Archive | October, 2012

Flarf at Princeton

26 Oct

The first of several announcements . . . people of New Jersey: please come!

The Princeton Contemporary Poetry Colloquium presents:

“I Think I Might Be Facebook Pregnant” — Flarf with Sharon Mesmer and K. Silem Mohammad

Wednesday, November 14 / Reading at 6pm, discussion to follow / Location: McCosh 40.

Flarf poetry has been described variously as cloying, obscene, liberating, purposefully awful, offensive, hilarious. Flarf poets distill their poems from internet search results, a constraint with room for improvisation that turns convention on its head. Mesmer is the author of The Virgin Formica, Annoying Diabetic Bitch, Vertigo Seeks Affinities, and three fiction collections, two from Hanging Loose Press and one from Hachette Litteratures in French translation. A two-time NYFA fellow and 2010 Fulbright Specialist, she teaches poetry and fiction at New York University and the New School. In his current project, Sonnagrams, Mohammad creates anagrammed sonnets from the sonnets of Shakespeare. He is the author of Breathalyzer, A Thousand Devils, and Deer Head Nation and editor of Abraham Lincoln. He teaches at Southern Oregon University where he is the faculty editor for West Wind Review.