On Friday, May 22nd, the poet and scholar Jasper Bernes (Berkeley) will be visiting UC-Davis for a talk co-sponsored by the English Department, the Critical Theory program, and the Cultural Studies Working Group. The talk is titled "Lyric and the Service Sector: Frank O’Hara Among the Clerks,"
and it will be held in Voorhies 126 from 4-6 pm.
In addition, Jasper will have a brown-bag discussion from 1:30-3 pm in Voorhies 120 on the relations between contemporary poetry, scholarship, and activist struggles. This conversation is open to all interested graduate students, and will be led by Bryan Coller and Nicholas Malone. A pdf of Jasper’s chapbook, _We Are Nothing and So Can You_, is attached below.
Jasper’s bio: Jasper Bernes is the author of a book of poems, Starsdown (2007), and is currently completing a book of literary history, The Work of Art in the Age of Deindustrialization, about the role poetry and art played in the postindustrial restructuring of labor. An excerpt from this project appeared in Modern Language Quarterly as "John Ashbery’s Free Indirect Labor." His poems have appeared in Lana Turner, The American Reader, The Capilano Review, Hi Zero, Prelude, and elsewhere and his writing on contemporary politics and political economy can be found in venues such as The New Inquiry, LARB, Endnotes, and Viewpoint. He lives in Berkeley with his family and teaches in the English Departments at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. His long poem, We Are Nothing and So Can You, will be published by Commune Editions this summer.
Hope to see many of you there!