On June 5, award-winning novelist, poet and scholar Ben Lerner gave a lecture on the unstable relationship between text and image as part of the Canadian Art Encounters series. The author of 10:04 and The Hatred of Poetry imagined how a contemporary writer might both engage with and move beyond the traditional notion of ekphrasis as dramatizing a rivalry between verbal and visual art.
Tuesday, June 5
Innis Town Hall
Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, among other honors. He is the author of three books of poetry (The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path), two novels (Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04). and several collaborations with artists (including Blossom, with Thomas Demand and forthcoming books with Anna Ostoya and Alexander Kluge). His most recent book is the monograph, The Hatred of Poetry. He is Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.