CLOSS VIRTUAL READING SERIES
September 1st: SARAH SHUN-LIEN BYNUM, Fiction
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels—Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize—and a story collection, Likes, forthcoming in September 2020. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of an O. Henry Award, a Whiting Award, and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by The New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles. Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Jennifer Gilmore
September 8th: IRVIN WEATHERSBY, Nonfiction
Irvin writes and teaches when he isn’t writing. He was raised on po-boys and poetry, mostly fried shrimp and hip hop. He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys getting lost with his passport. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, The Root, EBONY, Killens Review, Notable Black American Men Book II, and elsewhere. He is a professor of literature and creative writing at Queensborough Community College and is represented by PJ Mark at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Mikael Awake
September 15th: ARIEL FRANCISCO, Poetry
Ariel Francisco Henriquez Cos is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020), All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017) which was named one of the 8 Best Latino Books of 2017 by Rigoberto Gonzalez, and Before Snowfall, After Rain(Glass Poetry Press, 2016). Born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents, he was raised in Miami and completed his MFA at Florida International University. He now lives in Brooklyn and is completing a masters in literary translation. He was named one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019 by The Miami New Times. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Yorker Podcast, The Rumpus, The New York City Ballet, Performance Today, and elsewhere. Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Megan Fernandes
September 22nd: EMILY RABOTEAU, Nonfiction
Emily Raboteau is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter (Henry Holt) and a work of creative nonfiction, Searching for Zion (Grove/Atlantic), named a best book of 2013 by The Huffington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and winner of a 2014 American Book Award. Her fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, The Guardian, Guernica, VQR, The Believer, Salon, and elsewhere. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, The Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. An avid world traveler, Raboteau resides in New York City and teaches creative writing in Harlem at City College, once known as “the poor man’s Harvard.” Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Mikael Awake
September 29th: JORDY ROSENBERG, Fiction
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox – a New York Times Editors Choice selection, shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, a Publishing Triangle Award, the UK Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award, and longlisted for The Dublin Literary Award. Confessions has been recognized by The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, LitHub, Electric Literature and the Feminist Press, among other places, as one of the Best Books of 2018. Jordy’s work has been supported by fellowships and residencies from The Lannan Foundation, The Ahmanson-Getty Foundation, and the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.
Jordy is a professor of 18th-Century Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Theory at The University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Jennifer Gilmore
October 13th: HAFIZAH GETER, Poetry
Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter is a Nigerian-American poet, writer, and editor. She received her BA in English and economics from Clemson University and an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Hafizah’s poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, Longreads, and McSweeney’s Indelible in the Hippocampus, among others.
An editor for Little A and TOPPLE Books from Amazon Publishing, Hafizah serves on the planning committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and lives in Brooklyn, New York where she is working on a novel about coming to America and a full-length nonfiction project about the intersection of anti-blackness, climate change, language, borders, and the aftermath of American slavery in daily life. Hafizah’s debut poetry collection UN-AMERICAN is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press, September 8, 2020. Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Megan Fernandes
October 20st: JAMI ATTENBERG, Fiction
Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Longreads and others. In 2017, HMH Books (US) and Serpent’s Tail (UK) published her novel All Grown Up. It will also be published in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Hungary in 2018. All This Could Be Yours will be published in 2019 by HMH Books and Serpent’s Tail, as well as in Italy, Germany, and China.
Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures. Her work will be published in a total of sixteen languages.
She lives in New Orleans, LA. Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Jennifer Gilmore
October 27th: JENNA BOND, Nonfiction/Screenwriting
From Bond’s website:
“I am known for my writing, my Harlem salons and my idea hacks. In fact, my weekly essays to friends, my belle-lettres, landed me my first television writing job!
My original goal for living in New York was to become a magazine editor-publisher, like Clay Felker, but instead I cut my professional teeth as an aide to former president Bill Clinton. I managed his disaster relief efforts, engagement with Harlem, and his speeches and correspondence. The latter responsibility proved to be my favorite. I wrote a weekly essay for ten years about chasing guys, lines at clubs and the socialite struggle life. It’s now written monthly. I love being featured on a provocative panel, and have spoken at Austin Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, and Urbanworld in my previous role as the face of the WGA East for indie film and emerging television writer engagement. Because of that, I ran the Made in NY Writers Room and created the NY Screenwriter Workshop with FilmNation.
The most satisfying description I have heard of myself is that I am the perfect mix of irreverence, debauchery and sarcasm.” Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Mikael Awake
November 10th: TAYLOR JOHNSON, Poetry
Taylor Johnson is proud of being from Washington, DC. They’ve received fellowships and scholarships from CALLALOO, Cave Canem, Lambda Literary, Tin House, the Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, the Conversation Literary Festival, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, among other organizations. In 2017, Taylor received the Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Their poems appear in The Baffler, Indiana Review, Scalawag, and the Paris Review, among other journals and literary magazines. Their first book, Inheritance, will be published November 2020 with Alice James Books. Taylor lives in southern Louisiana where they listen.
Faculty Contact for Event: Professor Megan Fernandes
2020 Jean Corrie Poetry Reading
2020 H. MacKnight Black Competition Poetry Reading
featuring Terrance Hayes
& Student Competition Winners
October 1st, 7pm
Terrance Hayes’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). To Float In The Space Between was winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism and a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin was a finalist the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, the 2018 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Hayes is a Professor of English at New York University.