Below is a list of our past events. By clicking on the event you can see a list of the authors who participated and links to live recordings from the event.
Over the course of two weeks, members of the MFA community will share presentations from their literary work.
On 12 May at 7:30 pm, a reading of a new play by Florence Wallis will take place at AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence. Tickets will range from $5-20, available at the door; this play reading is sponsored in part by the Brown Arts Institute.
The series began on Monday, 2 May at 6 pm featuring presentations by second-year MFA candidates Chibuihe Obi Achimba, Jay Gao and My Tran.
The second installment featured presentations made by the entire first-year MFA community. Si-Min Chong, Keith Gopie, Adjua Greaves, Saniya Kamal, Brian Kearney, Sophia Mclain, George Moreno, Chukwuemka Nome, Alison Rollins, Falaks Vasa and Cassandra Vogel will present from their work at 3 pm on Friday, 6 May.
The series continued on Saturday, 7 May at 7 pm with presentations by graduating MFA candidates Helen Armstrong, Catherine Kim and Lucía Retta and on Sunday, 8 May at 6 pm with presentations by Tessa Bolsover, Hillary Hansen and Sean McCoy, all of whom are second-year MFA candidates.
Carole Maso is the author of ten books. Her novels are Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, AVA, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, Defiance and Mother & Child. Forthcoming are the novels Eternity and the Dreamer, and Why So Soon Asleep?, and she continues to work on her twenty-year opus, The Bay of Angels. She is also the author of two sequences of poems in prose: Aureole, and Beauty is Convulsive, as well as of a book of essays, Break Every Rule, and a memoir, The Room Lit by Roses. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including, most recently, the 2018 Berlin Prize.
In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts is pleased to share this recording of Carole Maso's presentation; the recording will be available for viewing through 31 May 2022.
Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book Someone's Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His book Heaven Is All Goodbyes, published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award. His latest book, Blood On The Fog, was released this fall in the City Lights Pocket Poets series. In 2020, he co-founded Black Freighter Press to publish revolutionary works. He is San Francisco’s eighth poet laureate.
In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts is pleased to share this recording of Tongo Eisen-Martin's presentation; the recording will be available for viewing through 31 May 2022.
Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry; and her most recent Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days. In 2016 she was named Academy of American Poets Chancellor. Among other awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.
In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts is pleased to share this recording of Brenda Hillman's presentation; the recording will be available for viewing through 31 May 2022.
Poupeh Missaghi has a Ph.D. in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver; an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; and an MA in Translation Studies and a BA in Translation Practice from Azad University, Tehran. Her novel trans(re)lating house one was published by Coffee House Press in 2020, and her translation of Iranian author Nasim Marashi’s I’ll Be Strong for You came out with Astra Publishing House in 2021. Her short pieces of prose and translation have appeared in numerous journals. She is based in Brooklyn, NY, and teaches at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn; City University of New York; and Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland.
In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts is pleased to share this recording of Poupeh Missaghi's presentation; the recording will be available for viewing through 31 May 2022.
In this performative talk Caroline Bergvall will read and present pieces from a range of her poetic and interdisciplinary projects. These will include excerpts and videos from her current Sonic: Atlas cycle of texts, site-specific performances and ongoing research into voicing, field-recordings, language migration.
The presentation will be followed by a brief conversation with John Cayley around the data-text “Passengers passages” - on which they have been working together as part of the artist's cycle - and then a Q&A open to the audience.
Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet, artist and performer who works across languages, art-forms and media. She is a strong exponent of interdisciplinary arts practices and the development of writing methods adapted to contemporary modes, as well as multilingual identities and histories. Her poetic work is widely featured and translated. Her performances and installations are shown and commissioned internationally by museums, festivals and galleries like Tate Modern (London), Pompidou Centre (Paris), Callicoon (NY), Khoj Art Centre (New Delhi), Fondacio Tapiès (Barcelona), Poetry Project (NY), Berlin Poetry Festival, Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art (New Orleans). She is the author of cycle of live works entitled Sonic Atlas, and of books including Alisoun Sings (2019) Drift (2014) and Meddle English (2011), as well as of the forthcoming Caroline Bergvall’s Medievalist Poetics co-edited with Josh Davies (winter 2022), Writing at the Crossroads: Essays 1996 – 2016 (spring 2023). She has recently launched the online “Solitary to Solidary Arts Lab” for exchanges and training in collaborative and expanded writing practices. She has been Director of Performance Writing, Dartington College of Arts (1994-2000) and Collaborative Arts Fellow (Chicago University/Art Institute), and is currently a Visiting Professor at Kings College London (2017) and a Kelly Writers House Fellow, UPenn (2022).
John Cayley is a writer, theorist, and maker of language art in programmable media. Apart from more or less conventional poetry and translation, he has explored dynamic and ambient poetics, text generation, transliteral morphing, aestheticized vectors of reading, and transactive synthetic language. One recent work is a skill, The Listeners, for a well-known digital assistant. He now composes as much for reading in aurality as in visuality, and investigates the ontology of language in the context of philosophically informed practice-based research. Professor and Chair of Literary Arts at Brown, his selected essays are published as Grammalepsy (Bloomsbury, 2018). An expanded edition of Image Generation is projected from Counterpath Press for late in 2022. He encourages you to explore: https://programmatology.shadoof.net, https://thelaob.com and https://nllf.net.
In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts is pleased to share this recording of Eugene Lim's presentation; the recording will be available for viewing through 31 May 2022.
Hoa Nguyen is the author of several books including Red Juice: Poems 1998 - 2008 and the Griffin Prize nominated Violet Energy Ingots. Her latest collection of poems, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, published by Wave Books in 2021, is the winner of the Canada Book Award and finalist for a National Book Award and the General Governor’s Literary Award for Poetry. In 2019, her body of work was nominated for a Neustadt Prize for Literature, a prestigious international literary award often compared with the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in the Mekong Delta and raised and educated in the United States, Hoa lives in Toronto, Canada with her family.
In conjunction with the Brown Arts Initiative, Literary Arts is pleased to share this recording of Hoa Nguyen's presentation; the recording will be available for viewing through 31 May 2022.
Vanessa Onwuemezi is a writer and poet living in London. She is the winner of The White Review Short Story Prize 2019 and her work has appeared in literary and art magazines including Granta, frieze and Prototype. She has written several exhibition texts, most recently for The Archive of Destruction, an ongoing, online project by curator, Jes Fernie and for exhibitions, Be Overcome, Kira Freije, Gianni Manhattan, Liste 2021 and SMIIILLLLEEEE, Rachel Jones, Thaddaeus Ropac, 2021. Her debut short story collection, Dark Neighbourhood, was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, UK, in October, 2021. Vanessa has also recorded the audiobook of Dark Neighbourhood, due to be released in early 2022.