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.
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 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’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, Callaloo, Best 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 novel, Children 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 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.
Camille T. Dungy is the author of Smith Blue, Suck on the Marrow, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and served as assistant editor for Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade. Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, and a fellowship from the NEA. Recent essays have appeared in VQR, Ecotone, and Tupelo Quarterly. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.
Friday, October 30, 2015
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, Studio One
At 7, Michelle Ellsworth told her mother “I want to be a dancer”, after watching the Ernest Flat Dancers on the Carol Burnett Show. Ellsworth’s career includes a wide range of evening-length solos, short works, videos, and performative web sites. Starting from her native medium of dance, she works within video, text, web design, and installation to pursue topics ranging from gender to the human condition. Among her honors are a Doris Duke Impact Award (2015), a NEFA National Dance Project Grant (2014), and a Creative Capital Fellowship (2013). She is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Find out more at michelleellsworth.com.
Clytigation: State of Exception was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew Mellon Foundation.
The author of 16 poetry collections, most recently Sing This One Back to Me (Coffee House Press), Bob Holman has taught at Columbia, NYU, Bard, and The New School. As the original Slam Master and a director at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, creator of the world's first spoken word poetry record label, Mouth Almighty/Mercury, and the proprietor of the Bowery Poetry Club, Holman has played a central role in the spoken word and slam poetry movements of the last several decades. A co-founder and co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance, Holman's study of hip-hop and West African oral traditions led to his current work with endangered languages. Holman is the producer and host of various films, including "The United States of Poetry," and "On the Road with Bob Holman." His most recent film, "Language Matters with Bob Holman," winner of the Berkeley Film Festival's 2015 Documentary of the Year award, was produced by David Grubin and aired on PBS in January. "Language Matters" takes viewers around the world: to a remote island off the coast of Australia where 400 Aboriginal people speak 10 different languages, all at risk; to Wales, where Welsh, once in danger, is today making a comeback; and to Hawaii, where Hawaiians are fighting to save their native tongue. Holman has just returned from a month-long trip visiting language revitalization centers across Alaska, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He lives in New York City, on the Bowery, above the Bowery Poetry Club.
Joyelle McSweeney is a poet, prose writer, playwright, critic and publisher. Author of six books of poetry and prose (Salamandrine, 8 Gothics, Percussion Grenade, Flet, Nylund, The Sarcographer,Commandrine, and The Red Bird), she is also the co-founder and co-editor, with Johannes Göranson, of Action Books, an international press for poetry and translation. She is, in addition, the author of a critical book, The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, and of a play, Dead Youth, or, The Leaks, winner of the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights. McSweeney is currently director of MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame; she has previously taught in the MFA Program at the University of Alabama and was a Visiting Associate Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop.