Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics

Join Naropa's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Lecture in Innovative Poetics, featuring Steve Evans.

"Driven to Abstraction? Listening for 'Late Style' in Feminist Avant-Garde Poetry" with Steve Evans

Steve EvansTuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Free and open to all.

In this talk Evans will test the concept of "late style" (which derives from Goethe and was developed, almost exclusively in relation to male artists, by Adorno, Arnheim, Said, and others) against the recent work of poets roughly of Leslie Scalapino's generation (b. 1935–1947)—Rosmarie Waldrop, Alice Notley, Susan Howe, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Rae Armantrout—all of whom have enjoyed unbroken (and interconnected) arcs of artistic activity since the late 1960s and early 1970s. Evans's thesis is that their extraordinary achievements, considered individually and collectively, create a context for a radical revision of the idea of "late" or "mature" style. Examples will be drawn from the phonotextual, as well as the textual, archive, and the talk will be followed by a curated set of clips by the poets discussed.

Steve Evans was born in 1965 and grew up in southern New Jersey and southern California. He was educated at UC San Diego (BA) and Brown (PhD). Since 1999 he has served on the Poetry and Poetics faculty at the University of Maine, where he also co-directs the National Poetry Foundation, coordinates the New Writing Series, and tends the website www.thirdfactory.net. His criticism has appeared in The NationThe BafflerThe PokerAerialJacketQui Parle, and in his own "Notes to Poetry" project. In 2001 he edited After Patriarchal Poetry: Feminism and the Contemporary Avant-Garde. He is presently at work on a book-length project tentatively titled "The Poetics of Phonotextuality: Timbre, Text, and Technology in Recorded Poetry."

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Ariella Ruth at  or at 303-546-3581 to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.