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Visiting Writers Series

All readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free of charge, but seating is limited.
Ahmanson Hall Forum, Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln Boulevard Los Angeles, CA. 90045

 

Fall 2014 Visiting Writer Series

 

September 3
Forrest Gander 
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Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices. Forrest Gander is the author of more than a dozen books, including his 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World, a collaboration with the photographers Graciela Iturbide, Raymond Meeks, and Lucas Foglia, which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other books include the novel As A Friend, the poetry collections Eye Against Eye (with photographs by Sally Mann), Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower, as well as the essay collection Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. Gander notably has translated work by Pura Lopez Colome, Kiwao Nomura (with Kyoko Yoshida, which won the Best Translated Book Award for 2012), Coral Bracho, and Jaime Saenz (with Kent Johnson). The recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting Foundations, Gander was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow in 2008. He is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown.

 

September 17
Michael Joyce 
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Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Twentieth-Century Man by Michael Joyce. Starting with a disappearance, Twentieth-Century Man contemplates issues imbedded in aging, memory, language, family, and even life and death, covering and uncovering many profound mysteries. The New York Times called Michael Joyce’s afternoon “the granddaddy of hypertext fictions,” and The Toronto Globe and Mail said that it “is to the hypertext interactive novel what the Gutenberg bible is to publishing.” Other hyperfictions include “On the Birthday of the Stranger,” Twilight, A Symphony, and Twelve Blue, the collaborative work The Sonatas of Saint Francis, and the shorter hyperfictions WOE, Lucy's Sister, Reach and Lasting Image (with Carolyn Guyer). Joyce is also the author of eleven books, including The War Outside Ireland, Moral Tales and Meditations: Technological Parables and Refractions, Was: annals nomadique/A novel for the internet, Liam’s Going, Disappearance, Going the Distance, and Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden. His collaborative multimedia work with Alexandra Grant includes Lost Hills Hokku and The Ladder Series. In 2013, he was appointed Laureate of the City of Paris and selected to participate in the Institut français artist-in-residence program at Les Récollets. Joyce teaches at Vassar, where he co-founded the program in Media Studies. .

 
 
October 1
Sarah Manguso 
Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend, named one of the top ten books of the year by Salon. Her previous book, the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay, was named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review and short-listed in the UK for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and long-listed for the Royal Society Winton Prize. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowhip, the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, her work has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, and the New York Times Magazine. Manguso has taught at Columbia, the New School, NYU, Princeton, and Pratt. She now lives in Los Angeles and is currently teaching at Otis.

 

October 15
Karen Tei Yamashita 
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Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Brazil-Maru, Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, and I Hotel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and awarded the California Book Award, the American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Award, and the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award. She recently received a United States Artists Ford Foundation Fellowship and is Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz, as well as a co-holder of the UC Presidential Chair for Feminist Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

 
 
October 29
Rob Spillman 
RobSpillman

Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, which has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and elsewhere. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing and currently a lecturer at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn.

 
 
November 12
Cathy Park Hong 
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Cathy Park Hong's poetry collections include Translating Mo'um and Dance Dance Revolution, which was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Norton published her third book of poems, Engine Empire, in 2012. A former Fullbright Fellow, Hong is also the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her poems have been appeared in A Public Space, Poetry, Paris Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney's, APR, Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Nation, and other journals. She currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is regular faculty at the Queens MFA program in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 
 
December 3
Anthony Marra 
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Anthony Marra’s New York Times-bestselling debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was longlisted for the National Book Award, nominated for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and won both the inaugural National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Fiction. The novel was also selected as one of the ten best books of 2013 by The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, New York, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. A Whiting Award winner, Marra currently teaches at Stanford.

 
 
 

Past Readers

 
Salar Abdoh
Daniel Alarcón
Jane Alison
Samina Ali
Erik Anderson
J. Reuben Appelman
Rae Armantrout
Luigi Ballerini
Mary Jo Bang
Amiri Baraka
Tom Barbash 
Lou Beach 
Art Beck 
Philippe Beck
Bruce Bégout
Aimee Bender
Guy Bennett
Nick Benson 
Bill Berkson
Kate Bernheimer
Jenny Boully
Laynie Browne
Peter Cameron
Mary Caponegro
Ron Carlson
Beppe Cavatorta
Ann Cefola
Neeli Cherkovski
Jeff Clark
Joshua Clover
Norma Cole 
Wanda Coleman
Gillian Conoley
Eleanor Cooney
Bernard Cooper
Lucy Corin
Robert Crosson
John D'Agata
Donna de la Perrière
Mark Z. Danielewski 
Michael Davidson
Ray DiPalma
Yves Di Manno 
Timothy Donnelly
Ben Doller
Sandra Doller
Dolores Dorantes
Ben Ehrenreich
Gilad Elbom
Kenward Elmslie
Lynn Emanuel
Steve Evans
Percival Everett
Janet Fitch
Sesshu Foster
David Francis
Kathleen Fraser
Peter Gadol
Forrest Gander
Cristina Garcia
Polly Geller
Amy Gerstler
Hal Glicksman

 
Jaimy Gordon
David Groff
Olga Grushin
Katharine Haake
Paul Harding
Adam Haslett
Brooks Hansen
Jack Hirschman
Jen Hofer
Anselm Hollo
James Houston
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Brenda Hillman
Harmony Holiday 
John Humble
Christine Hume
Samantha Hunt
Lawson Fusao Inada
David James
Dennis Loy Johnson
Devin Johnston
Pierre Joris
Trevor Joyce
Bhanu Kapil
Ilya Kaminsky 
Douglas Kearney
Walter Kirn
Norman Klein
Bill Krohn
Joshua Kryah
Joanne Kyger
Aaron Kunin
Rachel Kushner 
Paul La Farge
Laila Lalami
Ann Lauterbach
Michelle Latiolais 
Joseph Lease
Ben Lerner
Jonathan Lethem 
Suzanne Jill Levine
Sam Lipsyte
Timothy Liu
Michael Lowenthal
Alvin Lu
Lisa Lubasch
Carol Maier
Lewis MacAdams
Barbara Maloutas
Louise Mathias
Yves di Manno
Michael McClure
Heather McGowan
John McManus
Joyelle McSweeney
Laura Moriarty
Jennifer Moxley
Harryette Mullen
Laura Mullen 
Ryan Murphy
Maggie Nelson
Monica Nepote
Joseph O'Neill
Ron Padgett
Elio Pagliarani
Michael Palmer
Nicole Peyrafitte
Nick Piombino
Claudia Rankine
Tom Raworth
Ishmael Reed
Antonio Riccardi
Elizabeth Robinson
Stephen Rodefer
Joe Ross
Jerome Rothenberg
James Sallis
Ari Samsky
Hélène Sanguinetti
Janet Sarbanes
Leslie Scalapino
Joanna Scott
Hubert Selby Jr.
Danzy Senna
Standard Schaefer
Christine Schutt
Aaron Shurin
Eleni Sikelianos
Jane Smiley
Carmen Giménez Smith
Ersi Sotiropoulos
Sister Spit
Jane Sprague
Kevin Starr
David St. John
Cole Swenson 
Nathaniel Tarn
Justin Torres
Monique Truong
Frederic Tuten
David Ulin
Cecilia Vicuna
Catherine Wagner
D.J. Waldie
Jess Walter
Diane Ward
Marjorie Welish 
Lawrence Weschler
Marianne Wiggins
Antoine Wilson
Allyssa Wolf
CD Wright
Gail Wronsky
Matthew Zapruder
Ofelia Zepeda