Arts writer Claudia La Rocco to speak at Yale as Poynter Fellow

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Claudia La Rocco

Claudia La Rocco, former dance critic for The New York Times and current editor-at-large for the Brooklyn Rail, will speak at Yale on Wednesday, Oct. 15 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

La Rocco will give a talk titled “I just need one word and I can tell you everything” at 7 p.m. in Rm. 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. The event is free and open to the public.

After 10 years as a dance critic, seven of which were spent at The New York Times and three at the Associated Press, La Rocco decided she wanted a change and began writing more on theater, books, and performance in general not only for The New York Times, but also Artforum. Classical TV, and Musical America.

In addition to writing, La Rocco has taught at the School of Visual Arts M.F.A .Art Criticism and Writing Program. Arizona State University, Smith College, the Springdance/festival in the Netherlands and the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Dance at the American Dance Festival. She is also a member of the Off the Park poetry press, for which she is currently editing an anthology of poems by painters.

La Rocco’s recent and ongoing collaborations include projects with the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, the sound artist Martijn Tellinga, the choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener and the composer Phillip Greenlief. La Rocco founded  which won a 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and focuses on criticism as a literary art form.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Michael Forsythe, Seymour Hersh, and Emily Nussbaum.

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