Talk Series: Steve Evans on The Poetics of the Phonotext: Timbre, Text, and Technology in Recorded Poetry


In the mid-1980s Steve Evans did a serious stint under the headphones, listening to, cataloging, and transferring the decaying reel-to-reel collection that the Archive for New Poetry at UCSD had acquired from Poetry Project hero Paul Blackburn. Ever since, he’s been following and, when possible, contributing to the ongoing conversation about the analysis and interpretation of poems not just as printed texts but as voiced structures whose meaning can be “sounded” as well as seen. In this talk, Evans will share his recent thinking on the topic with special reference to Paul Blackburn’s practice as devoted “audiographer” of his age.
Steve Evans teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Maine, where he also coordinates the New Writing Series and does projects with the National Poetry Foundation. He has tended a website at since 2001.