Upcoming Events

Oswald Egger & Laura Mullen

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
7:00 pm8:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Oswald EggerOswald EggerOswald Egger was born in Lana, Italy, in 1963.  He is a poet and dramatist whose book Nichts, das ist was published in English in 2004 as Room of Rumor: Tunings.   Since 2011 he has been professor of Language and Form at Muthesius University of Art and Design, Kiel.   Editor of the literary magazine Der Prokurist, he has been writer in residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles; and at Cornell University.  He was recipient of the Clemens Brentano Prize, the H.C. Artmann Prize, the Oskar Pastior Prize, the Peter Huchel Preis and the Outstanding Artist Award for his poetry, his poetic research and his work in radio drama.  Egger was founder of the Kulturtage Lana in South Tyrol, which he ran from 1986 – 1995.  His recent publications in German include: Diskrete Stetigkeit. Poesie und Mathematik (2008); Die ganze Zeit (2010);  Euer Lenz. Prosa (2013); Gnomen und Amben (2015); Harlekinsmäntel und andere Bewandtnisse (2017).

Laura MullenLaura MullenLaura Mullen makes work that is alive to the shared space of meaning-making and attentive to the unsaid. “Mullen’s shapes shift, disappear like the living but remain like lives...turn into new solids, solidarities of moving, hard-edged lyric social work...against loneliness…” (Fred Moten).  “Mullen sets up a site of fluid exchange between text and reader, an inter-subjective process that inflects affective communication with a subversive sense of contingency...” (Amy Moorman Robbins). Laura’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in FenceBombPoetry, and The Nation, and has been anthologized in collections from Norton, Wesleyan, and Omnidawn. Her first book, The Surface, was a National Poetry Series selection, and her subsequent poetry collections and hybrid-genre works have been published by the University of California Press, futurepoem, and Otis / Seismicity among other presses: her eighth collection, Complicated Grief, was published by Solid Objects in 2015. A CD of Jason Eckardt’s setting of her poem “The Distance (This)” is available from Mode records. A MacDowell and Karolyi Foundation Fellow, a featured poet at the International Poetry Festival in Taipei, a Rona Jaffe Award recipient and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Mullen holds degrees from the University of Iowa and U.C. Berkeley. She is the McElveen Professor of English at Louisiana State University and has been a visiting poet at Columbia College. Her collaboration with composer Nathan Davis—"a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed” —had its premiere in La Jolla, and has been performed at Notre Dame and Williams College.  

Douglas Kearney

Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:30 pm7:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Douglas Kearney has published six books, most recently, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), of which Amaud Jamaul Johnson writes: “Seriously, a marvel. I recommend entering Buck Studies at midnight, only after listening to Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet on repeat, skimming Pindar, Uncle Remus and the Bible, and eating at least two bowls of Count Chocula.” Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection that Publisher’s Weekly called “an extraordinary book.” Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in the Santa Clarita Valley and teaches at CalArts.

Achy Obejas

Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:30 pm7:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Achy Obejas is the author of the forthcoming The Tower of The Antilles & Other Stories, as well as of the critically acclaimed novels RuinsDays of Awe and three other books of fiction. She edited, and translated into English, Havana Noir, a collection of crime stories by Cuban writers on and off the island. She has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra and many others. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation. She currently serves as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, California. In summer 2016, Mills debuted its low-residency MFA in translation, a program conceived by Achy, which she co-directs.

John Keene

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

John Keene photo by Nina SubinJohn Keene photo by Nina SubinJohn Keene is the author of six volumes of fiction and poetry, including the short fiction collection Counternarratives, winner of a 2016 American Book Award and 2016 Lannan Literary Award; a novel, Annotations; the poetry collection Seismosis and poetry chapbook Playland; and an art book, GRIND, in collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner.   He is also a translator whose works include translations of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s The Obscene Madame D and Letters from a Seducer.   A long-time member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a graduate fellow of the Cave Canem Writers Workshops, he has also published his fiction, poetry, essays and translations widely in journals and magazines.  He is Associate Professor and Chair of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.

Dodie Bellamy

Thursday, April 13, 2017
5:30 pm7:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater

Dodie Bellamy writes genre-bending works that focus on sexuality, politics, and narrative experimentation, challenging the distinctions between fiction, essay, and poetry. Her most recent collection is When the Sick Rule the World, from Semiotext(e).  Her reflections on the Occupy Oakland movement, “The Beating of Our Hearts,” was published as a chapbook in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial.  With Kevin Killian she has edited for Nightboat Books Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997 (forthcoming April, 2017).

Valleria Luiselli

Thursday, April 20, 2017
5:30 pm7:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City and grew up in South Africa. She is the author of the book of essays Sidewalks (Papeles Falsos), and the internationally acclaimed novels Faces In the Crowd (Los Ingravidos) and The Story of My Teeth (La Historia de Mis Dientes). Her work has been sold in translation in more than fifteen languages, and she has written for The New York Times, McSweeney’s, and Freeman’s. Her novel The Story of My Teeth won the Los Angeles Times Best Book Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In 2014, she was a recipient of the National Book Foundation's "5 under 35" award.