Joan Retallack & Matthias Göritz

Thursday May 7th 6 pm

Bard Hall, Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson NY

Joan Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College. She is author of The Poethical Wager (2004), How to Do Things with Words (1998), Musicage: Cage Muses on Words Art Music (1996), Afterimages (1995), and Errata 5uite (1993), among other books.

Matthias Göritz was born in Hamburg in 1969. He studied philosophy and literature and has lived in Moscow, Paris and Chicago. He was writer in residence at the German House at New York University and a guest in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

Göritz’ first volume of poetry, Loops, was published in 2001. His first novel, The Short Dream of Jakob Voss (2005), was awarded the Hamburg Literature Prize, the Jury Prize of the Bavarian Broadcasting Company and the Mara Cassens Prize. In fall 2006 his second collection of poetry, Pools, was published. The German state of Lower Saxonia awarded him a grant for these poems. Göritz' translations include work by major American poets like John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, and Ann Lauterbach.

His first play, Dear Mrs. Krauss, had its premiere in 2008 at the Autorentheater in Frankfurt. He is currently at work on a second novel and a commissioned play. Göritz lives in Frankfurt am Main.

Here’s a sample of Matthias reading from PRIs The World: Inauguration Poets.