Joynes Speaker Series: Poet, Bill Berkson
October 22 * 7:00 pm * The Joynes Suite
Posted: October 19, 2010
Publisher's Weekly calls him "a serene master of the syntactical sleight, transforming the mundane in the marvelous."
Currently Berkson is a poet, art critic, editor, and curator who has been active in the art and poetry worlds for many decades. He lives in San Francisco where he teaches art history and literature at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is the author of eighteen books and pamphlets and poetry, including most recently Gloria (with etchings by Alex Katz) and Our Friends will Pass Among You Silently, as well as an epistolary collaboration by Bernadette Mayer entitled What's Your Idea of a Good Time? He is a corresponding editor for Art in America, and his criticism has appeared there and in Artforum and other journals. A collection of his essays, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, appeared in 2004, and Sudden Address: Selected Lectures in 2007. He was Distinguished Paul Mellon Fellow at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for 2006.