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The Snows of Venice / Literary Reading by Ben Lerner

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 8:00pm

Klarman Auditorium (KG70), Klarman Hall

Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College, Ben Lerner is one of the greatest creative writers of our times. Author of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, Mean Free Path, and No Art), novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04), and essayistic reflections on poetry’s core relation to social life (The Hatred of Poetry), he has additionally made artist books in collaboration with Thomas Demand (Blossom) and Anna Ostoya (The Polish Rider). For his riveting and enlivening work he has received numerous fellowships and awards from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among others. The Snows of Venice, his richly textured literary collaboration with Alexander Kluge, is forthcoming in English and German with Spector Books this fall. Ben Lerner’s literary reading of The Snows of Venice is a featured event at the Cornell University conference, “Alexander Kluge: New Perspectives on Creative Arts and Critical Practice” (October 11-13, 2018).

This literary reading will be moderated by Devin Fore (Princeton University), author of Realism After Modernism and an editor of the journals October and New German Critique.

Organizer: Leslie A. Adelson, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of German Studies and Chair, Department of German Studies, Cornell University

Co-Sponsors: Cornell University’s Institute for German Cultural Studies, Department of German Studies, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University Library, Department of English, Department of Comparative Literature, Cornell Institute for European Studies, and New German Critique

Free and open to the public