Sarah Vap is the author of five collections of poetry, including Dummy Fire, winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Forest Gander. Her second collection, American Spikenard, was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2007. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review,Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among other publications. She lives in Venice, California.
Todd Fredson is the author of The Crucifix-Blocks (Tebot Bach, 2012), which won the Patricia Bibby First Book Award. He has translated two books by Ivorian poet Josué Guébo, My country, tonight(Action Books, 2016) and Think of Lampedusa (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming 2017).Fredson's poetry, translations, nonfiction, book reviews, and scholarship appear in American Poetry Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Gulf Coast, Poetry International, Warscapes, Matter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, and other journals and anthologies. Prior to receiving his MFA from Arizona State University, where he began the international section of the literary magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review, Fredson served in the Peace Corps. He lived in a village in the Ivory Coast for two years during the unrest that led to that country's recent civil wars. He was a 2015-16 Fulbright Fellow to the Ivory Coast and is an Edward W. Moses Fellow in the Creative Writing and Literature program at the University of Southern California. He is completing his doctoral dissertation titled "Ivoirité: The Aesthetics of Postcolonial Rupture in Contemporary Ivorian Poetry."
Kierstin Bridger is the author of Demimond, a collection of narrative poems based on the lives of women living in the West during the nineteenth century.
Additionally, Kierstin Bridger is a 2016 Finalist for the Jeff Mark’s poetry contest and winner of the Mark Fisher Poetry Prize, as well as the ACC Writer’s Studio Award. Her work has been published in multiple journals and anthologies, such as: Intimacy Anthology (2015), Botticelli Magazine (2015), and December Magazine (2015).
Wednesday, November 30th
7:00 PM Taylor Hall Room 228, Western State Colorado University.
Reading in collaboration with Western's WordHorde.
Beth Paulson's new book, Immensity, was published by Kelsay Books in Fall 2016. Click here to read about the book. Click here to order it.
Paulson has published four previous collections of poetry: The Truth About Thunder (2001), The Company of Trees (2004) Wild Raspberries (2009) and Canyon Notes (2012). She has also published a book of essays,Uniquely Ouray (2007). Paulson's poems have appeared widely in over a hundred literary magazines and national anthologies and have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2007, 2009 and 2011, as well as Best of the Net in 2011.
Tuesday, September 13th
Craft Lecture: The Speed of Scene and Memory
12:00 PM, Leslie J. Savage Library
Wednesday, September 14th
7:00 PM South Ballroom, University Center
Events held in partnership with the Headwaters Conference and The National Park Service Centennial Speaker Series
Reading and Discussion as part of Philosophy Intersections
7:00 PM Taylor 228
Monday, April 11th
12:00 PM Taylor 228
Cynthia Hogue has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Revenance, Or Consequence, and the co-authored When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina(interview-poems with photographs by Rebecca Ross). When the Water Came was named a Notable Book in 2010 by Poetry International. She is the co-translator of Fortino Sámano (the overflowing of the poem) by Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy (Omnidawn, 2012), winner of the 2013 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Among her other honors are an NEA in poetry, the H.D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, and the Witter Bynner Translation Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
She serves as the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry in English at ASU. She served as Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell University in the spring of 2014.
J S MAYANK
NOVEMBER 12th: 7:00 PM Film Screening and Q&A: University Theatre
Screenwriter and Filmmaker
Made possible with additional funds from the Graduate Creative Writing Program.
J S Mayank is a British-Indian filmmaker, represented by ICM Partners and Ensemble Entertainment. His first sci-fi feature script – SLATE earned him a spot on the 2009 Bloodlist (the Horror / Sci-fi / Thriller Blacklist). He was invited by Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival to the prestigious 2010 Tribeca All Access Program for his feature script MARATHON. Presently, he's prepping his feature film THE DEAD WIVES CLUB, which is produced by Future Films (Bend it Like Beckham, The Queen) and is being cast by Avy Kaufman (Lincoln, Prometheus, Brokeback Mountain). He has several TV shows in various stages of development, particularly an adaptation of a Robert Silverberg short story, THE PARDONER for Vince Gerardis (co-executive producer of Game of Thrones) and SILENCERS, a spy show based on a Canadian graphic novel.
For his directorial debut, Mayank was granted an opportunity by the band RADIOHEAD to create a concept music video for their song WEIRD FISHES/ARPEGGI. He worked alongside visual artist extraordinaire John Langdon (Angels & Demons) to design special ambigrams for the video. It played at numerous festivals, including the London Film Festival, Cinegear, Reynolda, and many others. His musical short film SUPERNUMERARY premiered at the Newport Beach film festival, and won three major awards (Best Musical, Best Soundtrack and Best VFX short) at the Action on Film Festival.
More recently, Mayank’s script for EMIT won a Grand Prize at the TABLE READ MY SCREENPLAY contest, beating out over 1200 other scripts, and winning him a trip to Sundance (2012) where a table-read of it was performed. Since then, he directed EMIT starring Jack Coleman (Heroes, Scandal, The Office) and the short has played at over 40 festivals all over the world, including NBC|Universal Shortcuts festival, the Philip K. Dick fest in New York, PBS Shorts Showcase, Fantasia Film Festival, SCI-FI London, Sci-fi Fantasy Athens, Dracula Film Festival in Romania, Edinburgh, Newport Beach, New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Brazil, garnering several awards, stellar reviews and high praise for its inventiveness and creative vision.
In India, he has worked at the United Nations and World Health Organization, where he wrote the scripts for multiple documentaries, particularly for UNESCO. Mayank has an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MA in Communication & Film from Wake Forest University. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK
FEBRUARY 8th: 7 PM Reading: Studio Theatre (Taylor Hall)
Nonfiction, and Poetry.
Matthew Gavin Frank’s new book, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food, is forthcoming November 2015 from W.W. Norton: Liveright. Frank is also the author of “Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer” (W.W. Norton: Liveright), “Barolo” (The University of Nebraska Press), a food memoir based on his illegal work in the Italian wine industry, and “Pot Farm” (The University of Nebraska Press / Bison Books), about his time working on a medical marijuana farm in Northern California. His poetry collection, “The Morrow Plots,” is available from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books. His poetry book,“Sagittarius Agitprop” is available from Black Lawrence Press/Dzanc Books. His poetry book, “Warranty in Zulu” is available from Barrow Street Press. He is also the author of the chapbooks “Four Hours to Mpumalanga” (Pudding House Publications), a poetry sequence about his initial visit to his wife’s homeland in rural South Africa, and “Aardvark” (West Town Press), a poetry sequence that strangely engages the alphabet.Recent work appears in The New Republic, Field, Epoch, The Huffington Post, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Poetry Foundation, North American Review, Pleiades, The Best Food Writing and The Best Travel Writing anthologies, Creative Nonfiction, Gastronomica, Plate Magazine, and others.
THE MAD FEAST
Katie Cortese is the author of Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories (ELJ Publications, 2015). Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Wigleaf, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere, including the Rose Metal Press anthology, Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. She holds a PhD from Florida State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. The former editor-in-chief of The Southeast Review, she now serves as the fiction editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and she lives in Lubbock, Texas, where she teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University.
A new book by Cortese: Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories.
A girl mercifully falls through the floor at a high school dance. A late-life baby devours her father before starting on her mother. A zoo employee bonds with a portrait-painting elephant named Sarai. Walk along with the all-female cast of these very short fictions as they navigate the labyrinthine trail from maidenhood through motherhood and into matronhood, each in pursuit of their own personal version of girl power.
Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, American Poetry Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, Natural Bridge, and others. Her work has received awards from the Associated Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets, Gulf Coast, Bellevue Literary Review, The Madison Review, Glimmer Train Press, and The Southern California Review. A chapter of her memoir-in-progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review.
Patricia Colleen Murphy's new novel: Hemming Flames
Throughout this haunting first collection, Patricia Colleen Murphy shows how familial mental illness, addiction, and grief can render even the most courageous person helpless. With depth of feeling, clarity of voice, and artful conflation of surrealist image and experience, she delivers vivid descriptions of soul-shaking events with objective narration, creating psychological portraits contained in sharp, bright language and image. With Plathian relentlessness, Hemming Flames explores the deepest reaches of family dysfunction through highly imaginative language and lines that carry even more emotional weight because they surprise and delight. In landscapes as varied as an Ohio back road, a Russian mental institution, a Korean national landmark, and the summit of Kilimanjaro, each poem sews a new stitch on the dark tapestry of a disturbed suburban family’s world.
You can read an interview with Murphy regarding her new book here!
W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014). His poems, essays and stories can be seen in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, [PANK], Paper Darts, Menacing Hedge, Blackbird, The Huffington Post,Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, Bring the Noise: The Best Pop Culture Essays from Barrelhouse Magazine and many other journals and anthologies.
He holds degrees from Arizona State University (MFA, Creative Writing) and the University of Washington (BA, English). A recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, his work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. He is currently Co-Editor forWaxwing magazine, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University.