Below is a list of our past events. By clicking on the event you can see a list of the authors who participated and links to live recordings from the event.
The author of 16 poetry collections, most recently Sing This One Back to Me (Coffee House Press), Bob Holman has taught at Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. As the original Slam Master and a director at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, creator of the world's first spoken word poetry record label, Mouth Almighty/Mercury, and the proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman has played a central role in the spoken word and slam poetry movements of the last several decades. A co-founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, Holman's study of hip-hop and West African oral traditions led to his current work with endangered languages. Holman is the producer and host of various films, including "The United States of Poetry," and "On the Road with Bob Holman." His most recent film, "Language Matters with Bob Holman," winner of the Berkeley Film Festival's 2015 Documentary of the Year award, was produced by David Grubin and aired on PBS in January. "Language Matters" takes viewers around the world: to a remote island off the coast of Australia where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages, all at risk; to Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and to Hawaii, where Hawaiians are fighting to save their native tongue. Holman has just returned from a month-long trip visiting language revitalization centers across Alaska, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He lives in New York City, on the Bowery, above the Bowery Poetry Club.
Joyelle McSweeney is a poet, prose writer, playwright, critic and publisher. Author of six books of poetry and prose (Salamandrine, 8 Gothics, Percussion Grenade, Flet, Nylund, The Sarcographer,Commandrine, and The Red Bird), she is also the co-founder and co-editor, with Johannes Göranson, of Action Books, an international press for poetry and translation. She is, in addition, the author of a critical book, The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, and of a play, Dead Youth, or, The Leaks, winner of the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights. McSweeney is currently director of MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame; she has previously taught in the MFA Program at the University of Alabama and was a Visiting Associate Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop.
Jem Cohen is a New York-based, filmmaker, photographer, and multi-media artist. His feature length projects include Museum Hours, Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and Counting (2015 Berlin Film Festival premiere). Shorts include Lost Book Found, Anne Truitt - Working, and the Gravity Hill / Occupy Wall Street Newsreels. Cohen’s films are in the collections of New York’s MoMA and Whitney Museums. He’s had retrospectives at London’s Whitechapel Gallery and the Oberhausen, Gijon, and Punto de Vista film festivals. He has collaborated with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Vic Chesnutt, R.E.M., Terry Riley, DJ Rupture, Elliott Smith, and the Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante. Cohen’s still photographs have shown at Robert Miller Gallery and SF Camerawork. We Have an Anchor, a multimedia documentary with live soundtrack, played on the main stages at London’s Barbican and BAM’s Next Wave series and is currently an installation at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Cohen was extensively involved in overturning proposed governmental restrictions on street photography/filming in New York City.
Jem Cohen's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Modern Culture and Media, Literary Arts and a grant from Brown's Creative Arts Council.
Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Beauty. Other titles include Come, Thief; After; Given Sugar, Given Salt; The Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace. She is also the author of two books of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, and Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper’s, The Nation, Orion, and in many other publications, and has been described by the New York Times as “radiant and passionate.” Also a noted translator, she has been the recipient of numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of American Poets. She has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, and Bennington College.
Jane Hirshfield's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Literary Arts, Contemplative Studies, East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature and a grant from Brown's Arts Initiative.
Samantha Gorman is a writer and artist who works at the intersection of text, cinema, performance and digital culture. With Danny Cannizzaro she founded the art collective/publishing initiative Tender Claws. Tender Claws’ most recent release is Pry: a hybrid of cinema, game and novel created for mobile iOS (prynovella.com). Pry won the New Media Writing Prize 2015 and was a Future of Storytelling Prize finalist, IGF finalist for ‘Excellence in Narrative’ and has been showcased at film festivals, game festivals and book review sites . Samantha holds a MFA from Brown University in Literary Arts, Digital Language Arts and has taught courses in Performance Art and Digital Literature at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012, Samantha relocated to LA to pursue her Ph.D. in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. samanthagorman.net
Danny Cannizzaro is a programmer, art director, interaction designer, and visual artist. After training in illustration and painting at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Danny began working in the interactive field. After graduating, he won a $25k grant from MTV to create a transmedia band project. Since then, he has worked as an art director and creative director at New York based B-Reel. His past projects include developing the interactive game for the launch of Google’s Nexus phones, the demo page of the Google+ launch, and an album spot for Kanye West. Most recently, he art directed the ‘cardboard’ section of Google’s 2015 IO keynote. In addition to his work in industry, Danny holds an MFA in Conceptual Art from the University of California San Diego. With Samantha Gorman he founded the artist group ‘Tender Claws.’
Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006) and a novella, Memory Palace (2013). In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists.
His short stories and essays have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, London Review of Books, Granta, Book Forum and Frieze. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York City.
David Small has illustrated over 50 picture books, six of them of his own writing, including the Evergreen Classic Imogene’s Antlers. His many awards and honors include the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors. His graphic memoir Stitches was a National Book Award Finalist. He and his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, live in an historic home on the bend of a river in southwest rural Michigan.
In 2012, Sheila Heti published the novel How Should a Person Be?, which was nominated for The Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly The Orange Prize) and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Salon and other places. Her latest book, Women In Clothes, a collaboration with Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, recently made the New York Times Bestseller's list. This past spring, McSweeney's published her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, which was performed at The Kitchen in New York. She lives in Toronto and is the author of three other books of fiction and non-fiction and one children's book. Her writing has been translated into a dozen languages, and her writing has been featured in The London Review of Books, n+1, Harper's and more. She is the former interviews editor at The Believer magazine.