Hejinian | Bio notes & bibliography
Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essayist, and translator; she was born in
the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Berkeley. Published collections
of her writing include Writing is An Aid to Memory, My Life, Oxota:
A Short Russian Novel, Leningrad (written in collaboration with
Michael Davidson, Ron Silliman, and Barrett Watten), The Cell,
The Cold of Poetry, and A Border Comedy; the University
of California Press published a collection of her essays entitled
The Language of Inquiry. Translations of her work have been
published in France, Spain, Japan, Italy, Russia, Sweden, and Finland.
She is the recipient of a Writing Fellowship from the California Arts
Council, a grant from the Poetry Fund, and a Translation Fellowship
(for her Russian translations) from the National Endowment for the
Arts; she was awarded an Award for Independent Literature by the Soviet
literary organization “Poetics Function” in Leningrad in 1989. She
has travelled and lectured extensively in Russia as well as Europe,
and Description and Xenia, two volumes of her translations
from the work of the contemporary Russian poet Arkadii Dragomoshchenko,
have been published by Sun and Moon Press. From 1976 - 1984, Hejinian
was the editor of Tuumba Press and from 1981 to 1999 she was the co-editor
(with Barrett Watten) of Poetics Journal. She is also the co-director
(with Travis Ortiz) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and
publishing cross-genre work by poets; Atelos was nominated as one
of the best independent literary presses by the Firecracker Awards
in 2001. Other collaborative projects include a work entitled The
Eye of Enduring undertaken with the painter Diane Andrews Hall
and exhibited in 1996, a composition entitled Qúę Trân with music
by John Zorn and text by Hejinian, a mixed media book entitled The
Traveler and the Hill and the Hill created with the painter Emilie
Clark (Granary Press, 1998), and the experimental film Letters
Not About Love, directed by Jacki Ochs, for which Hejinian and
Arkadii Dragomoshchenko wrote the script. In the fall of 2000, she
was elected the sixty-sixth Fellow of the Academy of American Poets.
She teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.
See also: Lyn
Hejinian Papers at UCSD
- a gRReat adventure Self-published, 1972.
- A Thought is the Bride of What Thinking. Berkeley, CA:
Tuumba Press, 1976.
- A Mask of Motion. Providence, RI: Burning Deck, 1977.
- Gesualdo. Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 1978.
- Writing is an Aid to Memory. Great Barrington, MA: The
- My Life. Providence, RI: Burning Deck, 1980.
- The Guard. Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 1984.
- Redo. Grenada, Miss.: Salt-Works Press, 1984.
- My Life. (revised and updated) LA: Sun & Moon Press, 1987.
- Individuals. (written with Kit Robinson) Tuscon, AZ: Chax
- Leningrad. (written with Michael Davidson, Ron Silliman,
Barrett Watten) San Francisco: Mercury House, 1991.
- The Hunt. La Lasuna: Zasterle Press, 1991.
A Short Russian Novel. Great Barrington, MA: The Figures,
- The Cell. LA: Sun & Moon Press, 1992.
- Jour de Chasse. trans. Pierre Alferi. Cahiers de Royaumont,
- The Cold of Poetry. LA: Sun & Moon Press, 1994.
- Two Stein Talks. Santa Fe, NM: Weaselsleeves Press, 1996.
- Wicker. (written with Jack Collom) Boulder, CO: Rodent
- The Little Book of A Thousand Eyes. Boulder, CO: Smoke-Proof
- Writing is an Aid to Memory. Rpt. Los Angeles: Sun &
Moon Press, 1996.
- Guide, Grammar, Watch, and The Thirty Nights.Western Australia:
- A Book from A Border Comedy. Los Angeles: Seeing Eye Books,
Traveler and the Hill, and the Hill. (with Emilie Clark)
New York: Granary Books, 1998.
(written with Leslie Scalapino) Washington DC: Edge Books, 1999.
- Happily. Sausalito: Post-Apollo Press, 2000.
- Chartings. (written with Ray DiPalma) Tucson: Chax, 2000.
(written with Jack Collom) Great Barrington MA: The Figures, 2000.
- The Language of Inquiry. Berkeley: University of California
Beginner. New York: Spectacular Books, 2001.
Border Comedy. New York: Granary Books, 2001.
Life. Rpt. of Sun & Moon edition. Los Angeles: Green
- Slowly. Berkeley: Tuumba Press, 2002.
- The Beginner. Berkeley: Tuumba Press, 2002.
- Description. poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko. LA: Sun
& Moon Press, 1990.
- Arkadii Dragomoshchenko selections in Third Wave: The New Russian
Poetry, ed. Kent Johnson and Stephen Ashby. Ann Arbor: University
of Michigan Press, 1992.
- Xenia. poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko. LA: Sun & Moon
- "An American Opener." Poetics Journal 1 (1982).
- "Aesthetic Tendency and the Politics of Poetry: A Manifesto"
(Ron Silliman, Carla Harryman, Lyn Hejinian, Steve Benson, Barrett
Watten). In Social Text 19/20 (fall 1998).
- "Line." In The Line in Postmodern Poetry, ed.
Robert Frank and Henry Sayre. Urbana: University of Illinois Press,
- Chronic Ideas. 80 Langdon St. talk series. San Diego: University
of California at San Diego Special Collections, 1997.
- UCSD New Poetry Series. Poetry reading, 30 April 1980.
UCSC Special Collections.
- New Writing Series. Poetry reading, 30 October 1985. UCSD
- Guess Language by Lyn Hejinian and Charles Bernstein, Madison:
Audio Muzixa Qet, 1986.
- Georgeson, Alison. "An Interview with Lyn Hejinian."
Southern Review 27, 3 (1994).
- Miller, Tyrus. "An Interview with Lyn Hejinian." Paper
Air 4, 2 (1989).
- Schelling, Andrew. "Interview with Lyn Hejinian." Jimmy
and Lucy's House of K 6 (May 1986).
- McCaffery, Larry and McHale, Brian. "A Local Strangeness:
An Interview with Lyn Hejinian." Some Other Frequency: Interviews
with Innovative American Authors. Philadelphia: U. Penn Press,
- see also: LINEbreak
audio program (Electronic Poetry Center).
and Essays on Hejinian's Work:
- Abbott, Steve. "Review of Writing Is an Aid to Memory."
American Book Review 4, 2 (January / February 1982).
- Armantrout, Rae. "Lyn Hejinian." In Postmodern Fiction:
A Bio-Bibliographical Guide, ed. Larry McCaffery, 400-403. Westport,
CT: Greenwood Press, 1986.
- Beach, Christopher.: "Poetic positionings: Stephen Dobyns
and Lyn Hejinian in cultural context." Contemporary Literature
(Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) (38:1) 1997, 44-77.
- Bernstein, Charles. "Hejinian's Notes." In Content's
Dream. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1986.
- Brito, Manuel.: "Fragment, sentence and memory of the self
in a poetic neo-narrative."
Revista canaria de estudios ingleses (Univ. of La Laguna,
Tenerife) (39) 1999, 191-207.
- Clark, Hilary: "The mnemonics of autobiography: Lyn Hejinian's
My Life." Biography: an interdisciplinary quarterly
(Biographical Research Center, Univ. of Hawai'i, Honolulu) (14:4)
- Davidson, Michael."Approaching the Fin de Siecle," in
his The San Francisco Renaissance (New York: Cambridge University
Press, 1989), pp. 200-218.
- Durgin, Patrick F. "Fantastic Philosophy - an "elective"
in the poetics of Lyn Hejinian." February 23rd, 2001, Twentieth
Century Literature Conference, University of Louisville, Kentucky.
- Dworkin, Craig Douglas.: "Penelope reworking the twill: patchwork,
writing, and Lyn Hejinian's My Life." Contemporary
Literature (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) (36:1) 1995, 58-81.
- Greer, Michael. "Ideology and Theory in Recent Experimental
Writing, or The Naming of 'Language Poetry.'" Boundary 2,
16 (1989): 2-3.
- Grenier, Robert. Review of Writing Is an Aid to Memory.
Language 8 (June 1979).
- Higgins, Dick. Review of A Mask of Motion. Stony Hills
1, 2 (1977).
- Jarraway, David. "My Life through the Eighties: The
Exemplary L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E of Lyn Hejinian." Contemporary
Literature 33, 2 (Summer 1992): 319-336.
- Lazar, Hank. Review of My Life. University of California
at San Diego Archive Newsletter (Winter 1988): 31-36.
- Mayer, Bernadette. "Mayer on Hejinian." L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E,
13 December 1980.
- McHale, Brian. "Weak Narrativity: The Case of Avant-Garde
Narrative Poetry." Narrative, May 2001 v9 i2 p161-.
- Mulford, Wendy. "'Curved, Odd ... Irregular.' A Vision of
Contemporary Poetry by Women." Women: A Cultural Review
1, 3 (1990).
- Naylor, Paul Kenneth."In Process/On Trial: Lyn Hejinian and
Julia Kristeva." In The Moment of the "I": Self-Portraits
in Poetry and Philosophy, 263-310. Ph.D. thesis. University
of California at San Diego, 1990.
- -----"Poetic investigations: singing the holes in history."
Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1999. pp. 222-. (Avant-garde &
Modernism studies.) (1999)
- O'Brien, Geoffrey. Review of The Guard. Village Voice
Literary Supplement (December 1984): 6.
- Parsons, Marnie. "What Then Is a Window." In Touch
Monkeys: Nonsense Strategies for Ready Twentieth-Century Poetry,
206-14. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.
- Perelman, Bob. Parataxis and Narrative: The New Sentence in
Theory and Practice. U of Alabama P. Tuscaloosa, AL; 24-48.
- Perloff, Marjorie. "The Word as Such: L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry
in the Eighties." American Book Review (May/June 1984).
- ----- "The Return of the (Numerical) Repressed," in
her Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991), pp. 162-170.
- Privett, Ray. "Cold War Recovery: Letters Not about Love."
Senses of Cinema: an Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious
& Eclectic Discussion of Cinema. 8:(no pagination). 2000
July-Aug. 3072, Australia.
- Quartermain, Peter. "Syllable as Music: Lyn Hejinian's Writing
Is an Aid to Memory." Sagetrieb 11 (1992): 17-31.
- Ratcliffe, Stephen. "Private Eye/Public Work." American
Poetry Review 4 (1987): 40-48.
- -----. "Two Hejinian Talks." Temblor 6 (1987).
- Shima, Alan. "Similar to what it is not: Lyn Hejinian's 'My
Life'." Critical Survey May 1997 v9 i2 p94-.
- Shoptaw, John.: "Hejinian meditations: lives of The Cell."
Journal x: a biannual journal of culture and criticism (Univ.
of Mississippi, University). Formerly University of Mississippi
Studies in English (1:1) 1996, 57-83.
- Simpson, Megan. "Poetic Jouissance: The Subject-in-Process
in American Women's 'Language-Oriented' Poetry." Dipartimento
di Scienze Filologiche e Storiche, Universita degli Studi di Trento.
Trento, Italy; 185-208. 1997.
- Spahr, Juliana. "Lyn Hejinian," in Dictionary of
Literary Biography, Volume 165: American Poets Since World War II,
Fourth Series. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Joseph
Conte, State University of New York at Buffalo. The Gale Group,
1996, pp. 102-107.
- ----- "Resignifying autobiography: Lyn Hejinian's My Life."
American Literature: a journal of literary history, criticism,
and bibliography (Durham, NC) (68:1) 1996, 139-59.
- ----- "Make It Go with a Single Word. We." - Bruce Andrew's
"Confidence Trick" and Lyn Hejinian's My Life."
In her Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective
Identity U of Alabama P. Tuscaloosa, AL. 2001 pp. 51-87.
- Wakowski, Diane. Review of My Life. Sulfur 8 (1983).
- Waldrop, Rosmarie."Chinese Windmills Turn Horizontally: On
Lyn Hejinian," Temblor, 10 (1989): 219-222.
- Watten, Barrett. "The World of Work: Toward a Psychology
of Form." In Total Syntax, 146-49. Carbondale: Southern
Illinois University Press, 1985.
*Edited / Compiled by Patrick F. Durgin, June 2002.