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.

Pamela Lu

Pamela Lu is the author of the books Ambient Parking Lot (Kenning Editions, 2011) and Pamela: A Novel (Atelos, 1999), as well as the chapbook The Private Listener (Corollary Press, 2006). Her writing also appears in the anthologies Bay Poetics and Biting the Error, and has been published in periodicals such as 1913, Antennae, Call, Chain, Chicago Review, Fascicle, Harper's, Mirage, Poetics Journal andTinfish. She grew up in Southern California, and now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of four books: Unfinished, The Evolutionary RevolutionChanging (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest). With Blake Butler, she co-edited the anthology 30 Under 30, and she is currently co-editing a two volume anthology, The Force of What's Possible: Essays of Accessibility and the Avant-Garde with Joshua Marie Wilkinson. She serves as Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol, Associate Editor at Starcherone Books, and Editor at Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at New Mexico State University and can be found virtually at the literary blog HTML Giant. 

Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis is the author of two books of poetry, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, and the translator of several novels from the French, most recently The Jokers by Albert Cossery. She is a longtime member of the Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Press.




An exhibition of glass and ceramic arts by Richard Hirsch and Michael Rogers, featuring texts by C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander

October 26 - November 20

Opening, October 26 -  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To see the event participant bios, see Spillforth

Nihad Sirees

Nihad Sirees was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1950.  He is the distinguished author of seven novels, several plays, and numerous screenplays.   His work has been banned from publication in Syria since the 1998 screening of his television drama, The Silk Market, which described social turmoil in Syria in 1956 – 61 and the subsequent rise to power of the Baath Party.   He was branded an opponent of the government and publication of several of his works was forbidden by government censors.  His subsequent novels, A Case of Passion and Noise and Silence, were published abroad.  A historical television drama about the life of Lebanese-born American writer and painter Khalil Gibran, written during a stay at the International Writers Program at the University of Iowa in 2005, was produced in Lebanon and screened in 2007 on Arab satellite channels, but Sirees continued to be excluded from public intellectual and cultural life in Syria and banned from publishing or producing work in his homeland.

He left Syria in January, 2012, because he was being watched and followed by Syrian security services.   Since that time he has lived in self-imposed exile in Cairo, Egypt.


Erín Moure

Montreal poet Erín Moure  has published seventeen books of poetry plus a volume of essays, My Beloved Wager. She is also a translator from French, Spanish, Galician (galego), and Portuguese, with twelve books translated of work by poets as diverse as Nicole Brossard, Andrés Ajens, Louise Dupré, Rosalía de Castro, Chus Pato and Fernando Pessoa. Her work has received the Governor General's Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the A.M. Klein Prize (twice), and was a three-time finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Moure holds an honorary doctorate from Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada. Her latest works are The Unmemntioable (House of Anansi), a poetic investigation into subjectivity and wartime experience in western Ukraine and the South Peace region of Alberta, and Secession (Zat-So), her fourth translation of internationally acclaimed Galician poet Chus Pato.  

Rana Dasgupta

Rana Dasgupta was born in Canterbury, England in 1971, and grew up in Cambridge. He studied French literature at Balliol College, Oxford, piano at the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence, and communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After his studies he worked for some time in a marketing consultancy firm in London, Kuala Lumpur and then New York.  In 2001, he moved to Delhi to write, and his first book, Tokyo Cancelled, was published in 2005. Narrated by travelers stuck for a night in an airport, Tokyo Cancelled is a cycle of folktales about contemporary cities and the experience of living under globalization.  It was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (UK) and the Vodafone Crossword Award (India).  Dasgupta’s novel, Solo, was published in 2009.  Set in Bulgaria, Solo is an epic exploration of science, music, daydreams and failure.  Salman Rushdie wrote of it, “Solo confirms Rana Dasgupta as the most unexpected and original Indian writer of his generation.” Dasgupta now lives permanently in Delhi, and is at present working on a non-fiction book about his adopted city. 

Sound + Electronics +Performance = Poetry

An evening of sound poetry, digital literature and performance featuring Benerva, Chris Novello and Ricardo Castillo
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.
BENjamin Moreno and MiNERVA Reynosa (Benerva) together account for seven books of poetry and fiction, over ten awards and fellowships and a number of digital media installations and performances shown in Mexico, the U.S., Spain, Morocco, Germany and Russia.
Chris Novello relates to systems as art; he longs for a culture that designs computer programs as philosophy objects, abstract playgrounds, and heartfelt/personal communicative endeavors. He lives in Providence, RI and publishes work via paperkettle.com & @paperkettle
Ricardo Castillo is the author of ten books of poetry, two audio cds, and the interactive, multi-media board game experiment La maquine del instante de formulacion poetica, recipient of the Universidad de Madrid-Microsoft Literaturas en español del texto al Hipermedia award in 2008.  As a sound poet he has performed in a number of theaters, bars and poetry festivals, both by himself and in collaboration with different musicians, choreographers and dance artists.  He is a member of the department of Literary Studies at the University of Guadalajara.

Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of twelve books of fiction, most recently Immobility (2012) and Windeye (2012).  His other books include Last Days (which won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009) and the story collection Fugue State, both of which were on Time Out New York's top books of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor in  Brown University's Literary Arts Department. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, and others. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and three O. Henry Prizes.

Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman’s most recent book, and fourth collection of stories, Someday This Will Be Funny, was published in April 2011 by Red Lemonade Press.  Her most recent novel, American Genius, A Comedy, was published by Soft Skull Press in 2006, and was cited as one of the best books of the Millennium (so far) by The Millions. Her other novels are Haunted Houses, Motion Sickness, Cast in Doubt, and No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She has published three nonfiction books, including The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-67, based on photographs by Stephen Shore. Her other story collections include This Is Not It, stories and novellas written in response to the work of 22 contemporary artists. Her work has appeared in the journals Tin House, McSweeney’s, Black Clock, Bomb, Aperture, and Conjunctions; her criticism in Artforum, Frieze, Aperture, Nest, The Guardian, and The New York Times Book Review.  Tillman is Professor/Writer-in-Residence at The University at Albany, and teaches at The New School, as well at School of Visual Arts in New York City.