Program (updated 9/29/2010


September 23-October 30: “PORCH”—an exhibition in conjunction with the Black Mountain North Symposium; curated by Gallery r. Hungerford Building, Gallery 258 (Door 1) at 1115 East Ave, Rochester. Featured: Guy Berard’s covers for the Curriculum of the Soul series. Dates: October 1 – 16. Opening reception October 1,  6-9 p.m. Gallery hours by appointment. Contact: 908-433-0052.

There will also be a Black Mountain North exhibit in the Innovation Center at RIT, curated by Henrik Soderstrom and Tara Rochford of Gallery r, and featuring paintings by  Basil King, ceramics by Frans Wildenhain, Marguerite Wildenhain, and Richard Hirsch.


Sept. 30, Thursday Night, 7 pm: Not part of the Symposium proper, but three poets associated with the Symposium have been invited to read at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue, Rochester. Featured readers include Albert Glover, Sam Abrams, and Jim Cohn. $6 general public; $3 W&B members.


October 1, Friday: Neighborhood of the Arts, Rochester

9:00-10:00 Coffee and Registration at Writers & Books, 740 University Ave., Rochester.

10:00-10:20 Greetings by Joe Flaherty; overview of the symposium and brief tour of Black Mountain/upstate connections by John Roche. At W&B.

10:20-Noon Panel #1—CURRICULUM OF THE SOUL—A conversation with Albert Glover, Timothy Cook, Michael Boughn, Cass Clarke, and Ed Sanders; moderated by Michael Boughn. A celebration of the 2010 publication of the collected fascicle series, edited by Albert Glover and the late John C. Clarke, and illustrated by Guy Berard, plus discussion of Charles Olson’s time in Buffalo and its legacies. At W&B.

Noon-1:30 Panel #2—JOEL OPPENHEIMER—featuring Joe Flaherty, Sam Abrams, Mary Richert, and David Landrey; at W&B.

1:30-2:30 Break (with light lunch)

2:30-4:30 Panel #3—”SAMPLING BLACK MOUNTAIN: VISUAL ARTS AND HAPPENINGS THEN AND NOW”—featuring  Mary Emma Harris (The Visual Arts at Black Mountain College); Basil King (recollections of classes at BMC and overview of personal work); R. Roger Remington (design at BMC in the context of design education of the time);  and Jen Bervin (legacy of Anni Albers textile and printmaking work at BMC and overview of related personal work). Moderated by Tate Shaw. At the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester (just up the road  from W&B). MAG curator Marlene Hamann -Whitmore will welcome the audience and briefly discuss the exhibition that will be opening at the Gallery later in October: Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s.

4:30-6:30 Dinner on your own (many restaurants within walking distance); optional shuttle  to the Park Avenue restaurant strip.

Friday Evening: The Steve Carpenter Gallery, 176 Anderson Avenue, Rochester (a very short walk from W&B). $6 at the door for non-registrants.

6:30-7:30 BLACK MOUNTAIN VARIATIONS, played by The Handmade Orchestra. “Music you have never heard on instruments you have never seen” is the credo of The Handmade Orchestra. It is a group of musicians from professionals to beginners who have built instruments out of their imaginations. Everything from fishing poles to bicycles, driftwood to pcv piping has all been coaxed into sound making forms.

7:30-8:15 AS THE DEAD PREY UPON US: THE POETRY OF CHARLES OLSON PERFORMED AS PHYSICAL THEATRE, featuring Richard Haisma of  Projective Kinetics

8:15-8:30 Break (with wine and music)

8:30-10:30 Poetry readings by several invited poets, including Michael Boughn, Josephine Clare, Donald Wellman, Jen Bervin, Alan Casline, and Richard Deming.


October 2

Saturday: Rochester Institute of Technology, Jefferson Road, Henrietta

Morning & Afternoon—OPTIONAL TOURS OF ART & ARCHITECTURE AT RIT by archivist Becky Simmons, weather permitting. Buildings by many in the Gropius-influenced International Style tradition, including noted architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, Harry Weese, Edward Larabee Barnes, etc., and paintings or sculptures by Josef Albers, Frans Wildenhain, Henry Moore, Albert Paley, Carl Chiarenza, Jose de Rivera, etc. Leaving from the Innovation Center at 10:30 am and 2:45 pm.

All Day: RIT Photography Professor Andrew Davidhazy will present Time and Space, an interactive rollout photography demonstration. Become a part of a novel space and time portrait photography experience that will be provided by Prof. Andrew Davidhazy at the Innovation Center. Participate in the demonstration and receive a signed memento print and the digital file for your use (or amusement).

8:00-9:15 Coffee and pastries in the Innovation Center; Registration Table.

9:15-10:45 Panel #4 ROBERT CREELEY’S BUFFALO, featuring Kaplan Harris, Penelope Creeley, Michael Kelleher, and Margaret Konkol (in the Innovation Center).

10:45-11 Break

11-12:30 Panel #5—JONATHAN WILLIAMS: POET, PHOTOGRAPHER, AND JARGON PRESS PUBLISHER, featuring  Dale Davis, Richard Deming, Michael Basinski, and Keith Smith (Golisano Auditorium, GOL 1400).

12:30-2:30 CATERED BUFFET LUNCHEON in the  Innovation Center, with talk by  Martha Rittenhouse Treichler, a BMC alumna who studied with Albers and Olson, and the author of a new Black Mountain memoir. Followed by a Conversation among Black Mountain College alumni Basil King, Martha King, and Martha Rittenhouse Treichler, moderated by historian Mary Emma Harris, director of the Black Mountain College Project and author of The Arts at Black Mountain College.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-4:15 Panel #6: OLSON’S NORTH–Donald Wellman, Ken Warren, Stephen Baraban, and Victor Coleman. Moderated by Linda Reinfeld (Golisano Auditorium, GOL 1400).

4:15-4:30 Break

4:30-6:00 Panel #7—“HEART OF THE HYDROGEN JUKEBOX: THE ASL POETRY RENAISSANCE IN ROCHESTER; with Jim Cohn, Miriam Lerner, and Patrick Graybill; including clips from the documentary The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox (Webb Auditorium, Booth 1350). This panel is free and open to the public.

6:00-6:15 Break

6:15-6:30 Eddie Swayze, ASL Multimedia Poet (Innovation Center)

6:30-7:00 ROBERT DUNCAN: A SEANCE, featuring Gerald Schwartz (Innovation Center). Jerry writes: A staged reading of selected parts of my intertextual writing into R. Duncan’s Faust Foutu. I have taken selected scenes from the play and performed (as the performance would perform) a kind of seance, seeing the Open Field with a re-freshed screen. (running time 35-40 minutes). NB: Multimedia performance featuring music and motion-sensor digital visualizations pioneered last November at the Meltzer/Rothenberg “Rockpile” event here. Carl Atkins, Sax, Jay Alan Jackson, Percussion, *, Bass; visuals by Mitch Rosen and Brandon May. With Damian Catera’s electronic re-mapping of Charles Ives’ “Universe Symphony.”

Note: One of our sponsoring organizations, Just Poets, will be holding its monthly meeting on the RIT campus, in the Golisano building adjacent to the Innovation Center, room GOL-1610, from 1:30-4. Featured will be Wendy Low speaking on “The Art of Editing Poetry,” followed by workshops led by Kitty Jospe and Paulette Swartzfager. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday Evening: RIT

7:15-8:30 Dinner buffet (Innovation Center, RIT).

8:30-11:00 (or later) Readings by  invited poets David Landrey, Basil King, Martha King, Steven Huff, Linda Reinfeld, Vincent F. A. Golphin, Steve Tills, Tom Holmes, Stephen Baraban, Mike Kelleher, Joel Lewis, Geoffrey Gatza, James Cook, Steven Lewandowski, Kitty Jospe, Karla Linn Merrifield, and John Roche. Perhaps some music and open mic as well (The RITzkeller at RIT, basement of the Student Alumni Union). Plus music by Babak Elahi and Grant Cos. Cash bar. For non-registrants: $5 or $3 students.


October 3, Sunday:

Eisenhart Auditorium of the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester

10:00- 10:45 BREAKFAST BRUNCH

10:45- 11:45 BLACK MOUNTAIN FUTURE: Concluding Panel featuring Mary Emma Harris, Penelope Creeley, Michael Boughn, and Jen Bervin; moderated by Larry Belle.

1145-12:30 PERFORMANCE OF OLSON’S APOLLONIUS OF TYANA; Stage Direction: Sarah Silfer and Mark Wagner; Music: Mark Wagner, Atom Zelny, and Elote Villanueva. Narrator: Matthew Swift.  “Apollonius of Tyana,”performed by dancer, narrator, and musicians, shows the sage’s journey through life and the ancient world as he gathers his experience and knowledge through self-induced physical and mental states. At Eisenhart Auditorium.

12:30-2:00 Distinguished Poet Ed Sanders reads, plays, and sings at the Eisenhart Auditorium. For non-registrants: $5 at the door.

3:00-whenever? Post-Symposium Open Mic, sponsored by Cedilla Magazine, back room of Dicky’s (the oldest bar in Rochester, 1880), 791 Meigs St. Free admission.  http://rochester.metromix.com/bars-and-clubs/essay_photo_gallery/10-new-rochester-bars/1936728/photo/1936729


Albany Area Events connected to the Black Mountain North Theme:

September 16: John Roche reads at the SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER, 33 Central Ave., Albany, 7:30  pm. Info: Dan Wilcox at 518-482-0262; http://dwicx.blogspot.com/

September 26: BLACK MOUNTAIN NORTH reading at OLD SONGS, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville, NY (featuring Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams, Mike Burke); Info: contact DSULLIVAN6@NYCAP.RR.COM

October 5: BLACK MOUNTAIN NORTH NIGHT at the Rootdrinker Institute monthly meeting at Pine Hollow Arboretum,13 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, New York. Alan Casline will lead a discussion of The Ten Most Important Mountains in Poetry.

October 6: Albert Glover headlines a BMN reading at the legendary CAFFE’ LENA, Saratoga, 7:30 pm.