Upcoming Events

Jena Osman

Thursday, February 4, 2021

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts presents a video recording of Jena Osman's presentation. This will remain available through 31 May 2021.

Jena Osman’s books of poems include Motion Studies (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2019), Corporate Relations (Burning Deck, 2014), Public Figures (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Network (Fence Books 2010, selected for the National Poetry Series in 2009), An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books, 2004) and The Character (Beacon Press, winner of the 1998 Barnard New Women Poets Prize). She was a 2006 Pew Fellow in the Arts and has received grants for her poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Howard Foundation, and the Fund for Poetry. She co-founded and edited the literary magazine Chain with Juliana Spahr for twelve yearsShe teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program in the English Department at Temple University.

Anna Badkhen

Thursday, February 11, 2021

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts presents a video recording of Anna Badkhen's presentation. This will remain available through 31 May 2021.


Anna Badkhen is a writer and essayist who has spent most of her life in the Global South. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship, and the Joel R. Seldin Award from Psychologists for Social Responsibility for writing about civilians in war zones. Her immersive investigations of the world's iniquities have yielded six books of literary nonfiction, most recently Fisherman’s Blues. She has written about a dozen wars on three continents, and her essays and short stories appear in periodicals and literary magazines such as the New York Review of Books, Granta, The Common, Scalawag, Guernica, the Paris Review, and the New York Times. Badkhen is a contributing editor to the Mānoa Journal.

Harmony Holiday

Thursday, February 18, 2021

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts presents a video recording of Harmony Holiday's presentation. This will remain available through 31 May 2021.

Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, and the author of five collections of poetry including the forthcoming Maafa (Spring 2021). She also curates an archive of griot poetics and a related performance series at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, a California Book Award, and a research fellowship from Harvad’s Woodberry Poetry Room. She’s currently working on a film commissioned for LA’s 2020 biennial Made in LA, and a collection of essays entitled Love is War for Miles and a biography of Abbey Lincoln, in addition to other writing, film, and curatorial projects. Her other titles include A Jazz Funeral for Uncle TomHollywood ForeverGo Find Your Father/A Famous BluesNegro League Baseball; and The Black Saint and the Sinnerman, an LP composed of sound and speech that assimilates Charles Mingus's classic 1963 album.

Cathy Park Hong

Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Zoom

Cathy Park Hong’s book of creative nonfiction, Minor Feelings, was published in Spring 2020 by One World/Random House (US) and Profile Books (UK). She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um.  Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her prose and poetry have been published in the New York Times, New Republic, the Guardian, Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a full professor at Rutgers-Newark University. 

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, the Literary Arts dept. will make a video recording of this presentation available by Tuesday, 16 March (the live presentation is limited to those enrolled in Writers on Writing).

Robert Antoni

Thursday, March 18, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Zoom

Bob Antoni the author of six books:  Divina Trace, Blessed is the Fruit, My Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales, Carnival, As Flies to Whatless Boys, and Cut Guavas. His novel-in-progress is entitled Foering Body. Bob’s fictional world is the British West Indies—the region’s history, geography, folklore, and above all its vernacular languages. His books have been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, an NEA grant, the BOCAS prize for Best Book from the Caribbean, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trinidad and Tobago National Library. He holds an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, an MFA and PhD from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa. Bob has taught in a dozen writing programs, and he helped to establish the Pan-European MFA for Creative Writing, with alternating residencies in Barcelona, Vienna, and Dublin.

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, the Literary Arts dept. will make a video recording of this presentation available by Tuesday, 23 March (the live presentation is limited to those enrolled in Writers on Writing).

Francine Prose

Thursday, March 25, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Zoom

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction including, most recently, the highly acclaimed novel, Mister Monkey, and the New York Times bestselling novel, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include the highly praised Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, which has become a classic. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Francine Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, the Literary Arts dept. will make a video recording of this presentation available by Tuesday, 30 March (the live presentation is limited to those enrolled in Writers on Writing).

Diana Khoi Nguyen

Thursday, April 1, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Zoom

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018). In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, the Literary Arts dept. will make a video recording of this presentation available by Tuesday, 6 April (the live presentation is limited to those enrolled in Writers on Writing).

Nathaniel Mackey

Thursday, April 15, 2021
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Zoom

Nathaniel Mackey is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which is Blue Fasa (New Directions, 2015); an ongoing prose work, From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate, whose fifth and most recent volume is Late Arcade (New Directions, 2017); and two books of criticism, the most recent of which is Paracritical Hinge: Essays, Talks, Notes, Interviews (University of Wisconsin Press, 2005). He is the editor of the literary magazine Hambone and coeditor, with Art Lange, of the anthology Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose (Coffee House Press, 1993).  His awards and honors include the National Book Award for poetry, the Stephen Henderson Award from the African American Literature and Culture Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the Bollingen Prize for American Poetry from the Beinecke Library at Yale University, the William B. Hart Residency in Poetry at the American Academy in Rome, and the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize from the Library of Congress.  He is the Reynolds Price Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University. Double Trio, a boxed set of three books of poetry, is forthcoming from New Directions in April 2021.

In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, the Literary Arts dept. will make a video recording of this presentation available by Tuesday, 20 April (the live presentation is limited to those enrolled in Writers on Writing).