Divya Victor – Poetry Reading – Kenyon College – Nov 3 – 5PM

•November 1, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Bruno Latour (1947-2022)

•October 9, 2022 • Leave a Comment

“In politics as in science, when someone is said to ‘master’ a question or to ‘dominate’ a subject, you should normally look for the flat surface that enables mastery (a map, a list, a file, a census, the wall of a gallery, a card-index, a repertory) and you will find it.”

“In our cultures ‘paper shuffling’ is the source of an essential power, that constantly escapes attention since its materiality is ignored.”

“Papers and signs are incredibly weak and fragile. This is why explaining anything with them seemed so ludicrous at first. La Pérouse’s map is not the Pacific, anymore than Watt’s drawings and patents are the engines, or the bankers’ exchange rates are the economies, or the theorems of topology are ‘the real world.’ This is precisely the paradox. By working on papers alone, on fragile inscriptions that are immensely less than the things from which they are extracted, it is still possible to dominate all things and all people.”

Bruno Latour’s “Drawing Things Together” was central in developing my thinking about the complex relationship between poetry and documentation, which led to my book Contested Records: The Turn to Documents in Contemporary North American Poetry (U of Iowa P, 2020).


•September 12, 2022 • Leave a Comment

I’ll be on two panels at ASAP on Saturday (9/17). Maybe I’ll see you there.

Sheila Sundar on Affirmative Action

•April 16, 2022 • Leave a Comment

“…though the immediate power is with the institution, the ultimate power is with students and faculty of color; they will find their home, but without their presence, an institution loses credibility.”

Shiela Sundar has a good essay “I Was a Diversity Hire. Then They Unhired Me.” in The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 14, 2022).

Reading at Pomona College, 3/30/22, 4:15PM

•March 26, 2022 • Leave a Comment

FUGITIVE PAPERWORK: Documentary practices in literature, art, and history – Nov 28 / Nov 29

•November 23, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Media Futures Hub presents a conversation with Joaquín Segura, Carlos Soto Román, Michael Leong, and Livia Lazzaro Rezende, facilitated by Astrid Lorange.

The conversation will focus on different approaches – across criticism, poetry, art, and history – to working with the ‘documents’ of statecraft. How do contemporary practices that work against and beyond the official archive draw our attention to the paper infrastructures that administrate state power? How do such documentary practices suggest new ways of reading the nation-state?

The event will be livestreamed:

Monday 29 November 10–11:30am (Sydney)

Sunday 28 November 3–4:30pm (Los Angeles)

Sunday 28 November 5–6:30pm (Mexico City)

Sunday 28 November 8–9:30 (Santiago)

Fall 2021 Aesthetics & Politics Lecture Series at CalArts

•September 7, 2021 • Leave a Comment

I’m happy to share the design for the lecture series I’m organizing for F21; the series is tied to one of the required courses in the Aesthetics and Politics MA Program, where I’m an affiliated faculty member.

Jacob Edmond’s Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia UP, 2019)

•August 7, 2021 • Leave a Comment

My review of Jacob Edmond’s Make It the Same: Poetry in the Age of Global Media (Columbia UP, 2019) entitled “Contemporary Poetry and Comparative Iterature” is in the new issue of Contemporary Literature.

This is the publisher’s description of Edmond’s book:

The world is full of copies. This proliferation includes not just the copying that occurs online and the replication enabled by globalization but the works of avant-garde writers challenging cultural and political authority. In Make It the Same, Jacob Edmond examines the turn toward repetition in poetry, using the explosion of copying to offer a deeply inventive account of modern and contemporary literature.

Make It the Same explores how poetry—an art form associated with the singular, inimitable utterance—is increasingly made from other texts through sampling, appropriation, translation, remediation, performance, and other forms of repetition. Edmond tracks the rise of copy poetry across media from the tape recorder to the computer and through various cultures and languages, reading across aesthetic, linguistic, geopolitical, and technological divides. He illuminates the common form that unites a diverse range of writers from dub poets in the Caribbean to digital parodists in China, samizdat wordsmiths in Russia to Twitter-trolling provocateurs in the United States, analyzing the works of such writers as Kamau Brathwaite, Dmitri Prigov, Yang Lian, John Cayley, Caroline Bergvall, NourbeSe Philip, Kenneth Goldsmith, Vanessa Place, Christian Bök, Yi Sha, Hsia Yü, and Tan Lin. Edmond develops an alternative account of modernist and contemporary literature as defined not by innovation—as in Ezra Pound’s oft-repeated slogan “make it new”—but by a system of continuous copying. Make It the Same transforms global literary history, showing how the old hierarchies of original and derivative, center and periphery are overturned when we recognize copying as the engine of literary change.

La Guagua Poetry Festival Reading Series, Saturday, May 1st, 2021 3:00-5:30 PM ET

•April 27, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Michael Leong reads via Zoom for the City College of San Francisco Visiting Writers’ Series, Thu, April 8, 2021, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

•April 7, 2021 • Leave a Comment