Public Readings by Recognized and Emerging Authors

The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Temple University MFA Program in Creative Writing, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to read from their work to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. All events are free and open to the public.


Fall 2018 Poets & Writers Series

Ken Kalfus Ken Kalfus
Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Ken Kalfus is the author of three novels, Equilateral (2013), The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003), and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, which was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award. He has also published three collections of stories, Thirst (1998), Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies (1999), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and Coup de Foudre: A Novella and Stories (2015). He has received a Pew Fellowships in the Arts award and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has written for Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times. A film adaptation of his short story “Pu-239” aired on HBO in 2007.


Brian Blanchfield Brian Blanchfield
Poet and Essayist

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 5 p.m.
  • Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently A Several World, which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Proxies—a collection of essays half cultural close reading and half dicey autobiography—which won a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Harper’s, BOMB, The Oxford American, The Paris Review, Brick, Lana Turner, Conjunctions, and other magazines and anthologies. He teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho and in the Bennington Writing Seminars, and lives in Moscow, Idaho.


Jennifer Haigh Jennifer Haigh
Visiting Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her sixth book, the novel Heat and Light, won a 2017 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR. Previous books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the PEN New England Award in fiction, and have been published in eighteen languages. Her stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.


Aisha Sabatini Sloan Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Essayist

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s first essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White, was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Book Contest and was published in 2017. She is a contributing editor for Guernica. Her writing can be found in The Offing, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Identity Theory, Michigan Quarterly Review, Terrain, Callaloo, The Southern Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Essay Daily, Tarpaulin Sky, and Autostraddle. She is a Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan.


Past Readings

Writers whose names are in bold were in residence and met with students individually.

Spring 2018

  • Katie Kitamura, Brenda Hillman, Tonya M. Foster

Fall 2017

  • Amaranth Borsuk, Akhil Sharma

Spring 2017

  • Sam Allingham, Patricia A. Smith, Dawn Lundy Martin, Sue Landers, Jhumpa Lahiri

Fall 2016

  • Ann Beattie, Emily Abendroth, Laura van den Berg

Spring 2016

  • Juliana Spahr, Susan Howe, Daniel Torday, Marlon James

Fall 2015

  • Cristina García, Prageeta Sharma

Spring 2015

  • Kelly Link, Claudia Rankine

Fall 2014

  • Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Rachel Zolf, Jesse Ball

Spring 2014

  • Catherine Taylor, Joseph McElroy, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Craig Dworkin

Fall 2013

  • Brenda Coultas, Douglas Kearney, Anthony Wallace, Jaimy Gordon

Spring 2013

  • Noy Holland, Ed Park, Rae Armantrout, Norma Cole

Fall 2012

  • Lisa Fishman, Christine Schutt, Allison Cobb, Mat Johnson

Spring 2012

  • Lance Olsen, Cathy Park Hong, Gary Lutz, C.S. Giscombe

Fall 2011

  • Andi Rosenthal, Cecilia Vicuña, Alice Notley, Brian Evenson

DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

The DuPlessis Lecture is named after Professor Emeritus Rachel Blau DuPlessis. DuPlessis is a widely published poet and critic and one of her significant contributions to the field of poetry and poetics is her interweaving of these two practices. Her poetry often speaks to the concerns of her critical work and her critical works often stretch the conventions of the scholarly essay. This lecture series honors DuPlessis’ expansions of literary form, and features poets who write in a number of different registers.

Past lecturers have included:

  • Divya Victor
  • John Keene
  • Kevin Killian
  • Evie Shockley
  • Jen Bervin
  • Caroline Bergvall