Upcoming Events

Fall 2020 Online Events

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

All Fall 2020 Writers On Writing events will take place on Zoom for students enrolled in the course Writers On Writing.  Events will be available for online viewing by the general public on this page, typically by the Monday following the event.

Biswamit Dwibedy

Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

A video recording of Biswamit Dwibedy's 17 September reading is available through a collaboration between the Literary Arts Department and the Brown Arts Initiative. It will be available through 15 December 2020.

Biswamit Dwibedy is the author of six collections of poetry published in India and the United States, including Ozalid (1913 Press), Hubble Gardener (Spuyten Duyvil), MC3 (Essay Press), and Ancient Guest (HarperCollins).   In 2012, he edited a dossier of Indian poetry in translation from seven different regional languages for Aufgabe, published by Litmus Press, New York. He is also the founder and editor of Anew Print, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks from writers in India and abroad. He has taught creative writing and arts practice at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, India, and now teaches at the American University of Paris.

Jabari Asim

Thursday, September 24, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

A video recording of Jabari Asim's reading, provided through a collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available through Dec. 15.

Jabari Asim is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Elma Lewis Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice at Emerson College.  He is the author of 13 books for children and 7 books for adults. His recent books include Only The Strong (a novel), We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival, and Stop and Frisk: American Poems. A Guggenheim Fellow and a longtime journalist, he has had work published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, American Prospect, The Baffler, and The New Republic.

Danzy Senna

Thursday, October 1, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

A video of Danzy Senna's reading, provided courtesty of the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available for viewing on this webpage until Dec. 15, 2020.

Danzy Senna is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels CaucasiaSymptomatic, and most recently, New People, named one of the best books of the year by Time, Vogue and the New York Times. Senna is a recipient of the Whiting Award and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. 

Farid Matuk

Thursday, October 8, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

A video of Farid Matuk's reading, created in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available for viewing until Dec. 15, 2020.

 

Farid Matuk is the author of the poetry collections This Is a Nice Neighborhood and The Real Horse. He teaches on the MFA faculty at the University of Arizona and serves on the editorial teams for FENCE magazine and the book series Research in Creative Writing. Matuk’s work has been supported most recently by residencies and grants from The Headlands Center for the Arts, the Lannan Foundation, and UC Berkeley's Holloway Visiting Professorship in Poetry & Poetics. Redolent, a book-arts project made in collaboration with Colombian visual artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, is forthcoming from Singing Saw Press. 

Jeffrey Eugenides

Thursday, October 15, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

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Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of three novels.  His first, The Virgin Suicides, published in 1993, is now considered a modern classic.  (The novel was also made into a film by Sofia Coppola.)  Middlesex appeared in 2002, going on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the WELT-Literatur Preis, and the Santiago de Compostela Literary Prize from Spain. Middlesex was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and France's Prix Médicis.  In 2011, Eugenides published The Marriage Plot, which became a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and was named as the best novel of that year by independent booksellers in the United States.  The Marriage Plot also won the Prix Fitzgerald and the Madame Figaro Literary Prize in France.  Fresh Complaint, a collection of short stories, was published in 2017.  Eugenides is a professor of Creative Writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.  His work has been translated into 35 languages.  He is a member both of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Rae Armantrout

Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

video of Rae Armantrout's reading, created in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available for viewing until 15 December 2020.

Rae Armantrout is the author of fourteen books of poems, including Conjure (Wesleyan, 2020), Wobble (2018), a finalist for the National Book Award, Partly, New and Selected Poems (2016), and Versed (2009) which won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2010.  Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals Lana Turner, Bomb, and The New Yorker. She is professor emerita at UC San Diego.

T Kira Madden

Thursday, October 29, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

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T Kira Mahealani Madden is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Tin House, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo, she serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. Her fiction and nonfiction has been featured in Harper’sNew York MagazineMcSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and others, and she is the author of the 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir. 

Isabella Hammad

Thursday, November 5, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

video of Isabella Hammad's reading, created in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available for viewing until 15 December 2020.Isabella HammadIsabella Hammad

Isabella Hammad was born in London and lives between London and New York. Her first novel, The Parisian, won a 2019 Palestine Book Award, the 2020 Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Betty Trask Award from the Society of Authors in the UK. She was awarded the 2018 Plimpton Prize for Fiction and a 2019 O. Henry Prize for her short story “Mr Can’aan,” and in 2019 she was a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree. She is currently at work on a new novel set in London and Palestine

Habib Tengour

Thursday, November 12, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

video of Habib Tengour's reading, created in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available for viewing until 15 December 2020.

Habib Tengour is a poet and anthropologist. His work oscillates between imaginative exploration and surrealist play, on the one hand, and the lyric-epic tradition in Arabic poetics, on the other. Since the early 1980s, he has been recognized as a leader of the new generation of French-language Maghrebian writers. Known also for his prose, he has published over twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, theater pieces, and essays. His work has been translated into many languages, including English, German, Italian, and Arabic, and he is, himself, a translator of poetry from Arabic and English. He was awarded the Dante Prize for European poetry in 2016 and, since 2018, he has been the editor of the "Poetry of the World" collection at the publishing house Apic in Algiers.

Aditi Machado

Thursday, November 19, 2020
5:30 pm6:30 pm

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video of Aditi Machado's reading, created in collaboration with the Brown Arts Initiative, will be available for viewing until 15 December 2020.

Aditi Machado is a poet and translator from Bangalore, India. Her poetry collections include Emporium (2020, James Laughlin Award) and Some Beheadings (2017, The Believer Poetry Award), both published by Nightboat Books. Machado’s writing has been published in journals like The Chicago Review, Lana Turner, The Rumpus, Volt, and Western Humanities Review, as well as in chapbook form. Her essay, The End, will appear as part of Ugly Duckling Presse’s pamphlet series later this year. She works as an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Cincinnati. More information may be found on her website: https://www.aditimachado.com/