September 20-22, 2013

Oxford Centre for Life-Writing: Inaugural Conference: ‘The Lives of Objects’

Saturday, September 21, I’m chairing the panel “Biography” (4:30 – 6:00 pm) and talk in the panel “Archive” (2:30 – 4:00pm) : ), ”Into the Writing Zone’: Writing Susan Sontag’s Biography”

Leonard Wolfson Auditorium (LWA), Wolfson College, Oxford, England.


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April 2013

Published in the tenth issue of Or: A Literary Tabloid:

 “Bordeaux, 1882″, a suite of poems  from Redon’s Colors, a poetry project focusing on the works and life of the 19th century painter Odilon Redon.


a translation : “Vertigo” by Olivia Rosenthal.

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March 28, 2013

“Traces, Fragments, Remains / Traces, Fragments, Restes” the 2013 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium.

Chaired the panel:   Tracing selves in 21st-Century French Women‘s Experimental Writing, and talked about “Olivia Rosenthal: le puzzle d’une vie vécue / rêvée”

The Georgian Terrace, Atlanta, GA

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November 2012

Published in the ninth issue of Or: A Literary Tabloid:

 “London, 1895″, a suite of poems  from Redon’s Colors, a poetry project focusing on the works and life of the 19th century painter Odilon Redon.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 Biographers International Organization Conference

USC – Davidson Center

8:30 – 10:30 am

I’m chairing the panel : “Beyond Disneyland: Research Opportunities in Southern California” in which prominent local archivists provide an overview of how to make the most of Southern California’s treasure trove of libraries and archives (not all of them related to the film industry).

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Saturday, October 15th, 2011

&Now Festival, UC San Diego

At 10 :00 am, I’ll be part of the panel « If Tomorrowland Is Forever Then, If I Lived Here, Would I Be Home Now?” with Michael du Plessis, Jeffrey DeShell,Elisabeth Sheffield, and Teresa Carmody.

In this age of foreclosures and homeland security, of domestic terror and the domestication of terror, how
might experimental writers still think with or against or through this slogan, “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now”?

Come and enjoy the Festival and its bookfair…

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September 25, 2011

My chapbook Metamorphosis of Palm Trees has just been published by Mindmade Books.

About it the editor wrote:

“A playful cross between a documentary text and a writer’s notebook, Metamorphosis of Palm Trees weaves together newspaper clippings, radio reports, quotations from scholarly and literary works, bumper stickers, fragmented conversations, and diaristic, poetic prose in a seamless meditation on language, writing, and exile in present-day Los Angeles.”

Metamorphosis of Palm Trees is available as part of this year’s series of chapbooks, which also includes work by Juan Antonio Corretjer, Larry O. Dean, and Aleksei Kruchenykh.

For more about the series and purchase information visit the Mindmade Books website.

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May 1, 2011

With Guy Bennett, we’ll be at the LA Times Book Festival, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Angel City Press booth… Come by!

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March 1, 2011

The January 28th reading is now on line….
Click here to watch: enjoy! it was a great moment.

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February 2, 2011

Find below the announcement for the 2011 Mindmade book series. Metamorphoses of the Palm Tree will be published in September.

Dear reader,

In this its fifteenth year, Mindmade Books will be publishing chapbooks by Larry O. Dean, Aleksei Kruchenykh, Béatrice Mousli, and Juan Antonio Corretjer. They will appear quarterly beginning in March, and are available collectively for US$25 (US$30 for shipping outside the US).
To order these titles, just respond to this message. If you have already ordered, my apologies for this note, and thank you for your interest and support.
For more information about Mindmade Books, reviews of selected chapbooks, and a complete catalog of previously published works, please visit our website.
If you would prefer to not receive our announcements, just let me know and I will remove you from our email list.
Best wishes,
Guy Bennett

Mindmade Books

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January 28, 2011

Sunny with a Chance of Sigalert

MPW (USC Master of Professional Writing) Student Faculty Reading Series
@Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, 7:30 pm


Trisha Chambers
Beatrice Mousli Bennett
Susan Kacvinsky
Whitney Bratton
Orly Minezad

Faculty Reader

Tim Kirkman

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A series of talks on Philippe Soupault, December 7-13:

Mardi 7 décembre 2010

Atrium de Chaville, 3, Parvis Robert Schuman, 92370 Chaville.

A discussion with Raphaël Sorin:
«Philippe Soupault à la poursuite de lui-même, de Chaville à Paris en passant par Tunis, Mexico, New-York, Berlin, Prague et Rio de Janeiro… »

Followed by Bertrand Tavernier’s film :
Philippe Soupault et le surréalisme (1982)


Mercredi 8 décembre 2010

Université de Marne-la-Vallée

“Publishing a Literary Biography in 2010: the example of Philippe Soupault


Vendredi 10 décembre 2010

Médiathèque centrale d’Agglomération Emile Zola, Montpellier

“Philippe Soupault, une biographie”

218, bd de l’Aéroport International – Montpellier
04 67 34 87 00
Tramway : lignes 1 et 2 Place de l’Europe


13 décembre 2010

Société d’études françaises de Bâle, Université de Bâle

« Philippe Soupault, une poétique du vingtième siècle »

Petersplatz 1, Kollegienhaus, salle 118

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September 5th, 2010

My translation of Westwego has just been published. Here is the announcement from the publisher:

Dear Reader,

I’m pleased to announce that Westwego by Philippe Soupault has just been published by Mindmade Books.

Westwego is an early poem by Philippe Soupault, one of the founders (along with André Breton and Louis Aragon) of the Surrealist movement. Written in 1917–22, it both precedes and follows Les Champs magnétiques [“The Magnetic Fields"] (1919), the first Surrealist work according to Breton who co-authored it with him. The only work of Soupault’s poetry currently available in English, Westwego was translated from the French by Béatrice Mousli, whose biography of the poet was published in spring 2010 by Flammarion.

Westwego is available as part of Mindmade Books’ 2010 series, which also includes work by Emily Kendal Frey, Ernst Jandl, and Deborah Meadows. All of these titles are available at the Mindmade Books website.

Best wishes,

Guy Bennett


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May 20, 2010

“Rencontre autour de Philippe Soupault”

en compagnie de Serge Fauchereau et Alain Lance

Librairie Gallimard

15 boulevard Raspail
75006 Paris

7 PM

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May 15, 2010

At the Compleat Biographer Conference, the first conference of BIO (Biographers International Organization), I’ll be on this panel:

Selecting a subject : a panel – discussion by several biographers about how they came to find or reject subjects for their books.

Moderator: Ray Anthony Shepard,

Panelists : Steve Weinberg, Carol DeBoer-Langworthy, Béatrice Mousli

University of Massachussetts, Boston

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May 4, 2010

Philippe Soupault has been selected as one of the five finalists for the Goncourt de la Biographie, along with Madame de Staël (Michel Winock), Godard : biographie, (Antoine de Baecque), Dumas et les mousquetaires : histoire d’un chef-d’œuvre, (Simone Bertière), and Georges Boris : trente ans d’influence : Blum, de Gaulle, Mendès France (Jean-Louis Crémieux-Brilhac)

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April 14th, 2010

Philippe Soupault has just been published by Flammarion in their collection “Grande biographie.”

Available from Amazon France