Harriet Reading Series: Kenneth Goldsmith
Friday, December 16th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Free admission, reception to follow
Poet, DJ, essayist, and UbuWeb founder Kenneth Goldsmith presents “My Career in Poetry or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Institution,” a talk about poetic community, ambition, and his new book Uncreative Writing. Goldsmith’s work questions the role of the singular poetic genius in the Information Age with what critic Marjorie Perloff calls “poetry by other means.” This poetry does not produce anthology-ready gems of personal observation, but focused moments of attention on found information, such as, in his book Traffic, transcripts of traffic reports from one holiday weekend in New York. Goldsmith performed at the White House in May 2011 alongside Billy Collins, Allison Knowles, Common, and Jill Scott as part of the second White House Poetry Jam. He teaches at University of Pennsylvania where he works with the Kelly Writers’ House and the Center for Programs in Creative Writing.
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.