Upcoming Events

Anne Waldman

Monday, September 25, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell St.

An internationally acclaimed author of more than 40 collections of poetry, Anne Waldman is an active member of the Outrider experimental poetry community. Associated with the Beat and New York School movements, she is the co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. Waldman serves as a BAI professor of the practice in Literary Arts this academic year. Presented by the Brown Arts Initiative and Department of Literary Arts.

Peter Markus

Thursday, September 28, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Peter Markus is the author of six books of fiction, among them the novel Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as the collections The Fish and the Not Fish, We Make Mud, and Good, Brother, among others. He is also the author of a book of non-fiction, Inside My Pencil, a memoir about the teaching that Markus has done for the past 22 years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit. He lives in Michigan and teaches fiction and poetry workshops both privately and as a Special Lecturer at Oakland University. 

Gregory Pardlo

Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is Poetry Editor of Virginia Quarterly ReviewAir Traffic, a memoir in essays, is forthcoming from Knopf. 

The C.D. Wright Lecture: Elizabeth Willis

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Elizabeth Willis's most recent book, Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her other books of poetry are Address (Wesleyan, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship prize for poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995); and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). Her essays on poetry, politics, gender, and labor have appeared in Transatlantica, Evening Will Come, Contemporary Literature, Arizona Quarterly, Textual Practice, and Boundary 2. She is also the editor of Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (Iowa, 2008). In 2015 she joined the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 

Paol Keineg

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Paol Keineg is a Breton poet and playwright who writes mostly in French, but also in Breton and English.   He is the author of more than twenty books, and his poems have been widely anthologized and translated into several languages.  Most recently, his poetry collection Triste Tristan was published in an English translation by the Burning Deck Press in fall, 2017.  Other recent titles (in French) include Mauvaises langues, Abalamour, and Les trucs sont démolis, a personal  anthology (1967-2005).  He is also the author of two titles forthcoming in 2017, Des proses qui manquent d’élévation and Korriganiques.  Keinig’s plays have been performed in Paris and in Brittany, and he is also the noted translator into French of Rosmarie Waldrop, Charles Bernstein, William Bronk, Susan Howe, and Keith Waldrop, among others.  Keinig holds a Ph.D. from Brown University, and has taught French and literature at Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Berkeley, and Harvard.

Leopoldine Core

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Leopoldine Core was born and raised in New York’s East Village and graduated from Hunter College. She is the author of the poetry collection Veronica Bench and the story collection When Watched, which won a Whiting Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Joyland, Open City, PEN America, Apology Magazine and The Best American Short Stories, among others. She lives in New York.

Renee Gladman

Monday, October 30, 2017
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Renee Gladman is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out in the interstices of poetry and prose. She is the author of eleven published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians—Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), and Houses of Ravicka (forthcoming fall 2017)—as well as the recently released Prose Architectures, her first monograph of drawings, and Calamities, a collection of linked essay-fictions on the intersections of writing, drawing, and community, which won the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Recent essays and visual work have appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, Harper's, Stonecutter, and Poetry Magazine. A 2014-15 fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant and a 2017 Lannan Foundation Writing Residency in Marfa, TX, she makes work in New England.

Adrienne Raphel

Thursday, November 2, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017), selected by Cathy Park Hong as winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize; and the chapbook But What Will We Do (Seattle Review, 2016), selected by Robyn Schiff as winner of the Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Her essays and poems have appeared widely in publications such as the New Yorker online, the Paris Review Daily, the New Republic, Public Books, the Poetry Foundation, Lana Turner Journal, Poetry Northwest, Slate, and others. Born in southern New Jersey and raised in northern Vermont, Raphel graduated from Princeton and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently completing her doctoral degree at Harvard. She lives in New York, where she is working on a book about crossword puzzles.

Laura Raicovich

Thursday, November 9, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Laura Raicovich is a writer based in New York. She lectures internationally, and has contributed regularly to The Brooklyn Rail. She is the author of At the Lightning Field, a lyric essay and parallel text to Walter De Maria’s renowned artwork (Coffee House Press) and A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties, a book based on Viagra and Cialis spam (Publication Studio). She is an editor of Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (OR Books).  Laura is also Director of The Queens Museum. She is a champion of socially engaged art practices that address the most pressing social, political, and ecological issues of our times, and has defined her career with artist-driven projects and programs. Recent programs at the Queens Museum include projects with Mariam Ghani, Duke Riley, Marinella Senatore, Rebecca Solnit, the Ramones, and Mickalene Thomas.

Ottessa Moshfegh

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Ottessa MoshfeghOttessa MoshfeghOttessa Moshfegh's first book, McGlue, a novella, won the Fence Modern Prize in Prose and the Believer Book Award. Her short stories have been published in The Paris ReviewThe New YorkerGranta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. Her next novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, will be published in June 2018. She lives in southern California and grew up in New England. She received her BA in English from Barnard College, her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford. 

Mónica de la Torre

Thursday, November 30, 2017
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Mónica de la Torre’s poetry book The Happy End/All Welcome is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse this fall. Previous books include Public Domain (Roof Books, 2008) and Talk Shows (Switchback, 2007), as well as two collections in Spanish published in Mexico City, where she was born and raised. She has translated an array of Latin American poets including the late Gerardo Deniz, and coedited the anthology Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry(Copper Canyon Press)She has participated in several multidisciplinary collectives, among them Taller de Taquimecanografía, whose self-titled volume was published in 2011 by Tumbona Ediciones. Most recently her work appeared in the volume The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience (2015), published in conjunction with the New Museum’s Triennial. She was senior editor at BOMB Magazine from 2007–2016.