Rosenfield Fitterman poster
7- 8pm Monday 16 August
The 2010 summer’s poet-in-residence at Shandy Hall, Coxwold was co-organised by Information as Material and the Laurence Sterne Trust.
Shandy Hall, Coxwold, the former home of the celebrated 18th-century English writer Laurence Sterne (author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman), is a museum dedicated to exploring his astounding and continuing influence on the arts. -Through exhibitions, and by hosting residency programmes, it explores how contemporary artistic practice, whether text-based, visual, sonic or otherwise, can help visitors to the museum unlock the Trust’s collection of 18th and 19th-century literature, said the museum’s curator, Patrick Wildgust. – Our aim is to encourage an inventive exploration of Sterne’s legacy and experimental spirit, in the context of the artefacts of his estate. The outcome of Kim Rosenfield’s and Rob Fitterman’s visit was featured in The Perverse Library exhibition (04 September -31 October 2010, Shandy Hall, Coxwold). The exhibition unfolds around Professor Craig Douglas Dworkin’s personal library of 2427 titles.
Kim Rosenfield was taken up by the LA poets (Dennis Cooper et al.) when she was only 17 years old and they published her first book of poetry ‘Some of Us’ to widespread critical acclaim. As the literary critic Julian Spahr described her recent book Good Morning-Midnight-
“For those trying to understand the relation between innovative writing and feminism, Kim Rosenfield’s Good Morning-Midnight- is required reading. Rosenfield samples with artful and humorous juxtaposition the languages of science, money and fashion so as to critique how they define and limit women.”
Rob Fitterman has been teaching poetry at NYU for years and is renowned for his radical writing which includes books such as Rob the Plagiarist. Craig Dworkin said the following about his book:
“As we know from Jack Torrance, who typed an entire manuscript of the one repeated, plagiarized line: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. With Fitterman, a plagiarist extraordinaire, we have all the play and all the work together in some of the smartest and sharpest textual interventions yet.”
They are two of the most radical exciting performers on the American poetry circuit and regularly perform at the legendary Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan, New York City. They were delighted to be performing at Artspace in York and looked forward to presenting an evening of extreme poetry.