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New Museum to Publish 2015 Triennial Poetry Book

A poster for the New Museum's upcoming Triennial. COURTESY NEW MUSEUM

A poster for the New Museum’s upcoming Triennial.

COURTESY NEW MUSEUM

Last week the New Museum announced the participants in its 2015 triennial, “Surround Audience,” which is being organized by curator Lauren Cornell and the artist Ryan Trecartin, and opens this coming February.

A minor note in the release was that the museum willl also publish a poetry book alongside the exhibition, edited by the writer Brian Droitcour.

Titled The Animated Reader, the book “was conceived as a companion volume to the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial—an expansion of its themes in the medium of poetry,” according to a description written by Droitcour.

“There are over 70 contributors, 60% women, 60% non-white, 65% residing outside the United States,” he goes on. “The focal points of the collection are experimental approaches to translation that emphasize the porosity and elasticity of the English language rather than its authoritative position as the global language of power; intensely personal diaristic lyrics that update confessional poetry for the age of mass surveillance; conceptual and post-conceptual practices of appropriation, deletion, and revision that configure writing as a kind of data management.”

The contributor list is not final, but thus far those confirmed for the book are:

Mirene Arsanios, Ed Atkins, Lindsay Beebe, Dodie Bellamy, Caroline Bergvall, Daniel Borzutzky, Brandon Brown, Ching-In Chen, Don Mee Choi, Claude Closky, Jesse Darling, Nitoo Das, LaTasha Diggs, Dolores Dorantes, Lisa Holzer, Cathy Park Hong, Juliana Huxtable, Hiromi Ito, Gabriela Jauregui, Fady Joudah, Wakako Kaku, Bhanu Kapil, Kevin Killian,  Kim Hyesoon, Robert Kocik, Robert Kocik, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Stuart Krimko, Yan Jun, Ji Yoon Lee, Rachel Lord, Virginia Lucas, Felipe Martinez, Ye Mimi, K. Silen Mohammad, Erin Moure, Harryette Mullen, Sawako Nakayasu, Uche Nduka, Roman Osminkin, Cecilia Pavon, Nikki Reimer, Steve Roggenbuck, Imri Sandstrom, Stefanie Sargnagel, Peter Schumann, Aboud Saeed, Bela Shayevich, Akeem Smith, Laura Solorzano, Martine Syms, Monica de la Torre, Divya Victor, Uljana Wolf,  Dena Yago, Mae Yway, Jenny Zhang, Zheng Xiaoqiong, Raul Zurita, Kirill Medvedev, Vsevolod Nekrasov

The book will also contain a “feed” of “blog posts, status updates, and tweets from some twenty contributors to characterize the poetic potential of everyday language,” Droitcour wrote.

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