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.

Sarah Bynum

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New YorkerPloughsharesTin House, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, most recently Greensward (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and Ours (U. of California Press, 2008), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, the founding editor of La Presse Books, which specializes in contemporary French writing translated by English-language poets, and a translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA Award for Literary Translation, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, among others. She’s been writer-in-residence at Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Pratt Institute, Temple University, and various other places and taught at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before coming to Brown.

Karen Green

Karen Green is an artist and writer whose Bough Down (Siglio, 2013) has been called "the most moving, strange, original, harrowing, and beautiful document of grief and reckoning I’ve read," by Maggie Nelson in the Los Angeles Review of Books and "a profound, lovely, bitterly funny book that fulfills the first requirement of great art: it is magical" by George Saunders. Her work has also been published in Open City and anthologized in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book. Her visual work is collected by individuals as well as institutions including the Yale Beinecke Library and the Whitney Museum of American Art special collections. She exhibits with the Space gallery in Los Angeles and the Calabi gallery in Northern California.

Nikolai Duffy + Rosmarie Waldrop (cancelled)



Viva la Poesia: An evening of Chilean Poetry

The Brown University Committee to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Coup in Chile will present Viva la Poesia, an evening of Chilean Poetry. 

This event is co-sponsored by The Department of Hispanic Studies, the Department of Literary Arts and The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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Ronaldo Wilson

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also an Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book,  Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press, and Lucy 72 will be released by 1913 Press.  He was recently an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where he worked on a dance/video project, playing with elements from his sound album Off the Dome: Rants, Raps, and Meditations, http://theconversant.org/?p=3634

Anisul Hoque Film, Television

The Brown International Writers Project presents:

Anisul Hoque's film, Television
Friday, 10 May at 6 pm
007 Lyman Hall
Following the screening of the full-length feature film directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farroki from a script by Anisul Hoque, Mr. Hoque will discuss the film and answer questions from the audience.
Film synopsis: As a leader of the local community, Chairman Amin bans every kind of image imaginable from being shown in his rural Bangladesh village. He claims that the imagination is sinful, as it is the gateway to immorality -- and does everything he can to keep the forces of evil -- such as television -- at bay. His efforts lead to ever-growing tensions between tradition and the modern world -- a world that keeps finding ways to press its way forward. Can the Chairman find a way to overcome his fears of images and the imagination and perhaps embrace what television can provide to him and his village?


Maurice Scully

Maurice Scully was born in Dublin in 1952. Active as an editor and organizer of talks, readings & performances in the 1980s, he began work in 1981 on what was to becomeThings That Happen. This is an eight-book project available now as 5 Freedoms of MovementLivelihood (five books), Sonata, and Tig. Subsequent publications include two selections, Doing the Same in English and A Tour of the LatticeHumming, a new book-length work, appeared in 2009. A CD from Wild Honey Press containing extracts from some of his books read by the author appeared in 2000 under the title Mouthpuller.

He is the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Macaulay Fellowship, an Irish Writers Centre Patrick and Katherine Fellowship,  and two Irish Arts Council Bursaries.  He was elected a member of Aosdana in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.

Percival Everett

Percival Everett is the author of more than twenty novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry.  His novels include, most recently, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell,Assumption, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, and The Water Cure.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, among others.  He has been described as a lyrical writer whose “stark and sometimes powerful prose” leaves a lasting impression.  Everett is currently Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

John Yau

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, and freelance curator.  His recent books include A Thing Among Things:  The Art of Jasper Johns, and Further Adventures in Monochrome.  His reviews have appeared in ArtforumArt in AmericaArt News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times.  He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2006 – 2011).  In January, 2012, he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with three other writers.  He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and many others.  His awards include a General Electric Foundation Award, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Brendan Gillin Award.  In 2002 he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.  He is Associate Professor in Critical Studies at the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.