Readings in Contemporary Poetry: Jen Bervin and Bernadette Mayer

Jen Bervin is a visual artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, scholarship, text, textiles, science, and life. She has published ten books including The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems (2013) with Marta Werner and Silk Poems (2017), a poem written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor with Tufts University’s silk lab. Bervin is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities residency at Northwestern University, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation residency, an Asian Cultural Council fellowship, and a Creative Capital grant. Her work has been exhibited at venues such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Power Plant in Toronto, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan, and can also be found in more than thirty international collections.

Bernadette Mayer is the author of over twenty-seven collections of poetry including most recently Works and Days (2016), Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer (2015), and The Helens of Troy (2013), as well as countless chapbooks and artist books. She has received grants from Creative Capital, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. She is also the recipient of a 2014 Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. From 1980 to 1984, she served as the director of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and has also edited and founded 0 to 9 journal and United Artists books and magazines. She has taught at the New School in New York City, Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, Long Island University, College of Saint Rose in Albany, and Miami University.

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