Thursday, January 21, 2010

95 Cent School: Social Poetics/Aesthetic-Politico Practices & Poetry

From Susana Gardner of all things Dusie Press, many things Black Radish Books Collective, & uncountable other things, sends me this (wishing I could go, but due to teaching schedule, unlikely).

Students in my class, and those in the Olympia area who have been to PRESS events, etc: do read this post, & if interested, please feel free to contact me--obvious affinities here, etc.

This is a one time email. If you are interested in future updates, please reply to address above or or join the 95 Cent Skool facebook group:


The 95 Cent Skool is a 6 day long experimental seminar that will be offered in Oakland, California, July 26-31, 2010. It is convened by Joshua Clover andJuliana Spahr. It will explore the possibilities of poetry writing as part of a larger social practice, at a distance from the economic and professional expectations of institutions. We believe a dozen people sitting around a table can’t ruin poetry, but that costs, professional context, mythologies of individual genius, and client/service-based models can — and in our own experiences teaching in pay-to-play writing programs, often do.

Our concerns in these six days begin with the assumption that poetry has a role to play in the larger political and intellectual sphere of contemporary culture, and that any poetry which subtracts itself from such engagements is no longer of interest. “Social poetics” is not a settled category, and does not necessarily refer to poetry espousing a social vision. It simply assumes that the basis of poetry is not personal expression or the truth of any given individual, but shared social struggle.

The 6 days will feature:
•    Morning discussion groups lead by Juliana and Joshua
•    Two guest speakers: one on the political economy and one on ecology
•    Afternoon group and/or collaborative writing sessions
•    Dinners and drinks at a nearby bar

The 6 days will not feature:
•    Workshops led by a “master poet”
•    Agents or editors who will advise your work into publication
•    A Richard Wilbur Celebration Night
•    Instruction in reciting poetry to bring out the emotional content of the poem

The final program will be available later in the Spring.

Each participant will be asked to contribute up to 1% of annual gross income as their 95 cents exclusively towards operating expenses. The workshop leaders and as many other organizers as possible will donate their time. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email us if you’ve got questions about how much you can pay. We will also help in finding free housing for any participants in need.

The program is open to any interested participant with any level of prior engagement with poetry. This program is not affiliated with any institution of higher education and no transferrable institutional credit will be offered. There is no application fee, but space is limited. Please send a note indicating interest and experience to

Please feel encouraged to re/post this listing to your blog or otherwise redistribute. If you would like to receive further information about the 95 Cent Skool, please email the address above, or join the 95 Cent Skool facebook group: The 95 Cent Skool will happen with the support of Small Press Traffic and 'A 'A Arts.

Thank you very much,

the 95¢ Skoolers —

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