Bill Berkson reads on June 12th, 2008 at MOCAD.
Bill Berkson was born in New York in 1939. His first book Saturday Night: Poems 1960-61 was published by Tibor de Nagy Editions in 1961. During the 1960s, he worked in various capacities at Artnews, the Museum of Modern Art, and as associate producer of a show on art for public television. He moved to Northern California in 1970 and during the next decade edited a series of little magazines and books under the Big Sky imprint. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, Yale, in many Poets in the Schools programs, and for twenty-four years at the San Francisco Art Institute, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is a corresponding editor for Art in America and has contributed reviews and essays to such other journals as Aperture, Artforum, artcritical.com and Modern Painters. His recent books of poetry include Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems; and Lady Air. Other books include a collection of his criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings: 1985-2003; Sudden Address: Selected lectures 1981-2006; an epistolary collaboration with Bernadette Mayer entitled What’s Your Idea of a Good Time?; and three words-and-drawings sequences: BILL with Colter Jacobsen; Ted Berrigan with George Schneeman; and Not an Exit with Léonie Guyer. A new collection of his art writings, For the Ordinary Artist (BlazeVOX) appeared in 2011, as did Parties du corps, a selection of his poetry in French translation, edited by Olivier Brossard, from Joca Seria, Nantes.
Jim Gustafson (1949-1996) was Detroit's legendary boisterous bard. This event, celebrating his life and work, featured a reading by Bill Berkson, famed San Francisco poet and critic, as well as readings by Lynn Crawford, Mark Grafe, Glen Mannisto, Ken Mikolowski, Michelle Perron, Ned Richardson, Dennis Teichman, Mick Vranich and others.