In the treatment of the individual, neurosis is displayed as a problem of the individual. In the treatment of a group it must be displayed as a problem of the group.

Vanessa Place

“Vanessa Place killed poetry.” —Anonymous, via Twitter.

Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.” Considered a leading practitioner of conceptual poetry, Place’s work is available in French (Exposé des Faits), English (Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument), Danish (Andersen’s Wank), and German (Die Dichtkunst). Place is also author of the prose-works, Dies: A Sentence, and La Medusa, and a non-fiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, based on her work as an attorney representing indigent sex offenders on appeal. Her most recent book, Boycott, was recently published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Place is co-director of Les Figues Press and a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Place lectures and performs internationally.

Dies: A Sentence (Les Figues, 2006)

La Medusa (Fiction Collective 2, 2008)

Notes on Conceptualisms, co-authored with Robert Fitterman (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009)

The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law (Other Press, 2010)

Statement of Facts (Insert Press, 2010)

Statement of the Case (Insert Press, 2011)

Argument (Insert Press, 2011)

Boycott (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013)

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More publications, sound and video files can be found on PennSound

Lemon Hound Interviews Vanessa Place

Sound Recordings: Vanessa Place

Andrea Quaid Interviews Vanessa Place