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Kenneth Goldsmith at PMMNLS

the man you have to thank for ubuweb !

By Lisa Radon October 26, 2009

Kenneth Goldsmith at Street Poets and Visionaries Mercer Union. Toronto, 2009
Photo Credit: © C. Jones

Kenneth Goldsmith is tonight’s guest lecturer for PSU’s Monday Night Lecture Series at 7:30 PM at Shattuck Hall Annex (1914 SW Park Ave, Room 198) at PSU.

Goldsmith’s conceptual poetry is primarily of a durational nature. If we’re interested in the area of crossover in the Venn Diagram of art and poem, Goldsmith is There.

He’s also the man we have to thank (as founding editor) for ubuweb, that luscious, ever-growing, massive archive of avant-garde and experimental sound, poem, film and more. And for that he is my hero.

Kenneth Goldsmith’s writing has been called "some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry" by Publishers Weekly. Goldsmith is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (, and the editor of I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for an opera, "Trans-Warhol," that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, "sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith" premiered at the British Library in 2007.

Kenneth Goldsmith is the host of a weekly radio show on New York City’s WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. He has been awarded the The Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Professorship in American Studies at Princeton University for 2009-10 and received the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in Paris in 2009. A book of critical essays, "Uncreative Writing," is forthcoming from Columbia University Press, as is an anthology from Northwestern University Press co-edited with Craig Dworkin, "Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing."

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