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Johanna Drucker & Jocelyn Saidenberg
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry and Speculative Theory!
A poem written at the beginning of each day for one year by prolific poet and long-time editor Jocelyn Saidenberg, kith & kin imbricates dreams, waking, friendship, and grief. In reproducing everyday banalities of mourning, Saidenberg finds herself “in proximity to others who are also with me, ones who mumble, who yell in rage, who are recently or long dead, who dream of me at night.”
Jocelyn Saidenberg is a writer, educator, and performer based in the Bay Area. Her books include: Mortal City (Parentheses Writing Series, 1998), Cusp (Kelsey St. Press, 2001), Negativity (Atelos Press, 2007), Dead Letter (Roof Books, 2014), in addition to three chapbooks, Dusky, Dispossessed, and Shipwreck. Her work has been published in several journals and anthology such as SFMoMA Open Space, The Encyclopedia Project, and Bay Poetics. Since 1998 she has worked as the founding editor and publisher for Krupskaya Press, with 39 titles circulating to date, and has curated literary events through Bay Area arts organizations for over fifteen years. She teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley and the Prison University Project at San Quentin.
Johanna Drucker’s The General Theory of Social Relativity presents a radically innovative framework for thinking about social processes and studies. Using the case study of Trump, quantum physics, and the theory of general relativity to explain the forces at work in the social world, this daring speculative theory offers a non-mechanistic approach to the workings of affective forces in politics, aesthetics, and in all human events.
Johanna Drucker is a writer, scholar, artist, and the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA. The author of more than a dozen works of critical scholarship, ten books of creative prose, and almost three dozen editioned books under the imprint Druckwerks, she has lectured and published widely on topics related to the history of the book, digital aesthetics, graphic design, visual epistemology, and contemporary art. She is also known for her work as a visual poet and book artist, with works in collections throughout North America and Europe.