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"Recipes for Wildness" | Panel Presentation on Ronald Johnson @ ALA 2019
May
23
to May 26

"Recipes for Wildness" | Panel Presentation on Ronald Johnson @ ALA 2019

I’ll be presenting a paper titled “Recipes for Wildness: Taste in Ronald Johnson’s A Line of Poetry a Row of Trees and The American Table” at the 30th Annual American Literature Association Conference this year. The panel includes Mark Scroggins, Devin King, and Sally Connolly. The abstract is included below. Hope to see you there!

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Recipes for Wildness: Taste in Ronald Johnson’s A Line of Poetry a Row of Trees and The American Table

Although Ronald Johnson’s early poetry is filled with Early American discoveries of wild apples, Indian Corn and Floridian oranges, and his later work includes prize winning cookbooks, his gastrophilosophy remains largely unexplored. This dearth is in part due to the nature/culture dualism that haunts the Transcendentalist lens typically used to theorize Johnson’s poetry. However, I argue that Johnson developed a theory of taste from encounters with matter’s dynamism that intervenes in this historical division of nature and culture. Beginning with his 1964 collection of poetry A Line of Poetry a Row of Trees, and culminating in his popular cookbook from the 1980s, The American Table, Johnson’s performative notion of taste suggests that “wild” metamorphoses in the unique phenomena emerging at the inseparability of word and world are analogous to gustatory experiences. Like poetic practice, taste is the embodied participation in the specific material (re)configuration of nature/culture relations through which boundaries, properties, and meanings are enacted. Taste, for Johnson, acknowledges matter’s role in food’s becoming, and therefore provides an understanding of how discursive practices make meaning. In addition, Johnson’s performative practice has a critical facet; it savors “wildness,” the disruption of boundary making practices that assume the separation of discursive and physical matter. This paper proposes that only by juxtaposing the recipes of representation, which linger in Johnson’s early collection, with the culinary practices of his later cookbooks, can we fully understand how his performative taste productively mixes a volatile American culinary past into a wild future.

While you’re waiting on the panel, check out Sam Amadon’s great essay on Ronald Johnson’s Cookbooks.

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Improvisations with Nate Pape @ A.E. Randolph Presents!
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

Improvisations with Nate Pape @ A.E. Randolph Presents!

I'll be performing 6.27.18 with musician Nate Pape in the A.E. Randolph presents series. Come check out Nate's powerful improvised guitar sojourns, and our newest text/visual/music collaboration.

My set will consist of text, improvised visuals, and Nate's experimental guitar work. I'll be using TouchViz, an awesome video mixing app from the great developers at Hexler.net. Here's what the TouchViz portion of the set looks like so far.

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Hope to see you there!

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Yes! Poetry and Performance Series 5.6.17
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Yes! Poetry and Performance Series 5.6.17

The final Yes! Poetry & Performance event of the season. Join us at Albany Center Gallery for readings/performances by Toby Altman, Emily Barton Altman, and Alifair Skebe.

$5 suggested donation

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Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and five chapbooks, including recently Security Theater (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016). His poems can or will be found in Crazyhorse, Jubilat, Lana Turner, and other journals and anthologies.

Emily Barton Altman is a poet and editor living in Chicago. Recent publications include a chapbook, "Bathymetry" (Present Tense Pamphlets, 2016), and poems in TL;DR, Parallax, wicked alice, and others. She is a recipient of a Poets & Writers Amy Award and received her MFA from New York University. She co-hosts and produces the poetry podcast Make (No) Bones with her partner, Toby Altman.

Alifair Skebe is a visual artist and author of the poetry collections Thin Matter; The Voyage of the Beagle, an Excerpt (forthcoming); “El Agua Es La Sangre de la Tierra” (written in English); and Postcards: Les Lettres d’Amour, a book of poems and collaged, text-art postcards. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including (em), *eratio, Interim, The Cape Rock, and So to Speak. She is an English/Writing Lecturer in the Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany.

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Albany Center Gallery is a non-profit art space dedicated to exhibiting skillful contemporary art of the Mohawk Hudson region. A community-based and community supported organization, the mission of Albany Center Gallery is to promote and exhibit contemporary visual art produced by emerging and established artists living primarily in the region and to inspire interest and provide enjoyment to an increasingly diverse audience.

A few blocks from our old space, the gallery is located in the Arcade Building behind a new Stacks Espresso bar. Entry into the space is up the alleyway to the right of the building (if you're facing from Broadway).

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Reading @ St. Rocco's
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Reading @ St. Rocco's

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Hope to see you April 22nd for my reading at St. Rocco's Reading's for the dispossessed in Albany NY. I'll be reading some new work using electronics and found sounds!

Featured with these awesome readers:

Laurin DeChae is a PhD candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at SUNY Albany, acting as the poetry editor for Barzakh Magazine. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Animal Literary, Pretty Owl Poetry and elsewhere.

Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. He conducts interviews and analyzes dreams for Drunk In A Midnight Choir. His recent poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Funhouse, Fanzine, Fence, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, Plinth and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently HEART SUTRA (REALITY BEACH), and ABLAZA (Lithic Press)

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Yes! Poetry and Performance Series 4.1.16
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Yes! Poetry and Performance Series 4.1.16

Our third Yes! of the "spring" season will feature Barzakh, the University at Albany literary journal, and will be guest curated by current editor Victorio Reyes. We look forward to readings by Michael Leong, Jill Hanifan, Laurin Jefferson, Ben Nadler, and more!

$5 suggest donation

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Barzakh is a multi-genre journal with an internationalist stance. Emerging out of the English department at the University at Albany, SUNY, our focus is on innovative poetics, in keeping with a tradition of forward-looking department-based journals that spans from Don Byrd’s co-editorship of Jed Rasula’s Wch Way in the 1970s to The Little Magazine in the 1990s (our first issue features an interview with Rasula, and issues of both journals will be made available in our archive). We envisage the archive as a way to bring together our various departmental projects and initiatives, past and present, and to connect them to analogous or anomalous ventures elsewhere in the rhizomatic spirit of crossings that is Barzakh. Ours is not an “ism” but as an “isthmus” (see below) that links disparate articulations (between tongues, between histories) in the interplay of text, sound, and image.

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Albany Center Gallery is a non-profit art space dedicated to exhibiting skillful contemporary art of the Mohawk Hudson region. A community-based and community supported organization, the mission of Albany Center Gallery is to promote and exhibit contemporary visual art produced by emerging and established artists living primarily in the region and to inspire interest and provide enjoyment to an increasingly diverse audience.

A few blocks from our old space, the gallery is located in the Arcade Building behind a new Stacks Espresso bar. Entry into the space is up the alleyway to the right of the building (if you're facing from Broadway).

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Me Is Not Me In the Machine: The Precarity of Online Creative Writing Collaboration
Mar
23
to Mar 26

Me Is Not Me In the Machine: The Precarity of Online Creative Writing Collaboration

Although Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter sustain a constant and seemingly stable feed of our psychological maneuvers in a variety of media, what happens when the words, photos, or sounds you just posted are subject to commentary, reframing, and sometimes deletion? This is precisely what occurs in online creative writing collaboration. This panel investigates the unpredictability inherent to online collaboration, ultimately asserting that the improvisation, adaptation, and necessity to reconfigure one’s creative framework in the interface of digital variability is a process that invents the collaborator as the much as the collaborator invents it.

 

 

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Canyons at Caffè Lena
Mar
1
7:30 PM19:30

Canyons at Caffè Lena

Melody Davis, a poet and art historian, is the author of four books including Holding the Curve (Broadstone Books), and Women’s Views:  The Narrative Stereograph in Nineteenth-Century America (University Press of New Hampshire).  Davis has held writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and she was a finalist in the National Poetry Series.  She is an associate professor of art history at the Sage College of Albany and publishes poetry and art criticism internationally.

Albany poets Matthew Klane and James Belflower, co-curators of Yes! Poetry & Performance Series, a project that “brings poetry into conversation with other art forms,” perform work from Canyons (Film Forum Press), a collection of images and texts reimagining  “Manifest Destiny” and its virulent consequences. Their performance is a combination of layered voices, projected collages, and soundscapes created with theremin and distorted vocal effects.

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Panel Presentation: Society For Literature, Science, & the Arts
Nov
3
to Nov 6

Panel Presentation: Society For Literature, Science, & the Arts

I'll be presenting at the SLSA conference in a panel on Appetite and Creativity with Stacey Balkan and Iemanja Brown. The panel reconsiders various forms of consumption as creative acts. My paper examines Ronald Johnson's late cookbooks and early poetry. It's titled "Wild Enchantment: Taste in Ronald Johnson's The American Table and A Line of Poetry a Row of Trees."

ABSTRACT

At mid-century American gastronomy was defined by exploration. Chefs and cookbook authors, such as James Beard, were encouraging home cooks to discover and experiment with the globalized influx of international foodstuffs. During this rich period, New American poet Ronald Johnson wrote award winning cookbooks. However, existing scholarship rarely addresses the ways in which they nuance the many relationships to food that he investigates in his poetry. My paper intervenes in this oversight by examining key alimentary motifs in his gastrophilosophy, namely how he translates the wildness of natural ingredients into performative rhetoric, how his notion of appetite creatively recombines regional and nationalist ideologies of the past, and how he practices taste as a process of embodied discovery. By reassessing the alimentary metaphors in his first book of poetry, A Line of Poetry a Row of Trees (1964), through his late cookbook, The American Table (1984), I argue that Johnson critiques the destructive tastes of early American colonization and replaces them with an appetite for the differential material relations common to enchantment. Food in Johnson’s poetry is a vehicle for sharing the vital substance of material relations across temporal and cultural limits. Food in Johnson’s cookbooks performs the ethical relationship to materiality Johnson’s poetry evokes by imbricating the cook in the shared unpredictability of culinary practice. In sum, reading Johnson’s work as a gastrophilosophy shows how taste can revitalize an essential and ethical dimension of enchantment in the American ethos of expansion.

Hope to see you there!

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Poetry as Walking Seminar @ Middleburgh Library
Oct
22
11:00 AM11:00

Poetry as Walking Seminar @ Middleburgh Library

I'll be leading a workshop titled "Poetry as Walking" at 11 on Saturday Oct. 22nd at Middleburgh library. Please come on down and write poems about using the foot as a sensory organ!

"From Wordsworth to contemporary poet Lisa Robertson, we’ll tie the rhythm of the foot to the measure of our lines and come to understand that writing is an ongoing discovery of what is around and within us. Novice and experienced writers are welcome." 

Registration is required. For more information about the complete series, please click here.

This program series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and participating member libraries.Also funded in part by The Friends of the Schenectady County Public Library.Participating libraries are accessible for people with disabilities.

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Canyons Tour: Full Reading Schedule
Sep
10
to Dec 3

Canyons Tour: Full Reading Schedule

Canyons Tour

August 14, 2016

August

August 19th @ PUBLICATION STUDIO, Troy - 7:30pm

     Book Launch!

 

September

September 10th @ Berl's Poetry Bookshop, Brooklyn - 8:00pm

     w/ Jeff T. Johnson and Jaclyn Lovell

 

October

October 6th - Just Buffalo

October 7th @ Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee - 7:00pm

October 8th @ Asymptote & Zygote, Chicago

October 9th @ Public Space ONE, Iowa City - 6:00pm

October 22nd @ Publicly Complex, Providence 

 

November

November 18th @ Charmed Instruments, Philadelphia - 7:30pm

November 19th in Baltimore - TBA

November 20th @ In Your Ear, Washington DC

 

December

December 3rd @ Yes! Poetry and Performance Series, Albany - 7:00pm

      w/ Joe Hall, Cheryl Quimba, and Carl Skoggard

Hope to see you there!

From Canyons by Matthew Klane and James Belflower

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Living Poets Musical Theater at EMPAC
Jun
9
9:00 PM21:00

Living Poets Musical Theater at EMPAC

In conjunction with the Albany Symphony's New Music Festival, Living Poets Musical Theater showcases the work of living poets Shira Dentz, Diana Alvarez, and James Belflower, and explores the intimate connection between poetry and music. Curated by Rebecca Wolff, Editor of FENCE Literary Journal, and featuring contemporary poets from the Capital Region and beyond.  

No Ticket Required!

EMPAC Performance Hall

Shira Dentz is the author of three books: black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), and how do i net thee (forthcoming) and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman), and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press, downloadable for free). Her writing has appeared widely in journals including: The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and Western Humanities Review, and featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. She was Drunken Boat‘s Reviews Editor from 2011-2016, and curates both DB’s blog feature, “What I’m Reading Now,” and reviews for Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. More about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

Diana Alvarez is a vocalist, poet, composer, video and sound artist whose poetry chapbook, Consultations with Bruja Juana, was published by Toadlily Press in 2009. As a PhD candidate in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Diana is composing a Mexican ritual opera that descends from and contributes to a lineage of innovative women of color artists. Diana has performed as a vocalist and poet and taught in a range of venues in Texas, New Mexico, New York, and Massachusetts. For more information: diana-alvarez.com.

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