Spring 2021 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.
All events this semester will be held on Zoom.
- Thursday, February 11 – 5:30 p.m.
- A Conversation with Jena Osman
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Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion, Utopia Minus, and The Market Wonders, all from Ahsahta Press. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona, where she also serves as co-coordinator of the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program. The program brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to work with community-based environmental and social justice groups. Defacing the Monument, a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics, and the state, was published by Noemi Press in 2020.
- Thursday, March 25 – 5:30 p.m.
- A Conversation with Liz Moore
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An Arizona native, Kiley Reid is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was the recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her New York Times –bestselling debut novel, Such a Fun Age, is currently in development by Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions and Sight Unseen Pictures. The novel was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work by a Debut Author, and the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, December, Lumina, where her short story was the winner in the 2017 Flash Prose Contest, and Ploughshares, where her short story was the winner of the 2020 Ashley Leigh Bourne Prize for Fiction. She lives in Philadelphia.
Writers whose names are in bold were in residence and met with students individually.
- Téa Obreht, Gabrielle Civil, Paul Yoon, Tonya M. Foster
- Jami Attenberg, Monica Ong
- Urayoán Noel, Caroline Bergvall, Alexandra Kleeman, Asali Solomon
- Roberto Tejada, Christopher Castellani, Robin Clarke, Carmen Maria Machado
- Ken Kalfus, Brian Blanchfield, Jennifer Haigh, Aisha Sabatini Sloan
- Katie Kitamura, Brenda Hillman, Tonya M. Foster
- Amaranth Borsuk, Akhil Sharma
- Sam Allingham, Patricia A. Smith, Dawn Lundy Martin, Sue Landers, Jhumpa Lahiri
- Ann Beattie, Emily Abendroth, Laura van den Berg
- Juliana Spahr, Susan Howe, Daniel Torday, Marlon James
- Cristina García, Prageeta Sharma
- Kelly Link, Claudia Rankine
- Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Rachel Zolf, Jesse Ball
- Catherine Taylor, Joseph McElroy, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Craig Dworkin
- Brenda Coultas, Douglas Kearney, Anthony Wallace, Jaimy Gordon
- Noy Holland, Ed Park, Rae Armantrout, Norma Cole
- Lisa Fishman, Christine Schutt, Allison Cobb, Mat Johnson
- Lance Olsen, Cathy Park Hong, Gary Lutz, C.S. Giscombe
- 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