Upcoming Events

Mary Szybist

Mary Szybist will be at the College of Saint Benedict for a residency October 2-3rd.

There willl be a public reading on October 2nd at 7:30pm in the Gorecki Family Theater.

Poet Mary Szybist grew up in Pennsylvania. She earned degrees from the University of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. Her first collection of poetry, Granted (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 2009, she won a Witter Bynner Fellowship. According to judge Kay Ryan, Syzbist’s “lovely musical touch is light and exact enough to catch the weight and grind of love. This is a hard paradox to master as she does.”

Szybist is also the recipient of a Bellagio Center residency from the Rockefeller Foundation, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly and was featured in Best American Poetry (2008). She is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. 

Photo credit: Joni Kabana

This event is co-sponsored by the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture and Fine Arts Programming.


Marjane Satrapi

For information on the October 20th event please visit Fine Arts Programming.

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker and The New York Times. She is also the author of several children’s books, Embroideries, and the internationally best-selling and award-winning comic book autobiography in two parts, Persepolis and Persepolis 2. Persepolis was made into an animated feature film, co-written and co-directed by Satrapi, distributed by Sony Picture Classics in 2007.

This event is co-sponsored by College of Saint Benedict President's Office, the Institute for Women's Leadership, Literary Arts Institute, and the Center for Global Education


Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine will be at the College of Saint Benedict for a reading on Thursday, February 5th at 7:30pm in Gorecki 204 B&C

Claudia Rankine is this year's Sister Mariella Gable Visiting Writer. She will be in residence from February 3-6 and will give a public reading on February 5 from her new book, Citizen: An American Lyric, the 2014 selection for the Sister Mariella Gable Book Series. She is also the author of Don't Let Me Be Lonely; Plot; The End of the Alphabet; and Nothing in Nature is Private. In 2014, Rankine was awarded Poets & Writers' Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition. Rankine co-edited the anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language, and her work is included in several anthologies, including Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Best American Poetry 2001, Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century African-American Poetry.

"Claudia Rankine has made of her savage and stern intelligence, her ruthlessness and her terror, great art." —Louise Glück