Episode 3 — August 13, 2012
Dr. Strangeverb or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Avant-garde Poetry
► See recaps and resources from Episode 3.
With a dynamic lineup of PDX luminaries The Late Now drops you into the story of avant-garde poetry like Slim Pickens on the A-Bomb. In a good way.
- Director Park in downtown Portland
- 6:30–8:30 PM
- free open-air public event
► SPECIAL GUESTS: poet, editor, teacher, bookseller, and curator ★ David Abel; poet-author ★ Allison Cobb; poet, historian, and Flarf pioneer ★ Rodney Koeneke; poet, essayist, and fiction writer ★ Standard Schaefer; and TLN's own experimental weatherman, poet ★ James Yeary — plus Fluxus-inspired sound-poet ★ Mark Owens — scheme with host Leo Daedalus to take you on an irreverent Late Now tour through the (a) landscape of avant-garde poetry.
Whether you love, fear, or simply know nothing about avant-garde poetry, this will be a vibrant and mind-expanding event not to missed by anyone with active neurons!
This event is part of the Director Park summer reading series coordinated by David Abel.
David Abel is a poet, editor, teacher, bookseller, and curator. Three new books are hot off the press: Float, a collection of collage texts from Chax Press; Tether, a chapbook of poems from Barebone books; and Carrier, a chapbook of visual pieces from c_L Books. He is a founding member of the Spare Room reading series, a Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art, and a member of the Portland artists' and writers' collective 13 Hats.
Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Her work combines history, personal narrative, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund, a national environmental nonprofit.
Rodney Koeneke has published two books of poetry, Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003) and Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006), and a chapbook, Rules for Drinking Forties (Cy Press, 2009). He's been involved with Flarf, neo-benshi, and Poets Theater, and has performed his work everywhere from a coat closet in the Portland Art Museum to L.A.'s legendary punk club, The Smell. For 20 years he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he served on the board at Small Press Traffic, the long-running reading series associated with writers of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E and New Narrative movements. Since 2006 he's lived in Portland, Ore., where he makes his living as a historian.
Standard Schaefer is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. His first book of poetry, Nova (2001), was selected for the 1999 National Poetry Series and published by Sun & Moon Books. His second book, Water & Power, was published by Agincourt in 2005. His third book, Desert Notebook, was published in Italy and the US in 2008 in limited editions. His poetry has been translated into Italian and anthologized internationally, most recently in Nuova Poesia Americana (Mondadori, 2005) as well as in Vol. 5 of The PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the 20th Century (Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2005).
Standard has co-edited several literary and arts journals including Ribot, New Review of Literature, Rhizome and Or. His work has appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, New American Poetry, Aufgabe, and Slope. He has taught writing and literature at Otis College of Art in Los Angeles and California College of the Arts in San Francisco. His latest book of poems, The Notebook of False Purgatories, is forthcoming from Chax Press (2011). He lives in Portland with his wife and daughter. Standard’s latest publishing venture shall be called THE FERALIST.
James Yeary publishes the psychogeographic serial my day with visual artist Nate Orton, undermining the immediate and the everyday with peripatetic introspective valencies to the outside world. His publishing imprint c_L recently issued the chapbook Carrier by David Abel. Occasional commentary on the literary underbelly can be discovered at Calendar of Catabolic Guilt. A The Late Now regular, James recently played Estragon in the Wood Demon production of Waiting for Godot. He is also Portland's reigning avant-garde bartender.
Mark Owens, sound poet & performer, began noodling with Fluxus contradictions in the late '90s. He is inspired by this history but is not a Fluxus artist. He was flattered when Alison Knowles chose to perform his "Alphabet Sweep" event.