CAConrad's episode '18 Poets' for series 1 of TRANSMISSIONS is now available to watch on YouTube.
CAConrad, '18 Poets', 2020
W/ Tamas Panitz / Eileen Myles / Wo Chan / Dawn Lundy Martin / Nick Flynn / Anne Carson & Robert Currie / Hoa Nguyen / Fred Moten / Sophie Robinson / Raquel Salas Rivera / Thurston Moore / Erica Kaufman / Timothy Donnelly / Gunnar Waerness / Magdalena Zurawski / Ricardo Domeneck / Cathy Park Hong / Divya Victor
Our collective isolation highlights that all forms of community are now more important than ever, and it is vital that we find mechanisms to support each other through this precarious time. In this extraordinary landscape that we have found ourselves in, it is clear that many artists, writers and thinkers are having exhibitions, opportunities and subsequent fees cancelled for the foreseeable future. In response to this, TRANSMISSIONS was established. This is an online platform commissioning artists to share their work within a classic DIY TV show format. For more information, visit TRANMISSIONS' website here.
Season 1 supported by Artquest: an artist-run programme that uses research about visual artists’ working conditions to provide support for professional artists; DACS; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; Studio Oscar Murillo; Somerset House Studios & Wysing Arts Centre.
TRANSMISSIONS collective is composed of:
Anne Duffau is a cultural producer, researcher, and founder of A---Z, an exploratory/nomadic curatorial platform exploring artistic practices and knowledge exchange through collaborations, presentations, soundscapes, screenings and discussions. She has collaborated with a range of projects and organisations including ArtLicks, Southwark Park Galleries, Mimosa House and Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London Please Stand By, or-bits .com, PAF Olomouc Czech Republic & Tenderflix. Anne has previously run the StudioRCA Riverlight, London programme (2016-2018) and is currently the interim curator at Wysing Arts Center, a Tutor at the School of Arts and Humanities, and is the acting Lead in Critical Practice, within the Royal College of Art’s Contemporary Art Practice Programme. She has performed live music under Alpha through a number of projects and collaborations.
Hana Noorali is an independent curator and writer based in London. In 2019 she was selected (together with Lynton Talbot) to realise an exhibition at The David Roberts Foundation as part of their annual curator’s series. She curated Lisson Presents at Lisson Gallery, London from 2017-2018 and from 2017 -2019, produced and presented the podcast series Lisson ON AIR. In 2018 Hana edited a monograph on the work of artist and Benedictine Monk, Dom Sylvester Houédard. Its release coincided with an exhibition of his work at Lisson Gallery, New York that she co-curated with Matt O’Dell. In 2007, she co-founded a non-profit project space and curatorial collective called RUN active until 2011. In 2020 Hana and her curatorial partner Lynton Talbot will be publishing an anthology that examines the intersection of poetry and film with (p) (prototype).
Tai Shani is an artist living and working in London. She is the joint 2019 Turner Prize winner together with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo. In 2019 Tai was a Max Mara prize nominee. Her work has been shown at Turner Contemporary, UK (2019); Grazer Kunst Verein, Austria (2019); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy (2019); Glasgow International, UK (2018); Wysing Arts Centre, UK (2017); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Tate, London (2016); Yvonne Lambert Gallery, Berlin (2016) and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016).
Poets' bios are listed in the order they appear in the episode:
CAConrad's latest book JUPITER ALIGNMENT: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals, is forthcoming from Ignota Books in 2020. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), won the 2018 Lambda Book Award. They also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant as well as a Pew Fellowship, the Believer Magazine Book Award, and the Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam. Please view their books, essays, recordings, and the documentary The Book of Conrad (Delinquent Films) online at http://bit.ly/88CAConrad
"CAConrad's poems invite the reader to become an agent in a joint act of recovery, to step outside of passivity and propriety and to become susceptible to the illogical and the mysterious."
---Tracy K. Smith, New York Times.
Tamas Panitz is the author of several books of poetry, most recently The House of the Devil (Lunar Chandelier Press). Claims, a collection of prose, is forthcoming later this year from Station Hill Press.
Eileen Myles came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet, subsequently a novelist, public talker and art journalist. A Sagittarius, their twenty books include evolution (poems), Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You, I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the PSA, and a poetry award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. In 2019 they'll be teaching at NYU and Naropa University and they live in New York and Marfa, TX.
Wo Chan is a poet and drag performer. They are the winner of the 2020 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. Their chaplet ORDER THE WORLD, MOM was published by Belladonna* in 2016. Wo’s poems appear in POETRY, Mass Review, No Tokens, The Margins, and are anthologized in Vinegar & Char (University of Georgia Press), Go Home! (Feminist Press), and Bettering American Poetry (Bettering Books). As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher. They are a regular guest on Sasha Velour's Nightgowns and have performed in operas, music videos, cabarets, and short films. Wo was born in Macau, China, and currently lives in New York where they teach poetry workshops and perform drag shows for queer and POC communities. Find them at @theillustriouspearl.
Dawn Lundy Martin
Dawn Lundy Martin is an American poet and essayist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood, winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE, A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering, and three limited edition chapbooks. Her nonfiction can be found in n+1, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, The Believer, and Best American Essays 2019. Martin is Professor of English in The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
Nick Flynn is the author of twelve books, including (most recently) STAY: threads, conversations, collaborations (Ze Books, 2020), which appeared in the midst of a pandemic. His last book, I Will Destroy You (Graywolf, 2019) was created and revised and performed with his band Killdeer. The bird killdeer (charadrius vociferous), pretends to be hurt (the “broken wing act”), to lure predators away from its nest. The band Killdeer (charadrius mutarous), manifests in various incarnations—on any given night players include Nick Flynn (words), Guy Barash (synth), Simi Stone (violin / vocals), & Philip Marshall (guitar / vocals). Each manifestation has its own sound, from punk / folk to ambient noise.
Anne Carson & Robert Currie
Anne Carson was born in Toronto, Ontario on June 21, 1950. With the help of a high school Latin instructor, she learned ancient Greek, which contributed to her continuing interest in classical and Hellenic literature. She attended St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and, despite leaving twice, received her BA in 1974, her MA in 1975 and her PhD in 1981. She also studied Greek metrics for a year at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Since bursting onto the international poetry scene in 1987 with her long poem “Kinds of Water," Carson has published numerous books of poetry, including Float (Alfred A. Knopf, 2016); Red Doc> (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013); The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry; Autobiography of Red (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998); and Short Talks (Brick Books, 1992).
Also a Classics scholar, Carson is the translator of Electra (Oxford University Press, 2001), If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (Knopf, 2002), and An Oresteia (Faber and Faber, 2009), among others. She is also the author of Eros the Bittersweet (Princeton University Press, 1986).
Her awards and honors include the Lannan Literary Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur Fellowship. She was also the Anna-Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany.
Robert Currie is an artist and randomizer born in Michigan who lives and works with artists in NYC, Iceland and other places.
Hoa Nguyen is the author of several books of poetry including As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots, which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination. As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, she has served as guest editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 and she has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, Poet’s House, and the Banff Centre’s Writers Studio. Recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature nomination, she also has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her forthcoming book, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, will be published by Wave books in 2021. A verse meditation on Vietnam and its diaspora, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure investigates historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-“Fall-of-Saigon” and includes a verse biography of her mother, Diep Anh Nguyen, a stunt motorcyclist in an all-woman Vietnamese circus troupe.
Fred Moten was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1962 and raised there and in Kingsland, Arkansas. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Feel Trio, The Little Edges, The Service Porch, and consent not to be a single being (published as trilogy, Stolen Life; Black and Blur; The Universal Machine). He is co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, and A Poetics of the Undercommons, and with Wu Tsang, of Who Touched Me?. Moten lives in New York with his partner, Laura Harris, and their children, Lorenzo and Julian. He teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.
Sophie Robinson teaches Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and is the author of A and The Institute of Our Love in Disrepair. Recent work has appeared in n+1, the White Review, Poetry Review, the Brooklyn Rail, Ploughshares and BOMB Magazine. Her third full collection, Rabbit, is published by Boiler House Press, 2018.
Raquel Salas Rivera
Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) Poeta, traductor y editor puertorriqueño. En el 2010, ganó el Primer y Segundo Premio en la categoría de Poesía en el Decimosexto Certamen Literario de la Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, al igual que el Primer Premio en el Certamen de Poesía del Festival Cultural Queer del Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Del 2016-2018, sirvió de coeditor para la revista literaria The Wanderer. En el 2017, coeditó una serie bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos que luego fueron reunidos en la antología Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2019). En el 2018, fue nombrado Poeta Laureado de la ciudad de Filadelfia por un término de dos años. El año siguiente, se convirtió en el recipiente inaugural de la Beca de Laureado de la Academia de Poetas Americanos y ganó el Premio Nuevas Voces del Festival de la Palabra de Puerto Rico. También recibió becas del Instituto Sundance, el Centro Kimmel para las Artes Performáticas, el Centro de Poesía de Arizona, el MacDowell Colony y CantoMundo.
Cuenta con la publicación de siete plaquetas y cinco poemarios. Sus primeros dos libros, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente, 2011) y tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017), fueron publicados en Puerto Rico. Su tercer libro, lo terciario/the tertiary (2da ed., Noemi Press, 2019), fue semifinalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 (EE.UU) y ganó el Premio Literario Lambda a una obra de poesía transgénero del 2018. Su cuarto poemario, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), fue publicado por por Birds, LLC en el 2019 y fue un semifinalista para el Pen America Open Book Award del 2020. Su quinto poemario, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/ poems for the nation, fue el primer ganador del Premio Ambroggio (Editorial Bilingüe/ Bilingual Press, 2020). Su más reciente poemario, antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano, es una apuesta imaginativa por un futuro decolonial para Puerto Rico y será publicada por Beacon Press.
Junto a Claire Jiménez y Ricardo Maldonado y con la ayuda de una beca USLDH de la Universidad de Houston y Arte Publico Press, actualmente trabaja en la creación de un archivo digital de la poesía puertorriqueña. Recibió su Doctorado en Literatura Comparada y Teoría Literaria de la Universidad de Pensilvania y vive, escribe y enseña en Puerto Rico.
Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. In 2010, he won First and Second Place for Poetry in the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico’s Sixteenth Literary Contest, as well as First Place in the University of Puerto Rico’s Queer Literature Contest. From 2016-2018, he coedited the literary journal The Wanderer. In 2017, he coedited a series of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets, which were later collected in the Puerto Rico en mi corazón anthology (Anomalous Press, 2019). In 2018, he was named the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia for a two-year term. The following year he became the inaugural recipient of the Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets and won the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. He has also received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, the MacDowell Colony, and CantoMundo.
He is the author of seven chapbooks and five full-length poetry books. His first two books, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente, 2011) and tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017), were published in Puerto Rico. His third book, lo terciario/the tertiary (2nd ed., Noemi Press, 2019), was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry. His fourth book, while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019 and was on the 2020 Pen America Open Book Award Longlist. His fifth book, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/ poems for the nation was the first recipient of the Ambroggio Prize (Editorial Bilingüe/ Bilingual Press, 2020). His most recent book, antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano, is an imaginative leap into Puerto Rico’s decolonial future and is forthcoming from Beacon Press.
Alongside Claire Jiménez and Ricardo Maldonado, and with the help of a 2020 University of Houston and Arte Publico Press USLDH Grant-In-Aid, he is currently working on creating a digital archive of Puerto Rican poetry. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and now lives, writes, and teaches in Puerto Rico.
Thurston Moore moved to NYC at eighteen in 1976 to play punk. He started Sonic Youth in 1980. Since then Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. With Sonic Youth, Moore turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n roll – from its inspiration on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. He has worked with Yoko Ono, John Zorn, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust, Glenn Branca and many others. His residency at the Louvre in Paris included collaborations with Irmin Schmidt of CAN. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974. Thurston also teaches music at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory (Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium) in Copenhagen.
Erica Kaufman, director of the Institute for Writing and Thinking, specializes in composition and rhetoric and contemporary American poetry. Her areas of interest include writing and literacy studies (first-year/core curriculum), feminist and LGBTQ+ poetics, history of American education, and digital pedagogies. She is the author of three books of poetry: POST CLASSIC (Roof Books, forthcoming 2019), INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013), and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). She is coeditor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009) and a collection of archival pedagogical documents, Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968–1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014). Among other places, Erica's scholarship has been included in New York School Collaborations: The Color of Vowels (ed. M. Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), Approaches to Teaching the Works of Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix, MLA, 2018), and the forthcoming Reading Experimental Writing (ed. G. Colby, Edinburgh University Press). In collaboration with the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, Erica co-coordinates the Teacher Resource Center section of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, a course offered each fall as a MOOC (massive online open course).
Timothy Donnelly is the author, most recently, of The Problem of the Many (Wave Books), winner of the inaugural Big Other Book Award for Poetry, and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), which won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, as well as fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is Director of Poetry in the Writing Program at Columbia University School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Gunnar Wærness (born 1971) is an author, translator and cabaret artist. Wærness made his debut in 1999 with the poetry collection Kongesplint, for which he was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas First Book Prize. He has since published 5 acclaimed collections of poetry. In 2010 he edited a big anthology of modern poetry from around the world, The World Is Not on the Map with Pedro Carmona-Alvarez. Together with Henrik Skotte, he performs as the artistic duo Brødet og Eselet (The Bread and the Donkey).
In 2018 his poetry collection Friends with Everybody was shortlisted for the Brage Prize (Norway’s national book award) in the fiction category.
Magdalena Zurawski is the author of the novel The Bruise, which won the Ronald Sukenick Award from FC2 in 2008 and a LAMBDA literary award in 2009, and the collection of poems Companion Animal, which was published by Litmus Press in 2015 and won a Norma Faber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom (Wave Books 2019) is her most recent poetry collection. The Operating System also released Zurawski’s poem/essay Don’t Be Scared as a chapbook in Summer 2019.
As an undergraduate Magdalena studied with poets Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, C.D. Wright, and Peter Gizzi. She has lived in Berlin, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Durham, NC where she ran the Minor American Reading Series. She is currently Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.
Ricardo Domeneck is a poet, short fiction writer and essayist based in Berlin. He has published eight volumes of poetry and two volumes of prose. His poems, short stories and essays have been published in various international magazines. He has performed in galleries and museums and collaborated with several musicians. His work was part of the Biennial of the Americas, in Denver, Colorado (2013). He co-runs the record label and publishing platform Gully Havoc in Berlin. His bilingual anthology of poems, Körper: ein Handbuch (2013), was released in Germany and in the Netherlands.
Cathy Park Hong
Cathy Park Hong’s book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings, will be published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House (US) and Profile Books (UK). She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, A Public Space, Paris Review, McSweeney's, Baffler, Yale Review, The Nation, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University.
Divya Victor is the author of CURB, an artist’s book (The Press at Colorado College); KITH, a book of verse, prose memoir, lyric essay and visual objects (Fence Books/ Book*hug), ; NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow, Winner of the Bob Kaufman Award), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), and THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH (Les Figues). Her criticism and commentary have appeared in Journal of Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies, Jacket2, and The Poetry Foundation’s Harriet. Her work has been collected in numerous venues, including, more recently, BOMB, the New Museum’s The Animated Reader, Crux: Journal of Conceptual Writing, The Best American Experimental Writing, POETRY, and boundary2. Her expanded collection of poetry, CURB, will be published by Nightboat Books in 2021.
Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Czech. She has been a Mark Diamond Research Fellow at the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Riverrun Fellow at the Archive for New Poetry at University of California San Diego, and a Writer in Residence at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibit (L.A.C.E.). Her work has been performed and installed at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Los Angeles, The National Gallery of Singapore, the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibit (L.A.C.E.) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Divya Victor is Assistant Professor of Poetry and Writing at Michigan State University and Editor at Jacket2.