Edward Dorn’s Collected Poems
with Jennifer Dunbar Dorn and other guests
featuring historic recordings of Edward Dorn from Poetry Center Archives
co-sponsored by the Poetry Center and Moe’s Books
Friday October 4th, 7:30pm
$10 at the door or ADVANCE TICKETS
($5 low income at door)
free for SFSU students & Poetry Center members
no one shown the door for lack of dinero
“…what you get from Dorn is not available anywhere else in poetry.” –The Guardian, UK
Jennifer Dunbar Dorn and other guests will be reading from Edward Dorn’s COLLECTED POEMS, recently published by Carcanet in Manchester, Great Britain. Edited with a preface by Jennifer Dunbar Dorn, with Justin Katko, Reitha Pattison and Kyle Waugh assisting, and afterwords by Amiri Baraka and Jeremy Prynne, the COLLECTED POEMS is a landmark 1,000 page work, comprising all of Dorn’s books plus significant uncollected and previously unpublished poetry.
Eileen O’Malley Callahan
Patrick James Dunagan
Born in 1929 in Eastern Illinois, Edward Dorn attended Black Mountain College during the 1950s and would come to prominence with the publication of several remarkable early poems in Donald Allen’s renowned anthology The New American Poetry. Dorn’s many books, published over four decades in the U.S. and U.K. include The North Atlantic Turbine, Geography, Recollections of Gran Apacheria, and the long dramatic narrative poem Gunslinger, issued serially, and eventually collected in 1975. Several volumes of translations from Spanish, Portuguese and Native American languages, done with Gordon Brotherston, were collected in the 1999 volume The Sun Unwound: Original Texts from Occupied America. Dorn’s one novel, The Rites of Passage, was later issued as By the Sound. His 1966 book The Shoshoneans, a classic American travelogue about the Great Basin and Plateau region and the people who inhabit it, done with photographer Leroy Lucas, will be republished in December 2013, with a preface by Simon Ortiz, by the University of New Mexico Press. Edward Dorn died December 10, 1999, in Denver, Colorado.
Jennifer Dunbar Dorn was born in Moscow and grew up in London. Married to Edward Dorn for thirty years, her collaborations with him include a book of poems, Manchester Square (1975) and the magazine Rolling Stock (1980s). She edited Dorn’s posthumous collections of poetry Chemo Sábe (2001) and (with Michael Rothenberg) Way More West: New and Selected Poems (2007). She taught at the University of Colorado and lives in Denver. A chapbook of her poetry, Galactic Runaway, was published in 2007 by Limberlost Press.
Reviews of Edward Dorn’s Collected Poems:
Iain Sinclair, the London Review of Books:
Patrick James Dunagan, American Book Review:
Jules Smith, Times Literary Supplement:
Peter Riley, The Fortnightly Review:
Patrick McGuinness, the Guardian: