Goldsmith to speak on 'uncreative writing'
Posted February 12, 2010; 11:47 a.m.
"Uncreative Writing: Unoriginal Genius in the Age of the Internet" is the title of a talk by poet Kenneth Goldsmith scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in the Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St.
In his lecture, Goldsmith will argue that writing needs to redefine itself to adapt to a new environment in which an unprecedented amount of text is digitally available.
Goldsmith is the 2009-10 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in the Program in American Studies, which is sponsoring the lecture. He is teaching an undergraduate seminar on "Uncreative Writing" this spring.
Goldsmith has published 10 books of poetry and edited "I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews." His book of critical essays, titled "Uncreative Writing," is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Publishers Weekly has described his writing as "some of the most exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry." Goldsmith is a lecturer in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive.