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Charles Bernstein

American writer

Charles Bernstein is ...


Born 4 April 1950 in New York City
Age 73 years, 2 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Spouse Susan Bee
Occupation poet, writer, translator, literary scholar and literary scholar
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship, Preis der Stadt Münster für Europäische Poesie and AAAS Fellow
Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Educated at University at Buffalo, Harvard University, The Bronx High School of Science and Harvard College

About Charles Bernstein

Charles Bernstein is a poet, essayist, and scholar who has been a leading figure in the Language Poetry movement since the 1970s. Born in New York City in 1950, Bernstein studied at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before settling in New York City, where he co-founded the influential literary journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E with Bruce Andrews in 1978.

Bernstein's poetry is known for its experimental use of language and its engagement with political and social issues. His collections include "Islets/Irritations" (1983), "Shade" (2000), and "Near/Miss" (2018). He has also published numerous essays on poetry and poetics, including "A Poetics" (1992) and "Attack of the Difficult Poems" (2011).

In addition to his writing, Bernstein has been a professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania since 2003. He has also been a visiting professor at numerous universities, including Columbia University, Brown University, and the University of California, San Diego.

Bernstein's work has been widely recognized and celebrated. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his poetry has been included in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry. In 2006, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Despite his many accolades, Bernstein remains committed to pushing the boundaries of poetry and language. As he once said, "Poetry is not a luxury, it's a necessity. It's a way of thinking and feeling that is essential to our survival as human beings." His ongoing contributions to the world of poetry and poetics continue to inspire and challenge readers and writers alike.


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