Fall 2015 Poets & Writers Series
Poetry, Publishing, Politics, And the Art of the Book: A Panel
Thursday, September 17, 2-3:30 p.m.
Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.
This panel brings together four small press poet-publishers nationally known for their dedication to getting innovative writing in print, creating community through their publishing projects, and reimagining and reinvigorating the art of the book. Rachel Levitsky of Belladonna*, Travis and JenMarie MacDonald of Fact-Simile Editions, Stephen Motika of Nightboat Books, and Brenda Iijima of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs will discuss matters of aesthetics, politics, and poetics as they inform their practices as publishers and poets. The panel discussion and subsequent Q&A will be moderated by Brian Teare, editor and publisher of Albion Books.
This panel is part of Philalalia , a three-day small press/handmade book & art fair being held from Thursday 9/17 throughSaturday 9/19. For the full schedule, please go to philalalia.com.
Writer-in-Residence: CRISTINA GARCÍA
Thursday, October 1, 5:30 p.m.
Anderson Hall, room AL 7, 1122 W. Berks St.
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers, The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008 and a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, in 2011. A collection of poetry, The Lesser Tragedy of Death, was published in 2010. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others. García recently completed her tenure as University Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University-San Marcos and as Visiting Professor at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m.
Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge
821 Anderson Hall, 1114 W. Berks St.
Prageeta Sharma is the author of four poetry collections, Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, andUndergloom. Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Boston Review, Agni, Fence, The Women’s Review of Books and (among others) The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry and (BloodAxe/Penguin’s) 60 Indian Poets. Her recent awards are a Howard Foundation Grant and writing residencies at the Millay Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Hotel Pupik (Austria). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Montana, where she is co-director of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race and Creative Writing.
Spring 2015 Poets & Writers Series
Poet-in-Residence: CLAUDIA RANKINE
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 Gender, Sexuality & 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.