Literature Program

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages of the University at Buffalo, UB Anderson Gallery, the Poetry Collection at UB, Medaille College, Starcherone Books, Hallwalls, and the following endowed chairs at the University at Buffalo: Melodia E. Jones Chair of Romance Languages, James H. McNulty Chair of English, David Gray Chair of Poetry & Letters, and Samuel P. Capen Chair in American Culture.

Raymond Federman

Federman@80: A Celebration

UB Anderson Gallery, UB Poetry Collection, Medaille College Main Building Foyer & Lecture Hall.

Friends, colleagues, critics, and students past and present from near and far welcome writer, raconteur, and retired UB distinguished professor Raymond Federman back to Buffalo for a day-long celebration of his work and him in visual art, critical appreciations, rollicking literary readings, & champagne. All events are free and open to the public.

Morning: 10:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M., UB Anderson Gallery, One Martha Jackson Place.
Opening reception (with coffee and accompaniments) of an exhibition of Federman-inspired art works by Terri Katz-Kazimov, Harvey Breverman, & Bruce Jackson.
Get a map and directions to Anderson Gallery.

L to R: Federman, René Girard, & Al Cook (photo by Bruce Jackson)

Noon(ish): 1:00-4:30 P.M., Poetry Collection, 4th Floor Capen Hall, UB North Campus.
Two sessions of presentations and discussion featuring contributors to the forthcoming SUNY Press collection of essays, Federman at 80: From Surfiction to Critifiction, edited by Jeffrey DiLeo.
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1:00-2:30: A Life in the Text.
Dr. Larry McCaffery, Dr. Menachem Feuer, & Dr. Ted Pelton.

3:00-4:30: Laughter, History, and the Holocaust.
Dr. Susan Rubin Suleiman & Dr. Marcel Cornis-Pope.

L to R: Leslie Fiedler & Ray Federman (photo by Bruce Jackson)

& NIGHT: 8:00 P.M., Medaille College, Main Building, Foyer & Lecture Hall.
An Evening of Laughterature, Surfiction, & Playgiarism in Tribute to Raymond Federman
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Readings by (in order of appearance):

Ted PeltonChristina MillettiGeoffrey Gatza, Julie Regan, Michael Basinski, & Steve McCaffery.


Davis Schneiderman, Charles Bernstein, Simone Federman, & Raymond Federman

The readings will be followed by a reception and 80th birthday toast.

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October 6, 1982: "Fiction Diction: Raymond Federman read from his new novel The Twofold Vibration,  which is set in America, New Year's Eve 1999, and broaches such subjects as memory and euthanasia."

November 15, 1987: "The Boulder/Buffalo Pipeline. Buffalo writers educated in the Creative Writing Program of the University of Colorado at Boulder read from their own experimental fiction and pieces by their CU mentors/professors. Jeffrey DeShell (reading Ronald Sukenick), Ted Pelton (reading Steve Katz), Nicolette de Csipkay (reading Marilyn Krysl), and Alan Bigelow (reading personal correspondence of Robert Steiner). Program introduced by Raymond Federman."

November 30, 1989: "Raymond Federman & William T. Vollman read selections from their fiction. Raymond Federman reads from his forthcoming novel, Spieltexte, and talks about his European exploits. American novelist William T. Vollmann reads selections from his works, accompanied by slides of photos taken by Vollmann's collaborator Ken Miller which visually document the street life Vollman has recorded in his writings."
April 13, 1990: Samuel Beckett: A Good Friday Birthday Tribute. Readings and performances by Raymond FedermanFritz Bacher, Marten Clibbens, Stela Ghetie, Steve GriffithChris O'Neill & Vincent O'Neill, and Ted Pelton. Exhibit of drawings by Harvey Breverman. Screening of Film (1965, 22 min., written by Samuel Beckett, directed by Alan Schneider, starring Buster Keaton). The Fax That Kills, a performance by Fritz Bacher."

April 15 & 16, 1994: "Festival of New Fiction: Two evenings of readings by writers associated with the Fiction Collective, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 1994, featuring Mark Amerika, Cris Mazza, Ron Sukenick, and others."

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