Charles Bernstein

Pitch of Poetry

cover photo by Lawrence Schwartzwald

University of Chicago Press, Spring 2016 (352 pages |  6 x 9) 

Praised in recent years as a “calculating, improvisatory, essential poet” by Daisy Fried in the New York Times, Charles Bernstein is a leading voice in American literary theory. Pitch of Poetry is his irreverent guide to modernist and contemporary poetics.

Geeshie Wiley's 'Last Kind Words'

Geeshie Wiley
(c. 1908–c. mid-1950s)

Last Kind Words
recorded 1930: MP3

Transcription by Charles Bernstein:

Jason Zuzga wins prize for best dissertation

Zuzga at the award ceremony. Photo: Charles Bernstein

Scholar and poet Jason Zuzga has won the Diane Hunter Prize for Best Dissertation, 2017, from the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania.  Prize judges Rita Barnard and Rita Copeland wrote this commendation of  Zuzga's "Uncanny World: Envisioning Nature in Documentary":

The committee was extremely impressed by the range and quality of the work submitted for the award.  We extend our sincerest congratulations and admiration to all of the nominees, whose collective work is testimony to the intellectual energy and rigor of Penn’s English department.  We agreed, however, to name Jason Zuzga’s “Uncanny World:  Envisioning Nature in Documentary,” as the winner of the prize for the best dissertation. 

Augusto de Campos wins 2017 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry

Brazilian poet Augusto de Campos is this year’s winner of the Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry, according to an announcment from the Hungarian Pen Club announcet. The decision was announced during the Quasimodo Poetry Competition of Balatonfüred, Hungary, on Friday, September 8, 2017. Here is the press release: 

Now You See It Now You Don’t: Premiere of Richard Foreman's new film on PennSound

PennSound exclusive

A few years ago, Richard Foreman stopped making theater so that he could devote himself full-time to making movies. PennSound is delighted to premiere his newest video, a major contribution to Foreman's works and to contemporary film/video.  While we expect a theater screening in the next year, we wanted to make this available now on PennSound Cinema. Thanks to Richard Foreman.