Noted scholar, poet and artist Richard Kostelanetz will discuss “Downtown Writing and the Literature of Soho: The New York Avant-Garde from e.e. cummings through John Cage” at New York University’s Fales Library, 3rd floor of NYU’s Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, on Thursday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public; call (212) 998-2596 for further information.

Kostelanetz, a graduate of Brown and Columbia universities, is a prolific writer whose numerous works include such collections of poetry as Arenas/Fields/Pitches/Turfs and Numbers Two, and such works of fiction as Epiphanies and Exhaustive Parallel Intervals. His interests in theatre, music, and art have spawned numerous non-fiction books including Conversing with Cage, The Old Fictions and the New and Metamorphosis in the Arts.

He has edited numerous anthologies, produced and directed several films, and has exhibited his art work throughout the country.

Kostelanetz has lived in downtown Manhattan, first in the East Village and then in Soho, since 1966.

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