Upcoming Events

FIlm Screening: "Whose Streets?"

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
7:00 pm9:00 pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St.

In their documentary film Whose Streets?,  filmmakers Damon Davis and Sabaah Folayan closely follow grassroots activists and protestors after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Described by The Guardian as “outstanding and incendiary,” Whose Streets?  strikingly asks “Whose story?”, speaking volumes about narrative voice, perspective, injustice and bias in the mainstream media.  A conversation with the film’s co-director, Damon Davis, will follow the screening.

Event co-sponsors with Literary Arts: Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Swearer Center for Public Service, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown Center for Students of Color, Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Department of Africana Studies.

Simone White

Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:30 pm5:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Simone White is the author of Dear Angel of DeathOf Being Dispersed, and House of Envy of All the World, and of the chapbooks Unrest and Dolly (with Kim Thomas). Her poetry and prose have been featured in NYTimes Book ReviewHarper's MagazineBOMB MagazineChicago Review, and Harriet: The Blog. In 2017, she received the Whiting Award for poetry. She works as Program Director at The Poetry Project and, in spring 2018, is Visiting Associate Professor of Creative Writing at The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25 Years in the Making

Saturday, April 7, 2018
11:00 am8:00 pm
Lownes Room, John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence (from 11 am) /// George Rattner Room, 70 Brown Street, Providence (noon - 1:30 and 5 - 6:30 pm) /// McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence (1:30 pm to 8 pm)

Brown University celebrates 25 years of the nonprofit publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse. Since its humble beginnings in 1993 as a xeroxed zine of poetry and collage, UDP has become an internationally known publisher of poetry, translations,  essays, experimental fiction and non-fiction, performance texts, and books by artists, appreciated for the look and feel of its productions which underscore the materiality and labor of printing and bookmaking.

The John Hay Library will host a book display of Ugly Duckling Presse titles from 11 am.

Starting at noon, the program will host lunch for participants and those attending. The lunch will take place in the George Rattner Room.

The program will shift to the McCormack Family Theater with a Small Press Roundtable at 1:30 pm. The roundtable will feature Ugly Duckling Presse editors Anna Moschovakis and Matvei Yankelevich, as well as Damon Krukowski, Erica Mena, Stephen Motika and Patrick Riedy (all editors of distinguished literary presses).

The program will continue in the McCormack Family Theater with performance works at 3:15 pm. The performances will reflect upon, be inspired by or be represented through Ugly Duckling Presse books – Alisa Cardone and Sara June (with music by Max Lord) will interpret Hijikata through dance; other presentations will be performed by Darcie Dennigan & Kate Colby; Sawako Nakayasu; and Mike Taylor.

Following the performances (around 5 pm), a reception will take place in the George Rattner Room (adjacent to the McCormack Family Theater). The reception will afford participants and audience members an opportunity to informally discuss the literary contributions of the Ugly Duckling Presse and of its authors and editors. An experimental documentary about Ugly Duckling Presse’s early days (by Joel Schlemowitz) will be screened during the reception.

The program will conclude with literary readings by Kate Colby, Mónica de la Torre, Damon Krukowski, Cole Swensen, Simone White and Sara Wintz. These readings will begin at 6:30 pm in the McCormack Family Theater.

Sarah Galvin

Thursday, April 12, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Sarah Galvin is a the author of Ugly Time, The Three Einsteins and The Best Party of our Lives; contributor to The GuardianVice Magazine, The Strangerand City Artsand also a human bottle rocket. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington.

International Fiction Now: Celebrating the Unspeakable Practices of Robert Coover and the International Writers Project

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

For three days, Brown University will celebrate novelist and freedom to write advocate Robert Coover, through readings and performances by his former students, his colleagues and his admirers.

Tuesday, 17 April, 5:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- a voice performance of selections from Robert Coover's novel, Gerald's Party -- this performance will be directed by Roderick Coover and will include cameos by many of the presenters who will be taking part in the festival.

Tuesday, 17 April, 7 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- a handful from among the countless former students whose visions grew through their being mentored by Robert Coover will present short readings: Robert Arellano, Shelley Jackson, Eurydice Kamviselli, Alexandra Kleeman and Joanna Scott.

Wednesday, 18 April from 10 am to noon, Studio 4, Granoff Center, 154 Angell  St. -- Writing 3D -- visits to the CAVE and/or YURT to see experiments by current and former Brown students in 3D digital language arts, presented by John Cayley.

Wednesday, 18 April, 2 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- From Electronic Writing to Digital Lanuage Art, presentations  by Robert Arellano, John Cayley, Samantha Gorman, David Jhave Johnston, Ian Hatcher and Benjamin Moreno Ortiz.

Wednesday, 18 April, 4:30 pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St. -- Celebrating the International Writers Project, readings by noted authors Russell Banks, Ru Freeman and Marlon James.

Wednesday, 18 April at 7:30 pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St. --  T.C. Boyle, Edwidge Danticat and William Kennedy read from their literary work.

Thursday, 19 April at 4:30 pm, 117 MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer St. -- Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers read from their literary work.

Thursday, 19 April at 7:30 pm, 117 MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer St. -- Paul Auster, Robert Coover and Don DeLillo read from their literary work.

Thursday, 19 April at 9:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St. -- International Fiction Circus Now -- deep into the night, the festivities culminate with presenations by Jonathan Baumbach, Mary Caponegro, Matt Derby, Rikki Ducornet, Brian Evenson, Jack Foley, Ben Marcus, Toby Olson, and a host of others juggling language and all sorts of other surprises.

For the very latest details, visit: infictionnow.literaryarts.xyz

Layli Long Soldier

Thursday, April 26, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Layli Long Soldier is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She has served as a contributing editor of Drunken Boat. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader and The Kenyon Review Online. She is the recipient of the 2015 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship and a 2016 Whiting Award. Her newest collection of poems, WHEREAS, will be published by Graywolf Press this spring. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.