PennSound adds KWLS Audio Recordings

PennSound adds KWLS Audio Recordings

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We are proud to announce a collaboration with PennSound, the digital poetry archive project at the University of Pennsylvania. PennSound, founded by Charles Bernstein and Al Filreis as part of UPenn’s center for contemporary writing, maintains perhaps the finest collection of audio recordings by 20th century poets on the web. Among the more than 1,500 recordings on their site are such rarities as Jack Spicer‘s 1956 Vancouver lectures; a 1967 recording of George Oppen reading his masterpiece “Of Being Numerous” in its entirety; James Schuyler reading "Hymn to Life" from the Chelsea Hotel in 1986; several recordings of Gertrude Stein in the 1930s; and major collections of readings by Robert Creeley and John Ashbery. We’ve been working with managing editor Michael S. Hennessey for the past month developing PennSound’s KWLS page, which debuts with KWLS readings by John Ashbery, Meghan O’Rourke, James Tate, and Charles Simic. You can read Hennessey’s blog post announcing the page here. You’ll find the complete list of PennSound recordings, indexed by author, here. And you can read the PennSound manifesto here. Many thanks to Hennessey and all the good people at PennSound for their work in making KWLS recordings part of this important online collection.

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