Note: Subject to change

Thursday 31st of August

LiteraturHaus, Sal

18:00 The opening of REVERSE 2017: Pink bobbles & Welcome Speech

19:00 Dinner

20:00 Opening ceremony by Mathias & Mathias (DK): All ears
Performers: Iza Mortag Freund og Stine Gyldenkerne Nielsen (DK)

21:00 Readings/Performances by Kayo Chinognyi (ZAM), Derek Beaulieu (CAN), Ursula Andkjær Olsen (DK), Mette Moestrup (DK)

* Welcome drink & dinner is included in the ticket

Friday 1st of September

Note: The program for friday is arranged in collaboration with Lyse Nætter. All events on Friday are for free.

LiteraturHaus, Sal

15:00 - 17:00 Criticizing the Critics
15-16: Literary criticism and scholarship today: Why do we need academic literary criticism and scholarship today (do we need it?) Where are we and where should we be heading? Leading scholars from the University of Copenhagen debate the state of the art of their discipline(s). With: Christa Vogelius (American literature), Julio Hans. C. Jensen (Spanish and Latin-American literature), Marianne Stidsen (Danish literature), Tue Andersen Nexø (Comparative literature). Chair: Christian Benne (European and German literature and intellectual history).

NB: This section will be in Danish.

16-17: Theory and/as practice: Art theory has become an integral part of practicing and exhibiting art. What about literature? Do criticism and scholarship serve poetry or is it the other way around? Do we need to renew the conversation between the academy, authors and audiences? With: Pierre Alféri (ENSBA, Paris), Juliana Spahr (Mills College, Oakland), Kei Miller (University of Exeter). Chair: Tina Lupton (English Literature, University of Copenhagen). NB: This section will be in English.

NB: This section will be in English.

The seminar is open for everybody and there’s free entrance.

20:00 Marronage presents: Ayun & Lesley-Ann Brown

Lesley-Ann Brown is a Trinidadian-American writer, Ayun is an Angolan spoken-word and mixed-media artist. In this session they will read from their work and together with Marronage discuss their practice in relation to Reverse's theme "Don't mourn – organize", critically examining the premis of this call.

21:00: Disturbing History
The past is a social category. Beneath its imagined objectivity we find a dense network of social relations, relations of power and production of identities. We have invited three inspiring poets, Sara Margrethe Oskal (NO/), Kei Miller (UK/JAM), and Kayo Chingonyi (UK/ZAM), for performances and readings, and to discuss how they write to challenge the imaginary categories of history and social structures, and if it is possible to conceive poetry itself as a counter-historical practice. Moderator: TBA

23.00 ØEN afterparty

LiteraturHaus, café

15:00 Det nemme og det ensomme

What happens when you lift the words from the page and give them to an actor, who dramatizes them and interpret them? In a 4 days turbo proces Emma Birkø has dramatized the poem collection "Det nemme og det ensomme" by Asta-Olivia Nordenhof. In this intimate 30 minutes performance she investigates the position of being a young person in relation to family, body and the current political reality.

Text (poem collection "Det nemme og det ensomme"): Asta-Olivia Nordenhof

Performed by: Emma Birkø

Directing: Amanda L. Ginman

NB: This event will be in Danish

17:00 - 19.00: Slagtryk presents: LIVE WRITING
Follow a collective writing in a digital space, some authors located at Literaturhaus, some writing remote. Subject and authors curated by the poetry magazine Slagtryk. Follow the text generation LIVE in the Cafe or via link 

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17:00 Book signing

19:00 Book signing

Møllegades Boghandel

16:00 Readings: TBA

20:00 Readings: TBA

The street - Møllegade

15:00 Readings for Kids: TBA

17:00 Readings: TBA

18:30: Readings/Performances: Jörg Piringer (AU), Steven J. Fowler (UK), Rasmus Halling Nielsen (DK), Joshua Clover (US)

21:00 ØEN - DJ



Saturday, 2nd of September

LiteraturHaus, Sal

14:00-16:00 Literary activism - workshop with Juliana Spahr & Joshua Clover
A poem is not a revolution, and a stanza is not a political struggle. But what relations does poetry share with revolutionary practices, if any. This is the question that Juliana Spahr and Joshua Clover invites us to consider in this two hour workshop. Reading several short, but canonical texts on the relation of culture and art to revolutionary engagement, we will begin our discussion from the ideas that art is not autonomous, not self-sufficient, and not itself a source of adequate political struggle.

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16:30: Little big Copenhagen Sabotage Event
A polyfon & multi-linguistic reading of The Sabotage Manuals by Ida Börjel

17:15: Why organize? The possibility of Poetry in Collaboration
Conversation with Ida Börjel & Steven J. Fowler. Moderator: TBA

18:00 Dinner

19:00 Performances/Readings by Jörg Piringer (AUT), Derek Beaulieu (CAN), Pierre Alferi (FR)

20:15 What is Dada? Interview with Lars Bukdahl. Interviewer: Annemette Fogh from Culture Bites.
→ take a walk among the dada poems

21:00 Dada-Performance by Jahatten Impro

21:30: Poetry is Dead - Let’s Salvage the Corpse
They are poems, but perhaps not as we know them. Contemporary poetry is a multidisciplinary practice, that reverts and challenges our way of entering, reading, understanding poetry. One ends up with questions such as: can we at all talk about poetry as literature? And in which direction is poetry heading? With Jörg Piringer (AUT), Derek Beaulieu (CAN), Pierre Alferi (FR), Rasmus Halling Nielsen (DK) Moderator: TBA

23.00 Concert: Nikoline
“Jay-Z just posted a video saying he thinks rap should be considered as poetry. I agree. I also think poetry should be considered as rap.” - Steve Roggenbuck

Meet the danish rapper Nikoline.


LiteraturHaus, Café

15.00-16.00: BLÆKVÆRK (DK) presents: Jonas Okholm Jensen, Arthur Carlander and Victor Chakravarty.  

Møllegades Boghandel

13:00-14:00 Affect, Activism and Apathy
Break down hierarchies. Interrupt structures. Overrun authorities.

We have invited three literary voices, Marianne Larsen (DK), Mette Moestrup (DK), and Glenn Christian (DK) to read from their poetry and discuss forms and contents of political engagement in poetry. Moderator: TBA

NB: This event will be in Danish

17:30 Readings: Nils-Øivind Haagensen (NO), Morten Chemnitz (DK)

NB: This event will be in Danish



12:00 Homepoetry: 
Poetry, coffee & croissants. With: Sebastian Nathan (DK)

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16:00 Homepoetry:
Poetry, port & pie. With: Marianne Larsen (DK), Thit Jensen (DK), Eva Lund Nielsen (DK)

This event will be in Danish

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Sunday, 3rd of September

LiteraturHaus, café

12:00-14:00 Poetryquiz
Hangover equals poetryquiz!

Bring a friend down to the café in LiteraturHaus, where the concept is: croissant, coffee and quiz. Compete with your friends in categories such as “beer, wine or snaps”, “flop or fiction?” and “the title of the poem is…?” Event arranged by Poesiens Hus - open for all!

Møllegades Boghandel

15:00-16:00 The nordic literary journal - the making of new communities?
How is literature communicated and organized across the Nordic borders? Is there such a thing as a sense of community in the nordic literary market?  

Debate about the potential for a common literary arena among the Nordic countries. Participants: Kristin Vego (DK), Hanna Stjernfeldt (SE). Moderator: Martin Glaz Serup

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16:00-17:00 Activism & Small Press
Small books, great content. The big publishing houses do not have monopoly of literature, even though they economically take up a large share of the market. But the term “small press” is not only quantitative; it has a qualitative meaning as well – an association with commitment and a good portion of idealism. Small press has become a central place to publish literature that neither can nor wishes to submit to the general terms of the market - as well as place for the young and experimental literature. Can small press in itself be a form of activism? With: Derek Beaulieu (CAN), Nils-Øivind Haagensen (NO). Moderator: TBA

LiteraturHaus, Sal

12:30-13:30 Performance by Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Stense Andrea Lind-Valdan: Jeg kan ikke selv / I can not by myself

14:00-16:00 Today is the age of the Anthropocene
Humans impact and damage the Earth’s ecosystems and the pace is increasing! The Planet is already on the path of climate change and we are thus confronted with the idea of a world without life. So, the anthropocene and the non-humane will no longer be considered as means. How can poetry contribute to criticize this future? Can poetry reinforce the notion that action must be taken, helping us to build new relations with our environment?
Readings and conversation with: Morten Chemnitz and Liv Sejrbo Lidegaard. Moderator: Gregers Andersen

16:00-18:00 This connection: Writing through networks
Several new theorists suggest a more fluid perception of what is human and non-human. Bruno Latour is one of them, according to him human and non-human actors are interfering in dynamic and complex networks. How does poets write in this increasingly complex space of interconnectedness? Focusing on network as a form and in a way that attach it to the challenge of creating a more lucid representation of individual and collective action. How does networks appear and how does the poetics of connectionism's limits?  
Readings and conversation with: Juliana Spahr (US), Glenn Christian (DK) and Rasmus Halling Nielsen (DK). Moderator: Susanne Christensen