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.

Film Screening: "Counting" by Jem Cohen

Jem Cohen is a New York-based, filmmaker, photographer, and multi-media artist. His feature length projects include Museum Hours, Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and Counting (2015 Berlin Film Festival premiere)Shorts include Lost Book Found, Anne Truitt - Working, and the Gravity Hill / Occupy Wall Street Newsreels. Cohen’s films are in the collections of New York’s MoMA and Whitney Museums. He’s had retrospectives at London’s Whitechapel Gallery and the Oberhausen, Gijon, and Punto de Vista film festivals. He has collaborated with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Vic Chesnutt, R.E.M., Terry Riley, DJ Rupture, Elliott Smith, and the Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante. Cohen’s still photographs have shown at Robert Miller Gallery and SF Camerawork. We Have an Anchor, a multimedia documentary with live soundtrack, played on the main stages at London’s Barbican and BAM’s Next Wave series and is currently an installation at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Cohen was extensively involved in overturning proposed governmental restrictions on street photography/filming in New York City. 

Jem Cohen's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Modern Culture and Media, Literary Arts and a grant from Brown's Creative Arts Council.

Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry, including, most recently, The Beauty.  Other titles include Come, ThiefAfterGiven Sugar, Given SaltThe Lives of the Heart; and The October Palace.  She is also the author of two books of essays, Ten Windows:  How Great Poems Transform the World, and Nine Gates:  Entering the Mind of Poetry.  Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe AtlanticThe Times Literary SupplementHarper’sThe NationOrion, and in many other publications, and has been described by the New York Times as “radiant and passionate.”  Also a noted translator, she has been the recipient of numerous honors, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of American Poets.   She has taught at UC Berkeley, Duke University, and Bennington College. 

Jane Hirshfield's visit is sponsored by the Departments of Literary Arts, Contemplative Studies, East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature and a grant from Brown's Arts Initiative.

Samantha Gorman & Danny Cannizzaro

Samantha Gorman is a writer and artist who works at the intersection of text, cinema, performance and digital culture. With Danny Cannizzaro she founded the art collective/publishing initiative Tender Claws. Tender Claws’ most recent release is Pry: a hybrid of cinema, game and novel created for mobile iOS (prynovella.com). Pry won the New Media Writing Prize 2015 and was a Future of Storytelling Prize finalist, IGF finalist for ‘Excellence in Narrative’ and has been showcased at film festivals, game festivals and book review sites . Samantha holds a MFA from Brown University in Literary Arts, Digital Language Arts and has taught courses in Performance Art and Digital Literature at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012, Samantha relocated to LA to pursue her Ph.D. in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. samanthagorman.net


Danny Cannizzaro is a programmer, art director, interaction designer, and visual artist. After training in illustration and painting at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Danny began working in the interactive field. After graduating, he won a $25k grant from MTV to create a transmedia band project. Since then, he has worked as an art director and creative director at New York based B-Reel. His past projects include developing the interactive game for the launch of Google’s Nexus phones, the demo page of the Google+ launch, and an album spot for Kanye West. Most recently, he art directed the ‘cardboard’ section of Google’s 2015 IO keynote. In addition to his work in industry, Danny holds an MFA in Conceptual Art from the University of California San Diego. With Samantha Gorman he founded the artist group ‘Tender Claws.’

Kelly Link

Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Hari Kunzru

Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006) and a novella, Memory Palace (2013). In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. 
His short stories and essays have appeared in diverse publications including The New York TimesNew  YorkerGuardianLondon Review of BooksGrantaBook Forum and Frieze. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York City.

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.