January 2005 News


Michael Davidson

"A Cold War Correspondence: The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov." Contemporary Literature (Fall, 2004).

"Bad Modernism: Souvenir," "Bad Modernism: The White City," "Anniversary," "Ligatures." [poems] Colorado Review 31.2 (Summer, 2004).

"Vacant Weather." [poem] Jacket 26 (October, 2004). http://jacketmagazine.com/26/index.html

Camille Forbes 

"Dancing with 'Racial Feet': Bert Williams and the Performance of Blackness." Theatre Journal 56 (December 2004):603-625. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theatre_journal/toc/tj56.4.html 

Marcel Hénaff

"Gift  Exchange, Play and Deception. " Deception in Markets. An Economic Analysis. Ed. Caroline Gerschlager. London: Palgrave Mc Millan, 2004: 323-351.

"Le Passeur. Lévi-Strauss avec  Proust et  Platon."  Cahiers de L'Herne. Ed. Michel  Izard. Paris,  2004:  388- 405.

Bill Mohr

Review of Poets of the Non-Existent City: Los Angeles in the McCarthy Era. Ed Estele Gershgoren Novak (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002). The New Review of Literature 2.1 (October, 2004): 195-200.

"A Covenant of Radiant Thirst." A review of books by Alicia Ostriker, Doren Robbins, and Gloria Vando. Beyond Baroque Magazine 26.2 (June 2004):50-58.

"Fifteen Summers after the Nightstalker's Rampage." [poem] Beyond Baroque Magazine 26.2 (June 2004): 95-96.

"Compugraphic 7500," [poem] Pemmican (Fall, 2004). http://www.pemmicanpress.com

Memoir, "Headway," Pemmican (Fall, 2004). http://www.pemmicanpress.com

New Lecturers & Associates in Literature - Winter 2005

Maria Bernath - Spanish Section
LTSP/177 - Literature and Historical Migrations
Vince Biondo - Literatures of the World
LTWL/138 - Islam: Origin & Spread as World Religion
Yelena Furman - Russian Section
LTRU/110B - Russian and Soviet Literature 1860-1917
Samantha Goldstein - Writing Section
LTWR/8A - Writing Fiction
Weiko Lin - Writing Section
LTWR/110 - Screen Writing
LTWR/112 - Adapting Literature to the Screen
Shawna Overton - Program for the Study of Religion
REL/112 - Holy Book:  Judaism, Christianity, Islam 
Gina Valdes - Spanish Section
LTSP/153 - Chicano Poetry


Rae Armantrout's latest book, Up to Speed, and Fanny Howe's On the Ground have been selected by Publishers Weekly as two of the five best books of poetry in 2004.

The Archive for New Poetry announces that  Michael Davidson has been selected to receive the Archive for New Poetry/ Roy Harvey Pearce Prize. This is the first time a UCSD professor has won the prestigious prize, which is awarded biennially to an American poet-scholar who has made a significant lifetime contribution to American poetry and literary scholarship. The prize is named for UCSD's Archive for New Poetry, a major campus, community, and international resource for the study of post-1945 English-language poetry, and for Professor Emeritus Roy Harvey Pearce, a founding member of UCSD's Department of Literature and the founder of the Archive for New Poetry. Previous recipients are Susan Howe, Charles Bernstein, and Rachel Blau Duplessis.

Pearce Prize recipients are invited to campus to give a reading as well as a lecture on American literature. Davidson, who was selected by a panel of judges that included Lyn Hejinian, Roberto Tejada, and Paul Vangelisti, will be presenting his reading and lecture in the spring at dates and times to be announced.


PhD Defense

Ruben Murillo - December 9, 2004
"‘Ser o no ser’
Mapping the Rhetoric of Violence, the State, and the Chicano/a Body in Contemporary Chicano Literature"

Qualifying Exams

Chunlin Li - December 7, 2004

Valentina di Pietro - December 9, 2004


Jerome Rothenberg Reading

Friday, January 21, 7:00 pm
DG Wills Books, 7461 Girard Avenue,
La Jolla Ca. 92037 (858)456-1800



Acclaimed author Juan Felipe Herrera will join local San Diego poets
for an evening of art and politics.

Friday, January 28, 7:00 pm
Memorial Academy Charter School, 2850 Logan Avenue,
San Diego, CA 92113  

Open and free to the public.

Sponsored by the Red Calaca Arts Collective and the UCSD Chicano/a~Latino/a Arts and Humanities Program (CLAH).


All readings at 4:30 pm in the Visual Arts Performance Space

Catherine Wagner and Martin Coreless-Smith
Wednesday, January 26   

Catherine Wagner is the author of Macular Hole and Miss America, both from Fence Books. She edits a poetry column for Radical Society and lives in Boise, Idaho, where she teaches at Boise State University and directs the new Center for Poetry and Politics. Alice Notley has described Wagner’s poetry as “faithful to the scary parts, and reckless.”

Martin Coreless-Smith is a native of Worcestershire, England. He is the author of Nota (Fence), Complete Travels (West House), and Of Piscator (U. of Georgia Press). He is also a painter. He teaches poetry at Boise State University. Coreless-Smith’s work explores a place where British poetic tradition meets contemporary linguistic innovation.


Jordan Davis
Thursday, February 10

Jordan Davis is the author of Million Poems Journal (Faux). With Chris Edgar, he edits The Hat, an annual literary journal; with Sarah Manguso, he edited Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books. In the fall of 2004, he began hosting The Million Poems Show, a poetry talk show at the Bowery Poetry Club.

Monica Youn

Wednesday, February 16

Monica Youn’s first book of poems, Barter, was published by Graywolf in 2003. She’s been awarded a Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, among other honors. She currently lives in Manhattan where she is an entertainment lawyer. Writing in The Constant Critic, Ray McDaniel says Youn’s poems make “a cocktail of politesse and shame, brewing it from her own peculiar napalm.


Lesley Stern
Wednesday, February 23 


Lesley Stern is Professor of Visual Arts at UCSD. She writes at the intersection of fiction, memoir, history, and poetry. Her most recent publication, The Smoking Book, has been described as “a sexy and provocative collection of short stories and vignettes…fidgety riffs on smoking, sudden explosions of surprises and epigrammatic density.”


Fanny Howe
Wednesday, March 9

Celebrated poet, novelist, and UCSD literature professor emerita, Fanny Howe, returns to UCSD for this reading. Howe’s most recent books include On the Ground (Graywolf), The Wedding Dress, Gone, and Selected Poems (all from UC Press.) Her poems are incarnations in which spiritual longing and material fate intersect. Of Howe’s Selected Poems, John Ashbery writes, “Fanny Howe’s strangely hushed but busy landscape keeps leading us into it until we realize we’re lost but wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

The New Writing Series is sponsored by UCSD's Department of Literature, Division of Arts & Humanities, and Muir Provost's Humanities Fund.

Contact: Rae Armantrout


the James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature


Klaus Scherpe
Professor of Contemporary German Literature
Humboldt University in Berlin 

"How German is it, and how American? Ironies of a relationship"

March 1, 2005, 7:30 pm               Fung Auditorium, Bioengineering Building

Upcoming Lectures – Details in future newsletters:

March 8, 2005 – Walton Look Lai
April 6, 2005 – Binder Lecture Series: Tzvetan Todorov
April 28, 2005 – Elliott Lecture Series: Amy Kaplan
May 5, 2005 – Emory Elliott
May 24, 2005 - Alumni Lecture Series: Frances Smith Foster

For details and  the latest updates,  see:
Current Events on the Literature website at  http://literature.ucsd.edu/news/currentevents or
Literature Events Calendar at

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Western Humanities Alliance
24th Annual Conference

October 20-22, 2005
University of Arizona

Call for Papers due February 15, 2005
UCHRI Summer Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory,
"Present Tense Empires, Race, Bio-Politics,"

August 16-25, 2005

Applications are open to faculty, graduate students, other scholars, professionals, and public intellectuals. Up to 10 scholarships available for full-time registered students. Instructors:
 Ien Ang, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lisa Lowe, Achille Mbembe.