Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten in Auckland 14 July 2014

Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten in Auckland 14 July 2014

You are warmly invited to attend talks and readings by distinguished North American poets Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten on Monday 14 July at the University of Auckland and the Central City Library. All events are free and public.

Carla Harryman, ‘The Obituary of the Many, a talk on Gail Scott’s The Obituary.’

Arts 1 (14a Symonds St), Level 5 Common Room, University of Auckland, 10am-12 noon.

Barrett Watten, ‘Regions of Practice: On the Advantages of Negativity.’

Arts 1 (14a Symonds St), Level 5 Common Room, University of Auckland, 2- 4pm.

Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten  Poetry Reading at Auckland Central City Library, 5.30-7pm.

44-46 Lorne St, CBD. Poster:

Carla Harryman is a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright. She has published thirteen single-authored works, including Adorno’s Noise (Essay Press, 2008), Open Box (Belladonna, 2007), Baby (2005), and Gardener of Stars (2001) and has received numerous grants and awards including from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Opera America, the American Embassy in Romania, and the Fund for Poetry. A frequent collaborator, she is co-contributor to the multi-authored experiment in autobiography The Grand Piano, a project that focuses on the emergence of Language Writing, art, politics, and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area between 1975-1980. The Wide Road, a multi-genre collaboration with poet Lyn Hejinian was released in 2011 from Belladonna Press. Her poets’ theater and interdisciplinary performance works have been performed nationally and internationally, while her writing has been translated into a number of European languages. Her work is widely anthologized including in The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater, Great American Prose Poems, The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry, Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative and in international collections such as La Lengua Radical, Action Poétique: Etats-Unis Nouveaux Poétique, and Out of Everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK.

 Barrett Watten is a language-centered poet, critic, editor, and publisher. His collected early poems, Frame: 1971–1990, appeared from Sun & Moon in 1997; Bad History, a nonnarrative prose poem “including history,” from Atelos in 1998; and Progress/Under Erasure, in a combined edition, from Green Integer in 2004. He edited This, one of the central publications of the Language school of poetry (1971-82), and co-edited Poetics Journal with Lyn Hejinian, featuring writing on poetics by poets and academics. He collaborated on two multi-authored projects: Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union (1991) and The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography (2006–10). With Carrie Noland, he coedited Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement (Palgrave, 2009); Wesleyan University Press is in the process of publishing a combined print/digital Guide to Poetics Journal and Poetics Journal Digital Archive in 2013-14.

For further information please contact Michele Leggott ( or visit Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten in New Zealand at

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