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.

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.

Jorie Graham

Please join us for a reading by and conversation with Jorie Graham. Jorie Graham is the celebrated author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Sea ChangeNeverSwarm, andThe Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

Susan Howe

Author of more than a dozen books of poetry and literary criticism, Susan Howe's recent collection of poems That This, published by New Directions won the Bollingen Prize in 2011.  Her earlier critical study, My Emily Dickinson, was re-issued in 2007 with an introduction by Eliot Weinberger. Three CDs in collaboration with the musician/composer David Grubbs, Thiefth andSouls of the Labadie Tract, and Frolic Architecture. were released on the Blue Chopsticks label (2005; 2011).  Howe held the Samuel P. Capen Chair in Poetry and the Humanities at the State University New York at Buffalo until her retirement in 2007. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and served as a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets between 2000-2006. In fall, 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship to the American Academy at Berlin,recently she was an Artist In Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This fall her recent word collages were exhibited in a show at the Yale Union in Portland, Oregon.

John Banville

John Banville is the distinguished author of 16 novels including, most recently, Ancient Light, and of The Sea, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize.  Born in Wexford, Ireland, and currently living in Dublin, he is a metafictionist who has been compared to Beckett and Nabokov, Banville first gained international prominence through a series of four books, Dr. CopernicusKeplerThe Newton Letter, and Mefisto, all linked by a common interest in math or astronomy.  Other works include a trilogy, The Book of EvidenceGhosts, and Athena; and The Untouchable, loosely based on the life of Royal art curator and spy Anthony Blunt, regarded by some as Banville’s finest novel.   He is the author of a series of popular mystery novels penned under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, which are currently being filmed by BBC Drama, and of television and film projects including an adaptation of his novel The Sea.  In addition to the Booker Prize, Banville has been awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Franz Kafka Prize.  He has been described as “without question, one of the greatest living masters of English-language prose.”

Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby is a contributing author of The Silent History, the first major exploratory, interactive novel designed specifically for the iPad and iPhone. He is also the author of the short story collection Super Flat Times. His stories have been anthologized in The Anchor Book of New American Short StoriesThe Apocalypse Reader, and Dzanc's Best of the Web. His writing has appeared in McSweeney's, ConjunctionsThe BelieverThe Columbia JournalFence, and Guernica. He is also a Senior Interface Designer at Harmonix, a game studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts

David Krell and Joanna Ruocco

David Farrell Krell has published short stories in Confrontation (105/106, Winter 2009/Spring 2010) and The Oxford Literary Review (32:2, 2010). He has published three novels with the State University Press of New York Press: The Recalcitrant Art: Diotima’s Letters to Hölderlin and Related Missives, 2000; Son of Spirit, 1997; and Nietzsche: A Novel, 1996. He has completed a collection of short stories entitled Major Epitaphs, Minor Injuries, and he has written a number of stage plays and screenplays.


Joanna Ruocco is the author of Another Governess/The Least Blacksmith-A Diptych (FC2, 2012). A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press, 2011), Man’s Companions (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2010), and the The Mothering Coven (Ellipsis Press, 2009). A recipient of the Pushcart Prize in 2013 and winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize, Ruocco is also a graduate of the MFA program in Literary Arts at Brown, and a recent graduate of the Ph.D. program in creative writing at University of Denver.  She co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal, with Brian Conn.

Rachel Levitsky

Rachel Levitsky is the author of a novel, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013), two books of poetry, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) NEIGHBOR (UDP, 2009) and a number of chapbooks including Renoemos (Delete, 2010) and Dearly, (a+bend, 1999). She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist avant-garde hub for interventions in writing, reading, engaged discourse and activism. In 2010, with Christian Hawkey, she started The Office of Recuperative Strategies (OoRS.net), a mobile research unit exploring writing, political life and the interactive making of objects and events--variously located in Amsterdam, Berlin, Boulder, Brooklyn, Cambridge, multiple sites in NYC (including Governors Island The Holland Tunnel), and The University of Leipszig in Leipzig. She teaches at Pratt Institute and is guest faculty at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program.

Poets Theater Jubilee

The Literary Arts Department is proud to present Poets Theater Jubilee, presentation of new dramatic work by the Brown Lit/Play Cohort, organized by poet Kevin Killian.