The Dollhouse Presents: Bill Berkson

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Bill Berkson recently guest-blogged for Harriet, and we think the photo in this post is reason enough to join us on Friday (scroll down to see Bill with John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Patsy Southgate and Kenneth Koch). Here are some more reasons our very first Special Event is not-to-be-missed:

Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. His first book Saturday Night: Poems 1960-61 was published by Tibor de Nagy Editions in 1961. During the 1960s, he worked in various capacities at ARTnews, the Museum of Modern Art, and as associate producer of a show on art for public television. He moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. He has taught at The New School for Social Research, Yale, in many Poets in the Schools programs, and for twenty-four years at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and artcritical and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, and Modern Painters. His recent books of poetry include Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009); and Lady Air (Perdika, 2010). Other books include a collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003 (Qua Books, 2004); Sudden Address: Selected Lectures 1981-2006 (Cuneiform Press, 2007); an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time? (Tuumba Press, 2006); and four poems-and-drawings sequences: BILL with Colter Jacobsen; Ted Berrigan with George Schneeman;  Not an Exit with Léonie Guyer; and Repeat After Me with watercolors by John Zurier. A new collection of his art writings, For the Ordinary Artist (BlazeVOX) appeared last year, as did Parties du Corps, a selection of his poetry in French translation (edited by Olivier Brossard) from Joca Seria. A new collection of his poetry, Expect Delays, is due from Coffee House Press in Spring 2014.

RSVP for The Dollhouse Special Event with Bill Berkson and Dora Malech this Friday!

(Photo Credit: Connie Lewallen)

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