Event Archive

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.

Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the NYPL’s Young Lions award, and the short story collection Intimations.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New YorkerHarper'sParis ReviewZoetropeTin HouseVOGUE, and n+1.  A graduate of the Brown undergraduate program in Literary Arts, she has done graduate work at UC Berkeley and Columbia University.  She lives in Staten Island, and was the 2016 winner of the Bard Fiction Prize.

Presidential Election Festivities Featuring Robert Coover

Acclaimed novelist Robert Coover will read from his prescient, rollicking 1968 short story, "A Political Fable" (aka "The Cat In the Hat for President") in an evening of pre-election festivities.  This event will kick off with comedy by the Skorts at 6 pm; reading begins at 6:30 pm.

Robert Coover’s most recent books are The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Directors’ Cut, Stepmother, and A Child Again. He is the recipient of the William Faulkner, Brandeis University, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, Rea Lifetime Short Story, Rhode Island Governor’s Arts, Pell, and Clifton Fadiman Awards, as well as Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Lannan Foundation, and DAAD fellowships. Among other courses, he teaches experimental narrative and literary hypermedia workshops, including “Cave Writing,” a spatial hypertext writing workshop in immersive virtual reality.

Allison Parrish

Allison Parrish is a computer programmer, poet and game designer whose teaching and practice address the unusual phenomena that blossom when language and computers meet. She has recently given talks on computer-generated poetry at the Electronic Literature Organization conference, !!Con, Alt-AI, SXSW Interactive and Eyeo. From 2014 to 2016, Allison was the Digital Creative Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University, and has recently been a research resident at DBRS Innovation Labs, a Processing Foundation fellow, and a visiting artist at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at CMU. Allison holds a master's degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where she is currently a member of the full-time faculty.

Mónica de la Torre and Chika Unigwe

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.

Chika Unigwe's
 books include De Zwarte Messias, Night Dancer, On Black Sisters Street, Ije at School, and A Rainbow for Dinner. She has taught at Haverford College, University of Ghent, and for the Farfina Writing Workshop in Lagos, Nigeria.



Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong's latest poetry collection, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton.  Her other collections include Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo'um.  Hong is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in PoetryA Public Space, Paris ReviewMcSweeney'sBaffler, Boston ReviewThe Nation, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of The New Republic and is an Associate Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

Gozo Yoshimasu

Gozo Yoshimasu (born 1939, Tokyo) is a prolific and highly acclaimed Japanese poet, photographer, artist and filmmaker active since the 1960s. He has received a number of literary and cultural awards, including the Takami Jun Prize (1971), the Rekitei Prize, the Purple Ribbon Medal in 2003 (given by the Government of Japan), the 50th Mainichi Art Award for Poetry (2009), and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays in 2013.  Major influences include Shinobu Orikuchi, Paul Klee, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, William Blake, John Cage, Patrick Chamoiseau. Many of his poems are multilingual, blending elements of French, English, Chinese, Korean, Gaelic, and more, and feature cross-linguistic and typographic wordplay. His poems rely on intimate experiences with geography and history, layering encounters in the present with a keen awareness of the past. His performances, which often include film, the display of fetish objects, chanting, ritual procedures, and the collaboration of musicians and other artists, are legendary.

In a 2014 interview by Aki Onda on the MoMA blog "Post," Yoshimasu described the relationship of his poetry to performance by remarking, "My quest is to reclaim the poetry that lies at the root of performing arts."


Martín Espada

The heart of Martín Espada’s latest collection is a series of poems about the death of his father, Frank Espada, a community organizer, civil rights activist, and documentary photographer.  Espada’s poems also address the struggles and injustices faced by people of color, confront communal grief, and advocate for collective action.  He is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Martin Espada

The heart of Martín Espada’s latest collection is a series of poems about the death of his father, Frank Espada, a community organizer, civil rights activist, and documentary photographer.  Espada’s poems also address the struggles and injustices faced by people of color, confront communal grief, and advocate for collective action.  He is Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Orlando White


Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Brown University. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon ReviewOmnidawn Poetry Feature BlogSentence: A Journal of Prose PoeticsAmerican Indian Culture And Research JournalEvening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and a Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

McKenzie Wark: What if this is not capitalism, but something worse?

One thing that the left and right now seem to agree on is that the society in which we live is capitalism. And strangely enough, both now seem to agree that it is eternal. Even the left seem to think there is an eternal essence to capitalism, and only its appearances change. The parade of changing appearances yields a series of modifiers: this could be late capitalism or communicative capitalism or cognitive capitalism or neoliberal capitalism. But short of an increasingly allegorical or messianic leap into something other—it is as  if this self-same thing just went on forever. The task of this talk is thus a provocation: to think the possibility that capitalism has already been rendered history, but that the period that replaces it is worse. That it could be worse gets us away from the happy narratives in which capitalism gave way to a postindustrial society or some other happy land free from contradiction and class struggle. Rather, in this thought experiment, I propose to think the present as a new kind of class conflict, including new kinds of class arising out of recent mutations in the forces and relations of production. By putting this pressure on our received ideas and legacy language, perhaps we can begin to see the outlines of the present afresh, estranged from our habits of thought.

McKenzie Wark is the author, among other things, of A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard 2004) and Molecular Red (Verso 2015). Wark teaches at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City.