Temple University Poets & Writers Series
The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Temple University Graduate Creative Writing Program, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to speak (usually on Thursdays) to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. Joining each invited writer is a writer from Temple's graduate program in Creative Writing.
All events are free and open to the public. Readings are held either on the main Temple campus or the downtown Temple location in Center City. Directions to Temple University Center City, 1515 Market St., are below.
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 8:00 p.m.
Brenda Coultas is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press, which won the Norma Farber Award from The Poetry Society of America and a Greenwall Fund publishing grant from the Academy of American Poets. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency. She recently served as visiting poet at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry may be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Witness, and Court Green. In 2012, she competed an artist’s residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, and at the Millay Colony in Austerliz, New York. The Tatters, a collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in 2014. She teaches at Touro College in New York City. [Student Reader - Thomas Trudgeon]
Thursday, October 16, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.
Jaimy Gordon’s fourth novel, Lord of Misrule, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2010 and was a Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award; it also won the Tony Ryan Award for the year’s best book about horse racing. Her previous novels include Bogeywoman, a Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2000, and She Drove Without Stopping, which brought her an Academy-Institute Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She also translates from the German, especially the fiction of Maria Beig. A long-time member of the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, she teaches in the Prague Summer Program for Writers.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:00 p.m.
Douglas Kearney is a poet, performer, and librettist. His first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second collection, The Black Automaton (Fence Books, 2009), was Catherine Wagner’s selection for the National Poetry Series. It was also a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His third collection, Patter, will be published by Red Hen Press in 2014. His newest chapbook, SkinMag (A5/Deadly Chaps),is now available. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Coat Hanger Award, and fellowships at Idyllwild and Cave Canem. Raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in California’s Santa Clarita Valley. He teaches at CalArts.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:00 p.m.
Anthony Wallace’s debut short story collection, The Old Priest, won the 2013 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and will be published this fall by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is a Teaching Fellow at Boston University in the Graduate Creative Writing Program. He has published poetry and fiction in literary journals such as CutBank, Another Chicago Magazine, The Atlanta Review, River Styx, Sou’wester, 5-Trope, The Republic of Letters, and The Florida Review. His short story “The Old Priest” won a Pushcart Prize and was published last fall in The Pushcart Prize XXXVII. [Student Reader - Michael Kamison]
Spring 2013 Poets & Writers Series
Noy Holland’s collections of short fiction and novellas include Swim for the Little One First (FC2), What Begins with Bird (FC2), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf). She has published work in Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Ploughshares, Milan Review, Western Humanities Review, The Believer, NOON, New York Tyrant, and Post Road, among other venues. She has been a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council award for artistic merit and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She has taught for many years in the M.F.A. Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, as well as at Phillips Academy and the University of Florida. She serves on the board of directors at FC2. [Student Reader –Alyssa Songsiridej]
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:00 P.M.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 8:00 P.M.
Rae Armantrout’s most recent book of poems, Money Shot, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2011. Versed (Wesleyan, 2009) received the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007) was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times. Other recent books include Collected Prose, Up to Speed, The Pretext, and Veil: New and Selected Poems. Her poems have been included in anthologies such as American Hybrid, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2011. She received an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego. A new collection, Just Saying, is forthcoming from Wesleyan in 2013. [Student Reader –Jonathan Schoenfelder]
Thursday, April 4, 2013 – 8:00 P.M.
Please note this special Dept. of English event:
2nd Annual Rachel Blau DuPlessis Lecture in Poetry & Poetics
Jen Bervin’s work brings together text and textile in a practice that encompasses poetry, archival research, artist books, and large-scale art works. Her books include The Gorgeous Nothings (2012), The Dickinson Composites (2010), and The Desert (2008) from Granary Books, and The Silver Book (2010), A Non- Breaking Space (2005), and Nets (2004) from Ugly Duckling Presse. Her work is in more than thirty collections, including The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Walker Art Center, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, Stanford University, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the British Library. She has received fellowships in art and writing from Creative Capital, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, Visual Studies Workshop, The Center for Book Arts, and The Camargo Foundation. In 2012, she was the Von Hess Visiting Artist at the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and an artist in residence at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and in the Book Arts MFA Program at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She teaches poetry in the low-residency Writing MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Fall 2012 Poets & Writers Series
October 11, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
Lisa Fishman’s recent books are Flowercart (Ahsahta, 2011), Current (Parlor Press, 2011), and the chapbook at the same time as scattering (Albion Books, 2010). She is also the author of The Happiness Experiment; Dear, Read; and The Deep Heart’s Core Is a Suitcase. She lives in rural Wisconsin and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. [Student Reader – Jonathan Lohr]
October 18, 2012 – 5:00 P.M
Christine Schutt is the author of two collections of stories and three novels. The first of these novels, Florida, was a National Book Award Finalist; the second novel, All Souls, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, Prosperous Friends, is forthcoming from Grove in 2012. She has twice won an O. Henry Prize for fiction and is a recipient of New York Foundation of the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships. She has published fiction in Harper’s, NOON, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. A frequent faculty member of the MFA program at Columbia University, Schutt has also been a writer-in-residence at the University of California–Irvine, Syracuse, and Washington University. She lives in New York. [Student Reader – Sam Allingham]
November 8, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.” Cobb’s work combines history, nonfiction narrative, and poetry to address issues of landscape, politics, and ecology. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for the Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon. [Student Reader – Declan Gould]
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. He is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
Spring 2012 Poets & Writers Series
February 16, 2012 – 5:00 P.M.
Lance Olsen was born in 1956 and received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He is the author of eleven novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four short story collections, a poetry chapbook, and a textbook about fiction writing, as well as the editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Village Voice, Time Out New York, BOMB, Gulf Coast, McSweeney's, and Best American Non-Required Reading. Olsen is an NEA fellowship and Pushcart Prize recipient, and former governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His work has been translated into Italian, Polish, Turkish, Finnish, and Portuguese. He has taught at the University of Idaho, the University of Kentucky, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, and elsewhere. He currently teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two and is Fiction Editor at Western Humanities Review. With his wife, assemblage-artist and filmmaker Andi Olsen, he divides his time between Salt Lake City and the mountains of central Idaho. [Student Reader – Kevin Basl]
March 15, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
Cathy Park Hong's first book, Translating Mo'um, was published in 2002 by Hanging Loose Press. Her second collection, Dance Dance Revolution, was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was published in 2007 by W.W. Norton. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Poetry, The Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens M.F.A. program in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her third book, Engine Empire, will be published in Spring 2012. [Student Reader – Stephanie Luczajko]
March 29, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
C. S. Giscombe was born in Dayton, Ohio. His poetry books are Prairie Style, Two Sections from Practical Geography, Giscome Road, Here, At Large, and Postcards; his prose book—about Canada—is Into and Out of Dislocation. Prairie Style was awarded a 2008 American Book Award by the Before Columbus Foundation, and Giscome Road won the 1998 Carl Sandburg Prize, given by the Chicago Public Library. He is the 2010 recipient of the Stephen Henderson Award in poetry, given by the African-American Literature and Culture Society. He has worked as a taxi driver, a hospital orderly, and a railroad brakeman, and for years he edited a national literary magazine, Epoch, at Cornell University. His writing has appeared in several anthologies: the Best American Poetry series, the Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, American Hybrid, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing series, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.
April 5, 2012 – 5:00 P.M.
Gary Lutz is the author of four short-story collections: Stories in the Worst Way, which was included in a list of thirty-five “new classics” in GQ magazine; I Looked Alive, which was one of twelve books featured in New York magazine’s “The Future Canon”; Partial List of People to Bleach, which was named by the magazine Time Out New York as one of the ten best books of 2007, and Divorcer, which was published by Calamari Press of Rome in October 2011. His work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines, including Tin House, Conjunctions, NOON, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Chicago Review, Fence, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Denver Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Salt Hill, New York Tyrant, Cimarron Review, Dominion Review, Mid-American Review, Post Road, Slate.com, and The Quarterly, as well as in anthologies, including The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years, Prose Poetry/Flash Fiction: An Anthology, The Random House Treasury of Light Verse, and The Apocalypse Reader. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, which was established by Jasper Johns and John Cage to recognize innovation in the arts. He currently teaches at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. [Student Reader – Joshua Keller]
Please note this special Dept. of English event:
April 18, 2012 – 8:00 P.M.
Caroline Bergvall is a French-Norwegian poet and text-based artist based in London, England. Her projects and research alternate between published poetic pieces, art installations, and performance-oriented, often sound-driven writing projects. Her most recent book is Meddle English (Nightboat Books). Other books include Eclat, Goan Atom, 1: Doll, and Fig (Goan Atom, 2). Her work has also appeared in the Oxford Anthology of Modern British and Irish Poetry, and has been widely featured in magazines and on the Internet both in the US and Europe. Her sound-text installations have been exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, the Hammer Museum, MOMA, Dia Arts Foundation and the Tate Modern. She has held a number of academic positions and fellowships, most recently as an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Southampton, UK.
Fall 2011 Poets & Writers Series
Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
The Temple University City Center entrance to 1515 Market St. is between Market St. and JFK Blvd., opposite the Penn Center. At the front desk, you will be asked for an ID. If you are not affiliated with Temple, simply show any ID and say you are going to the reading. You may be asked to sign in. Take the elevator to the second floor.
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 6:00 p.m.
Joseph McElroy is the author of nine novels, including A Smuggler’s Bible, Hind’s Kidnap, Ancient History, Lookout Cartridge, Plus, Women and Men, The Letter Left to Me, Actress in the House, and Cannonball (forthcoming). He is also the author of Night Soul and Other Stories (Dalkey Archive, 2010), Preparations for Search (a novella, Small Anchor Press, 2010), and a volume of essays, Exponential (2002). He has just completed a nonfiction book about water.
BHANU KAPIL, Spring 2011 Writer-in-Residence
Lecture: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:00-4:30
Reading: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Bhanu Kapil has written four full-length cross-genre works: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), and Schizophrene (forthcoming, Nightboat Books). Her recent classes at Naropa have engaged architecture, somatics, biology, and memory as ways to approach or navigate contemporary narrative and poetics. An ongoing experimental pedagogy and reflection can be found at her blog: "Was Jack Kerouac a Punjabi? [A Day in the Life of a Naropa University Writing Professor.]" Bhanu teaches across genres, with a particular focus on experimental prose writing.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
Mark Nowak, a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004). He frequently speaks about global working class policies and issues, most recently on Al Jazeera, BBC World News America, and Pacifica Radio’s “Against the Grain.” A native of Buffalo, New York, Nowak currently works as Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
Fall 2010 Poets & Writers Series
Thursday, September 23,
2010 - 5:00 p.m.
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Commencement.
Her work has also appeared in The New
York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, InStyle, Men’s Vogue, The New York Observer, Tango, and
in the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love. She is
co-editor, with Courtney E. Martin, of the essay anthology Click: When We
Knew We Were Feminists. Her next novel, Maine, is due out from Knopf
in May 2011. She lives and writes in Brooklyn. [Student Reader – Kathryn Ionata]
Kristin Prevallet is the author of four books of cross-genre
poetry, most recently the multi-form elegy I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time
(Essay Press, 2007). She edited and introduced A Helen Adam Reader (National
Poetry Foundation, 2007). Her essay on Performance and Mourning appeared in the
February issue of The Brooklyn Rail, and recent poems have appeared in Zen
Monster, Criptographia, Van Gogh's Ear, Barrow
Street, and Conjunctions. She teaches in the Institute for Writing Studies at
St John's University and received a 2007 poetry fellowship from the New York
Foundation for the Arts. [Student Reader – Vladimir Zykov]
Fred Moten lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he teaches in Duke
University’s Department of English. He is the author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer, 2000), Poems (with Jim Behrle; Pressed Wafer, 2002), In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black
Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota, 2003), I ran from it but was still in it (Cusp Books, 2007), Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2008), and B Jenkins (Duke University, 2010). [Student Reader – Laura Neuman]
Catherynne M. Valente was born in the Pacific Northwest in 1979.
She is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series,
and The Girl Who Circumnavigated
Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. She is the winner of the Tiptree Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Lambda Award,
the Mythopoeic Award, the Rhysling Award, and the Million Writers Award She was a finalist for the World Fantasy
Award in 2007 and 2009, and the Locus and Hugo Awards in 2010. She lives on an
island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, an enormous cat, and
an accordion. [Student Reader
– James Brown]
Alexander Chee is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, an
NEA Fellowship in Fiction, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and
residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Ledig House,
the Hermitage, and the VCCA. His first novel, Edinburgh, won the
Michener Copernicus Prize, the AAWW Literary Award, and the Lambda Editor’s
Choice Prize, and was a Publisher’s
Weekly Best Book of the Year. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta.com,
Out, The Morning News, The Man I Might Become, Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Us and Mentors, Muses and Monsters. His second novel, The Queen of the
Night, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall of 2011.
Spring 2010 Poets & Writers Series
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
CAConrad is the recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a forthcoming collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock entitled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School Books, 2010). He may be found online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com and also with his friends at http://PhillySound.blogspot.com. [Student Reader – Vladimir Zykov]
Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Hannah Tinti grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, has been sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her first novel, The Good Thief, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award. The Good Thief was the winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize. Hannah Tinti also recently won the 2009 PEN/Nora Magid award for her editorial work at One Story. [Student Reader – Elizabeth
Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 3:00-4:30
Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, art critic, publisher and editor. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P., 2008) and Paradiso Diaspora (Penguin, 2006). Since 2004, he has worked pro bono as the Art Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, a free, not-for-profit monthly covering the arts, which is archived on the Web (www.brooklynrail.org). He has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. John Yau's current projects include monographs on Martin Puryear and Robert Ryman for Phaidon, as well as books of poetry that will be published by Wave Books and Copper Canyon Press. He is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department of Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Susan Howe is the author of a number of books of poetry, including Europe of Trusts: Selected Poems (1990); Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-1979 (1996); and The Midnight (2003); and two books of criticism, The Birth-Mark: Unsettling the Wilderness in American Literary History (1993); and My Emily Dickinson (1985). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and the important Language School gathering of poets, In the American Tree (edited by Ron Silliman). In 2003, Howe started collaborating with experimental musician David Grubbs. The results were released on two CDs: Thiefth (featuring the poems Thorow and Melville's Marginalia) and Songs of the Labadie Tract. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Howe was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and serves as a Chancellor to the Academy of American Poets. Her books have been translated into French, Swedish, Spanish, and Portuguese. She was recently awarded a 2009-10 Fellowship to the American Academy at Berlin, where she spent the fall of 2009. She lives in Guilford, Connecticut. [Student Reader – Laura Neuman]
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Joanne Dahme is a native of Philadelphia and has lived in the Philadelphia area her entire life. She attended Villanova University to study civil engineering and later went on to Temple University to receive a Master's of Journalism as a way of pursuing her interest in writing. As a result of this combination, she found a career with the Philadelphia Water Department in its Public Affairs Division and the Department's Office of Watersheds. In 2001, she took a one-year sabbatical to focus on a Master's of Creative Writing degree from Temple University. Her young adult novels include The Vampire's Baby (2001); Creepers (2008); The Plague (2009); and Tombstone Tea (2009)—all published by Running Press, a division of Perseus Books. Joanne is married and has a son at Boston College. [Student
Reader – Les Robinson]
Fall 2009 Poets & Writers Series
Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 26, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 26, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
Week of April 6
Thursday, April 23, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.
Fall 2008 Poets & Writers Series
Thursday, September 18, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 30, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 4, 2008 | 8:00 p.m.
Spring 2008 Poets & Writers Series
For more information, call 215.204.1796. For a list of writers who have visited Temple's Creative Writing program previous to 2008, click here.
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