Thursday, November 20, 2008

SEGUE SERIES SATURDAY: KIT ROBINSON AND BERNADETTE MAYER


Jamey Jones just sent me this note.

This Saturday, Nov. 22, from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Kit Robinson
 (born May 171949) is an American poet and translator. An early member of the San Francisco language poets circle, he has published 17 books of poetry.

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Robinson attended high school in Cincinnati and graduated from Yale College in 1971. In 1974, he published the one-shot poetry magazine Streets and Roads, where for the first time work by such poets as Barrett WattenRon SillimanRae Armantrout, andBob Perelman appeared alongside that of Alan BernheimerSteve BensonCarla Harryman, and Merrill Gilfillan. In the 1970s and 1980s, he performed with San Francisco Poets Theater, produced "In the American Tree: New Writing by Poets," a weekly radio program of live readings and interviews on KPFA radio in Berkeley (with Lyn Hejinian), and curated the Tassajara Bakery poetry reading series (with Tom Mandel). Beginning in the 1970s, he has published seventeen books of poetry and appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines.

During the first phase of his writing career in the 1970s, Robinson worked as a cab driver, teacher’s aide, postal clerk, and legal reporter. He also taught poetry writing in schools through the California Poets in the Schools program. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Robinson adopted his current profession of corporate communications in the information technology industry.

Called “a consummate poet” by Robert Creeley, Bernadette Mayer was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1945. A most prolific poet, her first book was published at the age of twenty-three. Many texts later she continues to write progressive poetry from her home in East Nassau, New York. For many years Mayer lived and worked on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where she was the Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project from 1980-1984. Bernadette Mayer has received grants and awards from PEN American Center, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the NEA, The Academy of American Poets, and The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Bowery Poetry Club 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 212.614.0505  foot of First Street, between Houston & Bleecker  across the street from CBGBs

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