Spring 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 5th

JEAN CORRIE POETRY READING AND ICE CREAM SOCIAL

with SAM SAX

4:10-6:30PM, Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center

sam sax is a queer jewish educator & writer. He’s the author of Madness(Penguin 2017) the winner of The National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book Bury It (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) is the Winner of the 2017 James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poems. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, & The MacDowell Colony. He’s the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of four chapbooks. He’s the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, The American Literary Review Prize, & his poems have appeared in The Academy of American Poets, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Tin House + other journals. He’s the poetry editor at BOAAT Press

Sponsored by the Department of English and the Academy of American Poets.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 24th

QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION with MacKnight Black Competition Judge JILL BIALOSKY at 4:10 p.m

Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104

POETRY READING FEATURING MacKnight Black Competition JUDGE JILL BIALOSKY and STUDENT POETS at 7 p.m.

Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104

Jill Bialosky is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life, as well as four collections of poetry: The Players, Intruder, Subterranean, and The End of Desire. Bialosky is also the author of the novels The Prize, House Under Snow and The Life Room, and she is co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications.—Blue Flower Arts

Sponsored by the Department of English.

Fall 2017

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 7PM, KIRBY 104

READING WITH CLOSS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE IDRA NOVEY

Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Con­sid­ered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writ­ers Mag­a­zine, the PEN Trans­la­tion Fund, and the Poetry Foundation. She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. She’s taught at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative. This fall she is the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.

Sponsored by the Department of English.

 

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 7pmGendebien Room

FLASH FICTION CONTEST STUDENT READING JUDGED BY JENNIFER GILMORE

Entries should be submitted to Ms. Maureen Mulrooney, Department of English, 316 Pardee Hall, no later than noon on October 13The winner and honorable mentions will be invited to read their work along with the judge, novelist Jennifer Gilmore, at an event on November 14.

If you have questions concerning the competition, please contact Professor Alix Ohlin (ohlina@lafayette.edu).

Jennifer Gilmore is the author of three acclaimed novels for adults. Her first novel for teens is We Were Never HereThe Mothers is currently being adapted to film; Something Red is a New York Times Notable Book; and her first novel, Golden Country, was a New York Times Notable Book, an Amazon Top Ten Debut Fiction of the Year, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The AtlanticBombBookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesPsychology TodayReal SimpleVogue, and the Washington Post. She’s been a MacDowell Fellow, and she teaches creative writing and literature at Harvard University.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 4pm-6:10pm,Williams Visual Arts Building Lobby

ANNUAL WRITE-A-THON!!!! 

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 4:10 PM, Gendebien Room

POETRY READING WITH CORTNEY LAMAR CHARLESTON AND HAFIZAH GETER

Cortney Lamar Charleston‘s poems have been published in a range of literary publications, notably POETRY, New England Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly and The Iowa Review. Individual poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on several occasions, and he has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His debut poetry collection, Telepathologies, was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist in several other first book competitions. The book was released in March 2017.

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Linebreak,among others. Hafizah also serves on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, and co-curates the reading series EMPIRE with Ricardo Maldonado. She is on the poetry committee and book ends committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and is currently an Editor for Little A and Day One from Amazon Publishing.

Sponsored by FYS Program.

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THURSDAY, November 30th, 4:10PM, Gendebien Room

READING AND Q&A BY NOVELIST, ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN

Alexandra Kleeman is a Staten Island-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection.

Sponsored by the STEAM Mellon Arts Grant.

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