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What Is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know)
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The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church was founded in 1966 for the overlapping circles of poets in the Lower East Side of New York. These interviews from The Poetry Project Newsletter form a kind of conversation over time between some of the late 20th century's most influential poets and artists, who have come together in this legendary venue over the past 50 years. Includes interviews with Charles North, Anne Waldman, Bernadette Mayer, David Rattray, Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Koch, Harryette Mullen, Barbara Henning, David Henderson, Lisa Jarnot, Alice Notley, Ed Sanders, Samuel Delany, Harry Matthews, Victor Hernandez Cruz, Renee Gladman, Lorenzo Thomas, Fred Moten, Stan Brakhage, Alex Katz, Lewis Warsh, Ron Padgett, Maggie Nelson, Wayne Koestenbaum, Eileen Myles, and more. "I find it one of the liveliest points of communication in the American poetry world. There is an incredible excitement to come to the church and read one's poems to the many other poets who congregate there, drawn to the church by its own energy and thrust." --Donald Hall From the introduction, by Anselm Berrigan: For the poets closely involved with the Poetry Project since, and subsequent to, its inception, the interviews were an opportunity to speak directly to a community one could perceive as known, imaginary, expanding, unwieldy, intermittent, formative, desperately necessary, and sometimes peculiarly unsatisfying all at once. Community being the kind of term that often implies everything and nothing simultaneously, with the bottom falling out of the word depending on who happens to be wielding it. Poets can be particularly adept at using and exposing such terms.
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Introduction by Anselm Berrigan The New York Poetry Scene / Short Form- Charles NorthTalking with Red Grooms: An Interview by Anne WaldmanTranslation as Puzzle and Performance: An Interview with Paul Schmidt (by Tim Dlugos)The Colors of Consonance: Bernadette Mayer Talks....Taking Risks Seriously: David Rattray Talks....Allen Ginsberg & Kenneth Koch: From A ConversationAn Interview with Harryette Mullen by Barbara HenningAn Interview with David Henderson by Lisa JarnotAn Interview with Alice Notley by Judith GoldmanAn Interview with John Godfrey by Lisa JarnotAn Interview with Ed Sanders by Lisa JarnotAn Interview with Victor Hernandez Cruz by Sheila AlsonAn Interview with Bernadette Mayer by Lisa JarnotAn Interview with Kenneth Koch by Daniel KaneA Silent Interview with Samuel R. DelanyTo Buffalo and Back with Renee Gladman: Interview by Magdalena ZurawskiA Conversation with Lorenzo Thomas by Dale SmithAn Interview with Fred Moten by Ange MlinkoLisa Jarnot interviews Stan BrakhageInterview with Charles North by Ange Mlinko"Surprise Each Other": Anne Waldman on Collaboration by Lisa BirmanInterview with Alex Katz by Vincent KatzAdventures in Poetry: An Interview with Larry FaginTina Darragh interviewed by Marcella DurandLewis Warsh interviewed by Peter BushyeagerJack Collom talks Spandrels, Foxez, and Receding Paths with Marcella DurandAnne Waldman Talks Poetry Infrastructure, Safe "Zones", and Other Versions of the World with Marcella DurandEdwin Torres Talks Interactive Eclecticism, Banana Peels, and Walking in Your Calling with Marcella DurandHarry Mathews Reveals the Inside Story to Marcella DurandBrenda Coultas Tells the Truth to Marcella DurandAkilah Oliver Talks to Rachel LevitskyWill Alexander: A Profound Investigation, with Marcella DurandRon Padgett Lifts Off, with Edmund BerriganWayne Koestenbaum and Maggie Nelson In ConversationKnowing Isn't Enough: A Conversation with John Trudell, by Brendan LorberAn Interview with Ted Greenwald by Arlo QuintAn Interview with Eileen Myles, by Greg Fuchs10 Questions for Bruce Andrews and Sally Silvers

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Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Poetry Project. A curated sample PDF with select pictures from the book and a digital press release will be sent to major print and digital publications based in New York to alert them to the book and the anniversary of the Project. Review copy mailing to print publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper's, Poets & Writers, Bookforum, and the Boston Review. Publicity and promotion in conjunction with all anniversary related events at The Project. Co-op available.

About the Author

Anselm Berrigan is the author of seven books of poetry: Come In Alone (Wave Books, 2016), Primitive State (Edge, 2015), Notes from Irrelevance (Wave Books, 2011), Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009), Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006), Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002), and Integrity and Dramatic Life (Edge, 1999). He is also co-author of two collaborative books: Loading, with visual artist Jonathan Allen (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), and Skasers, with poet John Coletti (Flowers & Cream, 2012). He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011). From 2003-2007 he was Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where he also hosted the Wednesday Night Reading Series for four years. He is Co-Chair, Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts interdisciplinary MFA program, and also teaches part-time at Brooklyn College. He was awarded a 2015 Process Space Residency by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and in 2014 he was awarded a Robert Rauschenberg Residency by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. He was a New York State Foundation for the Arts fellow in Poetry for 2007, and has received three grants from the Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York City, where he also grew up.

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