Spring 2022 Presentations

This semester's series of presentations as part of Writers on Writing are available for viewing, typically by the Tuesday following each event and until 31 May 2022. These recordings are made possible by the agreement by each visiting writer to participate and though a collaboration by the Brown Arts Initiative and Literary Arts.

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of a novel, The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven, which won an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and a book of creative.nonfiction, Names for Light: A Family History, which was the winner of the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, and was named one of Kirkus Review’s best books of 2021, and was long listed for the 2022 PEN Open Book Award.

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Guard the Mysteries, Language Arts, Stranger in Town, Expensive Magic, two editions of Selected Writings and most recently All This Time.

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection The Glassy Burning Floor of Hell. His collection Song for the Unraveling of the World  won the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award. Other prizes include the 2009 American Library Association's RUSA award for Last Days and the IHG Award for The Wavering Knife

Photo by Sophia CamplioniPhoto by Sophia CamplioniPhoebe Giannisi, born in Athens, is a poet and an architect with a PhD in Classics from Lyon. She works as a professor at the University of Thessaly. Her work expands in several media investigating the poetics of voice(s) and place, identity and metamorphosis. Giannisi is the author of eight books of poetry. Her book Ομηρικά was translated into English by Brian Sneeden as Homerica. Sneeden joined Giannisi for the presentation.

Vanessa Onwuemezi is a writer and poet living in London. She has written several exhibition texts, most recently for The Archive of Destruction, an ongoing, online project by curator, Jes Fernie. Her debut short story collection, Dark Neighbourhood, was published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, UK, in October, 2021. Vanessa has also recorded the audiobook of Dark Neighbourhood, due to be released in early 2022. 

photo by Waylon Smithphoto by Waylon SmithHoa Nguyen is the author of several books including Red Juice: Poems 1998 - 2008 and the Griffin Prize nominated Violet Energy Ingots. Her latest collection of poems, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, published by Wave Books in 2021, is the winner of the Canada Book Award and finalist for a National Book Award and the General Governor’s Literary Award for Poetry.

Photograph by Ning LiPhotograph by Ning LiEugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & CarThe StrangersDear Cyborgs, and Search History. He works as a high school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, New York.




Poupeh Missaghi has a Ph.D. in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver; an MA in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; and an MA in Translation Studies and a BA in Translation Practice from Azad University, Tehran. Her novel trans(re)lating house one was published by Coffee House Press in 2020, and her translation of Iranian author Nasim Marashi’s I’ll Be Strong for You came out with Astra Publishing House in 2021. 

Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry; and her most recent Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days.

Originally from San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book Someone's Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His book Heaven Is All Goodbyes, published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffins Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award. 

Carole Maso  is the author of ten books. Her novels are Ghost DanceThe Art LoverAVAThe American Woman in the Chinese HatDefiance and Mother & Child.  Forthcoming are the novels Eternity and the Dreamer, and Why So Soon Asleep?, and she continues to work on her twenty-year opus, The Bay of Angels. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including, most recently, the 2018 Berlin Prize.