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Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College

Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME

February 2015

Visiting Writers Series: Fiction Reading with Laura van den Berg

February 24, 2015, 7:00 PM
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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 American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named one of the best books of 2013 by more than a dozen media outlets including NPR,…

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October 2015

Fiction Reading with Jo Ann Beard

October 21, 2015, 7:00 PM
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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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November 2015

What Makes Russian Culture Russian?

November 9, 2015, 4:00 PM
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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 1980s. Talk and discussion will be followed by a Russian tea in the Wormser Room. Sponsored by the Department of German and Russian and the…

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Poetry Reading by Erika Meitner

November 11, 2015, 7:00 PM
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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 Arts) program.

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February 2016

Book Reading with J.C. Hallman

February 23, 2016, 7:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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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 Guggenheim Fellowship in the general nonfiction category.

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April 2016

Poetry Reading: Diane Seuss

April 19, 2016, 6:00 PM
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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 Warrior Review, and The New Yorker. Her work has received awards from Indiana Review, Quarter After Eight, Mid-American Review, and the Summer Literary Seminars contest.…

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October 2016

Reading Poetry: In the Beginning is the Relation

October 25, 2016, 7:00 PM
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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 a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller. Hirsch is president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and is this…

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Poetry and Human Rights

October 27, 2016, 6:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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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 Telerañas, from which she will read. She has also been published in many anthologies in Guatemala. Adrian Blevins is the author of Live from the…

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November 2016

Fiction Reading by Kirstin Valdez Quade

November 8, 2016, 7:00 PM
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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 Notable Book, and was named a best book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Quade is the recipient of…

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February 2017

Cate Marvin Poetry Reading

February 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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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 poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. In 2009 she cofounded the…

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March 2017

Waterville Family Photographs Presentations

March 3, 2017, 12:00 PM
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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 the Dean of the College, Office of the President, and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, in conjunction with the Waterville Public Library…

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A Reading by Charles D’Ambrosio

March 14, 2017, 7:00 AM7:00 PM
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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 has appeared in The New Yorker, as well as in Tin House, The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space. He teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Sponsored…

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April 2017

Debra Spark Fiction Reading

April 11, 2017, 7:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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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 Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, a Wisconsin Institute Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for Best…

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September 2017

Visiting Writers Series: Vievee Francis

September 26, 2017, 7:00 PM
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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 online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Poetry, Best American Poetry 2010, 2014, 2017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry.…

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February 2018

Burnt into Memory: How Brownfield Faced the Fire

February 20, 2018, 4:30 PM
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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 tells an epic story of terror, courage, generosity, and hope. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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March 2018

Louis D. Brandeis: His Jewish Identity and American Zionism

March 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
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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 the least Jewish of any of the Jewish justices of the Supreme Court. His parents, well-educated German-speaking Jews from Prague, did not belong to a…

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Golden Leaves: Medieval Manuscript Fragments at Colby

March 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
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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 book-breaking team of Otto F. Ege and Philip Duschnes. The leaves were acquired by Colby soon afterward. By tracing the journeys undertaken by these manuscript…

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Poetry Reading with Adrian Blevins

March 15, 2018, 7:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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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. She has received many awards and honors, including a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, a…

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April 2018

Creative Nonfiction Reading by Charles D’Ambrosio

April 4, 2018, 7:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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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 Workshop at the University of Iowa. This reading, the Ed Kenney Memorial Reading, is part of the Visiting Writers Series. It is sponsored by the…

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Hooked: Art and Attachment

April 5, 2018, 4:30 PM
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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 of English at the University of Virginia and Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Southern Denmark. She has written widely on literary theory and…

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September 2018

Readings From Approaching Poems: Historical Poetics 1895/2018

September 14, 2018, 3:30 PM
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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 Young Men’s Liberal Club of Toronto. Based on the success of that reading, she began a series of performances across Canada and developed a dual…

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November 2018

Visiting Writers’ Series: Reading by Chen Chen

November 7, 2018, 5:00 PM
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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. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, the New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the…

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Visiting Writers’ Series: Craft Talk by Chen Chen

November 8, 2018, 4:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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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. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, the New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the…

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Other-than-Humans in Species and Specie

November 8, 2018, 7:00 PM
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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, Cornell University, and author of Homeless Dogs and Melancholy Apes: Humans and Other Animals in the Modern Literary Imagination. Her work examines the histories of…

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March 2019

Visiting Writers Series: Reading by Arisa White

March 6, 2019, 5:00 PM
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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 Lambda Literary Award and was a semifinalist for the Julie Suk Award. The chapbook “Fish Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won Daniel Handler’s inaugural…

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Memory, Transitional Justice, and Theatre in Post-Dictatorship Argentina

March 14, 2019, 4:00 PM
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A prominent scholar of Latinx performance, Dr. Noe Montez is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University. His research considers how theater, as a site of activism, can produce memory narratives that change the public's reception to governmental policies on human rights violations. His talk will address this subject in post-dictatorship Argentina. Sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee, Department of Theater and Dance, Spanish Department, and Latin American…

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April 2019

Visiting Writers Series: Reading by Chris Castellani

April 1, 2019, 5:00 PM
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Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love (2013)—a New York Times Editors’ Choice; A Kiss from Maddalena (2003)—winner of the Massachusetts Book Award; and The Saint of Lost Things (2005)—a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book. His book of essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, part of Graywolf’s prestigious “Art Of…” series, was published in 2016. Castellani lives in Boston, where he works as the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country’s leading…

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Wesley McNair Remembers Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon

April 4, 2019, 4:00 PM
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In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Wesley McNair will offer a recollection of his literary friendship with Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon, which began in the middle 1970s, just after the two moved into their farmhouse in Wilmot, N.H. Interspersing his account with poems and personal anecdotes, McNair will show how he and his new neighbors developed as poets of place, all drawing on details from the same patch of ground to create New England visions that were both…

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Clara Lemlich and the Uprising of the 20,000

April 30, 2019, 4:00 PM
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In 1909, Clara Lemlich, a young Jewish refugee from Russia to New York City, sparked the first great women’s strike in American history by speaking uninvited to several thousand teenaged foreign-born sweatshop workers to urge a revolt against intolerable conditions. Over the next three months, Lemlich faced beatings and arrests, but the “Uprising of 20,000” inspired a rare coalition of poor immigrants, middle-class reformers, and feminists. Why did this landmark strike occur? How did it change America? Presented by Rob…

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October 2019

Visiting Writers Series: Terrance Hayes

October 15, 2019, 5:00 PM
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Terrance Hayes is the author of six books of poetry: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassins (2018), a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry; How to Be Drawn (2015), longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box, winner of a Pushcart Prize; Hip Logic, winner of the National Poetry Series, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and runner-up for the James Laughlin Award…

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Water Rights and Decolonization: A Lecture and Poetry Reading with Craig Santos Perez

October 29, 2019, 7:00 PM
Robinson Room, Miller Library, Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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Craig Santos Perez is an award-winning poet and professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. In his words, “My work is deeply influenced by Chamorro aesthetics in particular, and indigenous aesthetics in general, in which much art, architecture, weaving, tattooing, etc., employ symmetrical and repeating patterns. The same is true for many indigenous oral narratives. At the same time, there are also moments of variation within the repeating patterns. “Much of my eco-poetry is engaged with ‘solastalgia,’ which…

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Foresta Ultra Naturam: Exhausting Translation

October 30, 2019, 7:00 PM
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Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than 30 books of poetry, as well as being a noted translator from Italian. In 2010 his translation of Adriano Spatola’s The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 won an Academy of American Poets Prize. From 1971 to 1982 he was coeditor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City, and, from 1993 to 2002, edited Ribot, the annual report of the College of Neglected Science. He worked as a journalist at…

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November 2019

Visiting Writers Series: Jaed Coffin

November 13, 2019, 5:00 PM
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Jaed Coffin is the author of Roughhouse Friday (FSG), a memoir about the year he won the middleweight title of a barroom boxing show in Juneau, Alaska. He’s also the author of A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants (Da Capo), which chronicles the summer he spent as a Buddhist monk in his mother’s village in Thailand. A regular contributor to Down East Magazine, Coffin’s essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, Nautilus, and The Sun, and he’s been a storyteller for the Moth Radio Hour…

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February 2020

Visiting Writer Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

February 26, 5:00 PM
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Lillian Yvonne-Bertram is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she teaches in the M.F.A. in creative writing program. Her book of computationally mediated poems, Travesty Generator, was published by Noemi Press in December 2019. Yvonne-Bertram was recently named director of the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival.

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March 2020

Visiting Writer Ana Menéndez

March 11, 5:00 PM
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Ana Menéndez, the Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence for 2019-20, has published four books of fiction: Adios, Happy Homeland!, The Last War, Loving Che, and In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd, whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald. As a reporter, she wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and India, where she was based for three years. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications,…

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