Legendary writers Jerome Rothenberg and Merrill Feitell Reading at CSUSB!

NOVEMBER 6, 6pm, Pfau Library 4005 for the Pacific Review Reading Series

Legendary poet, translator and editor, JEROME ROTHENBERG, has published over 80 books, including several books by New Directions Press with poems ranging from deep image to dada, from surrealism and what he terms “an ancestral poetry of my own, in a world of Jewish mysticism, thieves, & madmen.” He is a dynamic poet, performer and storyteller and one of America’s most influential writers! The publication of his book Technicians of the Sacred: A Range of Poems from Africa, America, Asia, & Oceania (1968), signaled the beginning of an approach to poetry that Rothenberg named “ethnopoetics” which become a rallying cry for restoring previously excluded literatures (from places other than Europe) into their rightful place in public discourse. His other breakthrough anthologies include Symposium of the Whole and Poems for the New Millennium (University of California Press). He was the first English-language translator of Paul Celan and Gunter Grass and went on to translate Lorca, Picasso, Nezval and a collection of Navajo songs by a method he calls “total translation.” Rothenberg has won the American Book Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship and has taught widely including at the renowned poetics programs at UC San Diego and SUNY Buffalo.

MERRILL FEITELL’s spectacular book of short stories, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the prestigious Iowa Award for Short Fiction. Feitell is a fascinating writer and thinker, blending wisdom with humor and the unpredictable and the innovative. Her stories have appeared widely in noted journals such as Virginia Quarterly and Glimmer Train and have been short-listed in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Awards. She is the flash fiction editor of the radical magazine Forklift Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking and Light Industrial Safety and is currently a visiting professor of fiction in the MFA program at our own CSUSB!!—after having taught at the University of Maryland, Pratt Institute, SUNY Purchase, and Colorado College. She earned her MFA from Columbia University and has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Taos Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Bethesda Writers’ Center, which named her as a 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow.

For more information, contact series director Chad Sweeney at Chadsw@csusb.edu

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