Spring 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, the Department of English and Charles Library. 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.

Jami Attenberg Jami Attenberg
Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, February 6 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Charles Library, Event Space, Room 102

Jami Attenberg is the author of seven books: Instant Love, The Kept Man, The Melting Season, The New York Times bestseller The Middlesteins, Saint Mazie, and the national bestseller All Grown Up, which was published in March 2017 in the US and the UK, and in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal, and Hungary in 2018. Her most recent book, All This Could Be Yours, was published this past October.

Monica Ong Monica Ong

  • Thursday, February 13 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Charles Library, Event Space, Room 102

Monica Ong is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. A Kundiman poetry fellow and MFA graduate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design, Ong has been awarded residencies most recently at the Millay Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo. Based in Connecticut, she currently serves as the User Experience Designer at the Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory.

Sara Nović CANCELLED- Sara Nović
Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, March 12 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Anderson Hall, Room 821

Sara Nović is the author of the novel Girl at War and the nonfiction book America Is Immigrants, both from Random House. Girl at War won an American Library Association Award, was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and has been translated into thirteen languages. She holds an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, and lives in Philadelphia.

Susan Briante CANCELLED- Susan Briante
Visiting Poet

  • Thursday, March 19 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Charles Library, Event Space, Room 102

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, will be published by Noemi Press in 2020.

Past Readings

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

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