Ben Lerner at the RCA


Monday 10 October, 18.30-20.00
RCA, Kensington Gore, SW7 2EU, Lecture Theatre 1

At 18.30 on Monday 10 October, Hatred of Poetry author Ben Lerner makes a rare London appearance at the Royal College of Art’s Kensington campus alongside Emily LaBarge, Holly Pester and Heather Phillipson, in a panel discussion moderated by Brian Dillon. The talk, hosted by the RCA’s Critical Writing in Art & Design programme at the RCA, will focus on the relations between poetry, visual art and criticism.

The event is free but RSVP to [email protected] is essential – there will be a list on the door.


Brian Dillon is UK editor of Cabinet and teaches critical writing at the Royal College of Art, London. His books include The Great Explosion (2015), Objects in This Mirror: Essays (2014), I Am Sitting in a Room (2012), and The Hypochondriacs (2010). He writes regularly for Artforum, frieze, the Guardian, and the London Review of Books. He is working on a book about essays and essayists to be published in 2017.

Emily LaBarge is a writer and researcher based in London. She has a PhD from the RCA, where she is currently Visiting Lecturer. She contributes to esse arts + opinions, Cambridge Humanities Review, The Photographers’ Gallery and Border Crossings. Her current research examines the language of anxiety in contemporary literature. Forthcoming work includes essays on Sylvia Plath, and Throbbing Gristle’s ex-studio — ‘The Death Factory’.

Ben Lerner was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Guggenheim, and MacArthur Foundations, and is the author of two internationally acclaimed novels, Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04. He has published three poetry collections: The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner is a professor of English at Brooklyn College.

Holly Pester is a poet and multidisciplinary writer. She has worked as an archivist, lecturer and practice-based researcher with readings, performances and sound installations featuring at Segue, New York, dOCUMENTA 13, Whitechapel Gallery, and the Serpentine Galleries. She teaches courses on Oulipo and Poetic Practice at the University of Essex. Her poetry collection Go to reception and ask for sara in red felt tip was published by Book Words in 2015.

Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. Solo projects in 2016 include the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Frieze Projects New York; Images Festival Toronto; 32nd São Paolo Biennale; and a major new commission for the Arts Council Collection’s 70th Anniversary. Recent solo projects include Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Performa New York, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Opening Times ( (all 2015), Bunker259, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Serpentine Galleries (all 2014) and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2013). Phillipson is also an award-winning poet and has published three volumes of poetry: a pamphlet with Faber & Faber in 2009; NOT AN ESSAY (Penned in the Margins, 2012); and Instant-flex 718 (Bloodaxe, 2013), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. She was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014 and received Poetry magazine’s Friends of Literature prize in 2016. She has been shortlisted for the Film London Jarman Awards 2016.