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Upcoming Events For Fall 2017

Edwidge Danticat

In residence Oct 26-27

Public reading October 26, 2017, 7:00 PM, Gorecki 204 A&B

Join us for Edwidge Danticat's public reading in Gorecki 204 A&B on October 26 at 7:00 PM. She will be on campus to celebrate her new Sister Mariella Gable Award-winning book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story. Danticat has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, the American Book Award, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. Visit the Literary Arts Institute for more information. 

Solmaz Sharif

In residence November 15-16, 2017

Public Reading November 16, 2017, 7:00 PM, Colman Theater, BAC

Join us for Solmaz Sharif's public reading in the Colman Theater in the BAC on November 16 at 7:00 PM. Solmaz Sharif’s Look is a powerful, innovative exploration of the language of war by a new poet of passion and conscience. It was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry, named one of The New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books of 2016, a A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2016, a Washington Post Best Poetry Collection of 2016, one of The New Yorker's “Books We Loved” in 2016, and one of the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Recommended Books of 2016. Visit the Literary Arts Institute for more information. 

Past Events

Matt Batt

Matthew Batt's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Tin house, Mid-American Review, The Isthmus, and elsewhere. The English Department welcomed author Matt Batt to our student reading April 4 with a reading from Matt as well as student performances of their personal writings.

Eamonn Wall

Acclaimed poet Eamonn Wall is the author of seven collections of poetry, his most recent being Junction City: New and Selected Poems 1990-2015 (2015). Eamonn joined us for a conversation honoring Sr. Colman O'Connell, OSB. This event was presented by SJU pottery artist-in-residence, Richard Bresnahan, and SJU University Chair in Critical Thinking, Nick Hayes. 

Susan Stewart, Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil

Susan Stewart - Sister Mariella Gable Award Winner 2016


National Book Critics Circle Award Winner, Susan Stewart is the poet behind the books Red Rover (2008), The Forest (1995), and Columbarium (2003). Ann Hamilton is an internationally renowned visual artist known for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multimedia installations. Both artists joined us in a collaborative performance of their pieces, "Channel" and "Mirror." 

There was also a viewing of Michael Mercil's film Covenant and a discussion with the three artists about collaboration among artists of different mediums. 

Susan Stewart, 2016 Sister Mariella Gable winner, also participated in a public reading of her various works at the College of Saint Benedict.