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Gonzaga English Department Visiting Scholars Series Presents Lectures Feb. 10 by Poet Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith, author, conceptual artist, and the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate, will discuss poetry and his new book, “Seven American Deaths and Disasters” at Gonzaga on Feb. 10. Photo Credit: © C. Jones

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University English department’s Visiting Scholars Series will present two free public lectures on Monday, Feb. 10 by Kenneth Goldsmith, author, conceptual artist, and the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate.

Goldsmith, who appeared last year on the late-night TV program “The Colbert Report” and performed in a poetry reading at the White House in 2011, is founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb, a web-based educational resource for avant-garde material. He will discuss “UbuWeb: What Is It?” at 1:10 p.m., in Room 110 of the Jundt Art Center. At 7 p.m., he will read from his latest book of poetry “Seven American Deaths and Disasters” (2013) in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

Seven American Deaths and Disasters” transcribes historic radio and television reports of national tragedies as they occurred, revealing a rich panorama of passionate description. Taking its title from the series of Andy Warhol paintings by the same name, Goldsmith recasts the mundane as iconic, creating prose poems that encapsulate seven major moments in recent U.S. history: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and John Lennon, the space shuttle Challenger disaster, the Columbine shootings, 9/11, and the death of Michael Jackson.

The Gonzaga English department’s Visiting Scholars Series hosts one visiting scholar annually. Also, one member of the faculty delivers a lecture. Linda Tredennick, associate professor of English at Gonzaga, lectured in the fall semester. The lecture is co-sponsored by Gonzaga’s academic vice president, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the art department, and the Faculty Speakers Committee.

Born in 1961, Goldsmith served as a fellow of poetics and poetic practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, where he taught creative writing and poetics to undergraduates, and was part of a series of workshops and readings at the university’s Kelly Writers House and the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. Goldsmith also hosted a weekly radio show for WFMU radio in Hoboken, N.J. The books of poetry he has published include: “Fidget” (2000), “Soliloquy” (2001) and “Day” (2003) and his American trilogy, “The Weather” (2005), “Traffic (2007), and “Sports,” (2008). Goldsmith also authored the book of essays, “Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in a Digital Age” (2011). As editor he published “I’ll be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews” (2004) and is the co-editor of “Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing” (2011). He resides in New York City.

For more information, please contact Gonzaga English Professor Tod Marshall at (509) 313-6681 or via email [].

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