Fall 2020 Poets & Writers Series

Public readings of fiction and poetry The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Temple University MFA Program in Creative Writing, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund and the Department of English. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to read from and discuss their work to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. All events are free and open to the public. Due to Covid-19, the Fall 2020 Poets & Writers Series will be held on Zoom.

Téa Obreht Téa Obreht
Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, September 24 – 5:30 p.m.
  • A Conversation with Liz Moore
  • Register via Zoom

Téa Obreht was born in Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia, and grew up in Cyprus and Egypt before eventually immigrating to the United States. Her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award finalist and an international bestseller. Her fiction and nonfiction have been anthologized in The Best American series and have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Vogue, Esquire, and Zoetrope: All-Story. Her second book, Inland, was an immediate bestseller and a finalist for the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize. Starting this fall, she will be serving as Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Gabrielle Civil Gabrielle Civil

  • Thursday, October 8 – 5:30 p.m.
  • A Conversation with Yolanda Wisher
  • Register via Zoom

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit. She has premiered fifty performance works around the world. Her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish, Experiments in Joy, and (ghost gestures) performance writing. Her work has also appeared in Dancing While Black, Kitchen Table Translation, New Daughters of Africa, Black in the Middle, and Experiments in Joy: A Workbook. A 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist, she currently teaches at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Paul Yoon Paul Yoon
Visiting Fiction Writer

Paul Yoon is the author of two story collections, Once the Shore, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and The Mountain, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year. His novel Snow Hunters won the Young Lions Fiction Award. His most recent book is the novel Run Me to Earth. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Sanford, Florida, with his wife, the fiction writer Laura van den Berg, and their dog, Oscar.

Tonya M. Foster Tonya M. Foster

  • Thursday, November 5 – 5:30 p.m.
  • A Conversation with Jena Osman
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Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court; the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; the chapbook A History of the Bitch; and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. Her next poetry collection, Thingification, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2021. She is a poetry editor at Fence Magazine and a contributing editor at the A-Line Journal. A 2020–2021 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, she holds the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University. She was raised in New Orleans, and her family goes generations back in Louisiana.

Past Readings

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

Spring 2020

  • Jami Attenberg, Monica Ong

Fall 2019

  • Urayoán Noel, Caroline Bergvall, Alexandra Kleeman, Asali Solomon

Spring 2019

  • Roberto Tejada, Christopher Castellani, Robin Clarke, Carmen Maria Machado

Fall 2018

  • Ken Kalfus, Brian Blanchfield, Jennifer Haigh, Aisha Sabatini Sloan

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