Programme (Birmingham 2018)

9:15 – 9:30: Registration

9:30 – 9:45: Opening Remarks 


9:45 – 10:45: Panel 1 

‘Now what we desire is space’: Place and Space

 Geoff Ward: Notley, Padgett, Paterson

Mae Losasso:  ‘Works as big as cities’: mapping the poetry of the New York School onto the architecture of New York City, 1950-1980

Yasmine Shamma: Spatial Poetics: The Second Generation


 10:45 – 10:55: Break


10:55 – 12:00: Panel 2 

‘I was there because of the poetry’: Alice Notley, and others 

Agnieszka Studnizka: Witnessing Alice Notley’s ‘House of Self’ in Mysteries of Small Houses

Jess Cotton: Notley and Mayer: social reproduction and the poem as a form of mothering

 Zachary Humphrey: Collaging Waldman and Notley: radical canonization for subversive women


12:00 – 1:00: Panel 3 

‘talking to the Sun’: Influence and Action

Edmund Berrigan: What of ‘What of’: influence and strategies in Post-NY School Poetry

Ben Hickman: Action in New York Poetry 

Jeremy Over: ‘The Saint Lurches’: impulses towards saintliness, the mystical and lurching in the work of Ron Padgett


1:00 – 2:00: Lunch (provided) 


2:00 – 3:00: Panel 4 

‘We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along’: Sociability and Conversations Across Borders 

Sam Ladkin: Sociable lyrics

Rosa Campbell: The Unfinished: Bunny Lang & the New York School 

Rona Cran: ‘strangers on other sidewalks’: community and contact in New York 


3:00 – 4:00: Panel 5 

‘moving over the nebulous / keyboard’: Forms and Books 

Nick Sturm: ‘Guided by Right Spirit’: the radical editorial vision of Alice Notley and Douglas Oliver in Scarlet and Gare du Nord 

Mark Ford: Editing John Ashbery

 Jenna Clake and Luke Kennard: ‘Litany’


4:00 – 4:15: Break


 4:15 – 5:15: Panel 6 

‘Joy. Sobriety. Nutty Poetry’: Art and the New York School

Peter Robinson: ‘Deeply ludicrous’: T. J. Clark on Abstract Expressionism and lyric

Jessica Stark: ‘If Brainard was Racist,’ or what’s blackface doing in Joe Brainard’s Nancy comics?

Alexandra Gold: Two generations of New York School artists’ books


5:15 – 5:20: Closing Note

5:20 – 6:30: Free Time (taxis into the city centre (provided); pre-poetry snack)


6:30 – 8:30: Poetry Reading with Alice Notley, Edmund Berrigan, Mark Ford, Peter Robinson, and Rosa Campbell 

John Lee Theatre, Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS


8:30 – 9:30: Drinks at Brew Dog (81-87 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BL)



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