Upcoming Events

Mary-Beth Hughes

Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Mary-Beth Hughes is a novelist and short-story writer. Her novels are Wavemaker II and The Loved Ones. Her stories have appeared in A Public SpaceThe Paris Review and other journals, and are collected in Double Happiness, anthologized in The Pushcart Prize XXXV and The Paris Review: Object Lessons: The Art of the Short Story. Hughes has been a Director’s Guest at Civitella Ranieri, a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, and a Member and Director of The Corporation of Yaddo. She has taught in the Writing Seminars at Bennington College and in the writing program at The Pratt Institute.

Joon Oluchi Lee -- "Femininity or Fiction"

Monday, April 8, 2019
6:00 pm7:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater

Joon Oluchi Lee is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design and the author of two works of fiction, 94 (Publication Studio, 2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio, 2013), as well as various essays on queer theory, feminism, and fiction writing, including: “Like a Statuette” (The Body in Language, 2019), “Choreography for the Bospherus Hug” (Hysteria, 2015), “The Blotting Papers” (Women & Performance, 2011), “Gay Rage” (Social Text Periscope, 2010), and “The Joy of the Castrated Boy” (Social Text, 2005). From 2008 to 2013, Joon blogged about life as a femme feminist gay male at lipstickeater.blogspot.com. Joon lives in Brooklyn with his partner Roddy and their rescue dog Nella. 

Margaret Rhee

Friday, April 12, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater

Margaret Rhee is the author of Love, Robot, named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine and awarded a 2018 Elgin Award by the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the 2019 Book Prize in Poetry by the Asian American Studies Association. Her poetry chapbooks include Yellow and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love. As a new media artist, her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine is exhibited at the Electronic Literature Collection Volume III, and her social practice project From the Center on HIV/AIDS digital stories by incarcerated women is exhibiting in Metanoia: Transformation through AIDS Archive and Activism (LGBT Center, 2019) Currently, she is completing her monograph How We Became Human: Race, Robots, and the Asian American Body. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. She is a College Fellow in Digital Practice in the English Department at Harvard University and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo.

Lorelei Ramirez in Performance

Monday, April 15, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater

Lorelei Ramirez is a Brooklyn-based artist, comedian and writer who wrote, produced and directed the comedy special program “Pervert Everything” for  the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.  Ramirez has appeared on the HBO comedy series ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ and in the final season of Comedy Central’s ‘Broad City’. Upcoming projects include a recurring role in the HBO comedy series ‘Los Espookys’ opposite Fred Armisen and another, opposite Glenn Close, in John Cameron Mitchell’s musical anthology podcast ‘Anthem’.  Named one of Comedy Central’s ‘Up Next’ Comedians for 2018, Ramirez was featured in the San Francisco ‘Cluster Fest’ comedy festival, and performed at the Public Theater in New York as part of the January, 2019, ‘Under the Radar’ Festival.  A regular correspondent on the Viceland channel, Ramirez has performed at Caroline’s, UCB, Ars Nova, The Special Without Brett Davis, The Chris Gethard Show, and the Brooklyn Comedy Festival.  Lorelei’s artwork has been exhibited at the Family Business Gallery, The Living Gallery, Cloud City and The Experiment Comedy Gallery. 

Alice Notley

Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Alice Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona in 1945 and grew up in Needles, California in the Mojave Desert.  She was educated in the Needles public schools, Barnard College, and The Writers Workshop, University of Iowa. She has lived most extensively in Needles, in New York, and since 1992 in Paris, France. She is the author of numerous books of poetry, and of essays and talks on poetry, and has edited and co-edited books by Ted Berrigan and Douglas Oliver.  She edited the magazine CHICAGO in the 70s and co-edited with Oliver the magazines SCARLET and Gare du Nord in the 90s. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the Griffin Prize, the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize, and the  Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Prize, a lifetime achievement award.  Notley may be most widely known for her epic poem The Descent of Alette. Recent books include Eurynome’s Sandals, Certain Magical Acts, Benediction, and Manhattan Luck.

 

David Joselit

Friday, April 19, 2019
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater

David Joselit is Distinguished Professor in the Art History PhD Program at the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine, and Yale University where he was Department Chair from 2006–09. Joselit is author of Infinite Regress: Marcel Duchamp 1910–1941 (MIT, 1998), American Art Since 1945 (Thames and Hudson, 2003), Feedback: Television Against Democracy (MIT, 2007), and After Art (Princeton University Press, 2012). He co-organized the exhibition, “Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age,” which opened at the Brandhorst Museum in Munich in 2015. Joselit is an editor of the journal OCTOBER and writes regularly on contemporary art and culture. His new book “Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization” is forthcoming as an October Book from MIT Press in Spring 2020.

Cristina Garcia

Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Cristina Garcí­a is the author of seven novels: Here in BerlinKing of Cuba; The Lady Matador’s Hotel; A Handbook to Luck; Monkey Hunting; The Agüero Sisters, winner of the Janet Heidiger Kafka Prize; and Dreaming in Cuban, finalist for the National Book Award. Garcí­a has edited two anthologies, Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature and Cubaní­simo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature. She is also the author of three works for young readers, Dreams of Significant Girls; The Dog Who Loved the Moon; and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010.  Born in Havana, Cuba, Garcia moved to the U.S. with her family in 1961.  She is a former journalist who worked for Time Magazine from 1983 until she left to write fiction full time in 1990.  She has been a Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Miami.  She was Professor and University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos from 2012-14.  Founder and artistic director of Las Dos Brujas Writers’ Workshops, she currently lives in northern California.

Dawn Lundy Martin

Thursday, May 2, 2019
5:30 pm6:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House, 2017); Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015); which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011); A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007); and three limited edition chapbooks. Most recently, she co-edited with Erica Hunt an anthology, Letters to the Future: BLACK WOMEN / Radical WRITING (Kore Press, 2018). Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper's, n+1, and elsewhere. Martin is a Professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She is also the recipient of a 2018 NEA Grant in Creative Writing.