On April 4, 2019, the Kelly Writers House gave me a great send off for my Penn retirement at the end of this academic year. Thanks to Al Filreis and Jessica Lowenthal, and to Susan Bee, for all the organizing. ’Twas a swell time, with BBQ and whiskey and lots of friends, fellow poets, and current and former students.
I am retiring from Penn at the end of the month. Al Filreis and Jessica Lowenthal, working with Susan Bee, gave me a great farewell party on April 4, 2019, with many friends, from far and near and some exuberant words were spoke! The video and audio is now online here.
Hosted by Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China Co-sponsored by Chinese Department, Fudan University Center for English Literatures of Central China Normal University, Foreign Literature Studies (Journal) International Journal of Poetry and Poetics (Journal), and Foreign Language and Literature Research (Journal)
In late January of 2016, I phoned Carolee Schneemann and we talked for an hour or so. I had invited her to share her memories and impressions of Hannah Weiner, part of an oral history I have been compiling. What follows is a selective transcript of her remarks, with some clarifications in parentheses and interpellations in brackets. When I learned that Schneemann had passed away last week, I went back to the recording. She was generous, spirited, and finally thankful that I was working to raise awareness about Hannah Weiner’s work. I gathered from the conversation that she felt a strong kinship with Weiner. Those who have studied Weiner’s career know that its continuities are sometimes overlooked and that she dearly sought to be understood, as much as her work was in some sense a process of understanding. I think Carolee understood it. After all, she was there. — Patrick Durgin, 3/11/19