Upcoming Events

Using Electricity

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
12:00 pm1:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Using Electricity is a presentation of readings by Nick Montfort, Allison Parrish and Rafael Pérez y Pérez from their computer-generated books. The series title takes a line from the computer generated poem “A House of Dust,” developed by Alison Knowles with James Tenney in 1967, a significant early generator of poetic text, combines different lines to produce descriptions of houses. Montfort will read from The Truelist, a work that invites the reader/audience to imagine moving through a strange landscape that seems to arise from the English language itself. By turns propulsive and meditative, Parrish’s Articulations demonstrate an intuitive coherence found outside the bounds of intentional semantic constraints. In Mexica: 20 Years–20 Stories [20 años–20 historias],  Pérez y Pérez offers plots that describe fictional situations related to the Mexicas (also known as Aztecs), ancient inhabitants of what today is Mexico City.

Amy Hempel

Thursday, February 8, 2018
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street, Providence

Amy Hempel is the author of four collections of short fiction, Reasons To Live, At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom, Tumble Home, and The Dog of the Marriage.  Her Collected Stories, published in 2006, won an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in addition to the Ambassador Award for Best Fiction of the Year, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the REA Award. Erica Wagner, reviewing Hempel’s Collected Stories in The New York Times, described them as “eerie, unsettling, always original and perfectly expressed.  Each one sets itself off like a depth charge in the reader’s head…Hempel’s narrator’s are smart, damaged loners whose lives have a sense of being salvaged from a wreck.  The humor is mordant, rather than what is commonly called redemptive.”