FALL 2018 Visiting Authors
In Residence September 9-12, 2018
Public Reading 7:00 p.m. September 11, Gorecki 204 BC
Jamel Brinkley is the 2018 Sister Mariella Gable Award-winning author of A Lucky Man (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books). His fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Epiphany, and LitMag. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he was also the 2016,17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Beginning this fall, he will be a 2018-2020 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. (credit: Jamel Brinkley website)
A Lucky Man presents a powerful portrait of black men and boys who have experienced many forms of trauma. These characters struggle to create a stable space for the self while navigating complicated social and familial communities and a world shaped by race, gender, and class.
In Residence November 6-9, 2018
Public Reading November 8, Upper Gorecki 7:00 PM
Tarfia Faizullah’s highly anticipated second collection, Registers of Illuminated Villages, extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices—elegies, outcries, self-portraits, and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. One poem steps down the page like a Slinky; another poem responds to makeup homework completed in the summer of a childhood accident; other poems punctuate the collection with dark meditations on dissociation, discipline, defiance, and destiny; and the near-title poem, “Register of Eliminated Villages,” suggests illuminated texts, one a Qur’an in which the speaker’s name might be found, and the other a register of 397 villages destroyed in northern Iraq. Faizullah, the author of the award-winning collection Seam, is an essential poet, whose work only grows more urgent, beautiful, and—even in its unsparing brutality—full of love.
Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam, winner of a VIDA Award and a Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. She teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Detroit.
SPRING 2019 Visiting Authors
Joyce Carol Oates
In residence on our campuses February 17-20, 2019
Public reading Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 PM in Escher Auditorium, The Benedicta Arts Center
Joyce Carol Oates is the author of multiple best-selling novels and critically-acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, and a memoir. Writing in The Nation, critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. said, “A future archeologist equipped only with her oeuvre could easily piece together the whole of postwar America.” She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2010, President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal.
In Residence March 24-27, 2019
Documentary viewing March 25 at 7:00 PM and a Poetry Reading March 26 at 7:00 PM, Upper Gorecki
Spencer Reece is an ordained Episcopalian priest and currently works as a chaplain in Spain. His first poetry book, The Clerk’s Tale (2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück, and later adapted into a short film produced by James Franco. His poetry collection, The Road to Emmaus (2013), was nominated for the National Book Award. Reece has received numerous fellowships, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Library of Congress. Reece received a grant from the Fulbright Foundation to fund his work of teaching poetry in a Honduran orphanage in 2012-2013, and compiled and published a book of his students’ poems: Counting Time Like People Count Stars: Poems by the Girls of Little Roses, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (2017). Reece’s experiences with these students was also filmed and produced into a documentary: Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World.