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< November 2007 >

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Louise Glück will read at Johnson Chapel, Amherst College, as part of the Amherst College Writing Center's Visiting Writers Series.   Glück is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Averno, which was nominated for a National Book Award; Vita Nova, which was awarded The New Yorker's Book Award in Poetry; The Wild Iris, which received the Pulitzer Prize & the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat, which received the Library of Congress’s Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; & The Triumph of Achilles, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award, & the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Kane Award.   Glück has also published a collection of essays, Proofs & Theories: Essays on Poetry, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.   In 2001 Yale University awarded Louise Glück its Bollingen Prize in Poetry, given biennially for a poet’s lifetime achievement in his or her art.   Her other honors include the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Sara Teasdale Memorial Prize (Wellesley, 1986), the MIT Anniversary Medal (2000), & fellowships from the Guggenheim & Rockefeller foundations & from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“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 T.B.A.
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“Jubilat/Jones Reading Series”   Deborah Digges & Kevin Goodan 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.   Digges is author of is the author of four books of poetry including Rough Music , winner of the Kingsley Tufts Prize, & most recently Trapeze.   Her first book, Vesper Sparrows, won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Prize from New York University.   Digges has also written two memoirs, Fugitive Spring & The Stardust Lounge.   She has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, & the Ingram Merrill Foundation.   She currently lives in Massachusetts, where she is a professor of English at Tufts University.   Kevin Goodan is author of In the Ghost-House Acquainted, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.   He currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Connecticut.

The reading will be preceded by a ‘Poetry Swap’ at 2:00 PM.
Sam Michel will read in the University Gallery in the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts as part of the University of Massachusetts Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writer Series.   Michel, who has taught in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, is author of two collections of short stories: Under the Light &, more recently, Big Dogs & Flyboys.   George Saunders wrote, “Michel is such a smart, manic, virtuosic stylist.   He’s also a surprising, big-hearted, courageous storyteller, whose considerable talent is firing on all cylinders in Flyer, a book full of odd/beautiful language, & the kind of deep insights that make you suddenly and newly appreciative, of the world around you.”
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Shauna Seliy & Nalini Jones will read as part of the Amherst College Writing Center's Visiting Writers Series.   Seliy, who did her M.F.A. at the University of Massachusetts, is author of When We Get There, of which Booklist said, “The word lovely might well have been coined for the express purpose of describing the sensibility that informs this splendid first novel.”   She has received fellowships from Yaddo & the MacDowell Colony & her work has appeared in Other Voices, the New Orleans Review, & the Alaska Quarterly Review.   Jones, who graduated from Amherst College, is author of What You Call Winter.   Amit Chaudhuri has written that “Nalini Jones writes about the marginal community of Christians in Bombay & the neighborhoods in which they live.   To the outsider, these seem to possess a fabled calm, but the insider knows they are in many ways on the brink of dissolution.   Jones combines the outsider’s wonder with an insider’s shrewdness, & walks the line between the two with genuine intelligence & skill: she’s a terrific writer.”
“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 are Katie Hoffman, Rachel Glaser, Chris Cheney, Jack Christian, Mike Young, Francesca Chabrier, Noah Gershman, Gustavo Llarull, & Gabe Durham.
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Translator & consummate art book crafter, Michael Kasper has just translated The Development of Aerial Militarism & the Demobilization of European Ground Forces, Fortresses, & Naval Fleets by Paul Scheerbart.   Published in 1909, Scheerbart's pamphlet could be characterized as a montage of shifting registers, from banal to bombastic, now chatty, now dry, full of non sequiturs & with a deadpan tone that leaves readers uncertain as to what's funny & what's not.   Kasper is the author of several books including The Shapes & Spacing of Letters, All Cotton Briefs, & Plans for the Night.   He has translated work by Felix Feneon & Louis Scutenaire.   He is a Reference Librarian & the Collection Development Group Coordinator at Amherst College's Frost Library.
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Cole Swenson & Nancy Kuhl will read from their recent work.   Swensen’s books include Goest, Such Rich Hour; Try, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize; Noon, which won the New American Poetry Series Award; & New Math, which won the National Poetry Series competition.   Her translations of contemporary French poetry include work by Olivier Cadiot, Pierre Alferi, & Jean Tortel.   She is a Contributing Editor for American Letters & Commentary & for Shiny, & is the translation editor for How2.   Swensen currently teaches at the University of Iowa.   Nancy Kuhl is author of the chapbook, Arbor, which won the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize, & The Wife of the Left Hand, of which Susan Ostriker wrote, “Provocative, haunting, this is a book that looks ‘from behind the eyelid’s / veil’ slantingly & penetratingly at the world’s unravelings—& makes elegant art out of the raw materials of chaos & deception.”   Kuhl is co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher, & is Associate Curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.
“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 are Tania Van Schalkwyk, Kyle McCord, Anjali Khosla, Brian Mihok, & Emily Toder.

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