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.

Jesse Ball

Jesse Ball is the author of fourteen books, most recently the novel How To Set a Fire and Why.  His prizewinning works of absurdity have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He teaches classes on general practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus is the author of several books, including The Flame Alphabet (2012) and The Age of Wire and String (1995). His most recent book is Leaving the Sea (2014). His fiction has appeared in ConjunctionsHarper’sThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewGrantaTablet, and other publications, and he has written essays and reviews for The New York TimesHarper’s, and Bookforum. This year, his anthology, New American Stories, was published by Vintage. He is also the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004). Among his awards are the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, an award in Literature from Creative Capital, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been on the faculty at Columbia University since 2000.

Jabari Asim

JABARI ASIM is an associate professor of writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College. He is also the Executive Editor and CEO of The Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He is the author of 12 books, including The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, And WhyWhat Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our FutureA Taste Of Honey: Stories and Only The Strong, a novel.

Andrew Colarusso

Andrew E. Colarusso was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from New York University (2011) and his M.F.A. from Brown University (2013) where he was awarded the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Broome Street Review, an independently published literary journal dedicated to art and culture at the vanguard. His debut novel, The Sovereign, is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press (2017) and his writing has been published or is forthcoming in CallalooCallaloo Art,Fence, and 3:AM Magazine.

Mona Awad '14 MFA reads and discusses "13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl"

Mona Awad received her MFA in Fiction from Brown University, where she was awarded the Feldman and John Hawkes prizes for her short stories. Her work has appeared inMcSweeney’s, The Walrus, Joyland, Post Road, St. Petersburg Review, and elsewhere. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English literature at the University of Denver.​

Rebekah Rutkoff

Rebekah Rutkoff is the author of The Irresponsible Magician: Essays and Fictions (Semiotext(e), 2015) and the editor of a book of essays by and about the American filmmaker Robert Beavers, forthcoming from the Austrian Film Museum/Columbia University Press. She has a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center and is a 2015-2016 Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. She is currently working on two books: Cinematic Incubation, a project about a site-specific, pilgrimage-based work of cinema in Arcadia, Greece, and Sylvia and Geza, a hybrid work of fiction/non-fiction about psychoanalysis and abstract painting.

A. Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London TimesQuantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013), W.W. Norton & Co. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is also a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2007), a United States Artists Fellowship (2009), and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry (2015). He is currently the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

Colin Channer

Colin Channer's most recent book is the poetry collection Providential (2015), which Eileen Myles describes as "one of the most lucid and telling poetry books of this exact time." Other work includes the novella The Girl With the Golden Shoes (2007) — "a nearly perfect moral fable" in the words of Russell Banks. Colin's first book Waiting in Vain was a Critic's Choice Selection of the Washington Post, which marked it as "a clear redefinition of the Caribbean novel in which the discourses of post-colonialism have been usurped by the creative assurance of reggae's aesthetic ..." Colin has served as Newhouse Professor in Creative Writing at Wellesley College and Fannie Hurst Writer in Residence at Brandeis University. His honors include fellowships in poetry and fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a Musgrave Medal in Literature. He founded the not-for-profit Calabash International Literary Festival Trust with Kwame Dawes and Justine Henzell, and served as artistic director and board chairman from 2000 until 2010. 

Paul La Farge

Paul La Farge is the author of the novels The Artist of the Missing (1999), Haussmann, of the Distinction (2001), and Luminous Airplanes (2011), as well as The Facts of Winter (2005), a book of imaginary dreams. His stories and essays have appeared in The New YorkerHarper's, The Believer, McSweeney's, Nautilus, ConjunctionsBOMB, Salon, and Fence. He won the Bard Fiction Prize in 2005, and in 2013-14 he was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, at the New York Public Library. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Alessandro De Francesco with Translator, Dusty Neu

Alessandro De Francesco (Italy, 1981, lives in Basel and Brussels) is a poet, artist and essayist and the founder of the Language Art Studio. Since 2008, Alessandro has been a visiting professor at the European Graduate School, and he has been an artist-­in-­residence a.o. at the BeHave program, Luxembourg; at the STEIM Amsterdam; and at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse. He is currently an artistic research fellow at the Research Centre for Visual Poetics at the University of Antwerp. He has read, performed or exhibited at such venues as the Kelly Writers House at U­Penn, CUNY, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Centre Pompidou, the MAMCS in Strasbourg, the Berlin University of the Arts, and elsewhere. Alessandro holds a PhD in Poetics from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Among his books: Lo spostamento degli oggetti (Verona: Cierre Grafica, 2008), Redéfinition (Paris: MIX., 2010), Augmented Writing (Rome: La Camera Verde, 2013), Continuum: Writings on Poetry as Artistic Practice (The Hague: Uitgeverij, 2015), Remote Vision (New York: Punctum Books, 2016). Alessandro’s work is represented by Solang Production Paris-Brussels

Dusty Neu is a poet and translator from California. With Belle Cushing, he co-translated Alessandro de Francesco's Remote Vision, which is forthcoming from Punctum Books. His poetry has appeared in VOLT, 3am, and others. He is currently pursuing an MFA in literary arts from Brown University.