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A GLASS VENEZIANELLA
A GLASS VENEZIANELLA

Last gasps of Futurism revisited by way of more translation of Venezianella e Studentaccio, Marinetti’s 1943-44 “aeronovel or aeropoem” that envisions the resurrection of Venice as a female colossus of blown glass: stylistically speaking, a cross between homage to the cosmopolitan anachronism of the city of lagoons and a blown-out pastiche of Fascism’s would-be colonial […]

IL PRESENTE DISCONTINUO/THE DISCONTINUOUS PRESENT
IL PRESENTE DISCONTINUO/THE DISCONTINUOUS PRESENT

Gian Maria Annovi has written a beautiful review of Killing the Moonlight for alfabeta2. I’m grateful for his identification of a geopoetics of infrastructural inquiry/empathy that I’ve been working on, methodologically speaking, & not without interference, for the past decade or so. In Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice,…, Jennifer Scappettone sembra riprodurre nella scrittura […]

BREATH’S COMPASS
BREATH'S COMPASS

I’m thrilled to be giving the keynote address for “The Poetics of Place: Performing Selves In and Beyond Cities,” the 13th Annual English Studies Graduate Student Conference at the Université de Montréal on March 10-11, 2016. The event aims to explore the poetics of (non)urban spaces and the ways in which the city serves as […]

BEING EMBEDDED: TRANSLATION @ ASYMPTOTE
BEING EMBEDDED: TRANSLATION @ ASYMPTOTE

“Translation obliges that you be embedded, digging your way out of the enemy logic word by word.” Temporarily virtual friends: I spoke at Asymptote with Alexis Almeida of my various projects across poetry, research, and translation; naturally we began with Amelia Rosselli. Have a look here: Amici temporaneamente virtuali: ho parlato qui su Asymptote Journal […]

LAGUNA AS ARCHIVE IN MAKE MAG
LAGUNA AS ARCHIVE IN MAKE MAG

Nathanaël and I are writing together about lagoons and/as archives—that “each book occupies, for me, the place of a memory loss….” makes for the initial traces of that conversation, here and in the print version of MAKE Magazine #16:

PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL ROMANCE
PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL ROMANCE

Psychogeographical Romance: 3 Interviews is now out from the phenomenal Essay Press as a free pdf chapbook, curated by Leonard Schwartz of Cross-Cultural Poetics. With Yolanda Castaño on the psychogeography of the highway, Magdalena Edwards and Forrest Gander on the psychogeography of the disappeared in Raúl Zurita, and yours truly on the psychogeography of the […]

GUSH, TOUCHSTONE: VENICE
GUSH, TOUCHSTONE: VENICE

On November 9 at noon, at Penn State (in 102 Kern), I’ll be giving a talk titled “From Corpse to Specter: Venice as Antagonist and Emblem of Modernity.” There will be lunch! When in 1910, F.T. Marinetti and comrades airbombed crowds with 800,000 copies of the Futurist manifesto “Against Passéist Venice” from the Clock Tower […]

UNA VETRINA, ROME
UNA VETRINA, ROME

Amici e Romani! Friends & Romans! A piece I made in cutting homage to Melville’s Battle-Pieces and his fascination with Piranesi, titled “of the Monitor’s Fight,” is now installed in “Una Vetrina” storefront gallery, off the Via Giulia near San Giovanni dei Fiorentini. Come out to see it—it’s visible 24/7 for the coming week. Ho […]

WUHO INSTITUTE OPEN LABS: FINISSAGE
WUHO INSTITUTE OPEN LABS: FINISSAGE

For the summer of 2015, the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard has been transformed by the Institute into an open laboratory. Work on emerging spatial environments has generated salons, workshops, performances, and rituals by residents, rogue scientists, and radical philologists. See the outcomes and their byproducts on the last night of Open Laboratories: The Grand […]

LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY
LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY

LEAVE LOOM/CASTING PARTY: Jennifer Scappettone and Joshua G. Stein present materials research and archaeologies of futurism and of waiting Thursday, July 30 Doors open at 7 pm Slip casting and performance begin at 7:30 pm WUHO Gallery 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Located between Wilcox Ave. and Schrader Blvd. Hollywood & Highland is […]

MSA BOOK PRIZE SHORTLIST
MSA BOOK PRIZE SHORTLIST

Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice has been named one of 5 titles in a shortlist of finalists for the Modernist Studies Association Annual Book Prize for 2015. Here is the judges’ citation: Jennifer Scappettone, Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia) In Killing the Moonlight, Jennifer Scappettone performs a scholarly quarry of a city […]

TRANSLATION & POLITICS FORUM/BAP BLOG
TRANSLATION & POLITICS FORUM/BAP BLOG

It was fantastic to have the chance to think through this forum on contemporary translation and politics with such admired colleagues and comrades in translation and translation-based practices. I only wish we’d been able to have this conversation in person! (It was so fast, it was almost like speaking…) With Sandra Simonds, who organized it; […]

SALVAGE SERIES @ WUHO
SALVAGE SERIES @ WUHO

Please join us for the first event of the Salvage Series at WUHO Institute Open Laboratories featuring poet/curator/environmental activists ALLISON COBB and JEN COLEMAN Friday, June 19 6 pm sharp (loud off-Broadway action begins at the theater next door at 7 pm!) WUHO Gallery 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 Located between Wilcox Ave. […]

THICK & SLOW OF KNOWLEDGE
THICK & SLOW OF KNOWLEDGE

I have a piece on “the thick and the slow of knowledge“—on knowledge that’s not front-loaded—in Jacket2’s feature on the poet-scholar, which is indebted to the work of our dear lost friend and colleague Hillary Gravendyk. From the feature page: The poet and literary critic Hillary Gravendyk organized a roundtable on the “Poet-Scholar” for the […]

HEARTS DESIRE @ OMNI
HEARTS DESIRE @ OMNI

Tomorrow!—Hearts Desire Reading Fri May 15, 8pm Jen Scappettone Lyn Hejinian Ava Koobhor Omni 4799 Shattuck Oakland @omnicommons @spdbooks

OPEN LABORATORIES ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
OPEN LABORATORIES ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

please join us for the launch of the INSTITUTE SUMMER SESSIONS: OPEN LABORATORIES at WUHO’s Spatial Research Facility SATURDAY, MAY 9 7-9 PM 6518 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 http://wuho.architecture.woodbury.edu For the summer of 2015, the WUHO Gallery on Hollywood Boulevard is being transformed into an open laboratory. Work on emerging spatial environments will […]

QUADRATI, CANTONI, CANTONATE / SQUARES, CANTONS, CORNERS
QUADRATI, CANTONI, CANTONATE / SQUARES, CANTONS, CORNERS

Un nuovo fascicolo dedicato alla poesia di Amelia Rosselli / A new dossier dedicated to the poetry of Amelia Rosselli: @ MODERNA, curato da / edited by Emmanuela Tandello and Chiara Carpita Il mio intervento s’intitola “‘Cantonidisintegratidella / miavita’: Closure and Implosion of the Canto(n) in Amelia Rosselli, and the Dream (or Nightmare) of a […]

AN IDEAL NATIONALITY (AT MASP)
AN IDEAL NATIONALITY (AT MASP)

Tomorrow evening, April 29, at the Graham Foundation in Chicago, I’ll present work in progress on the gnarled histories of architecture, poetry, and nation-building that converge in the construction of a great museum on the part of a group of Italian immigrants/émigrés between Rome and São Paulo—and try to sketch out how public space, poetic […]

DWORKIN/SCAPPETTONE @ PRINCETON
DWORKIN/SCAPPETTONE @ PRINCETON

And at 4:30 pm, tomorrow, April 27, in 40 McCosh Hall (Entry #4) at Princeton, will be reading alongside Craig Dworkin. A reception will follow. Details here.

TRANSLATION IN TIME
TRANSLATION IN TIME

I’m honored to be giving the closing lecture for the CHIASMI conference hosted by the graduate students in Italian Studies at Harvard and Brown Universities next weekend. My talk’s title has been altered in tandem with its theme: “Chloris as Translation, and the Dream of a Transhistorical Language.” It’ll open a final roundtable discussion at […]

FROM CORPSE TO SPECTER
FROM CORPSE TO SPECTER

On Wednesday, April 22, at 5:30 pm, I will be talking about Venice as an antagonist & emblem of modernity at Brown University. Very much looking forward to meeting up with the lively community in Italian studies, English, comparative literature, and gender studies there.

VENEZIANELLA THE FUTURIST
VENEZIANELLA THE FUTURIST

A brief fragment of my translation of Venezianella and Studentaccio, F.T. Marinetti’s epic 1944 “aeronovel or aeropoem”—which imagines reconstructing Venice as a female colossus of Murano glass—is up at Boston Review today. “[S]corn for woman,” for history, for stinking canalized places, turned backwards, inside out….

ROBERTO HARRISON VIA NOEMI
ROBERTO HARRISON VIA NOEMI

After a circuitous journey, Roberto Harrison’s 200-page procedural poem for Noemi Press has arrived at my door. Here’s what I wrote for the back cover: “The outcome of four years’ ascetic endurance in the form of biking, meditation, and writing through all sublimities and cruelties of quotidian life and Milwaukee weather, Roberto Harrison’s perseverant sentences—issuing […]

&NOW 2015: COLLABORATION/DURATION
&NOW 2015: COLLABORATION/DURATION

Judd Morrissey and I will be presenting an evolving collaborative exploration of geospatial situatedness—Exit 43’s conceptual “pop-up pastorals” in the context of mixed-reality poetics & ubiquitous data-poisons—at next weekend’s &NOW Festival at CalArts, Friday, March 27 at 8 pm. We’re honored to be thinking through the challenges of the collaborative process over time alongside the […]


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