Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Patrice Nganang

On Saturday, March 8th, in Mildred Sainer Auditorium, Patrice Nganang, will give a talk on the personal and collective politics of African writing: “The Library of Njoya: The Dream from which I Write”

The talk is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

In addition, there will be two forums where students can meet and speak with Nganang:

First, an open session at the Four Winds on Friday March 7, from 3-5:30 for students who want to talk to Nganang—in English, French or German—about his work, African literature, graduate study in comparative literature, etc.

Second, a lunch & roundtable on Saturday March 8. Seating will be limited at this; if students want to attend, they need to contact Agne Milukaite or Marilee Pray ( for details.

More information about Nganang follows.


Patrice Nganang is a fascinating, powerful and provocative writer, academic & speaker. Originally from Cameroon (he left Cameroon in the wake of the protests in the early 1990s that came close to toppling the regime of Paul Biya), he holds a doctorate from the University of Frankfurt (Germany) and is currently on the faculty of SUNY Stonybrook (in comparative literature). He is a young and prolific author (he has published 3 novels to date, collections of poetry, short stories and novellas, as well as works of literary criticism on topics ranging from contemporary theater (a comparative study of Brecht and Soyinka) to African film. He has been awarded two prestigious French literary prizes, the Prix Marguerite Yourcenar in 2001 and the Grand Prix de la litt?rature de l’Afrique noire in 2002, both for his novel “Temps de chien” (which I translated as “Dog Days”).

His work is very political and inspiring. His fiction touches on issues ranging from the social manifestations of political oppression in Cameroon to the silenced history of the Bamileke genocide that followed Cameroon’s independence. Because he is most interested in creating a space for silenced voices to be heard, he weaves stories that are compelling, poignant and vibrant with humor. His essays are very political – whether challenging the passivity of African elites in the face of political violence or the self-important attitude of literary critics who judge African literature. This winter he traveled to The Hague to witness the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Nganang will be on the New College campus for 3 days, holding discussions and roundtables with students, and capping off his visit with a public talk on Saturday.

Monday, February 25, 2008


At the request of several students interested in DIY / small press
publishing, or just interested in seeing and talking about issues in
and around chapbooks, I have reserved

CFA 211, 6 - 8 p.m., the following evenings:

Tues. 2/26 -- recent online and print chapbooks
Tues. 3/18 -- collaboration, layout, and the work
Tues. 4/22 -- production and distribution

chapbooks are not just for writers!

those interested in portfolio-making for graduate applications,
producing ephemera to sell or provide free at shows / performances, or
thinking about works in series will be as surprised and pleased as
those needing practice with .pdf distilling and printing / xeroxing two
sided copies

All best,
Catherine Daly
writer in residence

Mail Art

Call of works to "MailArt Planetary Failure" exhibition. in the
Federal Fluminense University, Niteroi - Rio de Janeiro.

With the theme "Planetary Failure" we will expose mailart artworks
from all over the world during the III State Environment Conference
of Rio de Janeiro.

The exhibition will be in a digital panel on the mainly Campus of
this named University.

Artworks must be mailed with artist and country name to planetary @ till March 12/2008.

The picture must have resolution of 300dpi and no more of 800x600
pixels in jpg format.
Originals artwork also can be send but not mandatory to:
Lucy Manso Dutra
Rua Assis Brasil, 194/507
Copacabana - Rio de Janeiro - RJ

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

upcoming lectures

“Women Artists Through the Ages:" Hannah Hoch, Sonia Delaunay & Romaine Brooks

Monday March 3, 2008

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Ringling Library Education Building, Room 1003


New College Art History students will present short lectures on women artists. These lectures were originally prepared as papers for Professor Cris Hasssold's course "An 'Other’ Story: Women Artists through the Ages." This lecture series is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited so please call for reservations (941) 359-5700 "1" ext. 2701 or 2702.

Hannah Hoch is a German DaDa collage artist; many of her collages survived World War II because she buried them in her garden.

Sonia Delaunay (from wikipedia) collaborated with poet Blaise Cendrars in 1912. She illustrated his poem La Prose du Transsib√©rien et de La Petite Jehanne de France (“The Prose of the Trans-Siberian and of Little Jehanne of France”) about a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, by creating a 2m long accordion type of book. Using simultaneous design principles the book merged text and design.

Romaine Brooks (from wikipedia) experimented with automatic drawing in the 1930s, drawings of humans, angels, demons, animals, and monsters, all formed out of continuous curved lines. She said that when she started a line she didn't know where it would go, and that the drawings "evolve[d] from the subconscious ... [w]ithout premeditation."

“Women Artists Through the Ages:" Florine Stettheimer, Claude Cahun & Leonor Fini

Monday March 10, 2008

3:30 to 5:00 pm

Ringling Library Education Building, Room 1003


New College Art History students will present short lectures on women artists. These lectures were originally prepared as papers for Professor Cris Hasssold's course "An 'Other’ Story: Women Artists through the Ages."

Claude Cahun is arguably the most important forgotten female french surrealist poet. I have a back burner project to translate her works into French and publish a bilingual edition. Here is a link:

claude cahun


Week Three

Week Three

Introduction of DaDa cabaret

The roots of DaDa, especially the DaDa of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland, during World War I (not the 80s band named after the famed cabaret), are a response to the violence of war. The manifesto idea of the futurists was adopted to anti-violence, rather than the aesthetics of technology and violence. The DaDa cabaret will be introduced, and participants will prepare their contributions to a “new” DaDa cabaret.

Emmy Hennings and diseuse (poetry recitation); Hugo Ball

Tristan Tzara

Jean/Hans Arp and Sophie Tauber (cross-arts)

Picabia and Duchamp

Collage and Film

DaDa Manifesti

By Hugo Ball

By Tristan Tzara

By Tristan Tzara

See also Princeton Encyclopedia, "DaDa," pps. 268-270.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Week Two

Participants, having written or described in writing their “moments of truth” or “recipes” for a futurist Sintisi or Banquet, will present them for discussion. They will also distribute copies of written works for discussion next week.

Introduction of Russian Futurism, Constructivism, Zaum, Prouns, and of manifesti

See Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, "Constructivism," p. 237, and, in "Russian Poetry," the paragraph ending p. 1109 and beginning p. 1110.

In the New College Library, see Vladamir Mayakovsky, The Bedbug and Selected Poetry, PG3476.M3 A24 1970. There are two copies!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

where to send work

There is a list, run by Alison Joseph, a professor of creative writing at SIU - Carbondale, called CRWOPPS. One flaw is that it includes a great many opportunities which are contests with entry fees -- I don't advise entering them. However, here are fee-free recent posts. It is a yahoo group, and so can be joined there.

We are pleased and excited to announce the first annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest, for writers under the age of thirty. Alice Hoffman will be the final judge. Submissions will be accepted February 1st-February 15th, with the winner announced in late spring. Submissions must be 1200 words or less. There is no entry fee. (go to this address to enter story)

The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2008 Writers Workshop, June 14th to the 21st, in beautiful Gambier, Ohio.


Writers must 30 years of age or younger at the time of submission.

Stories must be no more 1200 words in length.

Please do not simultaneously submit your contest entry to another magazine or contest.

The submissions link will be active February 1st to February 15th. All work must be submitted through our electronic system. We cannot accept paper submissions. Go to for story entry

Winners will be announced in the late spring. You will receive an e-mail notifying you of any decisions regarding your work.

The final judge will be Alice Hoffman, acclaimed author of The Skylight Confessions.




Eligibility: Only undergraduates enrolled full-time in American and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2007-2008 are eligible for the prize. This Prize has always encouraged submissions from students with an Asian background, but we want to make it clear that we encourage students of all races and backgrounds to enter.

Submissions of no more than 7500 words should be typed on paper 8? by 11 and be accompanied by proof of the participant's current undergraduate enrollment and a permanent address, phone number and email address. No electronic submissions accepted. No other entry form is required. Manuscripts will not be returned.

Evidence of current enrollment: a xeroxed copy of a grade transcript, a class schedule or receipt of payment of tuition showing your full-time status for either fall '07 or spring '08 semesters will do. The name of the institution and its address must be clear. Please indicate the name of the department of your major field of study.

The 2008 winner will receive $1,000.

Inquiries may be directed to: jjwest(at) (replace (at) with @)

Submission to this Prize assumes the right of Stony Brook to publish the winning story on its Web site. Stony Brook reserves the right not to award the Prize.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be postmarked by

March 1, 2008.

The winner and runners-up will be contacted in June 2008, at which time the contest results will be posted and the winning story published on the Fiction Prize Web site:

Submissions should be sent to:






STONY BROOK, NY 11794-5350


Please tell your students to consider submitting poetry, fiction, creative

nonfiction, drama, b&w photography, or mixed-genre work to the North Central

Review. The staff gives each submission at least two close readings, the journal
is beautifully produced, and contributors are given two copies.

Submissions can be sent as Word attachments to nccreview(at) (replace (at) with @)

Both the

e-mail message and the attachments should include full contact information with
an .edu e-mail address to indicate student status.

Or hard copies can be submitted to NC Review, CM#235, North Central College, 30
N. Brainard Street, Naperville, IL 60540.

For more information, see


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Week One

What is an art movement? How does critique relate to creativity? Is writing an art? What is a workshop?

Scene Nights, Dinners, and Manifesti

Futurism was a movement in Italy associated with the rise of Mussolini, and separately in Russia associated with the Revolution. The poet Marinetti published the Futurist manifesto in 1909.

Futurist Manifesto

Required text from The Futurist Cookbook.

The Italian Futurist Sintisi and Banquets will be introduced in this first class, and then participants will discuss their contributions to a “new” Sintisi / Banquet “dinner theatre” for the following week.

See also, in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, "Futurism," pps. 445-448.