3.16.2005

K. Silem Mohammad and Catherine Daly
New genre poets / digital littérateur(e)s
Wednesday, March 23 / Reading at 3:30 PM
Informal discussion on poetics and new media at 11 AM
10th Floor Conference Room, 5057 Woodward Avenue
Wayne State University, Detroit

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of the ground-breaking collections Deer
Head Nation (Tougher Disguises, 2003) and A Thousand Devils (Combo Books,
2004), which combine lyric, conceptual, and new media voices and sources.
His multi-tasking language hits a cultural mainline of absurd politics,
totalizing dissociation, and simulacral affects.

Readers have responded: "K. Silem Mohammad's text, constructed from
screened bites of information ideology, takes the national hysteria
seriously, 'spookily,' and presents us with a total, civilized violence"
(Laura Elrick); "Let loose on the database, these poems pile detritus upon
detritus with every glup glup of another wet deer head across the search
engine" (Stephanie Young). After experiencing his work, you will never see
a deer head the same way: out of the stream of information, a gothic
afterimage. His work is featured in The Best American Poetry 2004, edited
by Lyn Hejinian. He teaches literature and creative writing at Southern
Oregon University.

Links
http://limetree.ksilem.com / {lime tree} http://www.durationpress.com/bookstore/index.htm / Hanging Out with Pablo &
Jennifer

Catherine Daly published DaDaDa, a stellar collection of experimental
lyrics in 2003 (Cambridge, U.K, Salt Press); Locket is forthcoming from
Tupelo Press this year. About DaDaDa there is much to say, for instance:
"Cavernous and electric, DaDaDa unfolds as a hypnotically twisted love tome
investigating the r/elation between language systems and the erotics of
communication. Plotting the truncated lives of letters, as mistresses,
matrices, vessels, vials, viols, vile induces, indices, Catherine Daly’s
passionate tripartite tour de force rages with linguistic virtuosity as a
'cross-stitched sampler' of contemporary culture, 'hot sync simulacra,'
literary heresies" --Adeena Karasick. Poet/critic Aldon Nielsen agrees:
"Seldom is such a commodious pathway opened with a first book. It is, as
the author says, 'Huge toroid / experiments.'" Dadada is planned to be the
first trilogy of a 1,000-page project called Confiteor. Her work is
extensively available online.

She received an MFA from Columbia University in 1991. An applications
architect for fifteen years, she created digital systems for numerous
corporate, state, and media clients. She created and taught the first
online poetry workshops at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program; has
taught critical theory, women’s studies, and literature courses at UCLA
Extension, Antioch LA, West LA College, LA Southwest College; and has
curated readings at UCLA's Hammer Museum, [The Nite Cafe in New York, several Barnes & Nobles, the smell, etc.]. She lives with her husband in La
Fayette Square in Los Angeles.

Links
http://www.catherinedaly.info / home page http://cadaly.blogspot.com / Catherine Daly's Blog http://www.getunderground.com/underground/poetry/article.cfm?Article_ID=689
/ reading review http://ineradicablestain.com/dollgames/daly.html / interview with Shelley
Jackson

more interviews:
http://www.poeziepamflet.nl/daly_catherine_interview.html

http://www.chicagopostmodernpoetry.com/catdaly.html

http://www.readysteadybook.com/daly.html

The reading flyer will be available at
http://www.english.wayne.edu/fac_pages/ewatten/pdfs/kaseycasia.pdf

Diasporic Avant-Gardes is curated by Barrett Watten, Carla Harryman, and
Charles Stivale, and sponsored by an Innovative Projects Grant, WSU
Humanities Center. For more info contact Carla Harryman at
c.harryman@wayne.edu / 313-577-4988. Free admission; the public is
cordially invited.

No comments: