Fall 2019 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, Charles Library, and Tyler School of Art. 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.

Urayoán Noel Urayoán Noel

  • Thursday, September 12 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art

Urayoán Noel is the author of eight books of poetry, including Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico and the forthcoming 24/7, an anthology of 20 years of his poetry edited by José Miguel Curet. His other works include the performance vlog Wokitokiteki; the performance/installation CONTRAERTE; the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, winner of the LASA Latino Studies Book Award; and the bilingual edition Architecture of Dispersed Life: Selected Poetry by Pablo de Rokha. Noel has been a CantoMundo, Macondo, Ford Foundation, and Howard Foundation fellow, and his poem “San Juan Starry Night” is part of the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico’s permanent exhibition. Based in the Bronx and originally from Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, he is an associate professor of English and Spanish at New York University, and also teaches at Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.

Caroline Bergvall Caroline Bergvall

  • Thursday, October 10 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Charles Library, Event Space, Room 102

Caroline Bergvall is a French-Norwegian poet, writer, and artist. She works across languages, media, and art forms, and her interests run from multilingual poetics to feminism to issues of cultural belonging. Her work includes both published poetic works and performances, which are often collaborative sound-driven projects with sound artists. Her books of poetry and hybrid writing include Strange Passage: A Choral Poem, Goan Atom, Fig, Alyson Singes, Meddle English, Drift, and the forthcoming third volume in a trilogy of works inspired by medieval sources, Alisoun Sings. Her work has been commissioned and shown by prominent institutions such as MoMA in New York City, Tate Modern in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Antwerp. She is currently a Visiting Professor in Medieval Studies at King’s College London.

Alexandra Kleeman Alexandra Kleeman
Visiting Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, October 24 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Charles Library, Event Space, Room 102

Alexandra Kleeman is the author of Intimations, a short story collection, and the novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, which was awarded the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others, and other writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received fellowships and support from Bread Loaf, Djerassi, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Headlands Center for the Arts. She teaches at the New School, and her second novel, Something New Under the Sun, is forthcoming from Hogarth Press.

Asali Solomon Asali Solomon
Fiction Writer

  • Thursday, November 14 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Charles Library, Event Space, Room 102

Asali Solomon is the author of the novel Disgruntled, which was cited as one of the best books of 2015 by The San Francisco Chronicle and The Denver Post. The short stories in her first book, Get Down, earned her a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honor. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Kenyon Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vibe, Essence, on NPR, The Paris Review Daily, and the anthology How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance. She teaches at the Kimbilio Retreat and is an Associate Professor of English at Haverford College.

Past Readings

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

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