Guy Bennett

In addition to periodic readings in Los Angeles and occasional readings elsewhere (to date, Chicago, London, Madison, Montreal, New York, Paris, Quebec City, San Diego, San Francisco), I have read at the following arts, literary, and poetry festivals:

Recent and forthcoming readings and events are listed below:

May 7, 2016 · In the context of Adam Berg’s exhibition In The Blink of An Eye, currently on display at Edward Cella Art+Architecture, I will be participating in “Reversible Machines – Irreversible Processes,” a panel discussion with Amanda Beech, Peter Lunenfeld, and Adam Berg. The event will take place from 2 – 4 PM at the Edward Cella gallery, located at 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034.

April 1–2, 2016 · I will be contributing a piece to the second installment of Radio, a 24-hour program focusing on “contemporary poetry in all of its creative forms,” curated by sound poet and sculptor Anne-James Chaton. Broadcast live from the auditorium of the Fondation Louis Vuitton from 6 PM April 1st through 6 PM April 2nd, Radio II will include live readings, interviews, recordings, and performances featuring a broad spectrum of contemporary creative work. The event is free and open to the public, and will be live-streamed and available for listening after the fact on the Radio archive page (my contribution can be found here). The FLV is located at 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, and you may reserve seats via their website.

February 18, 19, 20, 2016 · I’ll be in France in February for readings of Poèmes évidents. The first will take place on Thursday, February 18 at 8 PM at the Le comptoir des mots in Paris, at 8 PM on Friday the 19th at La machine à lire in Bordeaux, and back in Paris on Saturday the 20th for an 8 PM reading at the Fondation des États-unis hosted by Double Change. In all cases I will be reading with Frédéric Forte, with whom I had the pleasure of translating the poems in question.

February 4, 2016 · In celebration of the recently published Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics, The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East, is hosting a “salon marocain” which will feature readings from the anthology by editors Olivia Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio, as well as by Lia Brozgal and I, who contributed translations to the volume. The event will also include Moroccan music and food. The Markaz is located at 5998 W. Pico Blvd, and the event is scheduled for 7–10 PM. Entry is $5.00 and an RSVP is requested by calling (323) 413–2001.

November 8, 2015 · I will be participating in the second @SEA event at the Poetic Research Bureau, where I will present / read from my recently published View Source and “Infrascripts,” the larger project of which it is a part. Also participating are Carmina Escobar (vocal performance), Eve Luckring (video), and Jan Wagner (poetry and translations). The Poetic Research Bureau is located at 951 Chung King Rd in Chinatown. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 1 PM, activities commence at 1:30 PM sharp.

November 4 – 31, 2015 · As a long-time admirer of Annetta Kapon’s Proxy Gallery, I am pleased to announce that “This Space Available” (one of my Nearly Actualized Works) will be exhibited there through mid-December. The opening will take place on Wednesday, November 4 from 6 PM – 8 PM, and the work will be up until December 15th. The Proxy Gallery, which was recently profiled in the L.A. Times, is located at 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City CA 90232.

January 31, 2015 · The Effie Street Reading Series begins the new year with an event celebrating a project of Art Center’s Archetype Press. For several years, Gloria Kondrup, director of the press, and Dennis Phillips, poet and faculty member at Art Center, have run a class in which students design, typeset, and print chapbooks of poems proposed by visiting poets. Some of the poets in question – Rocio Carlos, Rachel McLeod Kaminer, David Lloyd, Amy Neilson, Dennis Phillips, Paul Vangelisti, and myself – will be reading today and the press will be displaying the students’ work. The reading will take place in the garden at 3020 Effie Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026, and will begin at 1:00 PM.

January 24, 2015 · I will be giving a talk on translating Giovanna Sandri at the conference Literature and Global Culture: The Voice of the Translator, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The conferece features sessions running all day Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th (see the full program here.) I will speak on Saturday afternoon on the panel “The Voice of the Translator, the Voice of the Poet.” The conference will take place in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 6020, and is free and open to the public.

June 15, 18, and 20, 2014 · I will be writing on the 15th and 18th and reading on the 20th in the context of Thomas Hirschhorn’s exhibition Flamme Éternelle at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The exhibition will be viewable between noon and midnight and entrance is free.

April 2, 2014 · This evening we will celebrate the recent publication of Giovanna Sandri’s only fragments found: selected poems, 1969–1998. There will be a presentation of the book, with projections of Sandri’s visual poems, as well as a bilingual reading of some of her verbal poems. Leo Campaner will read a selection with me. Part of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design’s Visiting Writers Series, this free event will take place in the Ahmanson Hall Forum on the Otis campus, and will begin at 7:30 PM. Otis is located at 9045 Lincoln Blvd in Westchester (click here for directions), and the Forum is on the ground floor of the Ahmanson building.

October 18, 2013 · The conference On the Fringe of the Neo-Avant-Garde marks the 50th anniversary of the Gruppo 63. As the conference title suggests, it will focus on lesser-known works by members of the group as well as on writers and composers peripheral to the “official” movement. I will be speaking about the poetry of Giovanna Sandri in an afternoon panel on this day, in the forum on the main campus of Otis College of Art and Design. The panel runs from 2:15–3:30 and is free and open to the public.

October 17, 2013 · With Pierre Joris, Teresa Villa-Ignacio, Olivia C. Harrison, and Kenza Sefrioui, I will be participating in a roundtable discussion on the translation of North African literature, with particular emphasis on writers published in the seminal Moroccan literary journals Souffles and Anas. Organized by the Francophone Resourse Center of the University of Southern California, the event will be held in the Leavy Library Auditorium on the USC campus. It will run from 10am–1pm and is free and open to the public (For library location, see this map.)

June 15, 2013 ·  I’ll be participating in LIFE SENTENCES: An Afternoon of the Epigrammatic, a “festival of the epigram” with Charles Bernstein, Aaron Kunin, Maggie Nelson, Vanessa Place, Matvei Yankelevich, Maged Zaher, and Andrew Maxwell who organized the event. It will take place from 1–5 PM in the Poetic Research Bureau in Chinatown, Los Angeles, at 951 Chung Kind Road. Amateurs of the aphorism unite!

May 18, 2013 · Kathy McPherson and I have co-curated “Writing This Side of the 405,” a reading by more than 25 writers living and working (or having lived and worked) west of the 405 freeway. It will take place in the forum on the main campus of Otis College of Art and Design from 4 PM on. The reading is free and open to the public and will stream live on this page.
 
“Writing This Side of the 405” was created in conjunction with the exhibition “Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405,” on view in the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design through June 1, 2013. This is the first of several planned “Freeway Studies,” each of which will feature a companion reading.

April 21, 2013 · Béatrice Mousli and I will be signing copies of Beyond the Iconic: Contemporary Photographs of Paris, 1971-2003 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books from 10 AM–12 PM on the USC campus. The signing will take place in the booth of our publisher, Angel City Press (booth 119).

October 3, 2012 · Poet, translator, editor Yves di Manno (who was just awarded the Prix Mottart by the Académie française for his translation of Oppen’s complete work) will join Paul Vangelisti and I for a conversation about literary translation. Part of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design’s Visiting Writers Series, this free event will take place in the Ahmanson Hall Forum on the Otis campus, and will begin at 7:30 PM. Otis is located at 9045 Lincoln Blvd in Westchester (click here for directions), and the Forum is on the ground floor of the Ahmanson building.

June 16, 2012 · Dennis Phillips, Martha Ronk, and I will be reading together in conjunction with the Meticulosity exhibition in the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design. The reading, which will take place in the gallery, will begin at 2PM and is free and open to the public. Otis is located at 9045 Lincoln Blvd in Westchester (click here for directions), and the Ben Maltz Gallery is on the ground floor of the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts.

May 12, 2012 · Nickelette will be performing at takes one to know one, an event featuring readings by Sarah Suzor and Travis Cebula, both of whom will be reading from new books of poetry, and two "micro-sets" by Nickelette, which will bookend the evening. The event will be held at the Very Venice Art and Design Gallery, and will run from 7–10 PM. It is free and open to the public, but you will need to bring a print out of this invitation to get in. The Very Venice Art and Design Gallery is located at 1629 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA. Hope to see you there.

May 9, 2012 · I will be giving a talk with Paul Vangelisti entitled, “Translating Mohammed Dib: Adventures in Publishing.” We’ll be speaking about our recent translations of Dib’s L.A. Trip and Tlemcen or Places of Writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

January 14, 2012 · I will be reading with Anna Rosen Guercio at the Kristi Engle Gallery in the first of what will hopefully become a series of readings in translation, curated by Carolie Parker. The Kristi Engle Gallery is located at 5002 York Blvd in Highland Park. The reading will begin at 7:00 PM and is free and open to the public..

June 19, 2011 · I’ll be reading with Linda Lay at The Battery Books & Music at 4 PM. Run by legendary drummer R. West, Esq., The Battery is located at 1005-B Mission Street in South Pasadena. For details, call (626) 376-9913.

May 1, 2011 · Béatrice Mousli and I will be signing copies of Beyond the Iconic: Contemporary Photographs of Paris, 1971-2003 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books from 2–4 PM on the USC campus. The signing will take place in the booth of our publisher, Angel City Press (booth 068).

April 13, 14, 16, 2011 · Following up on the readings we did together in Paris in January, I’ll be giving three readings with Philippe Beck in California in April. The first two will take place in Los Angeles: on Wednesday the 13th at Otis College of Art and Design, and on Thursday the 14th at the Poetic Research Bureau’s new space at 951 Chung King Road in Chinatown. On Saturday the 16th we’ll read in San Francisco for The Poetry Center at the Meridian Gallery at 535 Powell Street.

January 17, 20, 2011 · I will also be giving two readings, both with Philippe Beck. The first, part of the Ivy Writers Series, will take place on the 18th at Le Next, 17 rue Tiquetonne in the 2nd (M° Etienne Marcel /RER Les Halles). The second will be on the 20th at the Librairie l'Atelier, 2 bis, Rue du Jourdain in the 20th (Métro Jourdain). These will be followed up with a few readings in the U.S. in spring.

January 15, 2011 · I will be participating in « La république des traducteurs, rencontre des traducteurs de Valère Novarina » at the Théâtre de l’Odéon. Organized by Marco Baschera and Jacques Le Ny, the event will be held in the Odéon’s Grande salle from 11:00–4:30.

January 8, 2011 · I will participate in the MLA Off-Site Reading at ArtShare, featuring 70+ poets reading < 3" each beginning at ≈ 7 PM. ArtShare is located at 801 East 4th Place in Los Angeles, and the event is free. Curated by Brian Kim Stefans and the PRB.

December 17, 2010 · I'll be participating in one of two “Villa Aurora meets LA poets & composers” evenings, reading with Uljana Wolf, Stephen Motika, and Maggie Nelson. Marc Sabat and Andrew McIntosh will perform one of Sabat’s compositions. The following evening will feature musical performances by Sabat, John Schneider, Andrew McIntosh, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. Both events are co-sponsored by the Villa Aurora and Beyond Baroque in Venice, where they will take place, beginning at 7 PM.

October 6, 2010 · I'll have the pleasure of introducing Bruce Bégout and D.J. Waldie at the presentation of the former's Common Place: The American Motel, which has just been published by Otis Books | Seismicity Editions. Waldie, who wrote the afterword to the book, will join the author for a brief reading and discussion of this new translation. Part of Otis’ Visiting Writers Series, the event will take place in the Ahmanson Hall Forum on the Otis Goldsmith Campus and will begin at 7:30 PM.

September 20, 21, 2010 · I'll be reading at the Largo in Quebec City on the 20th, and at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal on the 21st, as part of the “Quatre saisons, quatre couleurs, quatre lumières : Poésie et jazz” events. These readings are organized by the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques in collaboration with the Festival international de poésie de Trois-Rivières and the Bibliothèque nationale of Québec. On both occasions I will be reading with Hélène Dorion, Paul Savoie, and Nicole Cage-Florentiny. Both events will begin at 7:30 PM and include performances by the Trio Daniel Lessard.