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Hank Lazer

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Hank Lazer has published twenty-four books of poetry, including Poems Hidden in Plain View (2016, in English and in French), Brush Mind: At Hand (2016), N24 (2014) and N18 (2012), Portions (2009), The New Spirit (2005), Elegies & Vacations (2004), and Days (2002). Selected Poems and Essays of Hank Lazer, completed by a group of translators, was published by Central China Normal University Press in 2015. Lazer's Selected Poems have also been published in Italy and will be appearing shortly in Cuba (including 11 tracks for jazz-poetry improvisations with soprano saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar). Readings and interviews can be accessed through PennSound, as well as in special issues of Plume (#34) and Talisman (#42). In 2015, Lazer received Alabama's most prestigious literary prize, the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature. His books of criticism include Opposing Poetries (two volumes, 1996) and Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays 1996-2008 (2008). With Charles Bernstein, he edits the Modern and Contemporary Poetics Series for the University of Alabama Press. Lazer retired from the University of Alabama in January 2014 from his positions as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Executive Director of Creative Campus, and Professor of English

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Recent Book Publications

Brush Mind: At Hand (Greencup Books, 2016) 128 pages, hand-written, calligraphic book, poetry/philosophy; can be read in its entirety in 7 minutes (or longer). Inspired by the calligraphy work of Kazuaki Tanahashi (to whom the book is dedicated).

Poems Hidden in Plain View / Poèmes cachés en evidence (trans. by Emmanuel Moses), PURH (Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havre), 2016. 160 pages. Drawn from the first ten Notebooks, in dialogue with Heidegger's Being & Time. With an afterword. In two volumes, one in English, one in French.

Thinking Singing: Selected Poems of Hank Lazer / Pensando Cantando: Poesie Scelte di Hank Lazer, trans. Anny Ballardini, Verona, Italy: QuiEdit, 2015, selected poems from Days (2002) to the Notebooks (through 2014), with Introduction and an Interview. 220 pages. Bilingual, English/Italian.

N24 Little Red Leaves: Textile Series, 2014. Hand-sewn, beautifully designed (Dawn Pendergast) chapbook. Shape-writing, handwritten book. 16 pages.

Special Features

Talisman #42: An interview with Hank Lazer conducted by Marjorie Perloff.

Plume #34: Interview with Hank Lazer by Glenn Mott; includes several Notebook pages, photos and sound file from jazz-poetry improvisations with soprano saxophonist/composer Andrew Raffo Dewar.

Video

Reading & Conversation with Andrew Maxwell at the San Francisco Poetry Center, February 23, 2017