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.

Daniel Tiffany presents the Geri Braman Hill Lecture -- "The Lost Legacy of Baudelaire’s Muddy Halo"

Daniel Tiffany presents the Geri Braman Hill Lecture -- "The Lost Legacy of Baudelaire’s Muddy Halo"
Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine volumes of poetry and literary criticism, including, most recently, My Silver Planet:  A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins 2014), which was nominated for the Pegasus Award in Poetry Criticism, and Neptune Park  (Omnidawn 2013), selected by the Poetry Foundation, The Volta, and Verse as one of the best poetry collections of 2013.  Previous books of poetry includePrivado (Action Books, 2010), The Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press, 2010), and Puppet Wardrobe (Parlor Press, 2006).  His poems have appeared in the Paris ReviewPoetryTin HouseBoston ReviewFenceJubilatLana Turner, and New American Writing.  Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda.  He is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship, the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy in Berlin.

The Levin Family Lecture: Donald Margulies

Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ plays include The Country House, Time Stands Still,  Shipwrecked!  An Entertainment,  Brooklyn Boy, and many others.   Among his awards for playwriting are a Lucille Lortel Award  and two OBIEs.  His plays have been performed on and off Broadway, as well as at major theatres across the U.S. and abroad.  Recipient of grants from the NEA, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, he is currently adjunct professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale University.

Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet who now lives in France. She began publishing in the early 90s in Vancouver, where she worked for many years with the writer-run collective, Kootenay School of Writing, and in the artist-run centre community, writing texts for visual artists, a practice she continues, most recently completing an essayfor the Kunstweiher in Hamburg, for a sculptor and poet Karl Larsson. With Matthew Stadler, in 2013 she edited and annotated Revolution: A Reader, a 1200 page guide to how to live in the present. Her poetry books include Debbie:An EpicThe Weather, R's Boat and Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip. Enitharmon is now bringing out a British edition of The Men, first published in 2006 by Bookthug, who also published her 2012 book of essays, Nilling. Coach House books has just published the new long poem Cinema of the Present. In spring 2014, she was the Bain Swigget visiting Lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University. She currently teaches in the Master of Fine Arts programme  at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

Fanny Howe & Bradford Morrow

Fanny Howe has written numerous books of fiction and poetry and has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lenore Marshall Award and the Ruth Lilly Lifetime  Achievement Award, among others.  Her most recent collection of poetry, Second Childhood, was published by Graywolf Press. 


Bradford Morrow is the author of seven novels, including the literary thriller The Forgers (just out with The Mysterious Press/Grove Atlantic), The Diviner’s TaleTrinity Fields, and Giovanni’s Gift, as well as a short story collection, The Uninnocent. He is the founding editor of Conjunctions and has contributed to many anthologies and journals. A Bard Center Fellow and professor of literature at Bard College, he lives in New York City.

Lucy Corin

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney's Books), and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers:  A History for Girls (FC2).  Stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, and elsewhere.  She spent 2012-13 at the American Academy in Rome as the John Guare Fellow in Literature and currently directs the Program in Creative Writing at the University of California, Davis.  She’s at work on a novel, The Swank Hotel.

Ed Pavlić

Ed Pavlić's newest books are Let's Let That Are Not Yet : Inferno (National Poetry Series, Fence Books, 2015), Visiting Hours at the Color Line (National Poetry Series, Milkweed Editions, 2013), But Here Are Small Clear Refractions (Achebe Center, 2009, Kwani? Trust, 2013) and Winners Have Yet to be Announced: A Song for Donny Hathaway (U Georgia P, 2008). Others works include Paraph of Bone & Other Kinds of Blue (Copper Canyon, 2001), Crossroads Modernism: Descent and Emergence in African American Literary Culture (U Minnesota Press, 2002), and Labors Lost Left Unfinished (UPNE/Sheep Meadow Press, 2006).  Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia, he is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2012, 2014).

Jesse Ball

Jesse Ball  is a poet and novelist whose books include A Cure for Suicide (forthcoming), Silence Once BegunThe CurfewThe Village on Horseback,  The Way Through Doors,Samedi the Deafness, and March Book.  He won the Plimpton Prize in 2008 for his novella, The Early Deaths of LubeckBrennan, Harp & Carr.  His work has also appeared in the Best American Poetry series.  He teaches classes on practice (lying, lucid-dreaming, walking) at MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain in the 21st Century


Benito del Pliego is the editor of Extracomunitarios:  nueve poetas latinoamericanos en España.  He is the translator of books by Americans Lew Welch and Gertrude Stein.  His own most recent book is Fabula, a collaboration with Pedro Núñez.



Esther Ramón is the author of Sales.  Born in Madrid, she is the editor of the literary magazine Minerva, and was the host of Radio Círculo's program "Definición de savia."  She has taught at Bates College and New York University.

Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain in the 21st Century

Pilar Fraile Amador is the author of Larva Seguido de Cerca, translated by Brown student Lizzie Davis '15.  Host of a Madrid radio program on poetry, she also directed events of the Association Indómita.  She was born in Salamanca in 1975.



Born in Bimenes, Asturias in 1974, Marcos Canteli is the editor of  http://www.7de7.net (revista de escritura & poéticas) and ofdandolavoz.blogspot.com.  He is the translator of Robert Creeley's Pieces.  His most recent book of poetry is catálogo de incesantes.