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.

Lori Baker

Lori Baker's books include a novel, The Glass Ocean, and three short story collections, Crash & TellCrazy Water:  Six Fictions, and Scraps.  She lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.

Robert Coover

Robert Coover is the distinguished author of fourteen novels, three short story collections, and a collection of plays.  His new novel, The Brunist Day of Wrath, will be published by Dzanc Books in April, 2014.    His first novel,  The Origin of the Brunists,  received the The William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. At Brown University, where he taught for over thirty years, he established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers who face harassment, imprisonment, and suppression of their work in their home countries. In 1990-91, he launched the world's first hypertext fiction workshop, was one of the founders in 1999 of the Electronic Literature Organization, and in 2002 created CaveWriting, the first writing workshop in immersive virtual reality. Michiko Kakuntaini of The New York Times has said “Of all the postmodern writers, Robert Coover is probably the funniest and most malicious, mixing up broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls, and clever word plays that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it.” Coover has also received awards from the Lannan Foundation, American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Rea Lifetime Short Story Award.

John Burnside

John Burnside teaches at the University of St Andrews. His poetry collections include Feast Days (1992), winner of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, The Asylum Dance (2000), winner of the Whitbread Poetry Award and Black Cat Bone, (2011) which won both the Forward and the T. S. Eliot Prize. In 2011, he received the Petrarca Preis for poetry.

His novels include The Devil's Footprints, (2007) Glister (2008) and A Summer of Drowning (2011). He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Burning Elvis (2000), and two memoirs, A Lie About My Father (2006) and Waking Up in Toytown (2010).

John Burnside's latest poetry collection is All One Breath, (Jonathan Cape, 2014).

Cinema's Humanistic Potential

Hisham Bizri is a film director, writer, and producer, born in Beirut, Lebanon. He started working in films in the US and Hungary with directors Stan Brakhage, Raoul Ruiz, and Miklós Jancsó and has directed 24 short films to date.  His work has been shown in many international venues including Sundance and Cannes. Co-founder of the Arab Institute of Film in Jordan and the recipient of numerous awards such as the McKnight, Jerome, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and “the Rome Prize,” he is currently Professor of Cinema and Filmmaking at the University of Minnesota. 

Rikki Ducornet

The author of eight novels, three collections of short fiction, a book of essays and five books of poetry, Rikki Ducornet has twice been honored by the Lannan Foundation. She has received the Bard College Arts and Letters award and, in 2008, an Academy Award in Literature.  Her work is widely published abroad. Recent exhibitions of her
paintings include the solo show Desirous at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2007, and the group shows: O Reverso Do Olhar in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2008, and El Umbral Secreto at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, in 2009. She has illustrated books by Jorge Luis Borges, Robert Coover, Forest Gander, Kate Bernheimer, Joanna Howard and Anne Waldman among others.  Her collected papers including prints and drawings are in the permanent collection of the Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

Philosophy of Screenwriting: Problems, Process, History & Practicalities

Andrew Repasky McElhinney, PhD is the writer/director of the feature films Magdalen (1998), A Chronicle of Corpses (2000), Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye (2003) and Animal Husbandry (2009).  He is also an author, theater director, installation artist, repertory film programmer and educator.  The author of the scholarly work, Second Takes: Remaking Film, Remaking America; McElhinney’s newest feature film, Christmas Dreams, will be released during the holiday season of 2014.  

Success Lies Elsewhere: My Important Screenwriting Failures

Angela FerraioloAngela FerraioloAngela Ferraiolo is a writer and filmmaker working on how computation might create procedural narrative. Professionally she has worked for RKO, H20 Productions, Westwood Studios, and Electronic Arts. She is the writer/narrative designer of three shipped video game titles, including one of the first online massive multiplayers, Earth and Beyond. Her experimental films have screen nationally and internationally. Her work with procedural montage has been featured at the International Conference of Generative Art Rome, and the International Conference of Computer Graphics, Imaging and Visualization, Taiwan. She is a member of Millennium Film Workshop, Filmmaker's Coop, and IFP's New Media Lab where she is working on interactive movies for the mobile tablet.

Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels, most recently Duplex. She has been the recipient of the Kafka Prize, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2006 Lannan Award for Fiction. She lives in Vermont and teaches in the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is Hurst Senior Writer-in-Residence.  


David Barker: Defining Distance

David Barker has written, directed, and edited films which have shown through the world. Recent projects include Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (co-writer and editor, Berlin International Film Festival 2014), Highway (editor, Museum of Modern Art 2013), and Daylight (writer/director, New York Times Critics Pick 2011). He was the artistic director of the Cinematexas International Film Festival, an experimental film festival called 'the most inspiring and innovative film festival in the US, as well as a partner in Drift Distribution, which distributed films by artists such as Jean-Luc Godard, Isaac Julien, Laura Mulvey, and Harun Farocki. He is currently collaborating with the Australian Aboriginal arts collective Karrabing on an innovative feature film which he will co-direct, as well as co-writing films with directors from Nepal and Bulgaria to be shot in those countries in 2015. 

Matt Bell

Matt Bell's debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize and selected as a 2014 Michigan Notable Book. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby, and his fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Conjunctions, The American Reader, Gulf Coast, and many other publications. He teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Northern Michigan University.