fall 2011

Thursday, September 8: ANNUAL FACULTY READING

The 2011-2012 Holloway Series begins the autumn season in poetry with a reading featuring UC Berkeley’s own celebrated poets and teachers. John Shoptaw, Lyn Hejinian, Cecil Giscombe, Robert Hass, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, John Campion, and Holloway visiting poet, Judith Goldman.

Thursday, October 13: JOHN TAGGART with MARGARET RHEE

JOHN TAGGART is the 2011 Holloway/Mixed Blood poet. Born in Iowa, raised in Indiana, and educated at Earlham College, University of Chicago, and Syracuse University. He edited the literary magazine Maps, and his first poems were published in Origin, thereafter, publishing fourteen books of poetry. A “selected” collection of the fourteen, Is Music, was published in 2010. His work includes a critical study of Edward Hopper and a collection of critical essays on contemporary poetry & poetics. His current projects: a study of Robert Duncan–and taking care of trees.

Tuesday, October 25: JEAN DAY with CLAIRE MARIE STANCEK

JEAN DAY has published seven books of poetry, including Enthusiasm: Odes & Otium and the chapbook Daydream (The Eponym). Poems from her current project, Late Human, have been published in Try and Cambridge Literary Review, and recent work has appeared in The Sienese Shredder, Zoland Poetry, Mir (in French), and other journals.

Tuesday, November 8: JUDITH GOLDMAN (visiting Holloway poet)

JUDITH GOLDMAN is the author of Vocoder (Roof 2001), DeathStar/rico-chet (O Books 2006), and l.b.; or, catenaries (Krupskaya 2011).  She co-edited the annual journal War and Peace with Leslie Scalapino from 2005-2009 and is currently Poetry Feature Editor for the academic web-journal Postmodern Culture.  From 2007-2011, she was a Harper Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago.  In fall 2011, she is the visiting Holloway Poet at the University of California, Berkeley.
Friday, November 18: “THE GRAND PIANO”

A multi-vocal performance of The Grand Piano by co-authors Lyn Hejinian, Kit Robinson, Ted Pearson, Barrett Watten, Carla Harryman, Steve Benson, Tom Mandel and Rae Armantrout. The Grand Piano is a 10-volume, collective autobiography that explores the seminal period of Language Poetry in San Francisco in the late 70s.
The performance will be followed by a discussion moderated by poet and critic Jasper Bernes.


ANNE WALDMAN is the author of more than 40 books and has concentrated on the long poem as a cultural intervention with such projects as Marriage: A Sentence, Structure of The World Compared to a Bubble,  Manatee/Humanity  (Penguin Poets) which is a book-length rhizomic meditation on evolution and endangered species, and the monumental anti-war feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press 2011).  Her anthologies include Nice To See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, The Beat Book, and co-edited collections Civil Disobediences and  The Angel Hair Anthology. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, and recently appointed a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.