Last week, Rachel Blau DuPlessis visited our campus for a two day set of programs sponsored by the Modernist Studies Workshop and the new Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative. Things kicked off with a well attended reading, in the course of which we saw DuPlessis present and discuss some of her newer collage works. This was a new apsect of her work for me, one which I hope to return to often. We also heard excerpts from Drafts and from her recent Graphic Novella, from the ever innovative Xexoxial Editions.
You can hear a recording of the reading here.
The next day we reconvened for a symposium: The Not Known of Experimental Form. Rachel and I were joined on the panel by Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Octavio Gonzales, a PSU PhD as it happens. After an afternoon wrestling with not the unknown but the not known, we retired to the nearby home of Janet Lyon and Michael Berube, where the reception was exceptionally good.