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.

David Small

David Small has illustrated over 50 picture books, six of them of his own writing, including the Evergreen Classic Imogene’s Antlers. His many awards and honors include the Caldecott Medal and two Caldecott Honors. His graphic memoir Stitches was a National Book Award Finalist. He and his wife, the writer Sarah Stewart, live in an historic home on the bend of a river in southwest rural Michigan.

Sheila Heti

In 2012, Sheila Heti published the novel How Should a Person Be?, which was nominated for The Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly The Orange Prize) and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Salon and other places. Her latest book, Women In Clothes, a collaboration with Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, recently made the New York Times Bestseller's list. This past spring, McSweeney's published her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, which was performed at The Kitchen in New York. She lives in Toronto and is the author of three other books of fiction and non-fiction and one children's book. Her writing has been translated into a dozen languages, and her writing has been featured in The London Review of Books, n+1, Harper's and more. She is the former interviews editor at The Believer magazine. 

A Reading by CA Conrad

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.  He is the author of seven books, the latest is titled ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014).  He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.  He conducts workshops on (Soma)tic Poetry and Ecopoetics.  Visit him online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com

Philippe Beck

Philippe Beck is a French poet and philosopher, author of more than fourteen books of poetry, including Poésies premieres and Boustrophes: Texts and Crafts.  He is also the author of prose works, including a biography, Beck the Impersonality, and A Journal.  He has collaborated with contemporary musicians and composers including Gérard Pesson and Philippe Mion.  He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and is a lecturer in philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and at the University of Nantes, France.

Lynn Xu

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and June (a chapbook from Corollary Press). Her poems have also appeared in Best American Poetry 2008Best American Experimental Writing 2014Boston ReviewCLOCKCritical Quarterly, and other publications. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2006 and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, where she was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and a Magistretti Fellow. Her other grants and honors include an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Greg Grummer Award, a Fulbright Grant, and selection as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America. When not traveling, she lives in Marfa, Texas, where she co-edits Canarium Books (with Robyn Schiff, Nick Twemlow, and her husband, Joshua Edwards) and works as a docent for the Chinati and Judd foundations.

Jen Bervin

Jen Bervin is a Brooklyn-based poet and visual artist who works in hybrid forms that blend language, writing, and the visual arts.  She is co-editor of Emily Dickinson:  The Gorgeous Nothings, which made available hitherto unpublished manuscript facsimiles of the “fragments” that Dickinson composed on envelopes and which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement.  Other books include The Dickinson CompositesDraft NotationThe Silver BookA Non- Breaking Space, and Nets. Her visual art is held in more than thirty collections including the Walker Art Center, the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.  Recent exhibitions include “From Line to Constellation” at the Cohen Gallery at Brown University and “One Line of Text (to Be Read from Needle Holes)” at the Granoff Center, Brown University.  She is currently working on The Silk Poems, an experimental book that takes textile as its subject and form.    She is on the faculty of the graduate program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a Fitt Artist In Residence at Brown.

Peter Rock

Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City.  His most recent novel is The Shelter Cycle, which concerns the end of the world in Montana in 1990.   He is also the author of the novels My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The AmbidextristCarnival Wolves and This Is the Place, and a story collection, The Unsettling.  Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, An Alex Award and others, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Department of Reed College.  His YA novel Klickitat will be published in 2016 and his novel-within-photographs, Spells, will be shown at Blue Sky Gallery in 2015 and published as a book sometime in the future.

A reading by Elaine Kahn and Brandon Brown

Musician, poet, artist, Elaine Kahn is the author of the newly-released Women in Public, and three poetry chapbooks, A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse, Customer, and Radiant Bottle Caps; and is a contributor to Art Papers. Her music project, Horsebladder, has toured widely throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also co-founder of the feminist puppet troop P. Splash Collective and managing editor of the small press, Flowers & Cream.
Brandon Brown is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Top 40 and Flowering Mall, and many chapbooks, including Tooth Fairy and Memoirs of My Nervous Illness. Since 1998, he has lived in the Bay Area, where he has programmed literary events, edited small press materials under the imprint OMG!, and written about art and culture for Art Practical and Open Space, the blog and magazine of the SFMOMA. He is a co-editor at Krupskaya.

Julia Fiedorczuk

Julia Fiedorczuk is a Polish poet, fiction writer, translator and lecturer in American literature at Warsaw University. She has published five volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is just around the corner, as well as a collection of short stories, The Morning Mary and Other Stories, and a novel, White Ophelia. Her poems have been translated into many languages. She is the recipient of the PTWK Award for the best first book of the year and the Hubert Burda Prize. She has translated the work of many American poets, including Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery. She has also published a two-volume selection of writings by Laura (Riding) Jackson and, with Laurie Anderson, Language of the Future, a collection of Anderson's short narratives with the author's illustrations (Wroclaw, 2012). She has been part of an international literary project, Metropoetica: Women Writing Cities. In addition to academic papers, she has written articles on animal rights and is a regular contributor to the feminist magazine "Splinter". Her academic interests include 20th century American poetry, literary theory, ecocriticism and feminism.


Joshua Cohen and Justin Taylor read fiction

Joshua Cohen has written novels (Witz, A Heaven of Others, Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto), short fiction (Four New Messages), and nonfiction for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, The Forward, and other venues. He is a critic for Harper’s Magazine and lives in New York City. A novel, Book of Numbers, will be published in June 2015.

Justin Taylor is the author of Flings, The Gospel of Anarchy, and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Pacific Standard, and Bookforum. He is the co-editor of The Agriculture Reader, a limited-edition arts journal now in its seventh year. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute.