Caroline Bergvall & Jerome Rothenberg

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Caroline Bergvall will be joined by David Grubbs

Photo: Christa Holka

Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet and sound artist, of French-Norwegian background based in London, UK. She works across artforms, media and languages; and outputs alternate between books, collaborative performances and language installations. Her pieces and essays have been translated into many languages. Her publications include Drift (recipient of the Cholmondeley Award for Poetry, 2017), Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (recently translated into French: L’Anglais Mêlé, 2018), a collection of early interdisciplinary pieces Fig (2005) as well as the DVD Ghost Pieces: five language-based installations (2010). She is the first recipient of the Art Literary prize Prix Littéraire Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017). Recent commissions include the multi-voice work Conference of the Birds, Dublin ILF (2019); and the broadcast soundwork Oh My Oh My for Documenta14, Kassel/Athens (2017). She was the director of Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995–2000), co-Chair of the MFA in Writing, Bard College (2005–2007) and Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama at the University of Cambridge (2012–2013). Currently Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies at King’s College London. Forthcoming Autumn 2019: Alisoun Sings (Nightboat), the final book in her trilogy of pieces inspired by medieval and contemporary sources.

David Grubbs

David Grubbs has released fourteen solo albums and appeared on more than 190 releases; his most recent solo recording is Creep Mission (Blue Chopsticks, 2017). In 2000, his The Spectrum Between (Drag City) was named “Album of the Year” in the London Sunday Times. He is known for his ongoing cross-disciplinary collaborations with poet Susan Howe and visual artists Anthony McCall and Angela Bulloch, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and has performed with Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Loren Connors, and many others. He is a grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a contributing editor in music for BOMB Magazine, a member of the Blank Forms board of directors, and director of the Blue Chopsticks record label.

Photo Credit: Dirk Skiba

Jerome Rothenberg

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally celebrated poet, translator, anthologist, and performer with over ninety books of poetry and twelve assemblages of traditional and avant-garde poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. Recent books of poetry include A Field on Mars (in English and French), The President of Desolation, The Mystery of False Attachments, and Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader. He is currently assembling a transnational anthology of North and South American poetry “from origins to present.” He will be launching two titles at The Poetry Project on October 9: The President of Desolation (Black Widow Press) and The Mystery of False Attachments (Word Palace).