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Unpublished David Foster Wallace online now


The odd folks at 454 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011-2157 have made available an unpublished work by David Foster Wallace. According to biblioklept, the audio fragments have been around for a few years, and now a transcript is available thanks to Matt Hale.

You can find the work at 454 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011-2157 here, or download the audio recording here.

Openned Eyes visual poetry at Openned


Openned, the UK based poetic practice website, is now hosting a visual poetry project curated by David-Baptiste Chirot. Openned Eyes was assembled from the works of various visual poets, including: Dmitry Babenko, Guy R. Beining, BuZ Blurr, Harry Burrus, David-Baptiste Chirot, JW Curry, Liliana Esteban, Luc Fierens, Tim Gaze, Gleb Kolomiets, Edward Kulemin, Clemente Padin and Hilda Paz.

Included is a lengthy introduction written by David-Baptiste Chirot:

The Visual Poets here create works in a very wide range of ideas, emotions, materials, concepts and examples of what the Earthworks Artist & essayist Robert Smithson wrote passionately of as “the artist’s way of looking.”  The Poets here do many things which are becoming “shut out” from much thinking and work one finds proliferating on the web.  Above all, they engage with the world, with the social.

See the visual poetry at Openned Eyes here, or visit the Openned main page here.

UNSWriting: In Conversation with Fiona McGregor


Australian author and performance artist, Fiona McGregor is one of the most distinctive writers of her generation. Her most recent novels Strange Museums and Indelible Ink are exceptionally evocative explorations of place, time and metamorphosing corporeality.

The next UNSWriting event, on the 27th of October, will explore these aspects of McGregor’s work in relationship to her embodied practice, examining how she writes performance, through to the performative modes of her writing itself. From menopausal mothers in Mosman, to her own endurance based performances in Poland, McGregor’s process of writing diverse bodies and geographies anticipates scintillating and provocative discussion.

In Conversation with Fiona McGregor will be held in the Io Myer Studio at the University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus, on the 27th of October, from 6pm. For more information or to RSVP, see the Facebook event page here or email unswriting@unsw.edu.au.

Cordite extend submission period


Due to a technical glitch on the Cordite submission form, the editors have extended the submission period for Cordite 34: Children of Malley a further two weeks.

Submissions now close 30th October. For more information see the call for submissions here or go to the online submission form here.

Changes at Express Media


It was announced Thursday that Emily Anderson, outgoing General Manager at Express Media, would be replaced by Joe Toohey, who has worked for the last two years at Regional Arts Victoria. Further, Rebecca Brezzi takes over as the new Chair of Express Media, from Ben Barnett, who was taken leave to study in England.

Express Media has posted a Q&A article with Emily Anderson here.

Penguin Plays Rough #19 this Monday


The next Penguin Plays Rough evening is this coming Monday the 18th of October.

Featured contributers include Nat Randall, Annaliese Constable, Sam Twyford-Moore and Alex Lee. There are also opportunities to read your own short work, as long as it’s under five minutes, at the end of the evening.

Entry is $5.

Penguin Plays Rough is on at The Orchard, 4 Lackey Street, St Peters this Monday the 18th October, from 8pm. For more information see the Facebook event here or the Penguin Plays Rough website here.

Howard Jacobson wins Man Booker Prize


The Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2010 has been won by British author Howard Jacobson for his novel The Finkler Question. Jacobson has twice been longlisted for the £50,000 prize, in 2002, and again in 2006.

The judging panel for the 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was: Andrew Motion (Chair), former Poet Laureate; Rosie Blau, Literary Editor of the Financial Times; Deborah Bull, formerly a dancer, now Creative Director of the Royal Opera House as well as a writer and broadcaster; Tom Sutcliffe, journalist, broadcaster and author and Frances Wilson, biographer and critic.

For the full news article see the Man Booker website here.

Mersey Sound #10 tomorrow


Mersey Sound are performing tomorrow evening, the 14th of October, at the Oh Really Gallery in Enmore.

Featured performances include musicians Nick Cassey, Crystal Barreca, Harriet Harding, and poets Jess Cook, Craig Moffatt, Lyndall Judd, Evan O’Dwyer, Popi Silk, Adam Everill, Raymond Nedziak, Matty DeKay, Patrycja Nedziak and others. Also at the gallery; some live art, and a chance to perform in the open mic.

Mersey Sound #10 is at the Oh Really Gallery, 55 Enmore Road, Enmore, from 6pm tomorrow, the 14th October. For more information see the Facebook event here or the Mersey Sound Collective here.

Counting Backwards text-sound-performance online


Counting Backwards is a bimonthly text-sound-performance night in Manchester, UK.  The last evening was held last Thursday, October 7th, with instrumentalist Mick Beck, performance poet Stephen Emmerson & composer Sonic Pleasure (Marie-Angélique Bueler).

Counting Backwards has nicely, and for the first time, posted the entirety of the performances on their blog.

Gaga Stigmata open for submissions


Gaga Stigmata: Critical Writings and Art About Lady Gaga is a new technological journal interested in creative works that possess an aesthetic strategy in line with Lady Gaga’s. According to their website:

We are also looking for work that takes an unexpected approach to Gaga, offering a new way of encountering Gaga’s work or functioning as a surprising evolution or outgrowth of Gaga’s project. Creative pieces that are grotesque, highly performative, blur the lines between “high” and “low” culture, and are full of spectacle, are of particular interest.

The journal is also looking for critical pieces about Lady Gaga that articulate intellectual or creative ways of reading and understanding her work. The journal already hosts a series of excellent works based around Lady Gaga.

You can read the journal here or see submission guidelines here.