The New Writing Series welcomes David Matlin, novelist and poet, who has written extensively on war and imprisonment. The reading will take place at 4:30pm on Thursday, 18 October, in 100 Neville Hall.
David Matlin, Associate Professor of English at San Diego State University since 1997, uses a variety of writing forms—blistering poetry, meticulously researched essays, and a novel that has been described “an hallucinatory mix of dreams, myths, folktales and exacting factual realism”—to explore and expose “the infamy and lies of the new capitalist war-state.”
Matlin wrote his Ph.D. on William Blake at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has studied with such diverse talents as Robert Creeley, John Clarke, and Diane Christian. His primary interests lie in the Black Mountain poets (the experimental writers in 1950s North Carolina, whose ranks included Creeley and Charles Olson), the San Francisco Renaissance (the Beat era of the mid-1950s, epitomized by poet Allen Ginsberg), and in the visual arts.
After teaching for ten years in the Prison Education Programs in New York, Matlin became an advocate for prison transformation. He points out that American prison system is the most populous in the world “because no other nation has been able to nor wanted to reinvent its peculiar forms of racism as we have, and to transform that reinvention into a massive growth industry, a massive kidnapping and transformation of these persons into a new mineral and treasure. In the process we have become extremely skilled in the practices of brutality and savagery and how to hide these skills from ourselves.”
Matlin can be heard twice on the University of Maine campus on October 18, from 12:30 to 1:45 in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union (as part of the Marxist-Socialist lecture series), and in 100 Neville Hall at 4:30 pm as a featured reader in the New Writing Series.
release prepared by Hansie Grignon