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Contemporary Poetics Research Centre

Current Programme 2012/2013

We run seminars, readings and events throughout the year, and collaborate with other partners. This list is continually updated:


Upcoming

Thursday 13 March 2014
Quadruple Launch and Readings!
The CPRC Birkbeck welcomes Robert Fitterman, Marc Atkins and Rod Mengham.
7.30 pm, Room 151, Malet Street Main Building, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX.
Click here for a map link
All welcome - free entry
Featuring the launch of Robert Fitterman's JUST ANOTHER SOFT MACHINE and Marc Atkins & Rod Mengham's STILL moving (both new from Veer) PLUS the launch of Robert Fitterman's No Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (new from Ugly Duckling Presse) AND the launch of the U.S. edition of Robert Fitterman's Holocaust Museum(new from Counterpath) (originally published by Veer in 2011).
See here for more.

Saturday 15 March 2014
Veer at the Surrey New Writers Festival 2014
As part of the Surrey New Writers Festival Veer Books will co-host a launch for Robert Fitterman's new Veer publication JUST ANOTHER SOFT MACHINE, as well as for his No Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself (new from Ugly Duckling Presse) and his Holocaust Museum (new from Counterpath) (originally published by Veer in 2011).  Also taking place that evening will be the launch of the latest videogame from CMA Megacorp, plus some surprise performances from Guildford poets.
7pm, GLive, London Road, Guildford GU1 2AA.
Click here and here and here for more details and to book tickets.

April 2014
Readings 6 to go online

 

 

So far this year ...

Tuesday 16 October 2012
Lisa Samuels Workshop: 'Soundscapes, Polylogs, and Wild Dialectics'
Samuels is a renowned poet based in New Zealand.
Birkbeck College, room 540, Malet Street building, from 6.00-7:30.
Map available here
free entry, all welcome

Wednesday 17 October 2012
Voiceworks Alumni Concert
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP. 17.30-18:15
The performance lasts 45 minutes and is free to attend – do come, listen and support.
The performance is free to attend, but tickets need to be booked in advance (this is very simple to do, and costs nothing).

See the Wigmore Hall website here for more information.

Wednesday 17 October 2012
Maurice Scully Roundtable
Room 110, School of Arts building, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD - Click here for a map link
19:30 to 21:30
An invited audience will participate in a roundtable discussion about Maurice Scully's literary work, with the poet in attendance and taking part.

Friday 19 October 2012
Nick e Melville, Jennifer Cooke, and Willim Rowe reading at BBK
7:30pm. Birkbeck College, room 538, Malet Street building.
Map available here
free entry, all welcome - with wine.

Wednesday 24 October 2012
ON Seminar: On Voice
Please join us for a round table discussion on the subject of voice in poetics guided by  Chapter 3 of Mladen Dolar's The Voice and Nothing More, 'The Physics of the Voice'.
Birkbeck College, room 540, Malet Street building, from 6.00-7:30.
Map available here
(This ON Seminar is open only to Birkbeck students (others will be open to wider participation from outside of the university))

Wednesday 14 November 2012
Amiri Baraka: The Muscle In Yr Head
7.30pm, Room 540, Birkbeck College Main Malet Street Building.
Map available here
Colin Still will be showing his film Amiri Baraka: The Muscle In Yr Head, made for Channel 4.  Plus hitherto unseen out-takes, audio recordings, & footage from Baraka’s recent London readings.
Sean Bonney will respond to the film.
Followed by discussion.
Free entry. All welcome.

Friday 16 & Saturday 17 November 2012
Veer Books will be manning a stall at the upcoming Small Publishers Fair 2012 at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1

At the fair this year a new Veer book by Peter Larkin, Imparkments will be launched.
Reading will be Peter Larkin, William Rowe, Holly Pester, Doug Jones, Carol Watts, and Danny Hayward
Free entry, open to all

Wednesday 28 November 2012
ON Seminar: Jeffrey C. Robinson - 'A radical continuum: Romanticism and contemporary innovative poetics'
6.00-8:00pm, Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, School of Arts building, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD
- Click here for a map link
This is an open event, so all welcome - free entry.
Materials for the workshop are downloadable here and here

Friday 30 November 2012
The CPRC Birkbeck are happy to invite everyone to the launch of Alba Londres #03
7pm to 9pm, Room 632 in Birkbeck main building, University of LondonMalet Street, BloomsburyLondon WC1E 7HX
www.albalondres.com
The following superb poets will read at the event: Tim Atkins, Elizabeth Guthrie, Albert Pellicer, Tom Slingsby
Free entry, open to all

Wednesday 12 December 2012
ON Seminar: 'Poetry's Material Setting'
Round table, collaborative discussion on the silences and voices of the page.
6.00-7:30. Room 221, Birkbeck College, School of Arts building, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD - Click here for a map link
Thus is an open event.

 Friday 15 March 2013
Veer Books launch - Martin Bakero and Doug Jones
Two new books from Veer: Martin Bakero's abjects & Doug Jones' Posts
7:30-9:00pm, Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, School of Arts building, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD
- Click here for a map link
Martin Bakero and Doug Jones will read from their new Veer books at Birkbeck College.
This is an open event, so all welcome - free entry.
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/veer-books

Saturday 16 March 2013
Veer Books at the Surrey New Writers Festival
Veer Books
will be hosting a reading and launch evening as part of the Surrey New Writers Festival in Guildford.
Featuring the launch of Allen Fisher's Defamiliarising ____________*  and Martin Bakero's abjects
Readers will be: Allen Fisher, Martin Bakero, Adrian Clarke, Stephen Mooney
Hosted by Stephen Mooney and Holly Luhning. (free admission)
Venue: Three Pigeons, Guildford,169 High Street,Guildford,GU1 3AJb (click here for directions)
Time: 6-8pm
For more details of the Surrey New Writers Festival see here and here
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/veer-books

Tuesday 14 May 2013
Birkbeck Contemporary Poetics Research Centre welcomes Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte
A presentation:
Poems for the Millennium: Volume Four
The University of California Book of North African Literature
Followed by Domopoetics
from 7pm, Room 253, Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington Square WC1
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps/interactive
Free and all welcome!

Saturday 18 May 2013
Militant Politics and Poetry
Birkbeck College, 10am-8pm.
This is a follow-up event to the Poetry and Revolution conference. The aim is to take discussion further and link it specifically to militant political action.
The format will be different: A one-day event with an on-going plenary session and a total of around 30 people attending. It will be organised as 2 round tables, each with six speakers presenting initial 5-10 minute stances, followed by discussion, with a view to reaching conclusions and decisions that relate to action, not simply to debate. We will aim to produce a document.
Speakers: Justin Katko, Jennifer Cooke, Keston Sutherland, Sean Bonney, Stephen Watts, Harry Gilonis, Danny Hayward, Sam Walton, Zoe Sutherland, Will Rowe, Jow Lindsay, David Grundy, Martin Bakero

Thursday 6 June 2013
Karen Mac Cormack and Steve McCaffery Reading & Launch
The CPRC Birkbeck welcomes Karen Mac Cormack and Steve McCaffery,
with a reading of new work by both poets, and the launch of Karen Mac Cormack's new Veer book, AGAINST WHITE
7.30 pm, The Peltz room exhibition space in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.
Click here for a map link
All welcome - free entry

Friday 7 June 2013
Chilean Poetry launch of Alba Londres 4
7.30 pm, Room 539, Birkbeck Main Building, Torrington Square WC1
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps/interactive
Readings in Spanish by Javier Bello, Carmen García, Gustavo Barrera, Andrés Anwandter, and Adrian Fisher and Montenegro.
With translations read by Sarah Kelley and David Ashford
All Welcome

Saturday 8 June 2013
Veer Books will be hosting a reading and launch alongside Contraband Books as part of the Surrey Poetry Festival 2013 in Guildford, on Saturday June 8 2013.
The festival will run all day, from 11:00 to 20:30, in The Guildhall, 131 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA.
The launch reading part if the festival will take place from 18:00 to 19:15.
Featuring the launch of:
Karen Mac Cormack - AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books)
Carol Watts - Sun Dog (Veer Books)
David Ashford - XARAGMATA (Veer Books)
Nat Raha - countersonnets (Contraband Press)
Other readers at the festival will be: Maggie O'Sullivan, Steve McCaffery, Ulli Freer, William Rowe, MJ Weller, Doug Jones, Mendoza, Sophie Robinson, Stephen Mooney, as well as students from the Contemporary British and American Poetry program at Surrey (Wafik Doss, Sophie Goodman, & Pippa Nayer).
For more details of the Surrey Poetry Festival click here

Thursday 13 June 2013
Veer Books launch as part of the Royal Holloway Contemporary Poetics Research Centre reading:
Lisa Jeschke, Andrew Spragg, Carol Watts
at which we'll be launching Carol Watts' new Veer book Sundog as part of the larger event.
The Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG
Free entry, 7pm

Wednesday 19 June 2013
Veer Books launch at XING THE LINE
David Ashford, Dorothy Lehane, Nat Raha
19:30, The Apple Tree, 45 Mount Pleasant, Clerkenwell, London WC1X 0AE
Two new books, XARAGMATA by David Ashford (Veer Books) and countersonnets by Nat Raha (Contraband) being given a push, if not a London shove.

Tuesday 09 July 2013
Susana Gardner reading @ BBK
Birkbeck Contemporary Poetics Research Centre warmly welcomes Susana Gardner.
Susana will be reading in the gallery housing the exhibition Intellectual Tactility, curated by Holly Pester.
Tuesday 9 July, Peltz Room, (immediate left in the entrance to) 43 Gordon Square, London WC1,  7-9.
Free and all welcome!
http://blackradishbooks.com/authors/susana-gardner/

Monday 15 July 2013
The Contemporary Poetics Research Centre @ The Enemies Project
Hardy Tree gallery, 119 Pancras Road, London, NW1 1UN. 7.30pm.
A rare academic entity, the CPRC, based in Birkbeck College, University of London is a hub for avant garde poets featuring Dan O’Donnell, Ollie Evans, Mendoza, Dan Eltingham, Albert Pellicer, James Wilkes, Vicky Sparrow, Mark Jackson & more

Wednesday 24 July 2013
Reading and conversation with David Buuck
David will read poems that come directly out of thinking about Occupy Oakland & its more militant actions/offshoots/confrontations, put into context with broader questions about poetics and how Bay Area (& other North American) poet-activists are beginning to (re)think-through the always tangled questions of poetry/politics/etc.
7-9 pm, Keynes Library, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPD
Free Entry - All Welcome

Saturday 07 September 2013
Veer Books will be manning a stall at the upcoming FREE VERSE Poetry Book Fair (September 7th 2013) at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 (10 am to 5pm) - come and see us there.
Veer will also be hosting a reading at 11:30, with David Ashford reading from XARAGMATA, Ollie Evans reading from Kettles, and Drew Milne reading from Reactor Red Shoes     
Admission is free to all events and readings - please see http://www.poetrybookfair.com/ for more details.

Wednesday 25 September 2013
The CPRC Birkbeck is delighted to welcome
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge
for a reading on the occasion of her visit to London, from her new book of poems, Hello, The Roses.
Wednesday 25 September at 7pm
Room 101, 30 Russell Square WC1 (please note the building)
FREE & ALL WELCOME

Saturday 28 September 2013
William Rowe Jamboree - Poetics and politics
William Rowe, Anniversary Professor of Poetics at Birkbeck, will be retiring later this year - to celebrate both his poetry and his enormous contribution to contemporary poetry and poetic in English and Spanish, we are hosting a day of readings and talks on Sat 28th September at Birkbeck, to which everyone is invited.There will be talks and readings by Joan Retallack, Raul Zurita and a hots of others.
The draft programme is here - we hope we'll see you there!
More details to follow.

Friday 16 - Saturday 16 November 2013
Veer Books at the Small Publishers Fair 2013
Veer Books
will be manning a stall at the upcoming Small Publishers Fair 2013, (November 15th & 16th 2013) at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 (11am to 7pm) - come and see us there.
Poetry presses include Poetic Practice MA at Royal Holloway University, Reality Street, West House, Spanner, Shearsman, Veer, Etruscan Books, seekers of lice, Coracle & Equus Press.
At the fair this year we will be launching new Veer Books by Holly Pester and John Kinsella & Drew Milne, and showcasing the forthcoming VierSome 002 publication (featuring work from Francesca Lisette, nick-e melville, Jeroen Nieuwland, Samantha Walton).   
Readings will be by Holly Pestrer, Drew Milne, and Francesca Lisette (4:00-4:30pm)
Admission is free to all events and readings
please see http://smallpublishersfair.co.uk/ for more details.

Monday 02nd December 2013
Will Alexander reading at BBK
Birkbeck Contemporary Poetics Research Centre is delighted to welcome Will Alexander. A rare chance to hear him read in London.
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, WC1, 7pm
Los Angeles poet Will Alexander works in multiple genres: the novel, essay, aphorism, play, philosophy, visual art, and music (as pianist). His influences range from poetic practitioners, such as Aimé Césaire, Bob Kaufman, Andre Breton, Antonin Artaud, and Philip Lamantia, to the encompassing paradigm of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga, and the Egyptian worldview as understood by Cheikh Anta Diop and R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz. His work explores the fields of art, physics, botany, history, astronomy, architecture, and poetics, amongst others. Alexander’s books include Kaleidoscopic Omniscience, Asia and Haiti, The Sri Lankan Loxodrome, Compression and Purity, Sunrise In Armageddon, Diary As Sin, Inside the Earthquake Palace, Towards The Primeval Lightning Field, and Mirach Speaks To His Grammatical Transparents. His collected essays, Singing in Magnetic Hoofbeat (Essay Press, 2013) received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/will-alexander
http://ndbooks.com/author/will-alexander
Thanks to Jonathan Skinner and the Warwick Writing Programme for this collaboration.
contact: Carol Watts c.watts@bbk.ac.uk and Sean Bonney

Wednesday 11th December 2013
Veer into Benefits 5 (Veer Books Launch)
7:30pm until 10:00pm
The Village Hall, Shoreditch Works, 33 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN
Introduction and short reading by Will Rowe
Extended reading from Elegy (London: Veer, 2013) by Steve Willey, featuring collaborative performances with Tom Bamford, and others.
Afterword and short reading by Sean Bonney
The première of 'Other Noises', composed by Edward Nesbit, and performed by Alice Barron.
Plus, there will also be a short talk (with space left for questions) by the Samaritans about the work they do to support people when life feels like it is getting too much
Further readers and performances T.B.A
Entrance: Free.
Booze situation: Bring your own. For more see here

Wednesday 18th December 2013
Reading and Conversation with David Buuck
David Buuck will read work that comes directly out of thinking about Occupy Oakland & its more militant actions/offshoots/confrontations, put into context with broader questions about poetics and how Bay Area (& other North American) poet-activists are beginning to (re)think-through the always tangled questions of poetry/politics/etc.
7-9 pm, Room G 15, Birkbeck College, Main Building, Torrington Square
David Buuck is a writer who lives in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and co-founder and editor of Tripwire, a journal of poetics. An Army of Lovers, co-written with Juliana Spahr, is forthcoming from City Lights this fall, and SITE CITE CITY will be out from Futurepoem in 2014. Some publications, writing & performance samples, etc. available via davidbuuck.com

Monday 10th February 2014
The CPRC Birkbeck welcomes Matvei Yankelevich
7.30 pm, Room G01, School of Arts, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.
Matvei is a poet, translator of Russian poetry, and one of the founding editors of Ugly Duckling Presse (Brooklyn, NY). This is a great opportunity to hear him reading from his own work.
His books include Boris by the Sea (Octopus, 2009) and Alpha Donut (United Artists, 2012), and he have a book-length poem coming out with Black Square Editions later this year. He also translated Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook / Duckworth, 2007; paperback, 2009).
All welcome - free entry

 

 

 

 

 

Contemporary Poetics Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX.