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Spring 2012 Purple Blurb @ MIT, Cambridge, MA:

Purple Blurb is pleased to announce the start of our Spring Semester series next week with noted sound poet, book artist, and visual writer Steve McCaffery. We hope you will join us for this and our future events, which include a reading by Christian Bök, a symposium on the future of books, and an open mic /open mouse for all forms of digital writing!

March 19 in 6-120, 5:30 pm :: STEVE MCCAFFERY, Author of Carnival, The Black Debt, Seven Pages Missing; Professor and David Gray Chair of Poetry and Letters, SUNY Buffalo.

A central figure in Canadian avant-garde writing, Steve McCaffery’s work spans sound poetry, generative and iterative text, experimental prose, performance art, literary criticism, and visual poetics. A member of the Four Horsemen sound poetry ensemble and a professor of English at SUNY Buffalo, he is the author of over a dozen influential books of poetry, twenty chapbooks and four volumes of critical writing. His works include the visual typewriter poem CARNIVAL (pictured above) panels 1 and 2, Panopticon, The Black Debt, North of Intention and Rational Geomancy: Kids of the Book-Machine (with bpNichol). With Jed Rasula, McCaffery edited Imagining Language, an anthology for MIT Press.

April 9 in 6-120, 5:30 pm :: OPEN MOUSE / OPEN MIC, Featuring Alexandra Chasin and Ari Kalinowski (Co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organization).

Please join us for an open mic featuring D1G1T4L WR1T1NG for a variety of platforms, from immersive projections by Ari Kalinowski to generative fiction for the iPad by Alexandra Chasin. Bring video art, interactive fiction, SMS poems, and any form of electronic literature you’ve got up your sleeve!

Alexandra Chasin is the author of Kissed By (FC2), and Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market (St. Martin’s). She teaches Writing at Lang College, The New School. Ari Kalinowski runs the Intermedia Poetry Project.

May 3 in 6-120, 6:00 pm :: CHRISTIAN BöK, Author of Crystallography, Eunoia and The Xenotext; Professor of English, University of Calgary (Co-sponsored by the Visiting Artist Series).

Christian Bök is the author of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for Best Poetic Debut, and Eunoia, a lipogram that uses only one vowel in each chapter, which won the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize and is the best- selling Canadian poetry book of all time. He is also author of Pataphysics: The Poetics of an Imaginary Science (2001). His latest project, The Xenotext, encodes a poetic text into bacterial DNA that will produce proteins in response — yielding another poetic text. Bök has created artificial languages for Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon.

The Purple Blurb series is supported by the Angus N. MacDonald fund and Writing and Humanistic Studies. The organizer for the 2011-2012 academic year is Amaranth Borsuk.


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