The spring NWS continues this Thursday with an afternoon reading and evening conversation featuring Catherine Taylor and Stephen Cope. The reading will be at 4:30pm in the Soderberg Auditorium. The conversation, which will address questions of genre and editing as well as documentary poetics, with special reference to Cope’s new edition of George Oppen’s prose writing, will begin at 8pm in the Wicks Room, Neville 304. Both are free and open to the public.
Stephen Cope’s poems, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, Mirage#4:Period(ical), Denver Quarterly, Shark, Sagetrieb, The Germ, Jacket, and elsewhere. In Spring 2001, he served as guest editor of The Review of Contemporary Fiction’s special issue on the work of David Antin. Cope received his PhD in 2005 from the University of California, San Diego, where he was a research fellow at the Archive for New Poetry. He has taught at universities in California, Iowa, and Ohio, and is currently a lecturer in the English Department at Ohio University in Athens as well as a faculty member in Bard College’s Language and Thinking program. His edition of George Oppen’s Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers has just appeared from the University of California Press.
Catherine Taylor is the author of Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam, 2002). She is the editor of /nor: New Ohio Review and publisher of Essay Press, an imprint dedicated to publishing innovative, explorative, and culturally relevant essays in book form. Taylor took her doctorate at Duke University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Ohio University, where her research and teaching interests include documentary poetics, creative nonfiction, experimental writing, and American literary and cultural studies. She is currently at work on “Apart,” a book manuscript that combines documentary materials with the lyric essay in an exploration of family and nation in apartheid-era and contemporary South Africa, the research for which was undertaken while Visiting Professor at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town in 2004 and 2006. Her essays, poetry, and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Typo, Xantippe, The Colorado Review, The Laurel Review, Jacket, and ActionYes!