Charles Bernstein

Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry to Charles Bernstein and Giuseppe Conte

The 2015 Janus Pannonius Grand Prize for Poetry has been awarded to Charles Bernstein and  Giuseppe Conte. The prize was founded in 2012 by the Hungarian PEN Club (an affiliate of International PEN). In 2014, Yves Bonnefois (France) and Adonis (Syria) won the prize, which is modelled on the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 2013 the prize went to Simin Behbahani (Iran). The prize was announced on the Janus Pannonius web page.  The web page includes an  English pdf about the prize.

An English translation of the laudation (presentaton speech) by Enikő Bollobás is here.; the full essay from which the speech is excerpted is here. Pictures of the ceremony and reaidng are here.

 

Geoff Young reading in Provincetown (PennSound)

photo: Charles Bernstein / PennSound

Geoff Young reading on August 2, 2015 at Tim's Books in Provincetown

(36:19): MP3

'Confederate Battle Flag'

 

Confederate Battle Flag 

Selling loose cigarettes
Changing lanes in duress
Aren't warrant for arrest
Much less sudden death

Charles Bernstein, Susan Bee, Ton van ’t Hof, Samuel Vriezen, and Jane Lewty at Perdu, Amsterdam (audio)

Perdu, Amsterdam, May 6, 2015

1. Introductions by Obe Alkema and Jane Lewty; "Truth in Pudding" read by  Bernstein and Samuel Vriezen in aternating stanzas (English stanzas not read in Dutch, Dutch translatons not read in English)  (34:17): MP3
2. Susan Bee slide presentation (audio only) : (21:17): MP3
3. Bernstein and  Ton van ’t Hof, "Recalculating," alternating stanzas; "Unready, Unwilling, Unable" in English, followed by Sarah Posman's tr. read by Obe Alkema; "Transegmental Drifts" in English and three translations: (40:40): MP3
4. Discussion with Bee and Bernstein, moderated by Jane Lewty (36:22): MP3

Amslinger, Bernstein, Lange, Lupette, Traxler reading in Berlin, Essen, and Dresden in May 2015 (audio & video)

Essen

Dresden May 13, 2015
Norbert Lange and Charles Bernstein read their collaboration, "Apoplexie/Apoplexie" in Dresden on May 17, 20015 (24:29): MP3
This work begins with Bernstein's "You" (from Resistance, 1983) and cotinues with Lange's translation, then Bernstein's translation of Lange's version, over nine rounds (18 poems), written in 2013 and 2014. It will be published later this year in Schreibheft, ed. Norbert Wehr.