The MLA’s in town; readings
The annual convention of the Modern Language Association, the foremost professional association for humanities academics, opens today in San Francisco. They’re the ones filling all the convention hotels downtown, so if you see an explosion of tweed at this weekend’s demolition derbies and sex parties, you’ll know where it’s coming from.
If you’d like to hobnob or pick up any of the sexy librarians and litprofs, two offsite readings will be held (courtesy Ron Silliman):
The first, Sunday night, December 28 at 7:00 PM, in the Forum at the Yerba Buena Center, 701 Mission (and thus directly across the street from SF MoMA in one direction & the Moscone Convention Center in another), is sponsored by SPD & the Poetry Foundation, and includes numerous out-of-town celebs, including several (Dale Smith, Carla Harryman, Michael Davidson, Barrett Watten & Timothy Yu) with important links to the Bay Area.
The second, Tuesday night, December 30 at 7:00 PM, at the Hotel Utah at 500 Fourth Street (at Bryant just east of the freeway overpass) is sponsored by Small Press Traffic & includes more than 30 local poets. It’s a terrific opportunity for MLA nomads to check out what’s new & hot in one of the great writing cities of the U.S.
Also, there’ll be a huge exhibit hall at the Hilton where publishers — both university presses and mainstream presses with literary and academic releases — will have booths. It costs money for civilians to enter, unless you have one of those sexy humanities profs in tow. They have free guest coupons.