Traces of Light reviewed in Dance Research Journal

A review of Ann Cooper Albright’s Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller is found in the Summer 2010 edition of Dance Research Journal.

“Cooper Albright’s research method—an ‘embodied approach’—is dictated by her own career as a dancer and much ‘gut feeling.’ Her flamboyant appropriation of Fuller is physical as well as intellectual. The attempt at reconstructing, or more precisely, experiencing, the physical aspect of Fuller’s performances dictates her understanding and analysis of the choreographies. The exploration begins as we witness the performer slipping into the costume and preparing for the performance; this performer is Cooper Albright. … Kinetic knowledge opens a vital dimension that purely literary examinations of dance often miss or misunderstand.” -Marion Kant, Dance Research Journal, Summer 2010

Sensational Knowledge reviewed in the Journal of Asian Studies

“With Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance, Tomie Hahn has produced an extraordinary study of the complex ways in which nihon buyô, a form of traditional Japanese dance, is transmitted and translated between bodies. Hahn mines her lifelong experience as a dancer in the Tachibana school as a means of exploring how culture comes to be embodied, refigured, and passed on through this art form. Her thoughtful analyses build from this lived experience as the ground upon which the cogent, meticulous, narrations that she develops can inform the reader most clearly, and signify with the utmost richness and intensity.”
Journal of Asian Studies, Volume 69,  Issue 1

Brenda Hillman’s Practical Water awarded Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Practical Water, by Brenda Hillman, received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the Poetry category.

Brenda Hillman’s bold, experimental poetry charts a course into unexplored territory. In “Practical Water,” her commitment to innovation and interiority is galvanized by the need to speak back to the stark realities of our situation. Observing absurd sessions of Congress, advocating for the planet, speaking against the injustice of war, Hillman’s work looks outward as well as inward. In this, her finest book, she creates an urgent new poetry for our moment.

–2009 Poetry Judges

Versed by Rae Armantrout awarded Pulitzer Prize

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry was awarded to “Versed,” by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan University Press), a book striking for its wit and linguistic inventiveness, offering poems that are often little thought-bombs detonating in the mind long after the first reading.
(Pulitzer Prize citation)
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