Critic and poet Benjamin Friedlander to visit UGA

Athens, Ga. – Poet and critic Benjamin Friedlander will participate in several talks and classroom visits the week of Feb. 28 as part of the Lanier Series, sponsored by the University of Georgia English department.

Friedlander will give two public presentations: a poetry reading on Wednesday, March 2, at 4 p.m. in Park Hall room 261 and an informal discussion of Ezra Pound’s controversial radio broadcasts (with a sampling of recordings) at 1:30 on Friday, March 4, also in Park Hall room 261.

Friedlander is the author of Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism (University of Alabama Press, 2004) and two books of poetry: A Knot Is Not a Tangle (Krupskaya, 2000) and Time Rations (O Books, 1991). Simulcast, an overview of avant-garde American poetry of the past 25 years, creates critical text by adopting and co-opting the language of significant essays by earlier writers. The resulting critiques transcend the boundaries of poetics and poetry. Jed Rasula, Helen S. Lanier Professor of English at UGA, calls the collection of essays “a ground-breaking work of genuinely experimental criticism.”

Friedlander, graduate coordinator in the English department at the University of Maine, teaches American literature, poetry and poetics, and critical theory. He is coeditor of Charles Olson’s Collected Prose (University of California Press, 1997) and is currently completing a book on Emily Dickinson and the Civil War.