Praised in recent years as a “calculating, improvisatory, essential poet” by Daisy Fried in the New York Times, and as “the foremost poet-critic of our time” by Craig Dworkin, Charles Bernstein is a leading voice in American poetry. Near/Miss, Bernstein’s first poetry collection in five years, is the apotheosis of his late style, thick with off-center rhythms, hilarious riffs, and verbal extravagance. Grounded in a politics of multiplicity and dissent, and replete with both sharp edges and subtle intimacies, Near/Miss is full of close encounters of every kind.
Charles Bernstein is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Amy Sillman is a visual artist living in New York, where she is represented by the Gladstone Gallery. In 2013, the the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presented a retrospective of her work. A collaboration between Sillman and Bernstein appears in Near/Miss.
Felix Bernstein is the author of Burn Book(Nightboat), and Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry (Insert Blanc Press). His writing has been featured in Flash Art, Spike Arts Quarterly, Poetry Magazine, Hyperallergic, and Texte Zur Kunst.
Tracie Morris’s WhoDo With Words came out from Chax in 2018 and her Handholding: Five Kinds was published by Kore in 2016. She coedited, with Bernstein, Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan, 2017). Morris is a 2018 Master Artist in Residence for the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the 2018 WPR Fellow at Harvard University.