Upcoming Events

Kate Colby and Rosmarie Waldrop

Thursday, September 20, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence

Kate Colby is author of seven books of poetry and a forthcoming book of essays. She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and her work has appeared in journals and anthologies, including A Public Space, Boston Review, New American Writing, Verse and the Dia: Readings in Contemporary Poetry Anthology. She grew up in Massachusetts and was a founding board member of the Gloucester Writers Center, where she hosts an occasional reading series. She currently lives and works as a copywriter and editor in Providence.

Rosmarie Waldrop's most recent books are Gap Gardening: Selected Poems, Driven to Abstraction, and Curves to the Apple (New Directions). Her collected essays, Dissonance (if you are interested), is available from University of Alabama Press. She has translated from the French 14 volumes of Edmond Jabès’s work (see her memoir, Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabès, Wesleyan UP) as well as volumes by Emmanuel Hocquard, Jacques Roubaud, and, from the German, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Gerhard Rühm, Ulf Stolterfoht, Peter Waterhouse.  She was born in Germany, in 1935. At age 10 she spent half a year acting with a traveling theater, but was happy when schools reopened and she could settle for the quieter pleasures of reading and writing which she has pursued in and out of universities, in several countries, but mostly in Providence, RI where she lives with Keith Waldrop (with whom she co-edited Burning Deck Press).

Roberto Simanowski: "1984: On Surveillance, FOMO and the Pleasure of the Screen"

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:30 pm7:30 pm
Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting St., Providence

Super Bowl commercials teach us how to conceive of surveillance. Apple promises to fight Big Brother with a personal computer; Coca Cola invites us to think different – think positive – about security cameras. The whitewashing of surveillance goes hand in hand with the “Big Brotherization” of Apple. Simanowski discusses the symbolic value of 1984 and its links to the ongoing turn from verbal to visual communication. He argues forcefully that the television screen is the sibling of the surveillance camera, and shows us why the dystopian future we fear will not be anything like Orwell’s 1984. It will look like Huxley’s Brave New World.

Roberto Simanowski, raised and educated in East Germany, is a scholar of media and cultural studies, and the founder and editor of the journal on digital culture and aesthetics, dichtung-digital.org (1999-2014). He has taught and conducted research at Harvard University, Brown University, the University of Basel, the City University of Hong Kong, and PUC in Rio de Janeiro. Currently, he divides his time between Basel and Rio. His books in English include: Digital Art and Meaning: Reading Kinetic Poetry, Text Machines, Mapping Art, and Interactive Installations (University of Minnesota Press 2011); Data Love: The Seduction and Betrayal of Digital Technologies (Columbia University Press 2016 [https://cup.columbia.edu/book/data-love/9780231177276]); Digital Humanities and Digital Media: Conversations on Politics, Culture, Aesthetics and Literacy (Open Humanities Press 2016 [http://www.openhumanitiespress.org/books/titles/digital-humanities-and-digital-media]); Facebook Society: Losing Ourselves in Sharing Ourselves (Columbia University Press 2018 [https://cup.columbia.edu/book/facebook-society/9780231182720]); Waste: A New Media Primer (MIT Press 2018 [https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/waste]); The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas (MIT Press 2018 [https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/death-algorithm-and-other-digital-dilemmas]).

Chris Kraus

Thursday, September 27, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence

Chris Kraus is the author of four novels and three books of art and cultural criticism.  Her first novel, I Love Dick, was adapted for television.  In 2017, she published After Kathy Acker, the first authorized literary biography.  Her new essay and story collection, Social Practices, will be published in October 2019.  Kraus’ work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She is a co-editor of the independent press Semiotexte, alongside Hedi El Kholti and Sylvere Lotringer, and teaches writing at Art Center in Pasadena.

Film Screening: Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask

Monday, October 1, 2018
7:00 pm9:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar“Paul Laurence Dunbar:  Beyond the Mask” is a film documentary about the life, work and legacy of the first African American author to gain international fame.  The son of former slaves, Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was the prolific author of numerous volumes of poetry, several novels, and widely-published essays critical of Jim Crow laws, lynchings, and what was commonly called at the time “the Negro problem.”  He is perhaps best remembered for his poem “We Wear the Mask,” and for lines from another poem, “Sympathy,” that became the title of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  Filmmaker Frederick Lewis will be on hand to introduce the film and to lead a post-screening discussion.


Frederick LewisFrederick LewisWriter, director and co-producer Frederick Lewis is a professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University and a 1983 graduate Brown‘s Literary Arts program. His previous documentaries have been seen on PBS stations throughout the U.S., and have been screened at more than 60 cultural/educational venues, including the National Gallery of Art, the Lake Placid Film Forum and the Explorers Club in NYC. Professor Lewis is a recipient of the Presidential Teacher Award, Ohio University’s highest honor for transformative teaching, curriculum innovation and mentoring. 

David Grubbs

Thursday, October 4, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.  At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing.  He is the author of Now that the audience is assembled and Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (both published by Duke University Press).

Grubbs has released fourteen solo albums and appeared on more than 190 releases, the most recent of which is Creep Mission (Blue Chopsticks, 2017).  In 2000, his The Spectrum Between (Drag City) was named “Album of the Year” in the London Sunday Times.  He is known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with poet Susan Howe, visual artists Anthony McCall and Angela Bulloch, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.  Grubbs was a member of the groups Gastr del Sol, Bastro, and Squirrel Bait, and has performed with the Red Krayola, Will Oldham, Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros, and Loren Connors, and many others.

LaTasha Nevada Diggs

Thursday, October 11, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Poesiefestival in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, the QOW conference in Slovakia, the International Poetry Festival in Bucharest, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the 56th Venice Biennale and currently in Beijing as a Red Gate Artist in Residence.  As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The David Rubenstein Atrium, The Highline, Poets House and El Museo del Barrio. LaTasha is the recipient of grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Capital and the Whiting Foundation Literary Award. She lives in Harlem.

Andrea Lawlor

Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence

Andrea Lawlor is the author of a novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (Rescue Press, 2017) and of a chapbook, Position Papers (Factory Hollow Press, 2016), as well as of work appearing in numerous literary journals and magazines, including PloughsharesMutha, the MillionsJubilat, the Brooklyn RailFaggot Dinosaur, and Encyclopedia, Vol. II.   Recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary and Radar Labs, Lawlor is fiction editor of Fence magazine, and teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College.  They earned degrees at the University of Iowa (BA), Temple University (MA), and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (MFA).

Paysagisme: Art and Ecological Responsibility

Friday, October 26, 2018
7:00 pm7:00 pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St.

A Slide Lecture by Gilles Tiberghien

November 2018 Literary Arts Events

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stacy Syzmaszek reads for Writers on Writing
Thursday, 1 November at 5:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street


Paysagisme: Art and Ecological Responsibility: a conversation with university faculty and members of the local community focused on work that blends aesthetics, sustainability and ecological responsibility in a series of 10-minute presentations.
Thursday, 1 November at 6 pm
Studio Two, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St.


Paysagisme: Art and Ecological Responsibility: Slide Lecture with Gilles Tiberghien
Friday, 2 November at 6 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street


Susan Stewart delivers the CD Wright Lecture
Thursday, 8 November at 7 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street


Paysagisme: Art and Ecological Responsibility: Slide Lecture with Antoine Jacobsohn
Friday, 9 November at 7 pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street


Forrest Fete -- A Two-Day Celebration of poet, translator and Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor Emeritus Forrest Gander


Eliot Weinberger opens the Forrest Fete 
Thursday, 15 November at 5 pm
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street


Screenings of Work by Forrest Forrest Gander
Thursday, 15 November at 8:30 pm
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street


The Art of Publishing Contemporary Poetry with Declan Spring
Friday, 16 November at 11 am
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Readings by Laura Mullen and Raúl Zurita for the Forrest Fete 
Friday, 16 November at 1:30 pm
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street


Reading by Jorie Graham for the Forrest Fete
Friday, 16 November at 4 pm
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street


Closing Reception and tributes for Forrest Gander
Friday, 16 November at 6:30 pm
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street


Tan Lin reads for Writers on Writing
Thursday, 29 November at 5:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

December 2018 Literary Arts Events

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Alvaro Enrique reads for Writers on Writing
Thursday, 6 December at 5:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street