Communal Presence: Jocelyn Saidenberg and Robert Glück
BAMPFA continues its celebration of New Narrative writing in conjunction with the Communal Presence conference, with a reading by Robert Gluck, a conduit for the Small Press Traffic workshops that would launch New Narrative, and Jocelyn Saidenberg, a former student of Gluck turned collaborator and fellow traveler. Jocelyn Saidenberg is a Bay Area writer, performer, and educator whose books of poetry include Mortal City, Dusky, Cusp, Negativity, Shipwreck, and Dead Letter. With Brandon Brown she co-curated the Performance Writing Series at New Langton Arts. She is the founding editor of KRUPSKAYA Books. Currently she's working on an elaboration of the atomic poetics of Lucretius. Robert Gluck is the author of eleven books, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist; a collection of stories, Denny Smith; prose poems with Kathleen Fraser, In Commemoration of the Visit; and, most recently, Communal Nude: Collected Essays. His work is included in anthologies such as The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction, The Norton Anthology of World Literature, and Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker. He prefaced artist Frank Moore's Between Life and Death and edited, with Camille Roy, Mary Berger, and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative. Gluck was codirector of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, associate editor at Lapis Press, and director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State, where he is an emeritus professor. He lives in Malmo, Sweden, and "high on a hill" in San Francisco.