Life and work
Joan Retallack received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana and her M.A. from Georgetown University. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, winning many awards including the Columbia Book Award, a Lannan Foundation Poetry Award (1998–99), the America Award in Belles-Lettres, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Retallack is the author of many critical studies, including The Poethical Wager (2003), and a study of Gertrude Stein (2008). She is the Director of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College (2000– ) where she has been the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities.
As of late 2009, Retallack is working on two projects: "The Reinvention of Truth" and "The Bosch Notebooks".
- editor: Gertrude Stein: Selections. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008
- The Poethical Wager. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003
- M U S I C A G E / CAGE MUSES on Words. Art. Music: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1996.
- Memnoir. The Post-Apollo Press, 2004.
- MONGRELISME: A Difficult Manual for Desperate Times. Providence, Paradigm Press, 1998.
- How To Do Things With Words. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Classics, 1998.
- A F T E R R I M A G E S. Hanover: Wesleyan University Press, 1995.
- Icarus FFFFFalling. Buffalo: Leave Books, 1994.
- Errata 5uite. Washington, DC: Edge Books, 1993.
- Circumstantial Evidence. Washington, DC: S.O.S. Books, 1985.
- Madison Welcomes Joan Retallack
- Poetry Daily Feature: Joan Retallack
- Retallack, G.J., 2000, What does the name Retallack mean? Cornwall Family History Society Journal, v.98, p. 14-15.
- Bard Faculty Homepage
- Word Salad: Madison Welcomes Joan Retallack
- Retallack page at PennSound link to extensive audio files including readings and lectures
- Retallack Homepage at Electronic Poetry Center
- Two Short Jots from Joan Retallack
- Chance of a lifetime: Joan Retallack on Jackson Mac Low
- Witt&Stein: A Poetics text of an essay by Retallack
- About Mass Transit: The Dupont Circle Circle text of an essay by Retallack, originally published in the Washington Review 14.2 (August/September 1988)
- Rethinking Poetics Log at the "Rethinking Poetics Conversation" site
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