Event Archive

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.

John Banville

John Banville is the distinguished author of 16 novels including, most recently, Ancient Light, and of The Sea, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize.  Born in Wexford, Ireland, and currently living in Dublin, he is a metafictionist who has been compared to Beckett and Nabokov, Banville first gained international prominence through a series of four books, Dr. CopernicusKeplerThe Newton Letter, and Mefisto, all linked by a common interest in math or astronomy.  Other works include a trilogy, The Book of EvidenceGhosts, and Athena; and The Untouchable, loosely based on the life of Royal art curator and spy Anthony Blunt, regarded by some as Banville’s finest novel.   He is the author of a series of popular mystery novels penned under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, which are currently being filmed by BBC Drama, and of television and film projects including an adaptation of his novel The Sea.  In addition to the Booker Prize, Banville has been awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Franz Kafka Prize.  He has been described as “without question, one of the greatest living masters of English-language prose.”

Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby is a contributing author of The Silent History, the first major exploratory, interactive novel designed specifically for the iPad and iPhone. He is also the author of the short story collection Super Flat Times. His stories have been anthologized in The Anchor Book of New American Short StoriesThe Apocalypse Reader, and Dzanc's Best of the Web. His writing has appeared in McSweeney's, ConjunctionsThe BelieverThe Columbia JournalFence, and Guernica. He is also a Senior Interface Designer at Harmonix, a game studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts

David Krell and Joanna Ruocco

David Farrell Krell has published short stories in Confrontation (105/106, Winter 2009/Spring 2010) and The Oxford Literary Review (32:2, 2010). He has published three novels with the State University Press of New York Press: The Recalcitrant Art: Diotima’s Letters to Hölderlin and Related Missives, 2000; Son of Spirit, 1997; and Nietzsche: A Novel, 1996. He has completed a collection of short stories entitled Major Epitaphs, Minor Injuries, and he has written a number of stage plays and screenplays.


Joanna Ruocco is the author of Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith-A Diptych (FC2, 2012). A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press, 2011), Man’s Companions (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010), and the The Mothering Coven (Ellipsis Press, 2009). A recipient of the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, Ruocco is also a graduate of the MFA program in Literary Arts at Brown, and a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program in creative writing at University of Denver.  She co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal, with Brian Conn.

Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky is the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013), two books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010) and Dearly, (a+bend, 1999). She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist avant-garde hub for interventions in writing, reading, engaged discourse and activism. In 2010, with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), a mobile research unit exploring writing, political life and the interactive making of objects and events--variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, multiple sites in NYC (including Governors Island The Holland Tunnel), and The University of Leipszig in Leipzig. She teaches at Pratt Institute and is guest faculty at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program.

Poets Theater Jubilee

The Literary Arts Department is proud to present Poets Theater Jubilee, presentation of new dramatic work by the Brown Lit/Play Cohort, organized by poet Kevin Killian.

Kevin Killian and Peter Richards

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012), a book of memoirs called Bedrooms Have Windows (1990), and three books of stories, Little Men (1996), I Cry Like a Baby (2001), and Impossible Princess (2009).  He has also written two books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), and Action Kylie (2008).  A third will appear in February 2014—Tweaky Village, from Wonder Books.  With Lew Ellingham, Killian has written often on the life and work of the American poet Jack Spicer [1925-65] and with Peter Gizzi has editedMy Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008)—which won the American Book Award—for Wesleyan University Press.  Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Ellingham’s acclaimed biography Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance in 1998.    He is also a playwright who has written forty-five plays for the San Francisco Poets Theater.  He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Peter Richards is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the John Logan Award. His poems have appeared in AgniColorado ReviewDenver QuarterlyFenceThe Yale Review, and other journals. He is the author of OUBLIETTE (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2001), which won the Massachusetts Center for the Book Honors Award; NUDE SIREN (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2003); and HELSINKI (Action Books, 2011). He has  taught poetry at the University of Montana(Richard Hugo Visiting Poet) Harvard University (Briggs-Copeland Lecturer), Tufts University, Museum School of Fine Arts, and Brown University.


Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid was born in St. John’s, Antigua.  Her books include At the Bottom of the RiverAnnie JohnLucyThe Autobiography of my MotherMy BrotherMr. Potter, and, most recently,  See Now Then.  She Lives with her family in Vermont.

Hoa Nguyen

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, Texas, where they lived for 14 years. The author of eight books and chapbooks, she currently lives in Toronto where she teaches poetics in a private workshop and at Ryerson University. Wave Books published her third full-length collection of poems, As Long As Trees Last, in September 2012.

way, a film by Konrad Steiner in collaboration with Leslie Scalapino

In 1988 Oakland poet Leslie Scalapino published the award-winning, book-length poem way. In 1999 San Francisco filmmaker Konrad Steiner proposed a collaboration: a reading of the entire book as the soundtrack to a montage of images. They recorded Leslie Scalapino reading the work in 2000 at her home. Over the next eleven years, Steiner created six different films, one for each segment of the poem, each stylistically distinct. In one “film, bum series,” original 16mm Kodachrome footage shows pedestrian life and light in downtown San Francisco; “no(h) - setting” displays haunting internet clips documenting the Iraq war; “hoofer” atomizes a Fred Astaire dance number; and so on. The montage is a visual response and supplement to the music, imagery and sense of the original poem. The film cycle does not supersede the book, much less illustrate it, rather it acts as a cinematic space where the montage and the poem, the poet's and the filmmaker's imagination, are braided in time.

Brian Holton

Brian Holton, who was born in Scotland and grew up partly in Nigeria, is the son of an Irish father who was bilingual in English and French and fluent in Hausa, and a mother who was a natural Border Scots speaker: this led him to a career as a translator.  After learning classical Greek, French and Latin at school, he studied Chinese at the universities of Edinburgh and Durham, two institutions where he later taught. He was the first director of the Chinese translation & interpreting program at Newcastle University, before teaching translation for ten years at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  He has published 15 books of Chinese poetry, and continues to translate into both English and Scots, including being principal translator on Jade Ladder,  a major new anthology of contemporary poetry (2012, Bloodaxe Books). He lives in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.