The inaugural issue of Aufgabe features a visual cross-section of small press publications from France, guest edited by Norma Cole and comprising the covers and tables of contents of journals ranging from 1968 to 1999. Through this visual engagement in the the international conversation between poetic communities, Aufgabe honors predecessors in literary history while making a space for itself as a contemporary publication. Peter Neufeld co-edited issue No. 1 with E. Tracy Grinnell, and the issue also includes a selection of poetry guest edited by Leslie Scalapino.
Including poetry by P. Inman, Miles Champion, Pierre Joris, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Rod Smith, Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino, Ted Pearson, Heather Fuller, Jason Ellrott, Susan Bee & Charles Bernstein, Fanny Howe, Giovanni Singleton, Mary Burger, Patrick Durgin, Avery Burns, Catherine Wagner, George Albon, Andrew Levy, Jean Day, Elizabeth Treadwell, Mayvonne Quilty, Standard Schaefer, Lytle Shaw, Jocelyn Saidenberg, Rick Snyder, Elizabeth Robinson, Jackson Mac Low, Will Alexander, Andrew Joron, Susan Gevirtz, Joseph Noble, Scott Inguito, Edmund Berrigan, Harryette Mullen, Emily Grossman, Jono Schneider, Laynie Browne, Noah DeLissovoy, and Elizabeth Willis.
Essays, Notes, and Talks by Elizabeth Treadwell, George Albon, Noah Delissovoy, Pamela Lu, and Mary Burger. Reviews by Susan Gevirtz on Barbara Guest, Andrew Joron on Clark Coolidge, Elizabeth Robinson on Gale Nelson, Dan Featherson, Eleni Sikelianos, Brian Strang on Kit Robinson, and Joseph Noble on George Oppen.
E. Tracy Grinnell
The task of recounting the work of Aufgabe is formidable. Founding editor E. Tracy Grinnell initiated the magazine in the Bay Area in 1999. Over the next fifteen years, Aufgabe featured seventy editors, roughly 700 writers, nearly 150 translators, and twenty artists from twenty-three countries. The magazine was uniformly released from 2001 until 2014 in perfect-bound 6″ x 9″ format with one thousand copies printed per issue. In each issue, Aufgabe “challenges static cultural modes of thinking and being” through a dense global network of innovative poetry and poetics.
— Danny Snelson, Jacket2 Reissues