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Temple University Poets & Writers Series

Public readings by Recognized and Emerging Authors

The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Temple University Graduate Creative Writing Program, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to speak (usually on Thursdays) to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. Joining each invited writer is a writer from Temple's graduate program in Creative Writing.

All events are free and open to the public. Readings are held either on the main Temple campus or the downtown Temple location in Center City. Directions to Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., are below.


Spring 2015 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, January 29 - 6:00 p.m.
The 2015 Rachel Blau DuPlessis Lecturer in Poetry & Poetics:
Temple Contemporary, the gallery at the Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.

Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, has written three novels, Shy (1989), Arctic Summer (1997), and Spreadeagle (2012); a book of memoirs; and three books of stories. He has also written three books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), Action Kylie (2008), and Tweaky Village (2014). With Peter Gizzi, he has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). Wesleyan also brought out Killian and Lew Ellingham’s acclaimed biography of Spicer in 1998. For the San Francisco Poets Theater, Killian has written forty-five plays, and the anthology he compiled with David Brazil, The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945–1985, has become the standard book on the subject. Recent projects include Tagged (2013), Killian’s intimate photographs of poets, artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and intellectuals, and forthcoming, with Dodie Bellamy, is The Nightboat Anthology of New Narrative Writing 1977–1997. He teaches writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Thursday, March 19 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City Campus, 1515 Market St., room 222

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry: Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the National Book Award; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2004); PLOT (Grove Press, 2001); The End of the Alphabet (Grove Press, 1998); and Nothing in Nature Is Private (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1995), which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. Her play Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue was performed by the Foundry Theater in 2009. Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.

Thursday, April 2 - 5:00 p.m.
Temple University Main Campus, Anderson Hall, 1122 W. Berks St.,
8th floor Women’s Studies Lounge (across from elevators)

Kelly Link is the author of the story collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and, new in 2015 from Random House, Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press and co-edits the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. She lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Fall 2014 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, September 18 - 6:00 p.m.
Temple Contemporary, the gallery at Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.

Writer, vocalist, and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013); three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban, Ni-Ban (MOH Press) and Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna); and the album, Televisíon. Her work has been published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, Jubilat, Tea Party Magazine, Mandorla: New Writings from the Americas and Muck Works to name a few. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, The Walker Center, Recess Activities Inc, Poetry Foundation, The Whitney and MoMa among others. As a vocalist, she has worked with the likes of Vernon Reid, Akilah Oliver, Mike Ladd, Jason and Alicia Hall-Moran, Butch Morris, Gabri Christa, Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Edwin Torres, Elliot Sharp, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Bernard Lang, Vijay Iyer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marc Cary, Towa Tei, Little Louie Vega, Vernon Jeffrey Smith, Marc Cary, Guillermo E. Brown and Maria Magdalena Campos. She has received scholarships, residencies and fellowships from Cave Canem, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Naropa Institute, Caldera Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Eben Demarest Trust, Harlem Community Arts Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Laundromat Project, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant for Women, the Jerome Foundation and Millay Colony. A native of Harlem, LaTasha along with Greg Tate, are the founders and editors of Coon Bidness and yoYO/SO4 Magazine.

Thursday, October 16 - 5:00 p.m.
JESSE BALL - Fiction
Women's Studies Lounge, 8th floor Anderson Hall, 1122 W. Berks St.

Jesse Ball is an American born fabulist. His prize-winning work is known both in the US and abroad for its absurd address, its bleakness and its lyricism. His most recent novel, Silence Once Begun, appeared in January of 2014. Other novels include The Way Through Doors, Samedi the Deafness, and Curfew. An Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball has taught classes on lying and lucid dreaming.

Thursday, November 13 – 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City campus, 1515 Market St., room 222

Rachel Zolf’s writing practice explores interrelated materialist questions concerning memory, history, knowledge, subjectivity and the conceptual limits of language and meaning. She is particularly interested in how ethics founders on the shoals of the political. Her books of poetry include Janey’s Arcadia (2014); Neighbour Procedure (2010); Human Resources (2007), which won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award; Masque (2004), finalist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; and Her absence, this wanderer (1999). Among her many collaborations with other artists, she wrote the film The Light Club of Vizcaya: A Women's Picture, directed by New York artist Josiah McElheny, which premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012; and she conducted the first collaborative MFA in Creative Writing ever, The Tolerance Project. She has taught at The New School and the University of Calgary and now lives and works in Toronto.


Spring 2014 Poets & Writers Series

NEW DATE: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
(Original date was Feb. 13.)

Catherine Taylor is the author of Apart (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), a mixed-genre memoir and political history that combines prose, poetry, cultural theory, and found texts from South African archives. Her first book, Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam, 2002), won the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Taylor has worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary film projects, including The Exiles, which won an Emmy Award for historical programming, and she was a Co-Founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She is a Founding Editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form. Taylor received her Ph.D. from Duke University and teaches at Ithaca College.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 – 5:00 p.m.
Temple University Main Campus, Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl. Anderson Hall

Joseph McElroy is the author of nine published novels, including Cannonball (2013), Actress in the House (2003), Letter Left to Me (1988), Lookout Cartridge (1974), and the twentieth-century classic Women & Men (1987). He has also written a book of essays and three plays. Dzanc Books will be reissuing several of McElroy’s books in the coming year, including the collection of essays Exponential in ebook form and his second novel, Ancient History: A Paraphase, in paperback. He is the recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and D. H. Lawrence foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:00 p.m.
CRAIG DWORKIN – Spring 2014 Poet-in-Residence
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Craig Dworkin is the author of five books of poetry, including The Perverse Library (Information As Material, 2010), Motes (Roof, 2011), and Alkali (forthcoming from Counterpath Press, 2015), in addition to several chapbooks, including The Crystal Text (Compline, 2012), Remotes (Little Red Leaves, 2013), and Chapter XXIV (Red Butte, 2013). He is also the author of No Medium (MIT, 2013) and Reading the Illegible (Northwestern, 2003) and co-editor of Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Northwestern, 2011). He teaches literature and literary theory at the University of Utah and serves as Senior Editor to Eclipse (eclipsearchive.org).

Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 5:00 p.m.
SULLIVAN – Fiction
Temple University Main Campus, Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl. Anderson Hall

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, American Fiction: Best New Stories by Emerging Writers, Callaloo, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, BLOOM, From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth, The Minnesota Review, TriQuarterly, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, and many others venues. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and honors from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, the Hedgebrook writers’ retreat, the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, and the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she was awarded the 2011 NYC Emerging Writer fellowship. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Temple. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in African American and African Diaspora Literature at Rutgers University, and, in Fall 2014, will begin as Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, will be published in 2014.


Fall 2013 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Brenda Coultas is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press, which won the Norma Farber Award from The Poetry Society of America and a Greenwall Fund publishing grant from the Academy of American Poets. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency. She recently served as visiting poet at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry may be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness, and Court Green. In 2012, she competed an artist’s residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, and at the Millay Colony in Austerliz, New York. The Tatters, a collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2014. She teaches at Touro College in New York City. [Student Reader - Thomas Trudgeon]

Thursday, October 16, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.
JAIMY GORDON - Fiction - Writer-in-Residence
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Jaimy Gordon’s fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010 and was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; it also won the Tony Ryan Award for the year’s best book about horse racing. Her previous novels include Bogeywoman, a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2000, and She Drove Without Stopping, which brought her an Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She also translates from the German, especially the fiction of Maria Beig. A long-time member of the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she teaches in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:00 p.m.
Temple University Main Campus, Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street

Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, and librettist. His first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second collection, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection, Patter, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2014. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps),is now available. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Coat Hanger Award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Anthony Wallace’s debut short story collection, The Old Priest, won the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and will be published this fall by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is a Teaching Fellow at Boston University in the Graduate Creative Writing Program. He has published poetry and fiction in literary journals such as CutBank, Another Chicago Magazine, The Atlanta Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, 5-Trope, The Republic of Letters, and The Florida Review. His short story “The Old Priest” won a Pushcart Prize and was published last fall in The Pushcart Prize XXXVII. [Student Reader - Michael Kamison]


Spring 2013 Poets & Writers Series


Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 5:00 P.M.
Graduate English Lounge, 1006 Anderson Hall, 10th Fl., 1114 W. Berks St.

Noy Holland’s collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf). She has published work in Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Ploughshares, Milan Review, Western Humanities Review, The Believer, NOON, New York Tyrant, and Post Road, among other venues. She has been a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has taught for many years in the M.F.A. Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, as well as at Phillips Academy and the University of Florida. She serves on the board of directors at FC2. [Student Reader –Alyssa Songsiridej]

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:00 P.M.
ED PARK - Fiction
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award, the Asian American Literature Award, and the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. He is a founding editor of The Believer and worked for many years as an editor and writer for The Village Voice. He is the co-editor of Read Hard: Five Years of Great Writing from The Believer and the forthcoming Buffalo Noir (Akashic), and works as the literary editor for Amazon Publishing in New York. He contributes articles to Bookforum and has written the liner notes to the Criterion Collection edition of Rosemary's Baby. [Student Reader –Jacob Mazer]

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 8:00 P.M.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Room 222

Rae Armantrout’s most recent book of poems, Money Shot, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2011. Versed (Wesleyan, 2009) received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007) was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times. Other recent books include Collected Prose, Up to Speed, The Pretext, and Veil: New and Selected Poems. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as American Hybrid, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011. She received an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego. A new collection, Just Saying, is forthcoming from Wesleyan in 2013. [Student Reader –Jonathan Schoenfelder]

Thursday, April 4, 2013 – 8:00 P.M.
NORMA COLE – Spring 2013 Poet-in-Residence
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., Room 222

Norma Cole’s most recent book of poetry, Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside, has just appeared from Omnidawn Publishing. Other books of poetry include Natural Light, Where Shadows Will: Selected Poems 1988–2008, and Spinoza in Her Youth. She has also published a book of essays and talks, To Be at Music (Omnidawn). Her translations from French include Jean Daive’s A Woman with Several Lives, Danielle Collobert’s It Then, and Crosscut Universe: Writers on Writing from France. She won the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry and has received grants from the Gerbode Foundation, the Fund for Poetry, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Please note this special Dept. of English event:

2nd Annual Rachel Blau DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry & Poetics

Thursday, February 7, 2013 – 7:00 P.M.

Jen Bervin - Artist and poet
Temple Contemporary (the gallery at Tyler), 2001 N. 13th St.

Jen Bervin’s work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. Her books include The Gorgeous Nothings (2012), The Dickinson Composites (2010), and The Desert (2008) from Granary Books, and The Silver Book (2010), A Non- Breaking Space (2005), and Nets (2004) from Ugly Duckling Presse. Her work is in more than thirty collections, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the British Library. She has received fellowships in art and writing from Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, The Center for Book Arts, and The Camargo Foundation. In 2012, she was the Von Hess Visiting Artist at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an artist in residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and in the Book Arts MFA Program at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She teaches poetry in the low-residency Writing MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Fall 2012 Poets & Writers Series

October 11, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
- Poetry
TUCC Campus, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Lisa Fishman’s recent books are Flowercart (Ahsahta, 2011), Current (Parlor Press, 2011), and the chapbook at the same time as scattering (Albion Books, 2010). She is also the author of The Happiness Experiment; Dear, Read; and The Deep Heart’s Core Is a Suitcase. She lives in rural Wisconsin and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. [Student Reader – Jonathan Lohr]

October 18, 2012 – 5:00 P.M
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl. Anderson Hall, 1114 West Berks St.

Christine Schutt is the author of two collections of stories and three novels. The first of these novels, Florida, was a National Book Award Finalist; the second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, Prosperous Friends, is forthcoming from Grove in 2012. She has twice won an O. Henry Prize for fiction and is a recipient of New York Foundation of the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. She has published fiction in Harper’s, NOON, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. A frequent faculty member of the MFA program at Columbia University, Schutt has also been a writer-in-residence at the University of California–Irvine, Syracuse, and Washington University. She lives in New York. [Student Reader – Sam Allingham]

November 8, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
- Poetry
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl. Anderson Hall, 1114 West Berks St.

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.” Cobb’s work combines history, nonfiction narrative, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon. [Student Reader – Declan Gould]

November 15, 2012 – 5:30 P.M. (new date and time)
- Fiction
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl. Anderson Hall, 1114 West Berks St.
Reception to follow the reading in same room
RESCHEDULED (original date was Nov. 1)

Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Spring 2012 Poets & Writers Series

February 16, 2012 – 5:00 P.M.
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Lance Olsen was born in 1956 and received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He is the author of eleven novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four short story collections, a poetry chapbook, and a textbook about fiction writing, as well as the editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Village Voice, Time Out New York, BOMB, Gulf Coast, McSweeney's, and Best American Non-Required Reading. Olsen is an NEA fellowship and Pushcart Prize recipient, and former governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His work has been translated into Italian, Polish, Turkish, Finnish, and Portuguese. He has taught at the University of Idaho, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, and elsewhere. He currently teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two and is Fiction Editor at Western Humanities Review. With his wife, assemblage-artist and filmmaker Andi Olsen, he divides his time between Salt Lake City and the mountains of central Idaho. [Student Reader – Kevin Basl]

March 15, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in A Public SpacePoetryThe Paris ReviewConjunctionsMcSweeney's, Harvard ReviewBoston ReviewThe NationAmerican Letters & CommentaryDenver Quarterly, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens M.F.A. program in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her third book, Engine Empire, will be published in Spring 2012. [Student Reader – Stephanie Luczajko]

March 29, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
C. S. GISCOMBE - Poet-in-Residence
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

C. S. Giscombe was born in Dayton, Ohio. His poetry books are Prairie Style, Two Sections from Practical Geography, Giscome Road, Here, At Large, and Postcards; his prose book—about Canada—is Into and Out of Dislocation. Prairie Style was awarded a 2008 American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation, and Giscome Road won the 1998 Carl Sandburg Prize, given by the Chicago Public Library. He is the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Henderson Award in poetry, given by the African-American Literature and Culture Society. He has worked as a taxi driver, a hospital orderly, and a railroad brakeman, and for years he edited a national literary magazine, Epoch, at Cornell University. His writing has appeared in several anthologies: the Best American Poetry series, the Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, American Hybrid, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing series, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.

April 5, 2012 – 5:00 P.M.
GARY LUTZ - Fiction
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Gary Lutz is the author of four short-story collections: Stories in the Worst Way, which was included in a list of thirty-five “new classics” in GQ magazine; I Looked Alive, which was one of twelve books featured in New York magazine’s “The Future Canon”; Partial List of People to Bleach, which was named by the magazine Time Out New York as one of the ten best books of 2007, and Divorcer, which was published by Calamari Press of Rome in October 2011. His work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines, including Tin House, Conjunctions, NOON, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Chicago Review, Fence, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Denver Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Salt Hill, New York Tyrant, Cimarron Review, Dominion Review, Mid-American Review, Post Road, Slate.com, and The Quarterly, as well as in anthologies, including The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years, Prose Poetry/Flash Fiction: An Anthology, The Random House Treasury of Light Verse, and The Apocalypse Reader. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, which was established by Jasper Johns and John Cage to recognize innovation in the arts. He currently teaches at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. [Student Reader – Joshua Keller]

Please note this special Dept. of English event:

April 18, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
CAROLINE BERGVALL - Rachel Blau DuPlessis Lecture in Poetics
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Caroline Bergvall is a French-Norwegian poet and text-based artist based in London, England. Her projects and research alternate between published poetic pieces, art installations, and performance-oriented, often sound-driven writing projects. Her most recent book is Meddle English (Nightboat Books). Other books include Eclat, Goan Atom, 1: Doll, and Fig (Goan Atom, 2). Her work has also appeared in the Oxford Anthology of Modern British and Irish Poetry, and has been widely featured in magazines and on the Internet both in the US and Europe. Her sound-text installations have been exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, the Hammer Museum, MOMA, Dia Arts Foundation and the Tate Modern. She has held a number of academic positions and fellowships, most recently as an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Southampton, UK.

Fall 2011 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Andi Rosenthal received a BA degree in English at the University of Delaware, and an MA in Creative Writing from Temple University. She is a contributing writer to Reform Judaism magazine, InterfaithFamily.com, and RJ.org. Among her many achievements she was awarded the Elda Wollagaer Gregory Poetry Prize at the University of Delaware, 1992, and the Achievement Award in Creative Writing (first place) in 1989 and 1992, and was the grand prize winner of the 2004 InterfaithFamily.com Essay Contest. She converted to Judaism in 2002. She is a frequent teacher and lecturer for the Union for Reform Judaism and the Interfaith Community of New York. The Bookseller's Sonnets, her first novel, was a Jewish Book World 2011 Book of Note and was also selected as a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute "Conversations" selection for 2011. She lives in Eastchester, New York. [Student Reader - Tiffany Kelly]

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, visual artist, and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile. The author of twenty books of poetry, she exhibits and performs widely in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Her multidimensional works begin as a poem, an image or a line that morphs into a film, a song, a sculpture or a collective performance. She calls this impermanent, participatory work "lo precario" (the precarious), transformative acts or "metaphors in space" which bridge the gap between art and life, the ancestral and the avant-garde. She co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry (2009). Her book Chanccani Quipu, a quipu edition of 32 copies, is forthcoming from Granary Books in 2012. Spit Temple: Selected Oral Performances of Cecilia Vicuña is also forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse. www.ceciliavicuna.org [Student Reader - Geoffrey Waterman]

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:30 p.m.
BRIAN EVENSON - Fiction - Fall 2011 Writer-in-Residence
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Brian Evenson is the author of ten books of fiction, most recently Last Days (which won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009) and the story collection Fugue State. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an IHG Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes as well as an NEA fellowship. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he directs Brown University's Literary Arts Program. www.brianevenson.com

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Alice Notley was born in Bisbee, Arizona, in 1945, and grew up in Needles, California. She attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop to study fiction, earning her MFA in 1969, but switched to poetry early on and has reportedly never looked back. She has published over 20 books of poetry. Her collections include In the Pines (Penguin, 2007); Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems 1970–2005 (Weslyan University Press, 2006), which was awarded the 2007 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets for the best book of the year; Disobedience (2001), winner of the 2002 International Griffin Poetry Prize; Mysteries of Small Houses (1998); The Descent of Alette (1996); Close to me & Closer…(The Language of Heaven) and Désamère (1995); To Say You (1994); Selected Poems of Alice Notley (1993); The Scarlet Cabinet (with Douglas Oliver, 1992); Homer's Art (1990); At Night the States (1988); Parts of a Wedding (1986); Margaret and Dusty (1985); and Sorrento (1984). [Student Reader - Edward Hopely]


The Temple University City Center entrance to 1515 Market St. is between Market St. and JFK Blvd., opposite the Penn Center. At the front desk, you will be asked for an ID. If you are not affiliated with Temple, simply show any ID and say you are going to the reading. You may be asked to sign in. Take the elevator to the second floor.


Spring 2011 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 6:00 p.m.
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Joseph McElroy is the author of nine novels, including A Smuggler’s Bible, Hind’s Kidnap, Ancient History, Lookout Cartridge, Plus, Women and Men, The Letter Left to Me, Actress in the House, and Cannonball (forthcoming). He is also the author of Night Soul and Other Stories (Dalkey Archive, 2010), Preparations for Search (a novella, Small Anchor Press, 2010), and a volume of essays, Exponential (2002). He has just completed a nonfiction book about water.

BHANU KAPIL, Spring 2011 Writer-in-Residence
(Week of March 22–25, 2011)

Lecture: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:00-4:30
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.

Reading: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Bhanu Kapil has written four full-length cross-genre works: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), and Schizophrene (forthcoming, Nightboat Books). Her recent classes at Naropa have engaged architecture, somatics, biology, and memory as ways to approach or navigate contemporary narrative and poetics. An ongoing experimental pedagogy and reflection can be found at her blog: "Was Jack Kerouac a Punjabi? [A Day in the Life of a Naropa University Writing Professor.]" Bhanu teaches across genres, with a particular focus on experimental prose writing.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004). He frequently speaks about global working class policies and issues, most recently on Al Jazeera, BBC World News America, and Pacifica Radio’s “Against the Grain.” A native of Buffalo, New York, Nowak currently works as Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Fall 2010 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 West Berks St.

J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Commencement. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, InStyle, Men’s Vogue, The New York Observer, Tango, and in the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love. She is co-editor, with Courtney E. Martin, of the essay anthology Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. Her next novel, Maine, is due out from Knopf in May 2011. She lives and writes in Brooklyn. [Student Reader – Kathryn Ionata]

Thursday, October 7, 2010 -
8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Kristin Prevallet is the author of four books of cross-genre poetry, most recently the multi-form elegy I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007). She edited and introduced A Helen Adam Reader (National Poetry Foundation, 2007). Her essay on Performance and Mourning appeared in the February issue of The Brooklyn Rail, and recent poems have appeared in Zen Monster, Criptographia, Van Gogh's Ear, Barrow Street, and Conjunctions. She teaches in the Institute for Writing Studies at St John's University and received a 2007 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. [Student Reader – Vladimir Zykov]

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Fred Moten lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he teaches in Duke University’s Department of English. He is the author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer, 2000), Poems (with Jim Behrle; Pressed Wafer, 2002), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it (Cusp Books, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), and B Jenkins (Duke University, 2010). [Student Reader – Laura Neuman]

Thursday, November 11, 2010 – 5:00 p.m.
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 West Berks St.

Catherynne M. Valente was born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979. She is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Tiptree Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Lambda Award, the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award She was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award in 2007 and 2009, and the Locus and Hugo Awards in 2010. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, an enormous cat, and an accordion. [Student Reader – James Brown]

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 5:00 p.m.
, Fall 2010 Writer-in-Residence
(November 17– 19, 2010)
Women’s Studies Lounge, 8th Fl., Anderson Hall, 1114 West Berks St.

Alexander Chee is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, an NEA Fellowship in Fiction, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House, the Hermitage, and the VCCA. His first novel, Edinburgh, won the Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Literary Award, and the Lambda Editor’s Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta.com, Out, The Morning News, The Man I Might Become, Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Us and Mentors, Muses and Monsters. His second novel, The Queen of the Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall of 2011.

Spring 2010 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
RESCHEDULED (original date was Feb. 11)

CAConrad is the recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a forthcoming collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock entitled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Books, 2010). He may be found online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com and also with his friends at http://PhillySound.blogspot.com. [Student Reader – Vladimir Zykov]

Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

RESCHEDULED (original date was Feb. 25)

Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has been sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award. The Good Thief was the winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. Hannah Tinti also recently won the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for her editorial work at One Story. [Student Reader – Elizabeth Spencer]

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00-4:30
Lecture: "Susceptible Materiality"
Main Campus, Anderson Hall, 8th Floor, Women's Studies Lounge,
1114 West Berks Street (corner of 11th & Berks Sts.)

Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Reading: Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, art critic, publisher and editor. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 2008) and Paradiso Diaspora (Penguin, 2006). Since 2004, he has worked pro bono as the Art Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, a free, not-for-profit monthly covering the arts, which is archived on the Web (www.brooklynrail.org). He has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Yau's current projects include monographs on Martin Puryear and Robert Ryman for Phaidon, as well as books of poetry that will be published by Wave Books and Copper Canyon Press. He is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Susan Howe is the author of a number of books of poetry, including Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990); Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996); and The Midnight (2003); and two books of criticism, The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993); and My Emily Dickinson (1985). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and the important Language School gathering of poets, In the American Tree (edited by Ron Silliman). In 2003, Howe started collaborating with experimental musician David Grubbs. The results were released on two CDs: Thiefth (featuring the poems Thorow and Melville's Marginalia) and Songs of the Labadie Tract. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Howe was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and serves as a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets. Her books have been translated into French, Swedish, Spanish, and Portuguese. She was recently awarded a 2009-10 Fellowship to the American Academy at Berlin, where she spent the fall of 2009. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut. [Student Reader Laura Neuman]

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Joanne Dahme is a native of Philadelphia and has lived in the Philadelphia area her entire life. She attended Villanova University to study civil engineering and later went on to Temple University to receive a Master's of Journalism as a way of pursuing her interest in writing. As a result of this combination, she found a career with the Philadelphia Water Department in its Public Affairs Division and the Department's Office of Watersheds. In 2001, she took a one-year sabbatical to focus on a Master's of Creative Writing degree from Temple University. Her young adult novels include The Vampire's Baby (2001); Creepers (2008); The Plague (2009); and Tombstone Tea (2009)—all published by Running Press, a division of Perseus Books. Joanne is married and has a son at Boston College. [Student Reader – Les Robinson]

Fall 2009 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1963, Linh Dinh came to the US in 1975. He has also lived in Italy and England. Author of two collections of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006) and Jam Alerts (2007), with a novel, Love Like Hate, scheduled to be released in 2009 by Seven Stories Press, he has had work anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present. He is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (2001), and has translated Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, The Poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). The Village Voice chose Blood and Soap as one of the best books of 2004. His poems and stories have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and he has read his works all over the US, London, Cambridge, Paris, Berlin and Reykjavik. His work also appears widely in Vietnamese.

Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Eileen Myles is a poet (Sorry, Tree, School of Fish, Not Me, etc.) who writes fiction (Cool for You, Chelsea Girls), and whose The Importance of Being Iceland/Travel Essays in Art, for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, came out in July from Semiotext(e)/MIT. She was the Artistic Director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project in the ’80s. In 1992 she conducted an openly female write-in campaign for President of the United States. She is now a Professor Emeritus of Writing at UCSD. She writes for Parkett, The Believer, Vice, The Nation, The Stranger, AnOther Magazine, and now here. The Inferno/A Poet’s Novel will probably be out next year. She lives in New York.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University MAIN CAMPUS, Gladfelter Hall, Room 13, First Floor
1115 W. Berks St (11th and W. Berks Streets)

Peter Straub is the author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. They include Ghost Story, Koko, Mr. X, In the Night Room, and two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House. He has written two volumes of poetry and two collections of short fiction, and he edited the Library of America’s edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s Tales and the forthcoming Library of America’s 2-volume anthology, American Fantastic Tales. He has won the British Fantasy Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and two World Fantasy Awards. In 1998, he was named Grand Master at the World Horror Convention. In 2006, he was given the HWA’s Life Achievement Award. In 2008, he was given the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award by Poets & Writers.

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Juliana Spahr is a poet, editor, and scholar. Her most recent book is The Transformation (Atelos: 2007), a book of prose which tells the story of three people who move between Hawai‘i and New York in order to talk about cultural geography, ecology, anticolonialism, queer theory, language politics, the academy, and recent wars. Spahr co-edited the journal Chain with Jena Osman from 1994-2005. With nineteen other poets she has been an editor of the collectively edited and collectively funded Subpress.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222

Thomas Glave is the author of the fiction collections Whose Song? and Other Stories and The Torturer’s Wife, and the essay collection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (winner of a 2005 Lambda Literary Award). He is the editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (winner of a 2008 Lambda Literary Award). A founding member of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG), Glave was 2008-09 Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT. He teaches in the English department at SUNY Binghamton.

Spring 2009 Poets & Writers Series


Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Anselm Berrigan
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
Anselm Berrigan is the author of three books of poetry, all published by Edge Books: Some Notes on My Programming, Zero Star Hotel, and Integrity & Dramatic Life. His book Free Cell will be published by City Lights in 2009. Berrigan is Co-Chair of Writing at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, and also teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. From 2003-2007 he was the Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church. With Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan he co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan, published in 2005 by University of California Press. He's the current Poetry Editor of The Brooklyn Rail (brooklynrail.org) and lives in the East Village of Manhattan, where he grew up.

Thursday, February 26, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
Kenneth Goldsmith
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
Kenneth Goldsmith's is the author of ten books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (ubu.com), and the editor of I'll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, which was the basis for an opera, Trans-Warhol, that premiered in Geneva in March of 2007. An hour-long documentary on his work, sucking on words: Kenneth Goldsmith premiered at the British Library in 2007. Kenneth Goldsmith is the host of a weekly radio show on New York City's WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. A book of his critical essays, Uncreative Writing, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Thursday, March 26, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
Maggie Nelson is the author of The Red Parts, a nonfiction book about her family, media spectacle, sexual violence, and criminal justice, and a critical study about poetry and painting, Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstractions (winner of the 2008 Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship). She is also the author of several books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes; Jane: A Murder, The Latest Winter, and Shiner. In 2007 she received an Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Currently she’s working on a book of creative nonfiction about the color blue titled Bluets, due out from Wave Books in Fall 2009. She is on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts and lives in Los Angeles. 

Week of April 6
Cole Swenson, Spring 2009 Writer-in-Reside
lecture: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 - 3:00-4:30 Weigley Room, 9th floor Gladfelter Hall, Main Campus
reading: Thursday, April 9, 2008 - 8:00 p.m. Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
Cole Swensen is the author of twelve volumes of poetry; the most recent is Ours (University of California Press). Others include Goest, Such Rich Hour, Oh, Try (winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize), Noon (winner of the New American Poetry Series Award), Numen, Park, New Math (winner of the National Poetry Series), and It's Alive, She Says. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she has also received grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Shifting Foundation, and the Camargo Foundation and has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. A highly regarded translator of French poetry, prose, and art criticism, her translation of Jean Fremon’s The Island of the Dead won the 2004 PEN USA Award for Literary Translation. She is the founder and editor of La Presse, a small press dedicated to experimental French poetry translated by English-language poets. She is on the faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Washington D.C., Iowa City, and Paris. 

Thursday, April 23, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
James Morrow 
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
James Morrow has been writing fiction since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated “The Story of the Dog Family,” a three-page, six-chapter fantasy. Morrow has published nine novels and two short story collections.  He has won two World Fantasy Awards, two Nebula Awards, and the Grand Prix de Imaginaire.  The New York Times praised his postmodern historical epic, The Last Witchfinder, for fusing “storytelling, showmanship and provocative book-club bait ... into one inventive feat.”  Morrow followed this novel with a sequel, The Philosopher’s Apprentice, which NPR called “an ingenious riff on Frankenstein.”  His novella, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, is set in 1945 and dramatizes the U.S. Navy’s attempts to leverage a Japanese surrender via a biological weapon strongly reminiscent of Godzilla.



Fall 2008 Poets & Writers Series

Thursday, September 18, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
EVA MEKLER’s first novel Sunrise Shows Late, was called “austerely beautiful” by Publishers Weekly. The Christian Science Monitor said it was “…told with a deep sense of compassion and a keen eye for character.” It takes place in Landsberg DP camp. Her most recent novel, The Polish Woman, was called “…a meticulous, raw study of the uneasy relationship between Catholic and Jewish Poles…” by The New York Times, “a stunner” by Kirkus Review and “…emotionally tantalizing…” by Publishers Weekly. Besides writing fiction, she is the author of six books on the theater and psychology and, under a pseudonym, a book on Yiddish slang. She is also an actress and has appeared in the Yiddish Theater. She is a school psychologist for the New York City Department of Education.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Weigley Room, 9th floor Gladfelter Hall, Main Campus (lecture)
Thursday, October 16, 2008 | 8:00 p.m. (reading)
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
FRANCISCO GOLDMAN is the author of four books — three works of fiction (The Long Night of White Chickens, The Ordinary Seaman, and The Divine Husband) and one work of non-fiction, The Art of Political Murder. His first novel, The Long Night of White Chickens, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize for first fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Ordinary Seaman, his second novel, was a finalist for the International IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Fiction. The Art of Political Murder was a New York Times 100 Notable Book of 2007 and a Washington Post Book World 100 Best Books of 2007. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently Allan K. Smith Professor of English at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. His fiction and journalism have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and The New York Review of Books. He lives in New York City and Mexico City.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
PETER GIZZI’s books include The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum and other poems 1987-92. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His work has been translated into numerous languages. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets (1994) and fellowships in poetry from the Rex Foundation (1993), Howard Foundation (1998), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1999), and The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2005). His editing projects have included o•blék: a journal of language arts, The Exact Change Yearbook, and The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer. He teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
Born in Tobago, M. NOURBESE PHILIP is a poet, novelist, and essayist who lives in Toronto, Canada. Her books of poetry include Thorns, Salmon Courage, She Tries Her Tongue Her Silence Softly Breaks (winner of the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literature), and Zong! (just published by Wesleyan University Press). Her novels include Harriet’s Daughter and Looking for Lingstone: An Odyssey of Silence. Her books of essays include Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture, Showing Grit: Showboating North of the 44th Parallel, and Geneology of Resistance and Other Essays. Her honors include grants from the Canada Council and the Toronto Arts Council, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Toronto Arts Award, and a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at Bellagio, Italy.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, Room 222
JOSEPH MCELROY was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930. He was educated at Williams College and Columbia University. He is the author of nine novels: A Smuggler’s Bible (1966) Hind’s Kidnap (1969), Ancient History: A Paraphase (1971), Lookout Cartridge (1974), Plus (1977), Women and Men (1987), The Letter Left to Me (1989), Actress in the House (2003), and Cannonball (forthcoming, 2007). A volume of his essays, Exponential (2003), has been published in Italy. He has received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ingram Merrill Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Among other universities he has taught at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, the University of Paris, and the City University of New York.


Spring 2008 Poets & Writers Series

January 30
3:00-5:00, Weigley Room, 9th floor Gladfelter Hall, Main Campus
TRACIE MORRIS is an interdisciplinary poet who has worked as a sound artist, writer and multimedia performer, with installations at the Whitney Biennial and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The recipient of numerous awards for poetry and performance, she holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Currently she is Visiting Professor of English at Temple University and the CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

February 21
8:00, Room 222, Temple Center City Campus, 1515 Market
MENDI & KEITH OBADIKE make music, art, and literature. The Washington Post calls their work “daring, funny and innovative.”  A series of Mendi and Keith’s media works are featured in the anthologies Re: skin and in the forthcoming Sound Unbound (both from M.I.T. Press).  In a 2001 performance work they offered Keith’s blackness for sale on eBay with a list of benefits and warnings. In 2004 Mendi’s book of poetry Armor and Flesh (Lotus Press) received the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize and Keith received a Connecticut of Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Sound Design for work at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Recently they completed Big House/Disclosure, a 200 hour house song/sound installation about slavery for Northwestern University for which they received a Pick-Laudati Award. Keith is an assistant professor in the College Arts and Communication at William Paterson University.  Mendi is a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.

March 6
8:00, Room 222, Temple Center City Campus, 1515 Market
JENNIFER EGAN is a novelist, journalist and short story writer. Her most recent novel, The Keep, was a National Bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book for 2006. Other of her books are Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001, The Invisible Circus, which became a movie starring Cameron Diaz, and Emerald City and Other Stories. She has written for the New York Times Magazine on topics such as homeless children, Catholic seminarians, and single mothers using donor sperm. She has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Zoetrope and Ploughshares, among others. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, she was recently a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Born in Chicago, she lives currently in Brooklyn.

March 20
8:00, Room 222, Temple Center City Campus, 1515 Market
Born in Toronto, for many years Canadian writer LISA ROBERTSON lived in Vancouver, where she was a member of The Kootenay School ofWriting, and Artspeak Gallery. Her books of poetry include XEclogue, Debbie: An Epic, The Weather, and Rousseau's Boat. In Spring 2006, Bookthug, in Toronto, published a new book of poems, The Men. She writes essays and collaborative texts for the visual arts, and these have been collected in the book Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. She has taught or held residencies at many universities, including Naropa’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. After 4 years living in France, where she began translating the poetry of Eric Suchere and Michele Bernstein's Situationist novel Tous les chevaux du roi, she is now visiting artist at California College of the Arts.

April 10
8:00, Room 222, Temple Center City Campus, 1515 Market
MICHAEL SWANWICK has received a Hugo Award for short fiction an unprecedented five times in six years.  He has also received the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial and World Fantasy Awards. His stories regularly appear in Best of the Year anthologies and have been translated and published throughout the world.  His newest novel, The Dragons of Babel, appeared in January from Tor Books. The Dog Said Bow-Wow, his most recent collection, is available from Tachyon Publications. With his wife, Marianne Porter, he lives in Philadelphia


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