An evening with Alice Notley

When: December 2, 2014
Where: Carr’s Pub, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métros: Tuileries or Concorde

Drinks at the bar from whenever you like, poetry starts downstairs at 19:30.

Excerpt from Alice Notley’s Author’s Statement in NEGATIVITY’S KISS (Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2014)

Born November 8, 1945, Bisbee, Arizona. I grew up in Needles, California and have lived as an adult largely in New York, New York and Paris, France.

Needles Public Schools; BA, Barnard College, 1967; MFA, The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa, 1970.

Professional Status and Brief Biography
I’m the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and prose. I’ve been a full-time poet since 1970, supporting myself by poetry-connected activity: readings, publication, part-time teaching of creative writing, grants, awards, etc. I am associated by friendships and sometimes by style with the second-generation New York School poets. I have been married twice, to the American poet Ted Berrigan and to the British poet Douglas Oliver (I have been widowed twice), and I have two sons, Anselm and Edmund Berrigan, who are both poets. At this point I consider myself to be an internationalist and certainly of my own poetry school. I tend to write book-length or epic poems and am very prolific. As far as I’m concerned my books are the embodiment of everything I am and think, they are my accomplishment and identity. I am a poet and little else.

Her poetry collections, published over the last two decades, include:
Songs and Stories of the Ghouls
Culture of One
Reason and Other Women
In the Pines
Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970-2005
Alma, or The Dead Women
Mysteries of Small Houses
The Descent of Alette

Next Poets Live reading will be January 13, 2015.


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