KAYAK
AT THE CONFLUENCE
  

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

Just added! 
Friday night Opening Reception for Kayak at the Confluence,
featuring a readers theatre production of George Hitchcock's play
"PROMETHEUS FOUND: A TRAGI-COMEDY IN TWO ACTS"
First performed in 1958 by The Actors Workshop in San Francisco.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011
Location:
Gaslight Theatre
360 Boyle St. (off Lindell)
Central West End
St. Louis, MO
ADMISSION: $15.00  ($10.00 in advance: see "Tickets" page)

6:00    Opening Reception for "Kayak at the Confluence: A Tribute to George Hitchcock"
            Food and No-Host Bar. 

7:00    Readers Theatre Performance:

                     "PROMETHEUS FOUND: A Tragi-Comedy in Two Acts" by George Hitchcock

                                   Presented by The St. Louis Actors' Studio.  Public Welcome.


ALL-DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
Location:
The Ethical Society
9001 Clayton Road
St. Louis, MO

Reading Only: $20.00 advance/$25.00 at the door
Saturday All-Day pass: $40.00 advance/$45.00 at the door  
(
Workshops, afternoon sessions and Evening Reading all included in the All-Day Pass!)


KAYAK PRESS EXHIBITION
  (Exhibit open all day.)

 
The first public exhibition outside a university of all 64 issues of Kayak, published between 1964-1984.  Includes many other Kayak Press items, including Charles Simic's first book, "What the Grass Says," "Pioneers of Modern Poetry" by George Hitchcock and Robert L. Peters, William Harmon's "The Intussuseption of Miss Mary America," and John Tagliabue's "A Japanese Journal."  Plus several of George Hitchcock's own books including, "The Counterfeit Rose," "Tactics of Survival," "Piano Beneath the Skin," "The Racquet" (novel), "Another Shore" (novel), "The Devil Comes to Wittenberg" (play), and San Francisco Review #1, where Hitchcock was an editor, just before starting Kayak.  

Very rare showing of a portfolio of prints done by George Hitchcock in 1966 of the work of his good friend, artist and collagist, Jean Varda, on loan from Vagadu Varda, his daughter, and Joui Turandot, his grand-daughter.  (Hitchcock wrote his poem "For Jean Varda" for this artist.)

Photographs of George Hitchcock, including those from the early seventies done by Jim Hair and Gary Griggs in Santa Cruz.  

WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND EVENING READING:

8:30 a.m.                        Doors and Box Office open at 8:30 a.m.  Free coffee and tea!

9:00 a.m. to Noon:        
WRITING AND PUBLISHING WORKSHOPS

POETRY AND THE MAGIC OF MENTORS 
                Robert McDowell
Drawing upon writing prompts based directly on Hitchcock's work, as well as group discussions, guided meditations, free-writing and more, Robert McDowell's unique workshop assists writers in rethinking and rediscovering the power of their mentors in their creative process.     

WHERE TO PUBLISH YOUR FABULOUS POEMS     Amy Holman
Learn professional ways to evaluate poetry magazines and presses in order to best direct your own submissions.  Using the current community of poets being published as your guide, create your own personal poetry reference guide.  After teaching poets how to recognize the style characteristics of their work, she will then, as a demonstration, cover the style interests of two literary journals and two presses.  
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS: Amy will consult individually with each workshop participant, discussing the characterisitics of their work, and suggesting possible journals where his/her work might be submitted.
  Bring examples of your best poetry.

1:30 p.m to 2:15 p.m.     
 
A KAYAK OMNIBUS: The Kayak Collection in Buffalo    Michael Basinski
Like the idea of Visual Poetry but don't know how to approach it?  Michael Basinski, Curator of the famed Poetry Collection at the University of Buffalo, and a visual poet himself, discusses the Kayak collection in their archives -- then draws upon his own experience as a visual poet to illuminate both "the visual poem as Kayak magazine" and "the visual poem and its possibility" in Kayak and beyond.  A exceptional opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of this exciting but sometimes mysterious work.   

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

CREATIVE WRITING AND UNCREATIVE EDITING:
 Charisma versus Bureaucracy  William Harmon
A short talk probing the proposition that annalists have more fun than analysts and that editing (reference works, anthologies, magazines) can be as creative as writing poems.  (And he should know.) 

3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.    

The PUBLISHING SALON: Publishers and Editors discuss George Hitchcock, Kayak, and Life in Independent Publishing today.  
Hear first-hand stories of George Hitchcock and his unique adventures as editor and publisher of the hand-made Kayak from his peers, former students and friends.  These leaders in independent publishing will talk about their own experiences in their field, and make educated guesses about the changes to come in independent and small press publishing in the future.    

                                        Moderators:      Joseph Bednarik, Copper Canyon Press
                                                              Richard Newman, River Styx
                                                              Michael Basinski, Curator, U of Buffalo Poetry Collection
                                                              Robert McDowell, Story Line Press

                                                             
Amy Holman, poet, publishing consultant
                                                                         and others

 
7:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m.     (Ticket office opens for the reading at 6:00 p.m.)

KAYAK AT THE CONFLUENCE: A Tribute to George Hitchcock 

A multi-media poetry reading and event in honor of George Hitchcock, poet, editor, publisher, painter, organizer, actor and (famously) gardener.  

Featuring poetry readings, reminiscences, visuals and vintage sound.  Premiere of new video by writer Linda Lappin in collaboration with Chicago video artist, Sandra Binion, based on Lappin's kayak poem: 
Twelve Poems for Cezanne's Black Clock. 
                                                        
Featuring:
KAYAK POETS: 
                    Albert Goldbarth, 
                    Mark Jarman,         
                    Willis Barnstone, 
                    Nancy Willard, 
                    Robert McDowell, 
                    Marjorie Simon,
                    William Harmon, 
                    Gary Young, 
                    Tom Finkel, reading poetry by his father, Donald Finkel
                    plus  Linda Lappin, Howard McCord and Lou Lipsitz by video.

                                  
                                        Joined by: 
                                        Aliki Barnstone, poet and Hitchcock friend,
                                        Joseph Bednarik, Copper Canyon Press
                                        Patty McDowell Aakhus, author, Hitchcock student
                                        Amy Holman, poet, literary consultant
                                        Stephen Hitchcock, George Hitchcock's son
                                        Liz Hughes Wiley, event organizer and Hitchcock
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