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.

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.

Shelley Jackson

Shelley Jackson is the author of the story collection, The Melancholy of Anatomy; the novel Half Life; hypertexts including Patchwork Girl; children’s books including Mimi’s Dada CatifestoSnow, a story published in snow and in photographs online; and SKIN, a story published in tattoos on 2095 volunteers. Her forthcoming novel, still untitled, is about ghosts, school, and speech impediments.

Alejandro Zambra

Alejandro Zambra is the author of My Documents, which was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and three previous novels: Ways of Going Home, The Private Lives of Trees, and Bonsai. His books have been translated into more than ten languages and have received several international prizes. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris ReviewHarper’sTin House, and McSweeney’s, among others. In 2010, he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists, and he is a 2015–16 Cullman Center fellow at the New York Public Library. He teaches literature at Diego Portales University, in Santiago, Chile.

Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and the novel Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He has translated work by Christian Gailly, Jean Frémon, Claro, Jacques Jouet, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, Manuela Draeger, David B., and others. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship.His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Slovenian. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is Royce Professor of Teaching Excellence in Brown University's Literary Arts Department.

Pierre Alferi: A screening of cinépoésie (Alferi's filmwork)

Born in Paris in 1963, Pierre Alferi has been the creative force behind four films, including Cinépoemes and Films Parlant. He also works in visual art, at times blending drawing and writing, and has frequently collaborated with musicians, other visual artists, and filmmakers; in particular, he has worked extensively to develop the genre of the cinépoème and the short lyric film. He has recently expanded into monumental public art with a series of calligrammatic panels for a tram line in Paris.

Sponsored by Brown University Literary Arts, French Studies and Modern Culture and Media, with support from the Creative Arts Council.

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer's most recent fiction is the NYT-bestselling Southern Reach trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), which prompted the New Yorker to call the author “the weird Thoreau.” The series has been acquired by publishers in 23 other countries. Paramount Pictures/Scott Rudin Productions acquired the movie rights with Alex Garland set to direct. VanderMeer’s nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Atlantic.com, and the Los Angeles Times. He has also edited or coedited many iconic fiction anthologies, taught at the Yale Writers’ Conference, the Miami International Book Fair, lectured at MIT and the Library of Congress, and serves as the co-director of Shared Worlds, a unique teen writing camp located at Wofford College. He is currently working on a new novel, Borne. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, the noted editor Ann VanderMeer.

Pierre Alferi: A bilingual reading (French & English) from his poetry

Born in Paris in 1963, French poet, novelist, and translator Pierre Alferi is the author of some twelve books of poetry as well as four novels. He also works in visual art, at times blending drawing and writing. He has recently expanded into monumental public art with a series of calligrammatic panels for a tram line in Paris. He’s also the translator of an unusually wide range of writers, from John Donne to George Oppen, and the co-founder of two literary journals, Détail, with Suzanne Doppelt, and La Revue de Littérature Générale, with Olivier Cadiot. He has received fellowships and grants from the Villa Medici in Rome, the Fondation Royaumont outside of Paris, and numerous other bodies, and he currently teaches at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee as well as at the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs.

Sponsored by Brown University Literary Arts, French Studies and Modern Culture and Media, with support from the Creative Arts Council.


Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections including Milk and Filth, finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. A CantoMundo Fellow, she now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.