History is full of people who just didn’t*
The Cheapest University invites Anne Boyer to discuss possible forms of collective struggles and commitments within writing and art. This conversation will focus on two books by Anne Boyer: Garments Against Women (Ahsahta Press, 2015) and The Handbook of Disappointed Fate (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2018). In these books, the author reflects on post-feminism, the history of labor through gender and the links between Marxism and feminism, putting forward the hypothesis of emancipation from poetry and through poetry.
For the occasion, The Cheapest University continues its work of translating untranslated English-speaking authors into French, through a publication in collaboration with After 8 Books.The conversation will be followed by a cross-reading between Anne Boyer and The Cheapest University, based on the translated texts.
* excerpt from No, in A Handbook of Disappointed Fate, Anne Boyer.
Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist from Kansas City. Her poetry books include The Romance of Happy Workers, My Common Heart, and Garments Against Women. Her newest book is a collection of essays, fables, and ephemera called A Handbook of Disappointed Fate. The Undying, a memoir about cancer, care, and having a body inside of history, is forthcoming in 2019 from FSG (US) and Penguin (UK). Her honors include the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a 2018 Whiting Award in nonfiction and poetry, and the 2016 CLMP award for Garments Against Women. She is currently the Judith E. Wilson poetry fellow at Cambridge University, and she is an Associate Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute where she teaches literature, philosophy, and writing.