MLA Readings
MLA 1996 Poetry Readings

Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 09:52:39 -0500
From: Mark Wallace (mdw@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Subject: Some MLA poetry events

For those of you who will be in Washington D.C. during the MLA conference, please note that the following poetry events will be taking place in and around the conference.

Friday, December 27
Bridge Street Books
2814 Pennsylvania Ave. in Georgetown

7:30 p.m.
Book party for Marjorie Perloff and her new book WITTGENSTEIN'S LADDER:

MLA Group Reading
Current reading list includes Charles Bernstein, Peter Gizzi, Carla Harryman, Hank Lazer, Bill Luoma, Douglas Messerli, Jennifer Moxley, A.L. Nielsen, Bob Perelman, Juliana Spahr, Barrett Watten, Elizabeth Willis


Saturday, December 28

5:15-6:30 p.m.
Joan Retallack and Carolyn Forche will read from their poetry at the MLA conference. THIS READING IS OPEN AND FREE TO NON-CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS. Location: Room Delware A at the Sheraton Hotel, corner of Connecticut and Calvert Streets NW.

8:30 p.m.
Ruthless Grip Art Project
U Street NW near the corner of 15th, under the Big Black Sign!

A Gathering of D.C. Avant Garde Poets Current reading list includes Tina Darragh, P. Inman, Rod Smith, Joe Ross, Heather Fuller, Doug Lang, Graham Foust, Mark Wallace and there will be more!


Sunday, December 29

3:00 p.m.
DC Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW (near Columbia and 18th in the heart of Adams Morgan)

PRIMARY TROUBLE anthology reading
Hosted by Ed Foster, editor of TALISMAN, this group reading will include a number of writers appearing in the recent PRIMARY TROUBLE anthology edited by Ed and Leonard Schwarz.

Lastly, for anyone still in D.C. on New Year's Day, there will be a poetry reading and party (details to be announced).

Mark Wallace

Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 10:46:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Some MLA poetry events

re: Perloff Book Party & MLA Group Reading at Bridge Street

PLEASE NOTE this event is B.F.S.I.L.
(Be Forewarned: Space is Limited)

Bridge Street is not a large store, it can only comfortably accomodate a crowd of 50, possibly 60 people.

Also, Mark implies the list for the group reading to be "current" -- i.e. that it is still open. That's not actually the case. There may be additional readers after this group has read. That will be determined by time constraints the night of the reading.

Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 19:52:31
From: WKL888@AOL.COM
Subject: More MLA Readings

In addition to the MLA readings mentioned in Mark Wallace's post earlier today, I wanted to add that Kimiko Hahn, myself, and Heinz Insu Fenkl will be reading on Sunday, December 29, 5:15-6:30, as session 530 (Holmes Room, Sheraton Washington). Although the session is blandly titled "Three Asian American Writers: A Reading" (we barely got the proposal and our membership fees in!), I promise you this will be very different from the type of mainstream multiculturalist Asian American writing (Garrett Hongo, Amy Tan, etc.) usually offered or discussed at the MLA.

My partner Juliana Chang will also be speaking on "Jessica Hagedorn's Poetics of Danger and Desire" in session 587 (Sunday, 9-10:15 pm, Holmes Room, Sheraton Washington).

Kimiko's 4 collections include, most notably, _Earshot_ and _Unbearable Heart_ and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She won the Theodore Roethke Award last year and an American Book Award this year. I will be reading selections from the vast anthology _Premonitions: An Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry_ (I will soon be posting a Poetics-list discount offer for this book), and Heinz, who has written everything from HBO animation scripts to ribofunk sci-fi novels (wetware-based post-cyberpunk writing) will be reading from his new autobiographical novel (and first with a large corporate publisher), _Memories of My Ghost Brother_ (Dutton, just released), based on his growing up around a U.S. Army base in South Korea that served as support for the American forces in Vietnam. John Yau may also read, depending on whether he can make it down to DC (John's new collection of prose and poetry, _Forbidden Entries_, has just been published by Black Sparrow, and his book on Jasper Johns, _The United States of Jasper Johns_ (Abrams), is due out in a few weeks.)

Would love to meet any Poetics list members after the reading.

Walter K. Lew
c/o Prof. J. Chang
English Dept.
Boston College

Date: Fri, 13 Dec 1996
Subject: More on Group Reading at MLA

We've got a larger space for the Bridge Street/Aerial group reading at MLA. Following the book party for Madame Perloff we will be going around the corner (3 doors away) to a conference room for 100 at the Four Seasons. Yes, there will be a bar, also a microphone. So, all ya'll come to Bridge Street between 7:30 & 8:30. If you're late come by the store for directions for where to go in the Four Seasons. Readers should expect seven minutes each. The events:

Friday Dec 27th @ 7:30 pm
Publication celebration for
_Wittgenstein's Ladder_ by Marjorie Perloff.

& then at 8:30
Group Reading

Charles Bernstein, Lee Ann Brown, Norma Cole, Peter Gizzi, Loss Glazier, Carla Harryman, Hank Lazer, Andrew Levy, Bill Luoma, Douglas Messerli, Jennifer Moxley, A.L. Nielsen, Ted Pearson, Bob Perelman, Juliana Spahr, Barrett Watten, & Elizabeth Willis.

Bridge Street Books, 2814 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC ph 202 965 5200

Bridge Street Books is in the first block of Georgetown as you're coming from the direction of the White House, between 28th & 29th streets NW. The closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom, about a 5 minute walk.