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Ivy Writers – Virginie Poitrassion and Nicholas Manning

Ivy Writers Paris reading 20th november 2012

Au sous-sol de « Le Next »
17 rue Tiquetonne 75002 Paris
M° Etienne Marcel / RER Les Halles

Nicholas Manning is Maître de conférences (associate professor) in American Literature at the Sorbonne (Paris IV). He is the founding editor of The Continental Review and the author of two poetic cycles: Novaless. Elements Towards a Metaphysic, and now Homo Sentimentalis. A Guide In Verse To Modern Emotional Intimacy. His study of sincerity in 20th century poetics, entitled Rhétorique de la sincérité. La poésie moderne en quête d’un langage vrai, is forthcoming from Honoré Champion.

Virginie Poitrasson is a writer, performed, translator, and artist who explores the borders between languages, genres, and modes of expression in the arts (sound, video, and silkscreen printing).
Originally from Lyon, she has lived in the United States (New Orleans and New York), and currently lives in Paris. Her fascination with the plurality of languages and interdisciplinary academic research led her to write her master’s thesis on the creative process in the paintings and dramatical writings of Valère Novarina (Université Lyon II).
She has translated a great many American poets, including Michaël Palmer, Lyn Hejinian, Cole Swensen, Marylin Hacker, Charles Bernstein, Jennifer K.Dick, Michelle Noteboom, Shanxing Wang, Rodrigo Toscano, and Laura Elrick. Her latest book, “Il faut toujours garder en tête une formule magique,” was adapted into a radio performance that was broadcast during the Micro fiction program on France Culture (2012).
In her capacity as a performer, Virginie Poitrasson has been invited to participate in numerous festivals throughout Europe and the United States, such as Scène poétique, ENS, Lyon (2012), Festival Relectures 8, Khiasma, Les Lilas (2009), Poezia presente, Milan (2009), In/Out Poetry, Théâtre de la Comédie, Saint Etienne, (2007), Espace Agora-Tête d’or, Lyon (2007), Expoésie, festival de poésie, Périgueux (2011 et 2006), TEXT/styles, Bowery Poetry Club, New York (2005), and Winds, Haim Chanin Fine Arts gallery, New York (2004). She has also been invited to the Ricard Foundation in Paris, the Kunsthalle art center in Mulhouse, the Galerie L’Ollave in Apt, the Poggi & Bertoux Gallery, the Paul Frèches Gallery, the EOF Gallery in Paris, the Carré d’art in Nîmes, and the Centre d’études poétiques at the ENS Lyon.

For more on Virginie Poitrasson, check out her blog at:

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