Upcoming Events

Erica Hunt & Karan Mahajan

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
7:30 pm8:45 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Join us in welcoming two new members of the Literary Arts community: Erica Hunt, Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice and Karan Mahajan, Assistant Professor, by coming to hear them read from their work.

Erica Hunt is a poet, essayist, and author of Local History,  Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes and other publications. VERONICA: A Suite in X Parts is her latest book available in September 2019 from selva oscura press. A new and selected collection of Hunt's poems is forthcoming in June 2020 from Nightboat Books. Hunt's poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, FENCE, Hambone and In the American Tree, among other publications. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, A-LINE, and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. 
Karan Mahajan is the author of Family Planning, a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Association of Small Bombs, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Awards, won the 2017 New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and was named one of the New York Times Book Review's "Ten Best Books of 2016." In 2017, he was selected as one of Granta's "Best of Young American Novelists." His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York TimesThe New Yorker Online, n+1The New Republic, and other venues.

Audiovision: Hearing Voices

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
7:00 pm8:30 pm
Martinos Auditiorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, Providence

Don’t miss the next iteration of the Brown Arts Initiative’s Audiovision series for eight-channel surround sound. Featured works include compositions by John Cage (his "Lecture on Nothing" will be presented by John Cayley), Christopher Hobbs, Trevor Wishart and Jonathan Harvey’s groundbreaking Mortuous Plango, Vivos Voco for eight-track tape.

Adrianne Kalfopoulou

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Adrianne Kalfopoulou is the author of three poetry collections, most recently A History of Too Much (2018), two essay collections including Ruin, Essays in Exilic Living (2014), and scholarly work on Sylvia Plath. Her work has been featured on  Poetry DailyVerse DailyErgonGreek/American Arts & Letters, and has appeared in Hotel AmerikaSuperstition ReviewImage, the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Broome Street ReviewHarvard Review online, and elsewhere. She lives in Athens, Greece where she teaches in the English Literature and Modern Languages Dept. at the American College of Greece, and serves as a faculty mentor in poetry and nonfiction for the Mile-High MFA program at Regis University. 

CD Wright Lecture: Harris Feinsod

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Harris Feinsod is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures (2017), the co-translator, with Rachel Galvin, of Oliverio Girondo’s Decals: Complete Early Poems (2018), and the director of Open Door Archive. He is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where his project is entitled “Into Steam: The Worlds of Maritime Modernism.” Recent essays on modern and contemporary poetry appear in Chicago Review, ELN, MLQ, and Post45. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Brown (A.B.) and Stanford (PhD).

The lecture title is "Fifth and Final Cycle: C.D. Wright's Americas"

C.D. Wright’s poetry is justly celebrated for its inimitable blend of avant-garde forms and Southern regionalism, encompassing the language, customs, and landscapes of the Gulf South and the Ozark Mountains, where she was born. Yet these poems, alongside her under-appreciated editorial and translation work with Forrest Gander, also includes subterranean currents of relation to the literary cultures of Mexico, Chile, the Caribbean, and the transnational perspectives compelled by the age of NAFTA (especially the rapid expansion of competing Arkansan perspectives like those of the Waltons and the Clintons). This talk outlines a way of understanding Wright not only as a regional American poet but as a hemispheric “poet of the Americas,” in a complex network of relation with writers as various as Besmilr Brigham, Kamau Brathwaite, Valerie Mejer, and Raúl Zurita, and with the uneven histories of globalization against which she posited some of her indelible poetic ideas.  

Bianca Perez

Monday, November 4, 2019
6:30 pm7:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Bianca Perez is a Brooklyn-born and based artist, writer, and comic. Perhaps better known to some by her Instagram handle @yung_nihilist, Perez uses social media platforms to explore issues of race, diaspora, and mental health, as well as formal questions of image-making, authorship, and circulation. Through both original and, increasingly, found text, pictures, and videos, as well as online and IRL performance, Perez uses humor to ask how we form our many, often conflicting, identities in the late capitalist era of the “personal brand.” 


Perez has previously been a social media fellow at Democracy Now, Mayday Space, and has worked behind-the-scenes for TV shows, films, and web series such as Saturday Night Live and The Last OG.


Claire Donato

Thursday, November 7, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence

Claire Donato is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a not-novel novel;The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016; Tarpaulin Sky Press, reissue forthcoming 2020), a collection of poems; and To Hell, with Boundaries (Tarpaulin Sky, forthcoming), a cross-genre collection. Recent performances have been at the following venues: The Poetry Project, New York; Lévy Gorvy, New York; Poetic Research Bureau, Los Angeles; The Empty Bottle, Chicago; SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine; and Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts; awards and honors include Hemera Contemplative Fellowship, Rutgers University Digital Studies Center Fellowship, and a Millay Colony for the Arts Fellowship. In addition to teaching, Claire serves as a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Project and practices Zen meditation. She teaches in the MFA and BFA Writing Programs at Pratt Institute, and currently lives with one cat and some 50 houseplants in a psychic medium’s building in Brooklyn.

Selah Saterstrom

Thursday, November 14, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, The Pink Institution, and the collection of essays, Ideal Suggestions, which was selected for the Essay Book Prize.  She teaches and lectures throughout the United States and abroad and is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Eleni Sikelianos & Cole Swensen

Thursday, November 21, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Eleni Sikelianos, a native of California, is the author of two hybrid memoirs (The Book of Jon and You Animal Machine) and eight books of poetry, most recently Make Yourself Happy. As a translator, she has published Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light and Sabine Macher’s the L notebook. Her work, which frequently draws on biology resources, looks into the open from our deep animal past, seeking passage backwards and forwards in worlds and in times.  A graduate of the Jack Kerouac School, she is in the lineage of the avant-garde strains represented by her many teachers there, encompassing ecopoetics, investigative practices, and lyric and nonlyric approaches to human citizenship. For a decade, she worked as a poet in residence in homeless shelters, public schools, and prisons. 

Cole Swensen is the author of seventeen volumes of poetry, most recently Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat Books, 2017) and Gravesend (U. of California Press, 2012), 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 (www.lapressepoetry.com), which specializes in contemporary experimental 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. A finalist twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and once for the National Book Award, 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.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence

Photo: Adrianne MathiowetzPhoto: Adrianne MathiowetzLillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of Travesty Generator, a forthcoming collection of computationally mediated poems, and author of the previous collections Personal Sciencea slice from the cake made of air; and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include the chapbook cutthroat glamours; the artist book Grand Dessein, a mixed media artifact that meditates on the work and writing of the artist Paul Klee and was recently acquired by the Special Collections library at St. Lawrence University; and Tierra Fisurada, a Spanish poetry chapbook published in Argentina. She collaborated with the artist Laylah Ali for the exhibition booklet of her 2017 art show The Acephalous Series


 An Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has previously taught at St. Lawrence University, Ithaca College, and Williams College. She was recently named the new director of the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival.