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Words and Sentences and What We Make of Them: Poet and Artist Kenneth Goldsmith to Read at TU

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Aired on Tuesday, September 22nd.

On this installment of ST, we speak with the poet and performance/conceptual artist, Kenneth Goldsmith, who has appeared on The Colbert Report, held a poetry reading in the White House, and published more than ten books. He's also the first-ever poet laureate to be selected by The Museum of Modern Art -- and he'll offer a free-to-the-public poetry reading tonight, Tuesday the 22nd, at 9pm in Tyrell Hall on the TU campus. (More info on that event, which is presented by the TU Department of English, can be found here.) Goldsmith -- the founding editor of the online avant-garde archive UbuWeb, who also teaches poetics and poetic practice at the University of Pennsylvania -- began his career in art as a sculptor, having studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. But as he began to create more and more art that used "found text" purely as a kind of eye-grabbing visual media -- like paint or ink or charcoal -- he became more and more interested in using written words in his art works. This led, eventually, to creating word collages, reworked textual cut-ups, and so forth -- a manner of writing that's more akin to rearranging or re-contextualizing than to composing. As Goldsmith once put it: "Pointing at the best information trumps creating the best information." He's also the author of a book of essays, "Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age," and he edited the book, "I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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