This event was last updated on 03-28-2016