Oswald Egger & Laura Mullen

Oswald EggerOswald EggerOswald Egger was born in Lana, Italy, in 1963.  He is a poet and dramatist whose book Nichts, das ist was published in English in 2004 as Room of Rumor: Tunings.   Since 2011 he has been professor of Language and Form at Muthesius University of Art and Design, Kiel.   Editor of the literary magazine Der Prokurist, he has been writer in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles; and at Cornell University.  He was recipient of the Clemens Brentano Prize, the H.C. Artmann Prize, the Oskar Pastior Prize, the Peter Huchel Preis and the Outstanding Artist Award for his poetry, his poetic research and his work in radio drama.  Egger was founder of the Kulturtage Lana in South Tyrol, which he ran from 1986 – 1995.  His recent publications in German include: Diskrete Stetigkeit. Poesie und Mathematik (2008); Die ganze Zeit (2010);  Euer Lenz. Prosa (2013); Gnomen und Amben (2015); Harlekinsmäntel und andere Bewandtnisse (2017).

Laura MullenLaura MullenLaura Mullen makes work that is alive to the shared space of meaning-making and attentive to the unsaid. “Mullen’s shapes shift, disappear like the living but remain like lives...turn into new solids, solidarities of moving, hard-edged lyric social work...against loneliness…” (Fred Moten).  “Mullen sets up a site of fluid exchange between text and reader, an inter-subjective process that inflects affective communication with a subversive sense of contingency...” (Amy Moorman Robbins). Laura’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in FenceBombPoetry, and The Nation, and has been anthologized in collections from Norton, Wesleyan, and Omnidawn. Her first book, The Surface, was a National Poetry Series selection, and her subsequent poetry collections and hybrid-genre works have been published by the University of California Press, futurepoem, and Otis / Seismicity among other presses: her eighth collection, Complicated Grief, was published by Solid Objects in 2015. A CD of Jason Eckardt’s setting of her poem “The Distance (This)” is available from Mode records. A MacDowell and Karolyi Foundation Fellow, a featured poet at the International Poetry Festival in Taipei, a Rona Jaffe Award recipient and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Mullen holds degrees from the University of Iowa and U.C. Berkeley. She is the McElveen Professor of English at Louisiana State University and has been a visiting poet at Columbia College. Her collaboration with composer Nathan Davis—"a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed” —had its premiere in La Jolla, and has been performed at Notre Dame and Williams College.