February 12, 2006

Bernstein Hosts Glazier & Carpenter at Penn

by Nick Montfort · , 12:37 am

To those in the area – please come by for this great digital poetry program!

CONSTRUCTING POETS

LOSS PEQUEÑO GLAZIER

JIM CARPENTER

A reading of digital poetry
hosted by Charles Bernstein
part of the MACHINE series

Wednesday Feb 15 … 5:30PM
Arts Cafe, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk
Philadelphia

Loss Pequeño Glazier

… is a poet and critic who engages deeply with the technology he uses and shares his work in lively, engaging presentations. Recent works include “Viz Etudes,” a serious of performances that present a reading and projection of a number of visual, kinetic, text, and Java-based compositions for electronic space, works which mine the more pliant possibilities of e-poetry and explore the material dimensions of writing in electronic space through the use of elements such as moving text, embedded sound files, and Java-layered text as properties of writing. Glazier’s recent books include Digital Poetics (a book of criticism) and Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm (poetry). Glazier is the director of the Electronic Poetry Center, professor and webmaster of the College of Arts and Science, State University of New York at Buffalo. As Director of the EPC, Glazier has worked to develop web content, making substantial poetry resources available online, and to engage the emerging multimedia environment of the Internet. Glazier’s page at EPC.

Jim Carpenter

… has undertaken a large software project to automatically generate poetry. The poems produced by this system has been published in several literary journals. Carpenter, the creator of this Electronic Text Composition Project, taught English to high school students for twelve years before abandoning the profession to pursue a career in application systems development. Since then, he has held a number of technical and management positions, all in or near computational technology, and has also started and sold a company that developed applications for the election industry. He is currently an independent applications- development consultant and a lecturer in computer programming and systems design in the Department of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He recently completed a Masters from Penn for the Electronic Text Composition Project. More from the Slought Foundation about the Electronic Text Composition Project.

The CONSTRUCTING POETS program is hosted by Charles Bernstein, author of 30 books of poetry and Reagan Professor of English at Penn.

About the MACHINE Reading Series

Poets, fiction writers, and others have been combining the networked and computational capabilities of digital machines with the workings of literature to produce new sorts of writing that exist online and on-screen: writing that plays on the context of the Internet, requires interaction and input from the reader, and brings many different media together in new ways. MACHINE is a series in which writers of electronic literature come to the Kelly Writers House to read from and demonstrate their work, and to discuss the literary uses of the computer with area writers and members of the Penn community. The series, ongoing since February 2004, is co-sponsored by the Electronic Literature Organization.

8 Responses to “Bernstein Hosts Glazier & Carpenter at Penn”


  1. nick Says:

    No time for a long note at the moment, but the reading was really great – Jim’s and Loss’s presentations were both really wonderful, and the juxtaposition of the two was really great, too. Go, MACHINE!

  2. Loss Pequeño Glazier Says:

    I would like to thank Nick, Erin, Charles, and others for their tremendous efforts in organizing and bringing to fruition this event. What a terrific evening! It is truly astonishing how lovely is our nascent e-poetry community. With people like Nick moving us forward, there are no limits to this future that, somehow, somewhere, has to include digital practice, with its many varied avatars. Thank you for your wonderful facilitation of these electronic words!

    From _Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm_ (p. 68):
    “As is argued: UNIX system administration has a guild because UNIX system administration is a trade. It requires the skill of the carpenter, guile of the metal-worker, the glazier in his glory.”

    We have altered the electrons of the Kelly Writers House. It was glorious being with you all. Thank you.

  3. daniel Says:

    curious if a recording of the talk was going to be made available for those of us unable to make it… thanks!

  4. nick Says:

    Thanks for the interest, Daniel. Everything was recorded and yes, the recording will go online. I don’t know how soon it will be up – it could take a while – but I’ll link to it here when it is available.

  5. daniel Says:

    great, thnx!

  6. nick Says:

    While we await the audio – Camille Paloque-Berges has a writeup of the event on Distributed Creativity and has also posted more extensive notes.

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