Guy Bennett

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Guy Bennett is a poet/translator and author. He has a Ph.D. in French Literature from UCLA. Recent collections of poetry include Self-Evident Poems (2011), and, with Béatrice Mousli, of Poésies des deux mondes: un dialogue franco-américain à travers les revues, 1850-2004 (Paris: Ent'revues, 2004). His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies in Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, and the USA. Recent translations include works by Nicole Brossard, Jean-Michel Espitallier, Mostafa Nissabouri, Valère Novarina, Jacques Roubaud, and Giovanna Sandri. Guy Bennett is the publisher of Mindmade Books, co-editor of Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, and is a contributing editor to the New Review of Literature (USA) and Électron Libre (Morocco). He lives in Los Angeles and is a Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department and in the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.


Named Chevalier de l’Ordre des palmes académiques by the French Minister of Education in April 2005.

Poetry Books and Chapbooks[edit]

  • Self-Evident Poems. Los Angeles: Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2011.
  • 32 Snapshots of Marseilles. Corvallis, OR: Sacrifice Press, 2010.
  • Without Weight of Light. Cleveland: NeO-Pepper Press, 2006.
  • Drive to Cluster. In collaboration with painter Ron Griffin. Piacenza: ML & NLF, 2003.
  • 100 Famous Views. Atlanta: 3rdness, 2001.
  • The Row. Los Angeles: Seeing Eye Books, 2000.
  • Retinal Echo. Duration Press, 1999.
  • Last Words. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1998.


  • Issue 1. Stephen McLaughlin and Jim Carpenter, eds. Arsonism (2008).
  • Nuova poesia americana. Los Angeles. Luigi Ballerini and Paul Vangelisti, eds. Milan: Mondadori, 2005.
  • Walt Whitman: Hom(m)age, 2005/1855. Eric Athenot and Olivier Brossard, eds. New York and Nantes: Turtle Point Press/éditions joca seria, 2005.
  • Intersections: Innovative Poetry in Southern California. Douglas Messerli, ed. Los Angeles: Green Integer Books, 2005.
  • Place as Purpose: Poetry from the Western States. Martha Ronk and Paul Vangelisti, eds. Los Angeles: Autry Museum of Western Heritage / Sun & Moon Press, 2002.
  • Poesia in azione: in una reta de voci. Adam Vaccaro and Giacomo Guidetti, eds. Milan, Italy: Milancosa, 2002.
  • L’Anthologie 2000. Henri Deluy, ed. Paris: Fourbis, 2001.
  • Duetos: 4 poetas norte-americanos contemporâneos. Régis Bonvicino, ed. Florianópolis, Brazil: Museu/Arquivo da Poesia Manuscrita, 1997.
  • The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry 1994–1995. Douglas Messerli, ed. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1996.

Selected Translations[edit]

  • Spatola, Adriano. Toward Total Poetry. Los Angeles: Otis Books / Seismicity Editions, 2008. [with Brendan W. Hennessey]
  • Roubaud, Jacques. Poetry, etc. Cleaning House. Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2006.
  • Khaïr-Eddine, Mohammed. Damaged Fauna. Los Angeles, Seeing Eye Books, 2006.
  • Espitallier, Jean-Michel. Espitallier’s Theorem. Los Angeles: Seismicity Editions, 2005.
  • Novarina, Valère. Adramelech’s Monologue. Los Angeles: Seeing Eye Books, 2004.
  • Brossard, Nicole. Shadow / Soft et Soif. Los Angeles, Seeing Eye Books, 2003. Selections published in Drunken Boat 8 (2006).
  • Leiris, Michel. Operatics. Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2001.
  • Nissabouri, Mostafa. Approach to the Desert Space. Los Angeles: Seeing Eye Books, 2001.
  • Paradjanov, Sergei. Seven Visions. Los Angeles: Green Integer, 1998.
  • Sandri, Giovanna. Hourglass: The Rhythm of Traces. Los Angeles: Seeing Eye Books, 1998.
  • Roubaud, Jacques. American Poetry Under the Pontificate of Helen Vendler. Berkeley: black fire white fire, 1997.
  • Deluy, Henri. Carnal Love. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1995.
  • Giraudon, Liliane. Fur. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1995.
  • Steiner, Giuseppe. Drawn States of Mind. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press, 1994.

Works Exhibited[edit]

  • Séptimo Festival de Literatura Experimental. Teatro de la Casa de la Cultura de Mexicali (Mexicali, Baja California), April 16, 2004.
  • Giorgio Longo’s Bunker Poetico. 49a Biennale d’Arte di Venezia. 2001.
  • Seeing Voices: Artists Collaborate with Writers. In collaboration with painter Terry Dernbach. Kress Lofts (Long Beach, CA), September 8–17, 1995.


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