“Lorine Niedecker’s Century 1903-2003” by Jenny Penberthy


What Region? series 1.1

What Region? is a biannual series of monograph pamphlets published by the Friends of Lorine Niedecker and Woodland Pattern. 

“I sent University of Wisconsin Milwaukee a copy of T & G way back in Sept. A few days ago I wrote: Did you fail to receive? They answer they’ve placed it with regional materials. I should ask: What region—London, Wisconsin, New York?”
—Lorine Niedecker in her December 7, 1969 letter to Cid Corman

Jenny Penberthy authors the first in the series, titled “Lorine Niedecker’s Century 1903-2003.” Penberthy, editor of Niedecker’s Collected Work (University of California Press, 2002), argues for a larger appreciation of Niedecker’s contribution to American letters and culture, despite Niedecker’s reticence and often miniature aesthetic.

About the Author

Jenny Penberthy‘s research and publications have focused on the poetry of Lorine Niedecker. She has edited Niedecker’s poems –  New Goose (Berkeley: Listening Chamber, 2003), Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002), and Harpsichord and Salt Fish (Durham, UK: Pig Press, 1991) – and her letters –  Niedecker and the Correspondence with Zukofsky 1931-1970 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993). She has also edited a collection of essays,  Lorine Niedecker: Woman and Poet (Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine, 1996). Jenny is a former editor of The Capilano Review, board chair of the Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society, and founding editor of CUE Books. She is a professor at Capilano University.