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
Spring 2015 Visiting Writer Series
Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including Embarrassment of Survival and Days Shadows Pass. Wholly Falsetto with People Dancing, a memoir of sorts, appeared in 2013, and his latest collection of poems, Two, was published by Talisman House in 2011. A noted editor, anthologist, and translator from the Italian, Vangelisti translated (with Lucia Re) Amelia Roselli’s War Variations, which won both the 2006 Ennio Flaiano Prize for Literary Translation in Italy and the PEN USA Translation Prize. His translation of Adriano Spatola’s The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 won the 2010 Academy of American Poets’ Book Prize for Translation. Vangelisti is the Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis.
Amity Gaige’s third novel Schroder was shortlisted for the Folio Prize and published in eighteen countries. For her previous books, O My Darling and The Folded World, she won the Forward Book Award and was recognized as one of the “5 Under 35” outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. A Fulbright Fellow, Gaige has published work in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Yale Review, One Story, and elsewhere. She teaches at Amherst and lives in Connecticut.
Poet C. S. Giscombe’s collections include Prairie Style, Giscome Road, and Here, all published by Dalkey Archive. He is also the author of Into and Out of Dislocation, a travelogue-memoir in prose from North Point. His many awards include the Stephen Henderson Award in Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Prize, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Fund for Poetry, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, and the Canadian Embassy. He teaches at UC Berkeley.
In 2001, when Scribner published Dana Spiotta’s first novel, Lightning Field, The New York Times called it “the debut of a wonderfully gifted writer with an uncanny feel for the absurdities and sadnesses of contemporary life, and an unerring ear for how people talk and try to cope today.” Her second novel, Eat the Document, was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Spiotta’s most recent novel, Stone Arabia, was a National Book Critics Award Finalist. She lives in New York State and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.
Jennifer L. Knox
Jennifer L. Knox's new collection of poems, Days of Shame and Failure, will be published by Bloof Books in Fall 2015. Her other books are The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, Drunk by Noon, and A Gringo Like Me. Her poetry has been included in Best American Poetry and the anthologies Great American Prose Poems, From Poet to Present, and Best American Erotic Poems. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Fence, McSweeney's, and Bomb. She teaches at Iowa State University.
Otis Books Reading — We're Not Here to Disappear by Olivia Rosenthal
Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish We’re Not Here to Disappear by Olivia Rosenthal, translated by Béatrice Mousli.
Originally published in French in 2007, We’re Not Here to Disappear, a portrait of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s, was awarded the Prix Wepler Fondation de la Poste, as well as the Prix Pierre Simon Ethique & Reflexion. Since 1999, Olivia Rosenthal has published ten volumes with Gallimard, works that blur the lines between fiction, documentary, and autobiography.
Béatrice Mousli has written three biographies of early twentieth-century French writers, Valery Larbaud, Max Jacob, and Philippe Soupault, all published by Flammarion. She is currently working on a biography of Susan Sontag and teaches at USC, where she is the founding director of the Francophone Research and Resource Center.
Maggie Nelson’s 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, was featured on the front cover of the New York Times Book Review. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets, a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and the media, The Red Parts: A Memoir. Her poetry collections include Something Bright, Then Holes, Jane: A Murder, a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir, The Latest Winter, and Shiner. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Artforum, Bookforum, and Cabinet. Graywolf will publish her new book, The Argonauts, in May 2015. The recipient of grants and fellowships from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and Creative Capital, Nelson teaches at CalArts.
J. Reuben Appelman
Mary Jo Bang
Donna de la Perrière
Mark Z. Danielewski
Yves Di Manno
Cathy Park Hong
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
Karen Tei Yamashita