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PoemTalk #111, Discussing Naomi Replansky's "In Syrup, In Syrup," and "Ring Song," feat. Ron Silliman, Rachel Zolf, and Charles Bernstein on April 12, 2017

For complete recording and program notes go to Jacket2

PoemTalk Podcast #103, discussing Simone White's Poem "Of Being Dispersed"

Listen to the complete recording and read program notes for the episode at Jacket2


Segue Series Reading at the Zinc Bar, NYC, December 16, 2017

  1. Introducing Rachel Zolf (2:16): MP3
  2. Introductory Remarks by Zolf (6:54): MP3
  3. Janey's Invocation (0:57): MP3
  4. Comments on Red River Twang (0:35): MP3
  5. Red River Twang (2:10): MP3
  6. Janey Settler's Pastoral Oasis (1:57): MP3
  7. Readings from The Holy Scriptures (3:43): MP3
  8. Janey Settler Invader (2:57): MP3
  9. Comments on Face to Face to Face (1:22): MP3
  10. Face to Face to Face (3:47): MP3
  11. Intro to "the" from A Language No One Speaks: The Dangerous Perhaps of Monstrous Witness (2:00): MP3
  12. the (11:52): MP3

Complete Reading (40:44): MP3

Polyvocal Reading from Janey's Arcadia, hosted by the Contemporary Poetics Research Group at Videofag, Toronto, 2 May, 2015

Introduction by Eric Schmaltz, Performers: Margaret Christakos, Liz Howard, Rachel Zolf

Complete Reading (27:22): MP3

PennSound Podcast #48: Rachel Zolf in Conversation with Brian Teare, Wexler Studio at the Kelly Writers House, March 18, 2015

Complete Recording (1:00:12): MP3

Read the interview transcript on Jacket2.

A Video Translation of Three Poems from Janey's Arcadia, 2014

Complete Recording (10:54): MP3

Written and directed by Rachel Zolf, edited by Aleesa Cohene, with sound design/composition by Reena Katz, Janey’s Arcadia is a video translation of three poems from Zolf’s fifth book, Janey’s Arcadia (Coach House, 2014) – a conversive, aversive reckoning with the ongoing errors of Canadian settler-colonialism. Constructed from preview-quality National Film Board of Canada (NFB) stock footage, Janey’s Arcadia draws to the surface the NFB’s governmental role in “civilizing” Indigenous peoples and settler immigrants, drawing viewers into a charged encounter with the images and ideologies that have formed them.

Janey Settler-Invader is the foul-mouthed cyborg progeny of first-wave feminist Emily Murphy’s pioneer heroine, Janey Canuck, and punk pirate Kathy Acker’s guerrilla icon, Janey Smith. Slouching towards the Red River Colony, “Britain’s One Utopia” (now known as Winnipeg), Janey encounters Christian missionaries, real estate agents, Zolf’s grandfather and other settlers, whose voices she absorbs into a carnivalesque cacophony of accented speech, weather, violence, foliage and carnality.

Pocked with digital glitches and glitched subjectivities, Janey’s Arcadia restages the ongoing appropriations and flawed disavowals of colonization in Canada. As the burnt-in NFB logo foregrounds who owns the gaze, the running timecodes continuously jump, enacting Walter Benjamin’s notion of “now-time” – unarchived, effaced remembrances flashing up, interrupting and reorienting the present. Unsettling the Arcadian promise of a new pure home via images deemed too impure for broadcast, Janey’s Arcadia squalls across time, flashing pornographic signs that the colonial catastrophe continues with each brutal scrubbing of Indigenous knowledges and settler responsibility.

Polyvocal Action at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, MB, November 19, 2014

Complete Recording (28:44): MP3

Group polyvocal performance/action at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, November 19, 2014. Voices: Ko'ona Cochrane, Katherena Vermette, Colin Smith, Heather Milne, Rachel Zolf. Texts from Janey's Arcadia (Coach House, 2014) – and Chrystos' Not Vanishing (Press Gang, 1988), adapted by Katherena Vermette. Footage by Erika Macpherson, sound by Leah Decter.

Rachel Zolf reading from Janey's Arcadia, Toronto, Nomber 9, 2014

Complete Recording (21:37): MP3

Sound Performance Translation of Janey's Arcadia, November 9, 2014

Complete Recording (27:06): MP3

Sound performance translation of Janey's Arcadia (Coach House Books, 2014), with Rachel Zolf (voice), Reena Katz (electro-acoustic), Anne Lederman (violin) and Shannon Maguire on the overhead. November 9, 2014, Beit Zatoun, Toronto. Footage by Caro Ibrahim.

Polyvocal Performance, Gastown, Vancouver, September 27, 2014

Complete Recording (32:41): MP3

Polyvocal performance/action by the Gassy Jack statue in Gastown, Vancouver. Voices: Muriel Marjorie, Cecily Nicholson, Natalie Knight, Danielle Lafrance, Rachel Zolf. Texts from Zolf's book, Janey's Arcadia, Marie Annharte Baker's book, Indigena Awry, and the February 14th, 2014 list of missing and murdered Downtown Eastside Vancouver women. Footage by Arlene Bowman, with secondary audio by Aaron Vidaver.

Excerpt from Polyvocal Performance, San Francisco, CA, September 21, 2014

Complete Recording (3:46): MP3

Reading with Katie Fleishman at the Holloway Series in Poetry, UC Berkeley, October 19, 2010

Rachel Zolf and Judith Butler read "Jews in Space" from Neighbour Procedure

  1. General Introduction (4:15): MP3
  2. Introduction for Katie Fleishman (4:57): MP3
  3. Comments on Eastern Stocken (0:30): MP3
  4. Eastern Stocken (0:57): MP3
  5. Comments on Mousetrap (0:18): MP3
  6. Mousetrap (1:29): MP3
  7. Comments on Teeth (0:26): MP3
  8. Teeth (1:11): MP3
  9. Comments on Spring in London (0:19): MP3
  10. Spring in London (1:28): MP3
  11. Comments on Horse Farm (0:11): MP3
  12. Horse Farm (1:40): MP3
  13. Introduction for Rachel Zolf (5:15): MP3
  14. Comments by Zolf (1:38): MP3
  15. Assaf Balak Barak... (1:27): MP3
  16. ...feel compelled to learn how to say these names? (0:08): MP3
  17. A priori (1:53): MP3
  18. Did not participate in hostilities (1:04): MP3
  19. The neighbor procedure (0:51): MP3
  20. The barber (0:32): MP3
  21. We have to make you do a little sports (0:57): MP3
  22. Comments on The lone soldier (0:29): MP3
  23. The lone soldier (1:03): MP3
  24. Comments on The capacity to give names (0:28): MP3
  25. The capacity to give names (1:23): MP3
  26. A certain kind of madness (0:50): MP3
  27. At the gate (0:53): MP3
  28. Harming families has proven an effective policy (0:39): MP3
  29. "car bomb..." (1:16): MP3
  30. A failure of hospitality (1:00): MP3
  31. Grievable (1:42): MP3
  32. Nominal (0:52): MP3
  33. Loss has made a tenuous we (0:48): MP3
  34. "Waiting Interrogation..." (1:27): MP3
  35. Comments on Book of Comparisons (2:05): MP3
  36. Book of Comparisons (3:11): MP3
  37. Comments on Innocent Abroad (0:37): MP3
  38. How to shape sacred time (1:29): MP3
  39. Comments on Messenger (0:10): MP3
  40. Messenger (0:49): MP3
  41. Comments on Jews in Space (0:15): MP3
  42. Jews in Space (1:28): MP3
  43. Comments on Jerusalem Syndrome (0:15): MP3
  44. Jerusalem Syndrome (1:22): MP3
  45. Comments on the IDF's Neighbor Procedure (0:54): MP3
  46. In the beginning he broke on his own initiative (1:10): MP3
  47. Comments on L’amiral cherche une maison à louer (0:38): MP3
  48. L’amiral cherche une maison à louer (3:02): MP3
  49. Comments on Talkback (0:50): MP3
  50. Talkback (1:23): MP3
  51. Grounds for Deletion (0:42): MP3
  52. Comments on Acknowledgement (0:37): MP3
  53. Acknowledgement (1:28): MP3
  54. Mixed Crowd (0:49): MP3
  55. Comments on Anticipate (peut-être) (1:09): MP3
  56. Anticipate (peut-être) (2:18): MP3
  57. Comments on L’éveil (0:44): MP3
  58. L’éveil (2:30): MP3
  59. Thank yous (0:33): MP3

Reading at "Diaspora Dialogues," Toronto, April 30, 2010

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Keynote Performance, "Turning on Rights Conference," SUNY-Albany, April 16, 2010

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Reading at Zinc Bar, New York City, April 11, 2010

  • Jews In Space (a lunacy) (with Rob Fitterman) (2:39): MP3
  • L'amiral cherche une maison à louer (3:42): MP3

Appearing at Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism, sponsored by the Belladonna Reading Series, New York, September 24, 2009

complete recording (1:06:55): MP3

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Reading at the Kelly Writers House, April 16, 2009

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    1. Introduction by Michelle Taransky (0:47): MP3
    2. Introduction by Rachel Levitsky (3:23): MP3
    3. Introductory Remarks by Rachel Zolf (1:02): MP3
    4. "If you spend six months..." (0:46): MP3
    5. "New Performance Weightings..." (0:20): MP3
    6. "Early in the new millennium..." (0:53): MP3
    7. "Lesbian Writeing [sic]..." (0:14): MP3
    8. "How to warm up your mental motor..." (0:14): MP3
    9. "Retention Investments..." (0:38): MP3
    10. "of green diaspora..." (0:26): MP3
    11. "Jabès the atheist..." (0:36): MP3
    12. "Anne Carson on Celan..." (0:31): MP3
    13. "Adrienne Rich..." (0:38): MP3
    14. Brief aside/remarks (0:14): MP3
    15. "If'all poets are Jews' veiled in Cyrillic letters..." (0:27): MP3
    16. "The Mystical White Crow..." (0:42): MP3
    17. "the w1 fuck q1 (0:41): MP3
    18. "Poesis consumes..." (0:26): MP3
    19. "How to make a name..." (0:24): MP3
    20. "A true copy of a copy..." (0:29): MP3
    21. "It sounded too much like motherhood..." (0:18): MP3
    22. "Spoilsports of sorts..." (0:34): MP3
    23. "Trapped in this high performance culture..." (0:24): MP3
    24. "Written with a luxurious..." (0:33): MP3
    25. "But noisy..." (0:28): MP3
    26. "How to write for the internet..." (0:17): MP3
    27. "Does the unreadable..." (0:28): MP3
    28. "Suckle a dangerous..." (0:33): MP3
    29. "You had trouble accepting gifts..." (0:44): MP3
    30. "If shit is the work of art..." (0:22): MP3
    31. "You looked for subjectivity..." (0:30): MP3
    32. "79 759 44465..." (0:30): MP3

    Full reading from Human Resources (15:36): MP3

  • a priori, from Neighbour Procedure (2:10): MP3
  • Complete Reading (1:07:04): MP3

Reading at the Bowery Poetry Club, March 7, 2009

  1. a priori (2:55): MP3
  2. The Neighbor Procedure (1:52): MP3
  3. Grievable (2:01): MP3
  4. Jews in Space (2:00): MP3
  5. How to Shape Sacred Time (2:05): MP3
  6. In the Beginning, He Broke on His Own Initiative (2:01): MP3
  7. Cast As Lead (1:29): MP3
  8. Go This Way (1:04): MP3
  9. Leaping Poetry (1:31): MP3

Complete Reading (17:12): MP3

note: due to technical difficulties, this recording begins in medias res

Appearing on Cross-Cultural Poetics, hosted by Leonard Schwartz

Complete Reading (14:56): MP3

Reading with M. NourbeSe Philip at the Friends Meeting House, Toronto, ON, April 23, 2008

  1. Assaf Balak Barak... (1:43): MP3
  2. ...feel compelled to learn how to say these names? (0:10): MP3
  3. A priori (2:05): MP3
  4. Did not participate in hostilities (1:09): MP3
  5. The neighbor procedure (0:46): MP3
  6. The barber (0:50): MP3
  7. Ridden (2:03): MP3
  8. The lone soldier (1:12): MP3
  9. A certain kind of madness (1:16): MP3
  10. At the gate (1:28): MP3
  11. Harming families has proven an effective policy (1:02): MP3
  12. "car bomb..." (1:18): MP3
  13. A failure of hospitality (1:47): MP3
  14. Grievable (3:04): MP3
  15. Loss has made a tenuous we (1:22): MP3
  16. "Waiting Interrogation..." (1:21): MP3

Complete Reading from Shoot & Weep (22:44): MP3

Q&A Session with Philip and host Kate Eichhorn (13:53): MP3

Reading at the Atwater Library, Montreal, November 9, 2007

  • excerpts from Human Resources:

  • part one (12:24): MP3
    1. Introduction (0:27): MP3
    2. "If you spend six months writing policies for corporations..." (0:42): MP3
    3. Aside (0:20): MP3
    4. "On our side of the family..." (0:16): MP3
    5. "Retention investments..." (0:40): MP3
    6. "of green diaspora..." (0:24): MP3
    7. "Jabès the Atheist..." (0:33): MP3
    8. "Anne Carson on Célan..." (0:30): MP3
    9. How to write persuasive body copy (0:13): MP3
    10. "Adrienne Rich..." (0:33): MP3
    11. "If'all poets are Jews' veiled in Cyrillic letters..." (0:23): MP3
    12. "The mystical white crow..." (0:42): MP3
    13. "The w1 fuck q1..." (0:43): MP3
    14. Aside (0:22): MP3
    15. "Poesis consumes..." (0:28): MP3
    16. "Orwell says..." (0:26): MP3
    17. "It sounded too much like 'motherhood'..." (0:17): MP3
    18. "But noisy..." (0:25): MP3
    19. How to make a name (0:23): MP3
    20. "Spoilsport of sorts..." (0:32): MP3
    21. "Trapped in this high performance culture..." (0:18): MP3
    22. "Written with a luxurious..." (0:36): MP3
    23. "Suckle a dangerous..." (0:33): MP3
    24. "Are you 'he..." (0:23): MP3
    25. "Of Jew producing..." (0:35): MP3
    26. "You know the drill..." (0:30): MP3
    27. How to write for the Internet (0:15): MP3

  • part two(11:17): MP3
    1. "Does the unreadable..." (0:27): MP3
    2. "Reading and gleaning..." (0:24): MP3
    3. "Rather than kill the gift..." (0:32): MP3
    4. "If shit is a work of art..." (0:20): MP3
    5. "You had trouble accepting gifts..." (0:40): MP3
    6. "Ambiguities of the human condition..." (0:16): MP3
    7. "If differance..." (0:29): MP3
    8. "This is a marathon..." (0:19): MP3
    9. "You looked for subjectivity..." (0:28): MP3
    10. "1 403 9..." (0:23): MP3
    11. Aside (0:20): MP3
      • excerpts from Neighbour Procedure:

    12. Introduction to Neighbour Procedure (0:22): MP3
    13. Ridden (2:03): MP3
    14. A failure of hospitality (1:24): MP3
    15. Operation (0:48): MP3
    16. A priori (1:55): MP3

Reading at the Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, May 11 (Possibly November 5), 2007

Full reading from Human Resources (21:49): MP3

  1. Thanks (0:30): MP3
  2. Epigraph from Human Resources (0:32): MP3
  3. "The job is to write in 'plain language'..." (0:17): MP3
  4. "New performance weightings..." (0:17): MP3
  5. "Given enough input elements..." (0:33): MP3
  6. "We're in a bit of a holding pattern..." (0:17): MP3
  7. How to warm up your mental motor and find your Big Idea (0:13): MP3
  8. "If you spend six months writing policies for corporations..." (0:35): MP3
  9. "On our side of the family..." (0:17): MP3
  10. "The armpit hole..." (0:29): MP3
  11. "I don't want to make an 'event'..." (0:18): MP3
  12. "Jabès the atheist..." (0:34): MP3
  13. "I kill my sentance..." (0:18): MP3
  14. Aside (0:12): MP3
  15. "Retention Investments..." (0:36): MP3
  16. "of green diaspora..." (0:23): MP3
  17. "Anne Carson on Celan..." (0:27): MP3
  18. Where to look for inspiration (0:15): MP3
  19. "Adrienne Rich..." (0:38): MP3
  20. "If'all poets are Jews' veiled in Cyrillic letters..." (0:22): MP3
  21. "The mystical white crow..." (0:38): MP3
  22. "the w1 fuck q1..." (0:49): MP3
  23. "Poesis consumes..." (0:26): MP3
  24. "Orwell says..." (0:23): MP3
  25. How to make a name (0:21): MP3
  26. "The work of the sword..." (0:40): MP3
  27. "name and non-event..." (0:26): MP3
  28. "suckle a dangerous..." (0:30): MP3
  29. "It sounded too much like motherhood..." (0:23): MP3
  30. "Spoilsports of sorts..." (0:30): MP3
  31. "Trapped in this high performance culture..." (0:19): MP3
  32. "Written with a luxurious..." (0:29): MP3
  33. "Align this process..." (0:19): MP3
  34. "Are you 'he..." (0:30): MP3
  35. "of Jew producing..." (0:31): MP3
  36. "You know the drill..." (0:29): MP3
  37. How to write for the internet (0:18): MP3
  38. "Just to make sure..." (0:17): MP3
  39. "Does the unreadable..." (0:25): MP3
  40. "Reading and gleaning..." (0:24): MP3
  41. "If shit is a work of art..." (0:22): MP3
  42. "Albino Lucille..." (0:43): MP3
  43. "You had trouble accepting gifts..." (0:41): MP3
  44. "This is a marathon..." (0:18): MP3
  45. "If différance..." (0:30): MP3
  46. "Perilously rough waters..." (0:24): MP3
  47. "You looked for subjectivity..." (0:29): MP3
  48. "1 403 9..." (0:20): MP3
  49. "I see the blood, sweat, and tears..." (0:29): MP3

From the Buffalo Small Press Reading Series, Spring 2007

Full reading from Human Resources (24:46): MP3

  1. Introduction by Zolf (2:10): MP3
  2. Epigraph from Human Resources (0:49): MP3
  3. "The job is to write in plain language..." (0:20): MP3
  4. "New performance weightings..." (0:19): MP3
  5. "Given enough input elements..." (0:41): MP3
  6. "We're in a bit of a holding pattern..." (0:20): MP3
  7. How to warm up your mental motor and find your Big Idea (0:14): MP3
  8. "If you spend six months writing policies for corporations..." (0:42): MP3
  9. "I don't want to make an event..." (0:18): MP3
  10. "Jabès, the Atheist..." (0:33): MP3
  11. "of green diaspora..." (0:29): MP3
  12. "Retention Investments..." (0:37): MP3
  13. "Can you give me a drop-dead deadline..."(0:21): MP3
  14. "Anne Carson on Celan..." (0:36): MP3
  15. Where to look for inpiration (0:18): MP3
  16. "Adrienne Rich..." (0:47): MP3
  17. "If'all poets are Jews' veiled in Cyrillic letters..." (0:28): MP3
  18. "The mystical white crow..." (0:43): MP3
  19. "the w1 fuck q1..." (0:58): MP3
  20. "Poesis consumes..." (0:29): MP3
  21. "Orwell says..." (0:29): MP3
  22. How to make a name (0:24): MP3
  23. "The work of the sword..." (0:44): MP3
  24. "name and non-event..." (0:36): MP3
  25. "suckle a dangerous..." (0:38): MP3
  26. "It sounded too much like motherhood..." (0:27): MP3
  27. "Spoilsports of sorts..." (0:35): MP3
  28. "Trapped in this high performance culture..." (0:25): MP3
  29. "Written with a luxurious..." (0:36): MP3
  30. "Align this process..." (0:19): MP3
  31. "Are you 'he..." (0:25): MP3
  32. "of Jew producing..." (0:33): MP3
  33. "You know the drill..." (0:30): MP3
  34. "Just to make sure..." (0:27): MP3
  35. How to write for the Internet (0:19): MP3
  36. "Does the unreadable..." (0:28): MP3
  37. "Reading and gleaning..." (0:27): MP3
  38. "If shit is the work of art..." (0:24): MP3
  39. "Albino Lucille..." (0:52): MP3
  40. "You had trouble accepting gifts..." (0:44): MP3
  41. "Ambiguities of the human condition..." (0:22): MP3
  42. "You looked for subjectivity..." (0:33): MP3
  43. "1 403 9..." (0:29): MP3
  44. "I see the blood, sweat, and tears..." (0:27): MP3

Appearing on Cross-Cultural Poetics, hosted by Leonard Schwartz, May 19, 2007

complete program (30:12): MP3

Scream Literary Festival, Toronto, 2007:

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Reading as part of the Test Reading Series, Toronto, Ontario, March 29, 2006

from Human Resources (36:58): MP3


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