About the event

Come celebrate five years of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Archive Initiative with Ammiel Alcalay and Aoibheann Sweeney, along with long-time friends of the press: Thurston Moore, Anne Waldman, and Dorothy Wang. Each speaker will read from and comment on pivotal texts published by Lost & Found Series I-V, touching upon the works and impact of writers like: Kathy Acker, Amiria Baraka, Nancy Cunard, Diane di Prima, Edward Dorn, Robert Duncan, Langston Hughes, Helene Johnson, Lorine Niedecker, Chalres Olson, Jean Sénac, and Jack Spicer, among many others.

Over the last five years, Lost & Found has traveled to over 50 archives both in the US and abroad; published 35 chapbooks; released 5 books under the rubric of Lost & Found Elsewhere; curated 2 exhibitions of art and ephemera related to New American Poetry at Poets House; held numerous workshops, readings, and events, such as the powerful reunion of the Umbra Workshop in 2014; and made countless previously unpublished novels, poems, manifestoes, letters, and screenplays available for the first time to the public. But perhaps most remarkably, Lost & Found has built a sustaining and cross-disciplinary community of scholars, educators, writers, artists, activists, and presses around its radical and recuperative publishing efforts.

Lost & Found Series V— featuring chapbooks by Kathy Acker, William S. Burroughs, Langston Hughes and Jean Sénac—will be available at the event for pre-publication purchase!