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.
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 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 2008, Best American Experimental Writing 2014, Boston Review, CLOCK, Critical 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 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 She is co-editor of Emily Dickinson: The Gorgeous Nothings, which made available hitherto unpublished manuscript facsimiles of the “fragments” that Dickinson composed on envelopes and which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by the Times Literary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 Composites, Draft Notation, The Silver Book, A 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 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 Ambidextrist, Carnival 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.
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 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.
Don Mee Choi was born and grew up in Seoul and Hong Kong and now lives in Seattle. She is the author of The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010). She also translates contemporary Korean women poets; her most recent is Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream by Kim Hyesoon (Action Books, 2014). She is a recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the 2012 Lucien
Stryk Translation Prize. Her most recent publications include a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond, 2014).
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the short story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, published by Graywolf Press in 2010, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, published by Little Bell Caribbean in 2012) and the novel Land of Love and Drowning, published by Riverhead/Penguin on July 10th. BookPage listed her as one of the 14 Women to watch out for in 2014. Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction,Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has been listed by the Boston Globe as one of the sixteen cultural figures to watch out for and by the National Book Foundation as one of the 5 Under 35. Her writing has been published in Best African American Fiction, The Wall Street Journal, American Short Fiction and other places. Yanique is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. Tiphanie is now an assistant professor in the MFA and Riggio Honors programs at the New School in New York City.