Upcoming Events

Below is a list of our upcoming events. By clicking on the event you can see a list of the authors scheduled to participate.

Peter Rock

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2:30 pm3:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street - Fones Alley entrance

Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City.  His most recent novel is The Shelter Cycle, which concerns the end of the world in Montana in 1990.   He is also the author of the novels My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The AmbidextristCarnival Wolves and This Is the Place, and a story collection, The Unsettling.  Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, An Alex Award and others, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Department of Reed College.  His YA novel Klickitat will be published in 2016 and his novel-within-photographs, Spells, will be shown at Blue Sky Gallery in 2015 and published as a book sometime in the future.

Napoleon on the Nile - A Staged Reading

Friday, April 3, 2015
2:00 pm3:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street (Fones Alley Entrance)

A staged reading of George Bwanika Seremba's new play
directed by Jen Capraru
performed by Carlos Sirah, Diane Exavier, and Eric Baffour-Ado

Napolean of the Nile is a play about survival against all odds, for the lucky few who manage to survive the exodus only to find that Africa's long unending nightmare does not end with the crossing of a border. The play makes use of Africa's myths, folklore and legends, as well as ritual, song and dance. Sometimes it makes surrealist leaps into the fantastic; at times, its most eloquent statement is the silence punctuated by bombs and bullets.

George Seremba is in residence at Brown as an IWP fellow. He was shot repeatedly and left for dead by Uganda's special military police and has been in exile from Uganda for the past few decades. He is a playwright, performer and theater scholar.

Jen Bervin

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
7:00 pm8:00 pm
McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street - Fones Alley entrance

Jen Bervin is a Brooklyn-based poet and visual artist who works in hybrid forms that blend language, writing, and the visual arts.  She is co-editor of Emily Dickinson:  The Gorgeous Nothings, which made available hitherto unpublished manuscript facsimiles of the “fragments” that Dickinson composed on envelopes and which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement.  Other books include The Dickinson CompositesDraft NotationThe Silver BookA Non- Breaking Space, and Nets. Her visual art is held in more than thirty collections including the Walker Art Center, the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.  Recent exhibitions include “From Line to Constellation” at the Cohen Gallery at Brown University and “One Line of Text (to Be Read from Needle Holes)” at the Granoff Center, Brown University.  She is currently working on The Silk Poems, an experimental book that takes textile as its subject and form.    She is on the faculty of the graduate program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is a Fitt Artist In Residence at Brown.

Lynn Xu

Thursday, April 16, 2015
2:30 pm3:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street - Fones Alley entrance

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and June (a chapbook from Corollary Press). Her poems have also appeared in Best American Poetry 2008Best American Experimental Writing 2014Boston ReviewCLOCKCritical Quarterly, and other publications. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2006 and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, where she was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and a Magistretti Fellow. Her other grants and honors include an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Greg Grummer Award, a Fulbright Grant, and selection as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America. When not traveling, she lives in Marfa, Texas, where she co-edits Canarium Books (with Robyn Schiff, Nick Twemlow, and her husband, Joshua Edwards) and works as a docent for the Chinati and Judd foundations.

Sheila Heti

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
2:30 pm3:30 pm
McCormack Family Theater 70 Brown Street - Fones Alley entrance

In 2012, Sheila Heti published the novel How Should a Person Be?, which was nominated for The Women's Prize for Fiction (formerly The Orange Prize) and named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Salon and other places. Her latest book, Women In Clothes, a collaboration with Heidi Julavits and Leanne Shapton, recently made the New York Times Bestseller's list. This past spring, McSweeney's published her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, which was performed at The Kitchen in New York. She lives in Toronto and is the author of three other books of fiction and non-fiction and one children's book. Her writing has been translated into a dozen languages, and her writing has been featured in The London Review of Books, n+1, Harper's and more. She is the former interviews editor at The Believer magazine.