Spring 2019 Poets & Writers Series

Public Readings by Recognized and Emerging Authors The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Temple University MFA Program in Creative Writing, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund. 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.

Roberto Tejada Roberto Tejada
Visiting Poet

  • Thursday, January 31 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art

Roberto Tejada is the author of poetry collections that include Full Foreground (2012), Exposition Park (2010), Mirrors for Gold (2006), and selected poems in Spanish translation, Todo en el ahora (2015), as well as a cultural poetics of the Americas, Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness (2019). An art historian, he has published National Camera: Photography and Mexico’s Image Environment (2009), a monograph on pioneering Chicana conceptual artist Celia Alvarez Muñoz (2009), and such catalog essays as “Los Angeles Snapshots” in Now Dig This!: Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 (Hammer Museum, 2011). He is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing and Art History at the University of Houston.

Christopher Castellani Christopher Castellani
Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, February 21 - 5 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Christopher Castellani’s fourth novel, Leading Men, for which he received a Guggenheim fellowship, will be published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of the novels All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the 2004 Massachusetts Book Award. His essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective, was published by Graywolf in 2016. He is currently on the faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and he has taught at Swarthmore College and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet, the country’s largest and leading independent writing center.

Robin Clarke Robin Clarke

  • Thursday, March 14 - 5 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Robin Clarke writes poetry and nonfiction and teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has been involved in organizing a faculty union. Her first book, Lines the Quarry (Omnidawn, 2013), won the Omnidawn 1st/2nd book prize for poetry, and she is also the co-author, with Sten Carlson, of the chapbook Lives of the Czars (nonpolygon, 2011). She is completing a Master of Social Work degree in order to practice psychotherapy. She lives with her partner and two daughters in an intentional community of gardeners, activists, peacemakers, and healers.

Carmen Maria Machado Carmen Maria Machado

  • Thursday, March 21 - 5 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, received the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, VQR, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the CINTAS Foundation. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Allison Cobb Allison Cobb
DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry and Poetics

  • Wednesday, April 3 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Anderson 821 (Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies Lounge)

Allison Cobb is the author of After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press EP series); Born2 (Chax Press); and Green-Wood, originally published by Factory School with a new edition in 2018 from Nightboat Books. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and many other journals. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund and lives in Portland, Oregon, where she cohosts The Switch reading, art, and performance series and performs in the collaboration Suspended Moment. Co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Architecture, the Center for Public History, the Honors Program, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program.

Past Readings

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

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