a poet depicted in b&w seated looking over her shoulder, hands joined over a dark dress, legs crossed, dark curly hair cut above the shoulder; behind her an assemblage of vases with plants and other vessels

Undisciplining the Fields, Divya Victor reading and in conversation with Tonya M. Foster

Saturday, December 09, 2023
Event Time 02:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free and open to the public
Location East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley
Contact Email poetry@sfsu.edu


The Poetry Center welcomes Divya Victor, for a special day-long pair of programs in downtown Berkeley at the East Bay Media Center. At 2:00 pm Victor will be reading from her poetry, then joining in conversation with Tonya M. Foster for this the third gathering under the rubric Undisciplining the Fields: Study, Performance, and (Re:)Creation, organized in collaboration between The Poetry Center and the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry.

Undisiciplining the Fields is a new conversation, reading (and sometimes performance) series that will invite writers, artists, filmmakers, and scholars from a range of fields to discuss and share their cross-disciplinary practices and thinking. Initiated by Tonya M. Foster, in collaboration with The Poetry Center, the series is envisioned as an unruly exploration of the ways that practice expertise is developed and encouraged through interest, study, and accident; and of the ways that creativity motivates / instigates investigations of the possible. 

NOTE: At 4:00 pm we'll take an early dinner/late lunch break, then reconvene at 6:00 pm, when Divya Victor delivers the 39th annual George Oppen Memorial Lecture

This event is free and open to the public.

VIDEO for this program will be posted after editing at Poetry Center Digital Archive.

Divya Victor is the author of CURB (Nightboat Books, winner of PEN America Open Book Award and the Kinglsey Tufts Poetry Award); KITH (Fence Books/ Book*hug); Scheingleichheit: Drei Essays  (Merve Verlag); NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH (Les Figues). Her work has been collected in numerous venues, including BOMB, the New Museum’s The Animated Reader, Crux: Journal of Conceptual Writing, The Best American Experimental Writing, POETRY, and boundary2.

Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Czech, and performed and installed at Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Los Angeles, The National Gallery of Singapore, the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition (L.A.C.E.) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She has been an editor at Jacket2 (United States), Ethos Books (Singapore), Invisible Publishing (Canada) and Book*hug Press (Canada). She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University. Photo by John Gresham. More at divyavictor.com

Tonya M. Foster, the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University, is the author of the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna*, 2015) and the bilingual poetry chapbook La grammaire des os (joca seria, 2016). She is coeditor of the essay collection Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2002). Forthcoming are a poetry chapbook, A History of the Bitch (AHOTB) (Sputnik & Fizzle), and the full-length collection Thingification (Ugly Duckling Presse). With the support of a Creative Capital Award, Foster is also developing a multimedia, multi-genre project titled Monkey Talk, that studies issues of race, paranoia, surveillance, and aesthetics.

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