Craig Dworkin & Vanessa Place: A Handbook of Protocols for Literary Listening

WED, May 2, 2012
4:45–5:45 pm

Fourth Floor

Arika describes this program as follows:

Craig Dworkin has edited a small handbook of exemplary instances of literary listening in radical, conceptual writing. It will be free to pick up all week as part of a small installation. For this event, Dworkin will give a guided reading of the text, joined by one of the selected authors, Vanessa Place.

Dworkin is one of the leading conceptual writers, editors, and chief theorists. His own brilliant work often takes medium-reflexivity to its impossible conclusion. He runs Eclipse, an online archive of radical small-press writing from the last quarter century. He’s published multiple books of poetry, articles, criticism, and has edited five volumes, including Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (2011) with Kenneth Goldsmith and The Sound of Poetry / The Poetry of Sound.

Vanessa Place writes poetry, prose, and art criticism; she is also a criminal lawyer and co-director of Les Figues Press. Kenneth Goldsmith has called Place's work "arguably the most challenging, complex, and controversial literature being written today." On Place’s and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms Mary Kelly said: "I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject."

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