Friday, September 22
Communal Presence: Jocelyn Saidenberg and Robert Glück
We continue our celebration of New Narrative writing in conjunction with the Communal Presence conference with a reading by Robert Glück, a conduit for the Small Press Traffic workshops that would launch New Narrative, and Jocelyn Saidenberg, a former student of Glück turned collaborator and fellow traveler.
Jocelyn Saidenberg is a Bay Area writer, performer, and educator whose books of poetry include Mortal City, Dusky, Cusp, Negativity, Shipwreck, and Dead Letter. With Brandon Brown she co-curated the Performance Writing Series at New Langton Arts. She is the founding editor of KRUPSKAYA Books. Currently she’s working on an elaboration of the atomic poetics of Lucretius.
Robert Glück is the author of eleven books, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist; a collection of stories, Denny Smith; prose poems with Kathleen Fraser, In Commemoration of the Visit; and, most recently, Communal Nude: Collected Essays. His work is included in anthologies such as The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, The Norton Anthology of World Literature, and Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker. He prefaced artist Frank Moore’s Between Life and Death and edited, with Camille Roy, Mary Berger, and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative. Glück was codirector of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, associate editor at Lapis Press, and director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he is an emeritus professor. He lives in Malmö, Sweden, and “high on a hill” in San Francisco.