Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Ten Years of Poetry and Psychoanalysis

The Poetry and Psychoanalysis program at SFCP was started 10 years ago as a series of interviews with poets that focused largely on the process of making poems.  At this point, some 20 poets have been interviewed by either Susan Kolodny, program founder, Alice Jones, or Forrest Hamer; and the three poet-analysts are marking this anniversary by switching positions from being interviewers to being interviewed about their own work, their reflections about the program series over the last decade, and the relation between poetry and psychoanalysis more generally.

Interviewer Carol Snow is the author of five collections of poetry including Position Paper: New and Selected Poems from Counterpath Press (Spring 2016); For (University of California Press 2000); and Artist and Model (National Poetry Series, 1990 Poetry Center Book Award, Hol Art Books e-book 2012).  Her writing appears in the The Addison Street Anthology, American Hybrid, Lyric Postmodernisms and Poetry 180.  Among other honors, Snow has received the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature, a Poetry Fund grant, a Pushcart Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. The Creative Work Fund supported "Syntax: A Reading, Danced," her 2002 text-dance collaboration with choreographer Alex Ketley and The Foundry; the two also created “Vessel” (AXIS Dance, 2008) and reunited for Ketley's "Swan Lake: Recalibrated" (Stanford TAPS, 2014).  Snow lives, works and arranges words and small, mostly indoor objects in her native San Francisco. 


The poets interviewed over the last 10 years are, in chronological order: Brenda Hillman, Paul Hoover, Dan Bellm, Alan Williamson, Lyn Hejinian, Elizabeth Robinson, devorah major, Carol Snow, Al Young, Cole Swenson, C. Dale Young, Brian Teare, Denise Newman, Ron Silliman, Paula Versano, Laura Walker, D.A. Powell, C. S. Giscombe, Camille Dungy, Robert Thomas, and Brian Komei Dempster.

April 16, 2016
10.30 am- 12.30
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma
San Francisco, CA