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October 9th, 2019

  • Marjorie Welish 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Marjorie Welish
    Marjorie Welish  is the author of  The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems; Word Group; Isle of the Signatories; In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy ;  and  So What So That – all from Coffee House Press.  Her honors include the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship from Brown University, the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Fellowship, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship that has taken her to the University of Frankfurt and to the Edinburgh College of Art. She was the inaugural Madelon Leventhal Rand Distinguished Lecturer in Literature at Brooklyn College.

October 24th, 2019

  • Rosalie Moffett 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Rosalie Moffett
    Rosalie Moffett is the author of Nervous System, (Ecco/Harper Collins) winner of the National Poetry Series. She is also the author of June in Eden (Ohio State University Press).  She has been awarded the “Discovery”/Boston Review prize, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and scholarships from the Tin House and Bread Loaf writing workshops.  Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Believer, FIELD, Narrative, Kenyon Review, Agni, Ploughshares, and other magazines, as well as in the anthology “Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets.” She is a professor at the University of Southern Indiana.

October 30th, 2019

  • Mohamed Asem for Perfect Day Publishing, June 2018. Photo by Jason Quigley. 6:00pm: A Nonfiction Reading by Mohamed Asem
    Mohamed Asem - July, 2016: Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. What series of events has led to this moment? Stranger in the Pen examines the burden of being disconnected from one’s homeland, unpacks the emotional toll of racial profiling, and illuminates the quietly surprising ways in which grief can change one’s life.
     
    Asem will appear in conversation with his publisher, Michael Heald, of Perfect Day Publishing.

November 15th, 2019

  • David Kroman '11 5:00pm: English Alumni Reading: Fiction and Nonfiction
    William Aime (’15), Erin Gravley (’12), and David Kroman (’11) return to campus reading from the work they’ve done since graduation. All have had some success – in different ways – in the writing world. They will talk about paying the bills, being newly graduated, and keeping the writing flame going, long after the spark of undergraduate classes has dimmed away.

March 17th, 2020

  • Nikky Finney 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Nikky Finney

    Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea.  A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amista murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

April 1st, 2020

  • Rachel Zucker 6:00pm: A Poetry Reading by Rachel Zucker
    Rachel Zucker is the author of ten books, including, most recently, SoundMachine (Wave Books, 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell Colony and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Zucker is an adjunct professor at New York University and the founder and host of the podcast Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People). Zucker is currently working on an immersive audio project (also called SoundMachine) and a book of lectures called The Poetics of Wrongness.

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  • shagouryRuth Shagoury, Mary Stuart Rogers professor of education, blogs about literature for children, offering recommendations about favorite books and ideas for instilling in kids a love of reading. Go

  • Doug Erickson thumbDoug Erickson, head of Special Collections and college archivist, blogs mines the Internet for interesting articles about the book world to present a glimpse into the literary happenings of society. Go

  • roxannekohlRoxanne (Kohl) Davidson M.Ed. in School Counseling ’05 blogs and video blogs about bibliotherapy and the healing power of books in childrens’ lives. She reviews contemporary books that help kids through many different issues, offering a great resource for anyone working with children. Go

  • paulstoutonghiPauls Toutonghi, assistant professor of English, blogs about writing, teaching, and current events. Go

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