Paul Legault is a New York-based writer. Projects include books, screenplays, translations, exhibitions, and publishing.
LATELY ↝ Lunch Poems 2 Book Launch at McNally Jackson with Alex Dimitrov, Cathy Park Hong, Dorothea Lasky, Eileen Myles, Gregory Pardlo, and Lynne Tillman ↝ "Ok" for LOVE 2018"Giving Permission: Remembering John Ashbery" for BOMB ↝ "Meditations in Time of Civil War" in The ElephantsWhat Dorothea Did with Dikembe Press
His books include Lunch Poems 2 from Spork, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 2 from Fence, The Emily Dickinson Reader: An English to English Translation of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson from McSweeney's, The Other Poems: a series of 14-line plays also from Fence, and The Madeleine Poems from Omnidawn.
Paul is interested in translation as a generative practice for creating original works of writing and art.
ALSO IN PRINT ↝ Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism for Triple Canopy ↝ The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience for the New Museum ↝ The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral for Ahsahta Press ↝ Sea Ranch w/ Chris Martin for The Song Cave
Currently, he is a poetry editor at Fence. With Sharmila Cohen, Paul is also the co-founder of Telephone and co-editor of The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare published by Nightboat Books, featuring more than 150 contributing writers.
As a periodical, Telephone presents a new foreign poet in each issue, with multiple translators ↝ Excerpts from its first issue, featuring the German poet Uljana Wolf, were reprinted in Harper’sTelephone #3 functioned as the catalog, printed with Ugly Duckling Presse, for Telefone Sem Fio, a show presented with the EFA Project Space, featuring the work of Brazilian concrete poet Augusto de Campos.
From 2013-2015, Legault served as Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching in the English department, alongside Mary Jo Bang and Carl Phillips.
February, an anthology co-edited as a graduate seminar, features new writing by Yusef Komunyakaa, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, & co., time-stamped in February 2014.
COLLABORATION ↝ Fort Gondo Poetry Series w/ Jessica Baran & Ted Mathys ↝ Tennessee Williams’s Room w/ Joseph Kaplan at the Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts ↝ MALL WITCH w/ Andrew Durbin, Ben Fama, & Joseph Kaplan for Wonder
ALSO ↝ "An Interview with Peter Gizzi for the National Book Foundation ↝ "The Walt Whitman Reader" in Hello Mr. ↝ "Not Heat Flames up and Consumes" in Ain't Bad ↝ "De Imagine Mundi 2" in The Awl ↝ Literary Adaptation: Writing Through Rewriting for Poets House ↝ The Literary Magazine in America at the NYPL ↝ A Brief Anthology of Quotations for Vice ↝ "The Tower" in The Third Rail
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