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 2013 Visiting Writer Series
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona, 2010) and three poetry collections:Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts, 2012),The City She Was (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011) andOdalisque in Pieces(University of Arizona, 2009). She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. She now teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University and Ashland University, while serving as the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.
Louise Mathias is the author of Lark Apprentice, which won the 2003 New Issues Poetry Prize, selected by Brenda Hillman, and was published in 2004 by New Issues Press. A chapbook, Above All Else, the Trembling Resembles a Forest, was selected by Martha Ronk for the Burnside Review Chapbook contest, and was published in 2010. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Triquarterly, Massachusetts Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, Epoch, Octopus, The Journal, Green Mountains Review, Slope, Verse Daily, and many others. Her second collection,The Traps, has just been released by Four Way Books. She divides her time between Joshua Tree, California, and northern Indiana.
Spring 2014 Visiting Writer Series
San Francisco poet and translator Michael Palmer’s most recent collections are Active Boundaries (Selected Essays and Talks), Thread, and Madman With Broom (selected poems with Chinese translations by Yunte Huang). His work has been translated into over thirty languages. He has collaborated with many visual and performing artists, notably working with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for close to forty years, and taught widely, including at St. Mary’s College and CCA. His honors include two grants from the NEA, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, and the Wallace Stevens Prize for Poetry. In 2012, Palmer received the Arts and Letters Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Joyelle McSweeney is the author of six books of poetry and prose, most recently Salamandrine, 8 Gothics, and Percussion Grenade. Her play Dead Youth, or, The Leaks won the first Leslie Scalapino Prize for Innovative Women Playwrights. She is the editor of Action Books, a founding contributor to the blog Montevidayo, and teaches at Notre Dame. She lives in Indiana.
Antoine Wilson is the author of the novels Panorama City and The Interloper. His short fiction has been published in The Paris Review and Best New American Voice. A contributing editor to A Public Space and The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wilson lives in Los Angeles.
Danzy Senna’s first novel Caucasia won the Book of the Month Award for First Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Caucasia was also a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the novel Symptomatic, the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History, (written as a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers), and a story collection, You Are Free. She lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Heller has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction. His recent works include This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010, Eschaton, Beckmann Variations & other poems, and Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Work of George Oppen. Heller collaborates frequently with the composer Ellen Fishman Johnson on multimedia works, including Constellations of Waking, This Art Burning, and Out of Pure Sound, all of which premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He has received grants and awards from the NEH, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, and the Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York.
Prageeta Sharma’s poetry collections include Bliss to Fill, The Opening Question, Infamous Landscapes, and Undergloom. Her work has appeared in Art Asia Pacific, Bomb, Boston Review, Women’s Review of Books and other journals. A recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Grant, Sharma teaches at the University of Montana and lives in Missoula.
Salvatore Scibona’s first book, The End, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won both the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library and the Norman Mailer Cape Cod Award for Exceptional Writing. He has also received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was included in the New Yorker's “20 Under 40.” In addition to The New Yorker, his work has appeared in Harper’s, A Public Space, The Threepenny Review, and been included in The Pushcart Book of Short Stories: The Best Stories from a Quarter-Century of the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. Scibona teaches at Weslyan and lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is on staff at the Fine Arts Work Center.
Otis Books is pleased to publish a collection of writing that spans the career of the late Italian poet Giovanna Sandri, including verbal and visual texts, poems and poetic essays.
Edited by Otis College Professor Guy Bennett, and introduced by Giulia Niccolai, only fragments found: selected poems, 1969–1998 includes translations by Bennett, Faust Pauluzzi and Giovanna Sandri.
Guy Bennett is the author of several collections of poetry and numerous translations, including most recently Self-Evident Poems and a translation of Mohammed Dib’s Tlemcen or Places of Writing. He is the publisher of Mindmade Books and co-editor of Otis Books/Seismicity Editions.
Born in Germany of Polish parents, Lou Beach came to the US when he was four. He began his career as a visual artist making collages and assemblage, and while working for a record company was asked to design an album cover, launching his notable career as an illustrator. In 2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Beach’s 420 Characters, a collection of single-paragraph short stories accompanied by collages. Lou Beach lives in Los Angeles.
J. Reuben Appelman
Mary Jo Bang
Donna de la Perrière
Yves Di Manno
Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Lawson Fusao Inada
Dennis Loy Johnson
Paul La Farge
Suzanne Jill Levine
Yves di Manno
Hubert Selby Jr.
Carmen Giménez Smith
David St. John