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Kate Durbin, founding editor of the online pop cultural criticism journal “Gaga Stigmata,” will offer a poetry reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in The Loft, third floor of the Quick Center for the Arts.
Sponsored by a Keenan Martine grant and SBU’s Department of English, the reading is free and open to the public.
“If Andy Warhol were alive today, he’d be following Durbin around with a movie camera,” said Dr. Kaplan Harris, associate professor of English at St. Bonaventure.
Durbin is a Los Angeles-based writer, visual artist, and curator whose work focuses on gender, digital media, and popular culture. She is author of “The Ravenous Audience” (Akashic Books, 2009), “E! Entertainment” (Wonder, 2014), and co-author of “Abra,” an iPad app and artist book — downloadable for free from the iTunes store — with the help of a grant from Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago.
“E! Entertainment” is a post-conceptual writing project based on reality television shows from the E! network channel.
Durbin founded “Gaga Stigmata: Critical Writings and Art about Lady Gaga,” in 2010. The blog critically engages with Gaga's “shock pop phenomenon,” responding to pop cultural phenomenon almost instantly after they occur. “Gaga Stigmata” has received considerable press attention from sources as diverse as NPR, CBC’s Q, Yale’s American Scholar Magazine, AOL, The Atlantic, Spex, Huffington Post, Pop Matters, Berfrois, and Voice Tribune.
“I call Kate Durbin one of the most compelling contemporary American writers because I feel like she’s in her own lane. No one does what she does in the way that she does it,” said author Christopher Higgs, assistant professor of English at Cal State-Northridge.
Durbin’s tumblr project, “Women as Objects,” archives the teen girl tumblr aesthetic. Her projects have been featured by Poets and Writers, Salon.com, Huffington Post, The New Yorker, NPR, The American Scholar, The Rumpus, Vice, and Rhizome.
Past readers in SBU’s Visiting Poets Series have included Ben Friedlander, Mark Nowak, Hoa Nguyen, Gregory Betts, Catherine Wagner, Jonathan Skinner, Tyrone Williams, Joshua Clover, Michael Baskinski, Erin Mouré, Oana Avasilichioaei, and Matvei Yankelovich.
St. Bonaventure Visiting Poets Series is archived here at PennSound.
For more information, contact Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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