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Visiting Writers Series: Reading by Arisa White

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Arisa White, assistant professor of English, is the author of Perfect on Accident, Black Pearl, Post Pardon, A Penny Saved, and her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, which was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards. Her recent collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, was nominated for the 29th […]

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Other-than-Humans in Species and Specie

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

What do companion animals and money have to do with each other? Why were lapdogs and coins special objects in 18th-century narratives? What do dogs and coins tell us about love, about human affect, and even about what counts as human? Laura Brown, Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar, is the John Wendell Anderson Professor of English, […]

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Visiting Writers’ Series: Craft Talk by Chen Chen

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Chen Chen, this year’s Kristina Stahl Writer in Residence, is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. […]

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Visiting Writers’ Series: Reading by Chen Chen

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Chen Chen, this year’s Kristina Stahl Writer in Residence, is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. […]

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Readings From Approaching Poems: Historical Poetics 1895/2018

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Born and raised on Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, poet and performer Emily Pauline Johnson was the daughter of a Mohawk chief and his English wife. She was educated mainly at home, studying both English literature and Mohawk oral history and legend. In 1892 she was invited to give a poetry reading for the […]

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Hooked: Art and Attachment

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

This talk by Rita Felski makes a case for “attachment” as a key word for the humanities. What are the devices that attach us to works of art? Zadie Smith’s conversion to the music of Joni Mitchell offers a striking example of one such device: that of attunement. Felski is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor […]

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Creative Nonfiction Reading by Charles D’Ambrosio

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Charles D’Ambrosio is the recipient of a Whiting Award and a Lannan Fellowship and is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two essay collections, Orphans and Loitering. He teaches in the M.F.A. program at the Iowa Writers […]

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Poetry Reading with Adrian Blevins

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Rescheduled from Tuesday, March 13 to Thursday, March 15, due to the storm expected on Tuesday. Adrian Blevins, associate professor of English at Colby, has written Appalachians Run Amok, winner of the Wilder Prize; Live from the Homesick Jamboree; The Brass Girl Brouhaha; and the chapbooks Bloodline and The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes. […]

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Golden Leaves: Medieval Manuscript Fragments at Colby

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

In April 2016, Maine bookseller Seth Thayer, Colby Class of ’89, found a cache of medieval manuscript leaves “in a trunk in a client’s house in Maine.” A Google search investigating the leaves led him to manuscript scholar Lisa Fagin Davis, who identified all of the leaves as having been sold by the notorious mid-20th-century […]

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Louis D. Brandeis: His Jewish Identity and American Zionism

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

In this talk, David Dalin, author of Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court from Brandeis to Kagan: Their Lives and Legacies, will discuss Louis D. Brandeis’s Jewish identity, views on Zionism, and leadership of the American Zionist movement. Brandeis’s distinction of having been the first Jewish Supreme Court justice is in some ways ironic because his upbringing was […]

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Burnt into Memory: How Brownfield Faced the Fire

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

In the space of a few hours on Oct. 23, 1947, a furious wildfire destroyed almost all of the small western Maine town of Brownfield. Neighbors fought and fled the fire, then returned, determined to rebuild their community as best they could. Drawing on interviews with townspeople, letters, photographs, and newspaper reports, storyteller Jo Radner […]

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Visiting Writers Series: Vievee Francis

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), Horse in the Dark (winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection, Northwestern University Press, 2016) and Forest Primeval (winner of the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the 2017 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award). Her work has appeared in numerous print and […]

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Debra Spark Fiction Reading

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Colby Professor of English Debra Spark is the author of six books of fiction, including, most recently, Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, and Good for the Jews. Other books include Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing and the anthology Twenty Under Thirty. Spark has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a […]

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A Reading by Charles D’Ambrosio

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Charles D’Ambrosio will deliver this year’s Ed Kenney Memorial Reading. D’Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point, and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two essay collections, Orphans and Loitering. He’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Lannan Fellowship, among other honors. His work […]

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Waterville Family Photographs Presentations

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Celebrate the Picher, LaVerdiere, Bernier, and Levine families, who recently donated their photo collections to Colby. Presentations by family members and Colby students will be followed by lunch. This event is the first of three organized by the Photography and Migration Project in spring 2017. Cosponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colby Libraries Special Collections, Office of […]

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Cate Marvin Poetry Reading

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002 she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of […]

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Fiction Reading by Kirstin Valdez Quade

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation. It was a New York Times […]

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Poetry and Human Rights

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

A poetry reading celebrating the intersection between the personal and the political in English and Spanish. Guatemala’s Regina José Galindo and Colby’s own Adrian Blevins will read from recent work. Regina José Galindo is a performance artist and poet from Guatemala. She is the author of two books of poems including Trentacuentos (2008) and most recently […]

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Reading Poetry: In the Beginning is the Relation

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published nine books of poems, most recently Gabriel: A Poem (2014), a book-length elegy, and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together 35 years of work. He has also published five prose books, among them A Poet’s Glossary (2014), a complete compendium, and How to Read […]

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Poetry Reading: Diane Seuss

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Pushcart Prize-winner Diane Seuss’s most recent collection is Four-Legged Girl from Graywolf Press. Her second book, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (2010), won the Juniper Prize, and she had a poem in The Best American Poetry 2014. Her poetry and brief prose have appeared in literary magazines including Poetry, The Iowa Review, Brevity, Black […]

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Book Reading with J.C. Hallman

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

In this Ed Kenney Memorial Reading, author J.C. Hallman will read from his work. The author of B & Me (2015), Wm & H’ry (2013), In Utopia (2010), and other novels, Hallman’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including the Pushcart Prize XXXIV. He received a 2009 McKnight Artist Fellowship for his fiction, and a 2013 […]

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Poetry Reading by Erika Meitner

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poems, including Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, The New Republic, and Tin House. Meitner is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA (Master of Fine […]

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What Makes Russian Culture Russian?

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Suzanne Massie will speak about Russian cultural markers in the folk tale, folk art, and ballet. Best known for her  influential book Land of the Firebird (1980), she was invited by President Ronald Reagan to be an informal advisor on Soviet relations and became a personal liaison between Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in the late […]

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Fiction Reading with Jo Ann Beard

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Jo Ann Beard, the Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence, reads from her novel In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Tin House, and Best American Essays. She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Whiting Award.

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Visiting Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Laura van den Berg

Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Award, and The Isle of Youth, which received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the […]

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