FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Author to Source Poems from The Indianapolis Star During National
Author One of 79 Poets Set to Participate in Experimental Writing Initiative
Indianapolis — March 18, 2014: Gerburg Garmann, a professor of Modern Languages at the University of Indianapolis, is one of 79 poets from eight countries selected to participate in the OULIPOST project this April.
Coordinated by the Found Poetry Review, the initiative unites authors in applying the constrained writing techniques of the Oulipo group to text found in local newspapers. Garmann will be using The Indianapolis Star as her source text for the month.
OULIPOST is inspired by the experimental writing practices of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle — or “workshop of potential literature”) writers. Founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais, the group encourages the application of writing constraints to generate new structures and patterns.
“Oulipo constraints provide poets a chance to break free from the restrictions and challenges they face in their everyday writing practices,” noted Found Poetry Review Editor-in-Chief Jenni B. Baker. “We’re encouraging writers to be bold, take risks and write about topics they normally wouldn’t touch.”
Examples of the writing constraints poets will face range from relatively simple –a tautogram in which every word in the poem must start with the same letter – to a sestina, a fixed verse form consisting of six stanzas of six lines each, followed by a short three-line stanza. In all cases, the words and phrases incorporated into the poems must be taken from the poet’s local newspaper.
“I am very much looking forward to this challenging project,” explained Garmann. “Being part of a community of like-minded poets from eight countries during the month of April (and beyond) to engage in experimental poetry for thirty days straight is simply fascinating.”
This is the third year the Found Poetry Review has led a project for National Poetry Month. Last year, the journal enlisted 85 poets to create found poetry from the 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of function as part of its Pulitzer Remix project. Garmann was part of this international group.