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< February 2009 >

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Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun will read in Memorial Hall at the University of Massachusetts as part of the M.F.A. Program’s Visiting Writers Series.   Šalamun has had books translated into most of the European languages.   He lives in Ljubljana & occasionally teaches in the USA.   He has had ten volumes of poetry published in English including, most recently, The Book For My Brother & Woods & Chalices.   He has won exuberant praise from many American poets, including James Tate, Robert Creeley, Robert Hass, who celebrates his “love of the poetics of rebellion,” & Jorie Graham, who calls his work “one of Europe's great philosophical wonders.”
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The Amherst College community will celebrate the publication of Professor Marni Sandweiss’ Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love & Deception Across the Color Line in the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College.   Publishers Weekly called it “a remarkable feat of research & reporting that covers the long century from Civil War to Civil Rights...a uniquely American story of self–invention....”   There will be light refreshments at the reception & a brief reading by the author.
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Craig Arnold will read at from his recent collection of poetry, Made Flesh, at Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115), Amherst College, as part of the Amherst College Writing Center's Visiting Writers Series.   Arnold is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.   His first volume of poetry, Shells, was a Yale Series of Younger Poets selection chosen by W.S. Merwin.
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David Bollier will talk about his new book, Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of their Own, in the 3rd floor conference room in Gordon Hall (428 No. Pleasant Street) at the University of Massachusetts.   Bollier is co–founder of Public Knowledge, an advocacy organization dedicated to defending the information commons, & editor of OntheCommons.org.   For more information go to the Political Economy Research Institute website.
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Group reading sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   Readers will be Noy Holland, Caroline Klocksiem, Elizabeth Porto, & Susie Patlove. Holland is the author of two collections of short fiction, What Begins With Bird & The Spectacle of the Body.   She is a Professor in the MFA program for Writers & Poets at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she co-directs the Juniper Initiative.   In addition to a Massachusetts Cultural Council fellowship, Klocksiem has received a Swarthout Award & a grant from the Arizona Arts & Letters Commission for her writing.   She teaches college English & co-edits the online literary magazine 43opus.   Porto’s writing has appeared in Western Humanities Review; Massachusetts Review; Willow Springs; & Southern California Anthology. Her awards and honors include an MCC Artist Fellowship in 2000 & the Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Award.  Patlove’s poems have been published in the Atlanta Review, Monkscript, Sanctuary, & other journals; in Crossing Paths: An Anthology of Poems by Women; & in 5-Minute Pieces.   For more information go to the Commonwealth Reading Series.
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Amity Gaige will read from The Folded World, newly published in paperback. Gaige, who lives in Amherst & teaches at Mt. Holyoke College, is also author of O My Darling.   The Chicago Tribune, which choose The Folded World as one of the best books of 2007, wrote that it “ will appeal to readers who like to dive into the muck of internal & interpersonal conflicts, & break the surface with breath born of insight & empathy.   Amity Gaige’s second novel lives up to the reputation she earned with her first one, as an original, compelling voice”.   It was named ForeWord Book of the Year & best book of fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
“Live Lit”   Students in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Massachusetts will read from their recent work.   Evenings usually include a mix of poetry & fiction.   Tonight’s readers TBA.
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“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”   Kimiko Hahn & Robyn Schiff will read from their recent work as part of the jubilat/Jones Reading Series in the Trustees Room at the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street in Amherst.   Hahn is autor of seven volumes of poetry, including The Artist’s Daughter; Mosquito & Ant &, most recently, The Narrow Road to the Interior.     Schiff is author of Worth, winner of an award from the Greenwall Fund by the American Academy of Poets, & the recent collection, Revolver.   Co-editor of Canarium Books, her work has been represented in anthologies including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century & Transatlantic Verse.
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CANCELED Karen Condon will read from her novel Are You a Survivor?   Condon received her MFA in creative writing at the University of Massachusetts in 1993.   Her stories have appeared in, among other journals, The Iowa Review, Bottomfish Magazine, Sonora Review, Kansas Quarterly, & Fiddlehead, as well as in the anthologies Awake: A Reader for the Sleepless & A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors.
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Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University & director of the Middle East Institute, will discuss “Sowing Crisis in the Middle East” in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center, at Amherst College.   Khalidi is author a numberous books on the Middle East, including, Sowing Crisis: The Cold War & American Hegemony in the Middle East; The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood; & Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints & America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East.
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Jedediah Berry will read from his first, long-awaited & whimsically wonderful novel of mystery & fantasy, The Manual of Detection.   In this tightly plotted yet mind–expanding debut novel, an unlikely detective, armed only with an umbrella & a singular handbook, must untangle a string of crimes committed in & through people's dreams.   Berry’s short stories have appeared in numerous journals such as Pindeldyboz, La Petite Zine, & Chicago Review; & in anthologies including Salon Fantastique & Best New American Voices 2008. He lives in Easthampton, MA, where he serves as assistant editor of Small Beer Press.

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