Some exciting news for anyone with an abiding interest in the New York School of poets and artists — a brand-new international scholarly organization called the Network for New York School Studies has recently been launched. Founded by scholars Rona Cran and Yasmine Shamma, the organization aims to be a meeting place and scholarly home for anyone interested in the New York School and its many offshoots.
The Network’s goal is to formalize “for the first time an intellectual and creative global union of academics, poets, and other cultural practitioners including curators, artists, and musicians. Through a series of interactive, accessible, intersectional public events, including symposia, workshops, and performances, and via our new website, the Network will enable novel interactions between academics, creative practitioners, cultural organizations, and members of the public, as well as facilitating the free exchange of ideas across national borders, disciplinary boundaries, and cultural sectors.”
I’m very pleased and honored to be one of the members of the Network’s Board of Advisors, alongide many of my friends, heroes, and fellow New York School aficionados, Maria Damon, Mark Ford, Robert Hampson, Daniel Kane, Maggie Nelson, Marjorie Perloff, Libbie Rifkin, Lytle Shaw, and Geoff Ward.
Next spring, the Network will host an initial event in Paris, which will include a symposium devoted to the work of Alice Notley. For more on that upcoming event, see here. Many more such events and gatherings will follow.
Also, last month the Network presented its inaugural reading with a star-studded lineup which featured readings by Anne Waldman, Maureen Owen, Alice Notley, Elinor Nauen, Patricia Spears Jones, and Eileen Myles. A video of the reading can be seen here.
Lastly, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with the organization’s founders, Rona Cran and Yasmine Shamma, about my own work, my long-ago personal introduction to the world of Kenneth Koch and his circle, recent exciting work in the field, and much else. You can find the interview here.