Jennifer Scappettone: Agitation of a Copper Lyre: Geopoetics of Entanglement vs./within the Wireless Imagination

Lecture | March 15 | 7 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife room

 Jennifer Scappettone, Associate Professor, University of Chicago English

 Department of English

Jennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of scholarly research, translation, and the literary arts, on the page and off. She is the author of the books From Dame Quickly: Poems (Litmus Press, 2009), Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University Press, 2014), and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (Atelos, 2016).Her most recent publication isSMOKEPENNY LYRICHORD HEAVENBRED: Two Acts (The Elephants, 2018), a free e-chapbook hailing from a libretto composed for live mixed-reality performance with writer and code artist Judd Morrissey and artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan. Other work be found in journals such as alfabeta2, Asymptote, Boston Review, boundary2, Critical Inquiry, e-flux, Jacket2, Moderna, Modern Philology, Nuovi argomenti,andPMLA;in the collections Reading Experimental Writing(Edinburgh University Press, 2019), Geopoetics in Practice(Routledge, 2019), Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene(Wesleyan University Press, 2018), Poetics and Precarity(SUNY Press, 2018), The Fate of Difficulty in the Poetry of Our Time(Northwestern University Press, 2017),Terrain Vague: The Interstitial as Site, Concept, Intervention(Routledge, 2013), and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics(Princeton University Press, 2012); and in the catalog for the US Pavilion of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Dimensions of Citizenship.Her translations of the polyglot poet and refugee from Fascist Italy Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix (University of Chicago Press, 2012), which won the Academy of American Poets’s biennial Raiziss/De Palchi Prize; and she curates PennSound Italiana, a section of the audiovisual archive devoted to marginalized and experimental voices in Italian contemporary poetry. In 2009 she edited Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse,which included new poetry by Lyn Hejinian and Etel Adnan in dialogue with her own poetry and critical prose.She has developed interactive and site-specific poetry in collaboration with other artists for performance and installation at locations ranging from Counterpath Gallery (2019) to the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts (2018), 6018|North for the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles (2014), Trajan’s aqueduct at the American Academy in Rome (2011) and, Fresh Kills Landfill (2010-11). She has been awarded fellowships, residencies, and grants from foundations such as the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Center for Italian Modern Art, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Getty Research Center, and the Huntington Library, and she was a 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellow. She is currently Associate Professor of English, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, and an External Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.

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