Launch of Frank O’Hara Now: New Essays on the New York Poet, eds Robert Hampson and Will Montgomery (Liverpool University Press, 2010) including:
- Performances based on O’Hara’s drama, organised by Ian Hunt and Sophie Robinson
- Readings of O’Hara poems by Geoff Ward, Rod Mengham, Tadeusz Pióro and Andrea Brady (all contributors to Frank O’Hara Now)
- The O’Hara/ Alfred Leslie film The Last Clean Shirt, introduced by Daniel Kane (also a contributor to Frank O’Hara Now)
Andrea Brady was born in Philadelphia, studied at Columbia University (where she was Kenneth Koch’s assistant) and at Cambridge, and now teaches early modern and contemporary literature at QMUL. She is the director of the Archive of the Now and co-publisher of Barque Press. Her most recent book of poems is Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya, 2010).
Ian Hunt writes on contemporary art and is currently coordinator of the Fine Art Extension degree at Goldsmiths, University of London. His book of poems, Green Light, is published by Barque.
Daniel Kane is the author of ’“We Saw the Light”: Conversations Between The New American Cinema and Poetry’ (Iowa UP, 2009); Ostentation of Peacocks (Egg Box, 2008); and “All Poets Welcome”: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene In the 1960′s (California UP, 2003). He is also the editor of Don’t Ever Get Famous: Essays on New York Writing after the “New York School” (Dalkey Archives, 2007). He teaches at Sussex.
Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of books on Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Henry Green, as well as of The Descent of Language (1993). He has edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, and the fiction of the 1940s. He has written on art for various magazines. He is also the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (Arc Publications, 2003). His own poems have been published under the title Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Folio/Salt, 1996; 2nd edition, 2001).
Tadeusz Pióro (1960) has published six books of poems. A brief selection in English, Infinite Neighbourhood, was published by Equipage in 2000. He translated many of the poems in Altered State: The New Polish Poetry (Arc, 2003), an anthology he co-edited with Rod Mengham and Piotr Szymor. His translations into Polish include work by Barrett Watten, David Gascoyne, Rod Mengham, Harry Mathews, John Ashbery, Ronald Firbank, Ishmael Reed, Edmund White, Ezra Pound and Paul de Man. He teaches American literature at the University of Warsaw and is finishing a book about Frank O’Hara.
Sophie Robinson was born in 1985. She has an MA in Poetic Practice, and is currently completing a practice-based PhD in Queer Phenomenology and Contemporary Poetry at RHUL. Her first book, a, came out from Les Figues press in 2009. Her work has been included in several anthologies including Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by Women in the UK (Shearsman 2010), Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century (Bloodaxe 2009) and The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street 2008). In 2011 she will commence a six month poetry residency at the V&A.
Geoff Ward is the author of Literature and Cultural Identity from the Puritans to the Present (Polity, 2002) and Statutes of Liberty: The New York School of Poets (Macmillan, 1993, rev’d edn 2000). His books or chapbooks of poetry include Tales From the Snowline (1977) and more recently Rilke’s Duino Elegies (barbarously recast) and Mondegreen (both Equipage, 1998, 2000).