Andrei Codrescu  - Special Guest

“One of our most prodigiously talented and magical writers.” —New York Times Book Review

Andrei Codrescu, a World Heavyweight Champion Poet, was born in Sibiu, Romania and immigrated to the United States in 1966.  Author, translator, and anthologist of more than 40 books of poetry, fiction and essays, including Comrade Past & Mister Present and it was today, Codrescu has edited the literary magazine Exquisite Corpse and his provocative commentary is featured regularly on National Public Radio’s award-winning news-magazine All Things Considered. His honors include the Peabody Award for his film Road Scholar, the Big Table Poetry Award, and the Literature Prize of the Romanian Cultural Foundation, as well as National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for poetry, editing, and radio. His recent publications include, So Recently Rent A World: New and Selected Poems 1968-2012 (Coffeehouse Press, 2012) included in 2013 National Book Award Longlist, and Bibliodeath: My Archives (With Life in Footnotes) (ANTIBOOKCLUB, 2012).   Website       Exquisite Corpse      The Poetry Foundation       Twitter @AndreiCodrescu     All Books


Reading Poetry Every day to Prepare for Death

A discussion about the terror offered the reader by poetry, and its usefulness for a good death. We will read and range from Blake's "Energy is Eternal Delight" through Rilke's "There is nothing that does not see you/ You Must Change Your Life," to the latest in genuine verse-apprehension of mortality. A unique offering by the editor of "Exquisite Corpse" for the Dias de los Muertes.  One 1-hour discussion


Writing the Exquisite Corpse: Paper and Flesh Varieties  

A collective experience.  One 2.5-hour workshop



So Recently, Rent a World from Coffee House Press  2012   “[O]ccasionally, as one grows older, it’s time to tell it like it is. That, in any case, is the ‘bridge work’ of the new poems in this impressive collection, and it is surely the case that for Codrescu, ‘parentheses not closed.’ ” —Marjorie Perloff, Los Angeles Review of Books

“If Codrescu’s poetry has represented to some extent a mordant or ironic paen of the schizophrene, this observer has loved it. By providing this illogical logic, often using a surrealist lens, Codrescu illumines just how fractured our lives have become. He does so with a deft painterly touch. . . . In this new and selected book of poems, Codrescu is still one of our most skilled interlocutors and he sings above the abyss skillfully.” Best American Poetry


Bibliodeath from ANTIBOOKCLUB  2012  “Lucid, clever, and lyrical, Codrescu’s delightfully distinctive prose extols a linguistic productive life as he commemorates this vertiginous moment in which the textual world flows from printed form to digital existence.” -Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Bibliodeath is a challenging and rewarding tour of our new nation, further proving that Codrescu is a unique and necessary writer.” -Bookslut

“Part cultural critique, part portrait of the artist as a young literary revolutionary, the author’s latest is a mature look at the rise of e-printing from the vantage point of someone who has already experienced, and survived, a number of technological revolutions. Longtime fans will naturally savor Codrescu’s idiosyncratic ambling and real-life reflections. New readers will find philosophical nuggets after some digging.” —Kirkus Reviews