Ivy Writers Paris is a monthly bilingual experimental poetry reading series that brings together the music of two languages. Ivy authors read in their native tongue, mostly a French and an Anglophone poet (often from the US, Canada or the UK), though Ivy has also had readers who were Japanese, Argentinian, Finnish, Lebanese or from other countries. A sampling of translation is occasionally provided, but the real goal is to enter into the music of whatever language(s) you don’t speak. On occasion, authors read with musicians or project images. Currently, Jacob Bromberg co-curates the series with Jennifer K Dick while Michelle Noteboom is on maternity leave.
Pre-reading, the crowds gather for a drink and chat with friends and invited authors, and post-reading books are signed and then whoever wants to comes along for dinner. The reading is sandwiched between social space and allows listeners to really get to know guest authors, and to talk to them and to the other publishers, writers and translators in attendance. Poetry is in some ways an eternal conversation, after all.
History of Ivy Writers
The Ivy Writers series began in a gallery in the 11th arrondissement in 2005 and the series was run by American poets Michelle Noteboom and Jennifer K Dick. Some notable Anglophone readers have included original L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E school poets Lyn Hejinian, Carla Harryman and Barrett Watten, Paris resident poets and translators Marilyn Hacker, Alice Notley, Sarah Riggs and Joe Ross and French authors Jérôme Mauche, Suzanne Doppelt, Jean-Michel Espitallier, Véronique Pittolo, Jacques Sivan, Vannina Maestri, Marie-Céline Siffert, Rémi Bouthonnier, Anne Kawala, Fréderic Forte, Michael Batalla, Gilles Weinzaepflen and many many others. Special events linked to literary reviews or book publications have featured VERSAL magazine from Amsterdam, Upstairs at Duroc from Paris and Counterpath Press among others. Since 2010, guest co-curators have included Sarah Larivière.