Monday, May 02, 2016

The Poetic Autobiography: an evening of readings and discussions on May 3rd

Very excited to be curating this event and leading the discussion around the topic of the poetic autobiography for Ivy Writers Paris Tonight, the 3rd of May 2016 at 19h30 in Paris at Berkeley Books. If you want more information on the event, see the bios for the authors at: 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Brooklyn USA reading 18 April with Jennifer K Dick, Amanda Deutch and Bonny Finberg

Organized by novelist Bonny Finberg, this Monday night reading with Bonny, Jennifer K Dick and Amanda Deutch set up only tonight (yes, we admit, it is a bit impromptu) but we have great hopes to see anyone who is free there, will be at UNNAMEABLE BOOKS one of my favorite bookstores in Brooklyn, NY:

18 April
Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

JENNIFER K. DICK, originally from Iowa, resides in France where she is a Maître de Conférences at the Université de Haute Alsace. She is the author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GA Press, 2004), and 5 chapbooks: NO TITLE (Estepa Editions, Paris, Nov 2016), CONVERSION (Estepa editions, Paris, 2013--including art by Kate Van Houten), BETWIXT (Corrupt, 2012), Tracery (Dusie, 2012) and Retina/Rétine (Estepa, 2005 with art by Kate VCan Houten and translations into French by Rémi Bouthonnier). She is currently at work on a large prose poem project about the CERN and recently completed the manuscripts, Lilith: A Novel in Fragments and the booklength prose poem collaboration with Almanda Deutch Orphery. Jennifer also translates French poets, curates the Ivy Writers reading series in Paris and the Ecrire l’Art mini-residency for French authors at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. She is a poetry editor for VERSAL out of Amsterdam, writes book reviews for various places and a poetics column for Tears in the Fence (UK). Her work has been translated into French, Italian and Czech. For more, see her blog at

BONNY FINBERG’ fiction, poetry and photographs have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her novel, "Kali's Day", was published in 2014 by Autonomedia/Unbearable Books. She is the recipient of a 2014 Acker Award For Fiction.
Her work has been translated into French, Hungarian and Japanese. Other publications include a short story collection, How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era, (Sisyphus Press,NY) and a poetry and collage collection, Déjà Vu (Corrupt Press, Paris). Finberg is included in Jews: A People’s History of the Lower East Side, ed. Clayton Patterson; Best American Erotica, ed. Susie Bright (Simon & Schuster, NY) and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, ed. Alan Kaufman (Thundersmouth Press, NY). She has work in The Brooklyn Rail, Evergreen Review, Ping Pong: The Literary Journal of the Henry Miller Library, Sensitive Skin, A Gathering of Tribes, Long Shot. Many Mountains Moving and the French literary journals Upstairs at Duroc,Van Gogh's Ear and Le Purple Journal. Her work has been archived in the New York University Fales Library collection of Downtown Writers. She lives in New York City and is working on her second novel.

AMANDA DEUTCH is the author of five chapbooks most recently, Pull Yourself Together (Dancing Girl Press), the collaborative, Fit to Print (Harsimus Press) and Half Moon Hotel (Propolis Press, 2016) as well as the collaborative manuscript Orphery with Jennifer K Dick. Deutch’s poetry has been published widely in literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. Poems and essays appear in The Rumpus, Revolver, Bone Bouquet, Delirious Hem, Denver Quarterly, Ping Pong, Watchword Press and Barrow Street, as well as in the anthology Manifesting the Female Epic. A graduate of Bard College, she has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Footpaths in the Azores and The Betsy Writer’s Room in Miami. Born and raised in Manhattan, she lives in Brooklyn where she curates Parachute Literary Arts.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

LIU Brooklyn reading at KGB Bar Manhattan FRIDAY the 15th of April

I am so thrilled to be part of this exciting event at KGB Bar in Manhattan, NY, USA this Friday and hope that if you are in NYC you will come along--I am the little young chick in this astounding line up of authors.

7pm to 9pm (come early for a seat!)
15th April 2016
85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Ed Foster is the author of more than two dozen books. His new work, a long poem entitled Sowing the Wind: Requiem, will be published next year. The founding editor of Talisman House, Publishers and the editor of Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

John High has written ten books, including the novel, The Desire Notebooks. vanishing acts (forthcoming from Talisman, Summer 2016) is the fourth volume in the interconnected series of poetry collections following here, a book of unknowing, and you are everything you are not.  His translations of contemporary Russian poetry include books by Nina Iskrenko, Ivan Zhdanov, and Aleksei Parshchikov

Barbara Henning is the author of three novels and eleven collections of poetry. Her most recent publications are A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015); A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013); Cities & Memory (Chax Press, 2010); a novel, Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVox, 2009); and a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists, 2007). 

Uche Nduka is a Nigerian-American poet, essayist, and collagist.  He is the author of ten volumes of poems of which the most recent are If Only The Night, Ijele, and Nine East.  

Poet, essayist, and translator of Turkish poetry, Murat Nemet-Nejat’s publications include his most recent volume of poetry, The Spiritual Life of Replicants (Talisman Books, 2011), his translation of Ece Ayhan’s A Blind Cat Black and The Orthodoxies (Green Integer, 2015), Seyhan Erozçelik’s Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds (Talisman Books, 2010), and as editor, Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Talisman Books, 2004).  

Jocelyn Lieu is the author of a 9/11 memoir titled What Isn’t There (Nation/Basic Books) and a collection of stories, Potential Weapons (Graywolf). 

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear (Little, Brown, 2016). Born in western Pennsylvania, she has since lived in Chile, Brazil, and New York. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, 2011 National Poetry Series and The Next Country. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into seven languages 

Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Alien Abduction (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008). He was co-founder, with Bernadette Mayer, of United Artists Magazine and Books.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of SOME WORLDS FOR DR. VOGT (Black Square Editions, 2015), ALPHA DONUT (United Artists Books, 2012), BORIS BY THE SEA (Octopus Books, 2009), and several chapbooks. In his free time, he is a volunteer editor at Ugly Duckling Presse. 

and me, if you don't know:

Jennifer K Dick, author of CIRCUITS (Corrupt, 2013), ENCLOSURES (BlazeVox eBook, 2007), FLUORESCENCE (University of GA Press, 2004), and 5 chapbooks, most recently No Title (Estepa, Nov 2015)

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Kinetic Conflicts in Carson and Kandinsky essay now available in Points, Dot, Line

I am thrilled to announce the publication of Points, Dot, Line: The Dynamics of Punctuation in Text and Image (Cambridge Scholars, 2016, 215pp, hardback edition) edited and introduced by Pascale Tollance and Laurence Petit including my chapter (chapter 4 pp 48-67) titled "Circles and Lines / Limits and Extentions: The Kinetic Conflicts Inherent in Anne Carson's The Life of Towns and Wassily Kandinsky's Point and Line to Plane"

Contributors to this book of essays on text and image include: Sophie Aymes, Pascale Tollance, Hélene Gaillard, Lynn Blin, Valerie Morisson, Claude Maisonnat, Jennifer K Dick, Christelle Serée-Chaussinand, Cathy Roche-Liger, Liliaue Louvel, Chantal Delourme, and  Kerry-Jane Wallart.

Preorder the book at the special rate of 19pounds99 instead of 47pounds (a MAJOR discount!) and see the synopsis here:
You can read the intro and a selection of chapter one at:

Monday, December 07, 2015

NO TITLE by Jennifer K Dick from Estepa Editions

Kate Van Houten's eternally surprising artbook press, Estepa Editions, has put out a limited edition of 40 numbered art chapbooks of my poem "No Title", for last week's PAGES artbook fair. Copies may now be ordered directly from the press (and you can also pay by paypal) for 10 euros (email estepa [dot] editions [at] gmail [dot] com) to purchase. 

On rare Italian paper, the inside poem is printed on is a lovely soft
beige page which contrasts with the cover which is a heavier grey tone folded over a slate blue carton. The nuances between these muted grey-beige and the black and white of the printing reflect the poem itself, in what is written over, named, erased, lost. The i.d. photos referenced in the poem are also echoed in the formatting on the cover of  the title and author name--they are embedded in a block of black, the "No Title" almost being lost there. Once opened, the poem inside the book folds out xylaphone style to be read all at once but tucks back into the cover for easy storage. 

I am thrilled with this new object including this highly personal poem I wrote after the mer méditerranée show and the piece "Noiseless" by Rabih Mroué in Mulhouse, France on 13 nov 2015. This is the third art book Kate and I have put out. The first Retina/Rétine (2007) is sold out, but copies of the second Conversions (2014) a book of folio images and poems in a handmade box holder is also still available, 50euros. And I am working on a set of poems based on some of Kate Van Houten's new art (her sculptures and paintings) so perhaps watch for news of another collaboration in 2016!


Thursday, November 05, 2015

Historical Consciousness in a poetry of archives talk on Nov 12th in CAEN, Normandy

Off to CAEN in Normandy next week on the 12th Nov to talk about Susan Howe and WWII as part of the ERIBIA seminar on Women's War Writings along with talks by Amy Wells and Jennifer Kilgore-Cardec. If you happen to be around, please feel free to come along!  See my abstract below, too.

"No silence before armies": Susan Howe and WWII—Historical consciousness in a poetry of archives. Jennifer K. Dick, MCF, Université de Haute-Alsace: Talk to be presented at the ERIBIA seminar on the 12th of Nov 2015 in CAEN: MRSH-Salle des Actes SH 027

Susan Howe opens her book The Europe of Trusts with the declaration “For me there was no silence before armies” (9) and closes that initial essay (entitled "There are not leaves enough to crown to cover to crown to cover") with the desire to “…tenderly lift from the dark side of history, voices that are anonymous, slighted—inarticulate” (14). Thus Howe sets her mark high as her books tackle again and again History—both her own, lived experiences of war and post-war, but also the entire accumulation of the wars that History has left to her. War embedded in her a sense that language, the bits and pieces of it that arrived in her father’s letters, the scraps relocated, unearthed among archives, were the foundations for her own historical consciousness. As she wrote “questions of assigning the cause of history dictate the sound of what is thought.” (13) What therefore makes Susan Howe a key WWII and post-WWII voice is precisely how the war—with the departure of Susan Howe's father as well as her own migration to the States—is a rupture for her which is so profound that it feeds not only into what she writes, but into how she writes it (formally, visually, as fragmented and collaged). This talk will address how the one war she is experiencing is part of how she is able to write herself into the ongoing narrative of History in the making and unmaking, in the way it unifies and divides, defines and makes narrative, Epic, drama, and her poetry. As such, we will discuss and consider Susan Howe’s proclaimed "Historical consciousness".

Jennifer K Dick,
MdC, Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse
Labo de recherche : ILLE. Member of the SAES and ENSFR.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Barcelona Spain Reading the 30th Oct and Workshop the 31st Oct

JKD and MN reflected over "old" Barcelona model at the Maritime Museum
Michelle Noteboom and I are in Barcelona, Spain this week on a sort of nostalgia return trip here after our last Oct visit in 2013 when we were also joined by Bonny Finberg. We find the city fabulously warm and welcoming and of course the sun lingering into the fall with its welcome warmth is not to be missed. But we are also honored to be reading here again, and I am also doing a writing workshop: see here is some key info for those events should you be here and want to join, and a few pictures for those who just want to bask in the beautiful Barcelona air vicariously!

Michelle Noteboom and Jennifer K Dick 
+ open readings for interested authors who want to share work!
9pm Oct 30th at Collage, 96 Sant Salvador, Barcelona
Two American poets, Jennifer K Dick and Michelle Noteboom, will read their poems on Friday, October 30, at Collage. All Collage events are must-see, but Jen and Michelle aren’t in Barcelona nearly often enough, and you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear them. Please bring work to read in the open reading. For more information or to RSVP: see the Facebook event invitation:

5-7pm Oct 31st at Collage, 96 Sant Salvador, Barcelona
DESCRIPTION: Open to authors of prose, poetry or mixed genre works, this Saturday afternoon workshop is about starting, and starting again, providing tips, techniques and some triggering exercises to get ink onto and into the white page. For authors, each day, each page brings us a sense of accomplishment and the excitement of getting somewhere even when we battle to find a single line that works for us. So, to generate and work at attaining some tips that can be used to generate new writing, we will try our hand at a variety of exercises and techniques to warm up, redirection, and get going writing prose, poetry or prose poems/flash fiction. We will also read some short texts by other authors as part of some of the writing exercises we will try our hand at this afternoon. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a few beginnings, and perhaps also a finished draft or two. A course for writers at all levels.
LOGISTICS/FEE: To sign up, contact "Emilie" via her email at: collagebarcelona [at] gmail [dot] com / or call 93.284.6520. 20€ fee covers photocopies, space and the course. 
ADDRESS: Barcelona, Spain at Collage (Sant Salvador 96, metro: Lesseps).
RSVP on the Facebook event page, too, at: 
Valerie Coulton and Ed Smallfield--poets residing in Barcelona--with Jennifer K Dick and Michelle Noteboom at Palmera Restaurant
Me (Jennifer K Dick) in front of an old map at the Barcelona Maritime Museum
Michelle Noteboom at work writing in our Barcelona flat
Michelle Noteboom and Jennifer K Dick playing "divers of yore" outside the Barcelona Maritime Museum
In the Parc Juan Miro which we discovered is not near the fondacio

The Amazing fountains descending in front of the Museo of Catalan Art