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Lyn Hejinian: “The Avant-Garde in Progress”
February 6, 2013 @ 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm | Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Lynn Hejinian is currently at work on a book-length essay, tentatively titled The Positions of the Sun, and exploring practical as well as conceptual possibilities for avant-garde and quotidian practices under conditions of late (or perhaps, now, triumphant) capitalism.
Lyn Hejinian is professor of English at UC Berkeley. She is a poet and critic. She works on modernist and postmodern literature, American postwar experimental literature, Gertrude Stein, the Objectivists, Language Writing, Soviet Russian poetry, translation, small press publishing, and questions of aesthetics and ethics.
Her work includes the following books of poetry: Saga / Circus (Omnidawn Books, 2008) Situations, Sings (written with Jack Collom; Adventures in Poetry, 2008) The Lake (with Emilie Clark; Granary Books, 2004) My Life in the Nineties (Shark Books, 2003) The Fatalist (Omnidawn Books, 2003) Slowly (Tuumba Press, 2002) A Border Comedy (Granary Books, 2001) The Beginner (Spectacular Books, 2000; Tuumba Press, 2002) Happily (Post-Apollo Press, 2000) Sight (written with Leslie Scalapino; Edge Books, 1999) Oxota: A Short Russian Novel (The Figures, 1991), and My Life (second version; Sun & Moon Press, 1987).
Her non-fiction work includes The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000) Leningrad, written with Michael Davidson, Ron Silliman, Barrett Watten (Mercury House, 1991). She has also published two translations: Description, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1990) and Xenia, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1994).