Charles Bernstein (born April 4, 1950) is an American Poet, Theorist, Editor, and Literary Scholar. Bernstein holds the Donald T. Regan Chair in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the most prominent members of the Language poets. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, Bernstein was awarded the Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University and Princeton University.

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[edit] Early Life and Work

Bernstein was born in New York City to a Jewish family and studied at the Bronx High School of Science and Harvard University, graduating in 1972. His first book, Asylums, was published in 1975. Together with Bruce Andrews he edited L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Magazine, which ran to 13 issues between 1978 and 1980. This was one of the most important outlets for Language poetry, and in 1984 he and Andrews published "selected" pieces from these 13 issues in The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book. During this period, Bernstein also published three more books of his own poetry: Parsing (1976), Shade (1978) and Poetic Justice (1979), while earning a living as a freelance editor.

[edit] Bernstein and Poetics

Bernstein is one of the foremost poets associated with Language poetry, and his two collections of essays, Content's Dream: Essays 1975 (1986) and A Poetics (1992), as well as his My Way: Speeches and Poems (1999), expand a position on poetry based, in part, on his close reading of the philosophy of Karl Marx, and Ludwig Wittgenstein and the writings of Gertrude Stein, Louis Zukofsky, and William Carlos Williams.

[edit] Recent Life and Works

From 1989 to 2003, Bernstein was David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo, where he was co-founder and Director of the Poetics Program. He is also co-founder of The Electronic Poetry Center at Buffalo. He is currently the Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is co-founder of PennSound. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and of the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize of the University of California, San Diego. Since 1980, he has published a further eighteen books of poetry, as well as editing a number of anthologies of prose and verse. Working with the composers Ben Yarmolinsky, Dean Drummond, and Brian Ferneyhough, he has written the libretti for five operas and has collaborated with a number of visual artists, including his wife, Susan Bee, Richard Tuttle, and Mimi Gross. Bernstein's Poetry has appeared in four editions of David Lehman's The Best American Poetry series, most recently in the 2008 edition. His work has also recently appeared in Harper's Magazine and Poetry Magazine.

Bernstein appeared in the 2000 movie Finding Forrester, as Dr. Simon.

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  1. ^ According to the publisher's website (here) : "Shadowtime is a thought opera based on the work and life of the German philosopher, essayist, and cultural critic, Walter Benjamin. The libretto was written by Charles Bernstein for composer Brian Ferneyhough and had its premiere in May 2004 at the Munich Biennale, with subsequent productions at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, and the Lincoln Center Festival in New York."

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