Up Next – Rae Armantrout

Poet Rae Armantrout, author of Veil, Made to Seem, The Pretext, True, and many other volumes, including most recently Versed, will read in the UMaine New Writing Series on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Center Auditorium, Jenness Hall. The event is free and open to the public (though seating is limited).

A keynote performer in the NPF’s conference on The Poetry of the 1970s two summers ago, Armantrout also read in the New Writing Series in the spring of 2002 (Catie Joyce’s writeup for the Maine Campus is archived here).

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The UMaine New Writing Series is sponsored by the English Department and the National Poetry Foundation with support from the Lloyd H. Elliott fund, the Milton Ellis Memorial Fund, the Honors College, and the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Committee. Grateful acknowledgment is made to the Pulp & Paper Foundation for the use of the Soderberg Center. FMI contact Steve Evans on First Class or at 207-581-3818.

If you have a disability that may require accommodation for a NWS event, please contact Ann Smith in the office of Disability Support Service, 121 East Annex, 581-2319 (Voice) or 581-2311 (TDD).

Photo credit: Alan Bernheimer.

Event Report – Robert Kelly

Poet Robert Kelly read to a capacity audience of ninety-five people on Wednesday evening, 4 April 2007, in the charmless auditorium of Murrary Hall on the University of Maine campus. Despite the developing snowstorm outside, and the acoustical challenges presented by the room, Kelly connected powerfully with the audience during his wide-ranging and highly-musical forty-minute set.

A full event report, along with a detailed set list, can be consulted here.

Earlier in the day, Kelly visited Honors 180: A Cultural Odyssey, to discuss his work with students. Here he is shown reading from his book Threads.
Poet Robert Kelly visits with students in the UMaine Honors College

Kelly also read an excerpt from “Samphire,” his 2006 contribution to the Backwoods Broadsides Pamphlet Series.
Poet Robert Kelly Reads from his Backwoods Broadsides pamphlet

After his evening reading, Kelly fielded questions from the audience.
Robert Kelly fielding questions after his reading in the UMaine New Writing Series

Archival record – A digital videotape recording was made of the event (sound quality very good; image quality poor due to lighting). In addition to the dv masters, vhs and dvd duplicates will be available shortly. An 8-bit mp3 recording of the reading was also made. Contact Steve Evans for more information about acquiring copies.

The Luster of Listening

“I suppose poetry is / Listening Out Loud,” writes Robert Kelly in a statement he prepared for a conference on contemporary poetry several years ago. You can hear Kelly read his statement here; to follow along, check out the text here. The whole of Kelly’s Manhattan performance in November 2005 can be heard online here.

Kelly reads in the New Writing Series tomorrow night, Wednesday, 4 April, at 8PM. The reading in 102 Murray Hall is free and open to everyone.

Some Tina Darragh Sound Files

Prior to giving her public reading in the NWS on Thursday, 25 January 2007, the poet Tina Darragh spent some time in Neville Hall talking about and reading from her work. Five tracks from that impromptu recording session are linked to below.

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Ben Friedlander in New York City Dream
Charles North in Maine Dream
Collective Lament for Banishing Animals from History

Production notes: Recorded with a pretty good mic on a pretty cheap tape recorder, then digitized using Garageband and converted to mp3 with iTunes. More to come, time & technology permitting.
Tina Darragh’s Striking Resemblance + Microphone

On Robert Kelly’s May Day

The poet Robert Kelly will read in the New Writing Series on Wednesday, 4 April, in an event co-sponsored by the Honors College’s Cultural Odyssey program. It so happens that today, two blogs converged in discussing Kelly’s recent book, May Day, published by the independent, Canadian-based press Parsifal. For John Latta’s remarks, click here. For Ron Silliman’s here.

Bob Grenier on “Close Listening” Radio Program

Close Listening is a poetry radio show hosted by Charles Bernstein (NWS S02) on WPS1. In the most recent installment, aired 20 October 2006, Bernstein hosted poet Bob Grenier for an hour-long conversation about his development as a poet, his relationship to Larry Eigner, and his long work “Sentences,” from which he reads in the second half of the program. The audiofiles, split into two mp3s of roughly 30-minutes each, can be heard here. The event report for Grenier’s 5 October 2006 reading in the NWS is here.

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