Mondays at Beinecke: Ron Padgett in Conversation with Karin Roffman

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Monday, November 8, 2021 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
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A conversation flowing from “Dear Ron and Pat: Letters from Joe Brainard,” a case study drawn from the Ron Padgett Papers and part of the current exhibition, “Road Show: Travel Papers in American Literature,” curated by Nancy Kuhl.
In the mid-1960s, American writer and artist Joe Brainard (1941-1994) traveled in Europe, often crossing paths with other American writers at readings and gatherings. A detailed record of Brainard’s travels is documented in frequent letters and postcards sent to his oldest friends, poet Ron Padgett and his wife Pat. In the Ron Padgett Papers at the Beinecke Library, the many folders of correspondence from Brainard are now part of multiple records and stories — they document a trip and a friendship, a writer’s research and writing process when creating a personal memoir, and a library’s practice of collecting and preserving evidence of creativity and process—including Padgett’s arrangement of letters received and his research notetaking.
For biographical information and more about Padgett, visit the poet’s website at
For biographical information and more about Roffman, visit the Yale Humanities website at

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