August 23: Paulo Pergola and Doug Nufer untangle their constraints

Sunday, August 23, 7:30

free event!


Paolo Pergola, a member of OPLEPO, presents constraint writing from Italy, in Italian and English

Doug Nufer reads from Lifeline Rule (Spuyten Duyvil), his new novel where vowels and consonants alternate one by one.

Thirty years after France’s OULIPO/ Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle, Italy’s OPLEPO/ Opificio di Letteratura Potenziale (Workshop of Potential Literature) was founded in 1990. Like OULIPO, OPLEPO devises and explores the use of constraints to write poetry and prose.

paolo pergola

Paolo Pergola has been a member of OPLEPO since 2012. He is the author of Passaggi- avventure di un autostoppista (Rides: The Adventures of a Hitchhiker) Exorma, 2013. His work has appeared in Italian literary magazines, and he has also translated Popeye into Italian. He’s a researcher at the Italian National Research Council.

doug nufer

Doug Nufer is the author of seven novels, including Never Again (Black Square, 2004), Negativeland (Autonomedia, 2004), and By Kelman Out of Pessoa (Les Figues, 2011) and three books of poetry, including We Were Werewolves (Make Now, 2008). He sells wine in Seattle.


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