Tuesday, 29 December
539. “Coming In from the Cold”: Celebrating Twenty Years of the MLA Off-Site Poetry Reading
5:15–6:30 p.m., Liberty Ballroom Salon A, Philadelphia Marriott
Presiding: Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Penn State Univ., University Park
Speakers: Charles Bernstein, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Tisa Bryant, California Inst. of the Arts; Patrick F. Durgin, School of the Art Inst. of Chicago; Peter Gizzi, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; Laura Moriarty, Small Press Distribution; Bob Perelman, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Rod Smith, Bridge Street Books; Rodrigo Toscano, Labor Inst.; Tyrone Williams, Xavier Univ., OH; Elizabeth Willis, Wesleyan Univ.; Timothy Pan Yu, Univ. of Toronto
Since the 1989 MLA convention, organizers in host cities have brought together ever larger groups of experimental and innovative poets for an evening marathon of poetry performance. These readings bring local poets into contact with poets from other cities and promote exchange among poets, scholars, and poet-scholars. This event will offer short readings by poets, including several who read at the first event twenty years ago and several newer poets.