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.

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. 

Fred D'Aguiar

Fred D’Aguiar’s dozen books of fiction and poetry have been translated into a dozen languages. His first novel, The Longest Memory, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was made into a film by Channel 4 (UK). His essays and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Guardian, Wasafiri, CallalooBest American Essays and elsewhere. His play, A Jamaican Airman Foresees His Death, was produced at the Royal Court Theatre in London. His radio play, Days and Nights in Bedlam, was broadcast by the BBC, along with several recent short stories. Continental Shelf, a U.K. Poetry Book Society Choice, was shortlisted for the UK’s T.S. Eliot Prize in 2009.  His latest poetry collection is The Rose of Toulouse. His latest novelChildren of Paradise (HarperCollins, US; Granta, UK), is inspired by the events at Jonestown. Born in London in 1960 of Guyanese parents and brought up in Guyana and London, he teaches at Virginia Tech.

A Memorial Tribute to Aishah Rahman

A celebration of the life and work of Aishah Rahman through readings from her work, a critical assessment, memories and reflections, and a short film. Aishah Rahman died in December 2014; she had retired from Brown in 2011, following nearly 20 years of teaching in the Literary Arts Department. Aishah Rahman made her literary mark through her plays, perhaps most notably The Mojo and the Sayso.  She was editor of NuMuse, a series of anthologies of new plays, focused on works in the avant-garde and “Poor Theatre” tradition. Her literary memoir, Chewed Water, was published in 2001.

Participants in the memorial program will include: Obie-award winning artists Paul Carter Harrison and Stephanie Berry; actor, singer, playwright, Rose Weaver; Brown professors Carole Maso and Brenda Marie Osbey; Thadious Davis, University of Pennsylvania Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought; and Professor Rahman's daughter, the noted filmmaker, Yorbua Richen.

Alix Lambert's films: "The Mark of Cain" and "Prison Zoo"

Alix Lambert's documentary, "The Mark of Cain," was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism and aired on ABC television's Nightline program. She has produced additional segments for Nightline as well as seven segments for the PBS series, Life 360. Ms. Lambert will discuss her films and answer questions following the screening.