Event Archive

Below is a list of our past events. By clicking on the event you can see a list of the authors who participated and links to live recordings from the event.

Neo-Benshi Film Work curated by Konrad Steiner

Neo-Benshi film work films redubbed by members of the extended Literary Arts Community and curated by Konrad Steiner.  

Since 1981 filmmaker Konrad Steiner has made short non-narrative films in the American experimental tradition of unipersonal production, winning awards and screening in festivals worldwide. His primary interest is to use the moving image as a medium for compositions and performances using language, sound and cinematography.

In the last five years his work has increasingly involved cinema collaborations with musicians (SF Bay Area composers Jon Raskin of ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Matt Ingalls of SFSound new music ensemble, and band-leaders Graham Connah and Lisa Mezzacappa) and poets (Leslie Scalapino, Steve Benson, Brent Cunningham, Carla Harryman and Jen Hofer). The feature-length poetry film “way” is one result of these collaborative efforts.

In a longer term project since 2003 he has worked with dozens of writers from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Portland, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo and New York to produce shows dedicated to the renewed interest in adapting the tradition of live movie narration, dubbed "neo-benshi" (an homage to the “benshi,” the Japanese term for film narrator "pyonsa" in Korean, "Filmerzähler" in German), an art which was brought to its apex in Japan, Korea and other East Asian nations during the silent film era.  

Examples of his work can be seen at http://canyoncinema.com/catalog/filmmaker/?i=297

Mitchell S. Jackson: The Residue Years Documentary Screening

Screening of documentary film, Residue Years.

Reading by Mitchell S. Jackson

Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York.  He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New York University.  He has been the recipient of fellowships from Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction. Jackson teaches writing at New York University. Jackson’s novel The Residue Years was released in the summer of 2013 and was praised by publications including The New York Times, The Times of London, and The Paris Review. The novel was a finalist for the Center For Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First novel prize and the PEN/ Hemingway award for first fiction, was named a nominee for The Hurston / Wright Legacy Award for fiction. It was long-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for writing and the Chautauqua Prize and as well named an “Honor Book” by the BCALA.

Thalia Field

Thalia Field's work lives at the crossroads of prose, essay, poetry, even theater. Her collections include Point and Line; Bird Lovers, Backyard; A Prank of Georges; Ululu (Clown Schrapnel); and Incarnate: Story Material. 

Additionally, Thalia has collaborated on performance work, including Melt, Rest/Less and Zoologic.  Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Theater, Ploughshares, Chicago Review, Tin House, Fence, Angelaki, and Conjunctions, where she guest-edited issue #28 on experimental music-theater scores. 

Nick Montfort

Nick Montfort develops literary generators along with other computational poetry and art, and has participated in dozens of writing collaborations. He is the principal of the naming firm Nomnym. He is also a director of the Electronic Literature Organization. Montfort’s #! (pronounced ‘shebang’) is just out from Counterpath  http://counterpathpress.org/nick-montfort. He is the author of Riddle & Bind; co-wrote 2002: A Palindrome Story; and has developed more than forty digital projects. The MIT Press has published four of his collaborative and individual books: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, with Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities coming soon.

Suzanne Doppelt

Suzanne Doppelt is a writer and photographer, and her many publications merge the two fields. Her most recent books include Quelque chose cloche (P.O.L 2004,), Le pré est vénéneux (P.O.L 2007)Lazy Suzie (P.O.L 2009) and La plus grand aberration (P.O.L 2012). Three of her books have been translated into English, Ring Rang Wrong (Burning Deck, 2006), The Field is Lethal (Counterpath Press, 2011) and Lazy Suzie (Litmus Press, 2014). Doppelt’s photographs have been shown in a variety of venues, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, l’Institut français in Naples, New York University, and now here at Brown. She edits the “Rayon des curiosités” series for the publisher Bayard and is on the editorial board of the arts review Vacarme.

Reading by Daniel Tiffany

Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine volumes of poetry and literary criticism, including, most recently, My Silver Planet:  A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins 2014), which was nominated for the Pegasus Award in Poetry Criticism, and Neptune Park  (Omnidawn 2013), selected by the Poetry Foundation, The Volta, and Verse as one of the best poetry collections of 2013.  Previous books of poetry includePrivado (Action Books, 2010), The Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press, 2010), and Puppet Wardrobe (Parlor Press, 2006).  His poems have appeared in the Paris ReviewPoetryTin HouseBoston ReviewFenceJubilatLana Turner, and New American Writing.  Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda.  He is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship, the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy in Berlin.

Daniel Tiffany presents the Geri Braman Hill Lecture -- "The Lost Legacy of Baudelaire’s Muddy Halo"

Daniel Tiffany presents the Geri Braman Hill Lecture -- "The Lost Legacy of Baudelaire’s Muddy Halo"
Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine volumes of poetry and literary criticism, including, most recently, My Silver Planet:  A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins 2014), which was nominated for the Pegasus Award in Poetry Criticism, and Neptune Park  (Omnidawn 2013), selected by the Poetry Foundation, The Volta, and Verse as one of the best poetry collections of 2013.  Previous books of poetry includePrivado (Action Books, 2010), The Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press, 2010), and Puppet Wardrobe (Parlor Press, 2006).  His poems have appeared in the Paris ReviewPoetryTin HouseBoston ReviewFenceJubilatLana Turner, and New American Writing.  Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda.  He is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship, the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy in Berlin.

The Levin Family Lecture: Donald Margulies

Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ plays include The Country House, Time Stands Still,  Shipwrecked!  An Entertainment,  Brooklyn Boy, and many others.   Among his awards for playwriting are a Lucille Lortel Award  and two OBIEs.  His plays have been performed on and off Broadway, as well as at major theatres across the U.S. and abroad.  Recipient of grants from the NEA, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, he is currently adjunct professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale University.

Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson is a Canadian poet who now lives in France. She began publishing in the early 90s in Vancouver, where she worked for many years with the writer-run collective, Kootenay School of Writing, and in the artist-run centre community, writing texts for visual artists, a practice she continues, most recently completing an essayfor the Kunstweiher in Hamburg, for a sculptor and poet Karl Larsson. With Matthew Stadler, in 2013 she edited and annotated Revolution: A Reader, a 1200 page guide to how to live in the present. Her poetry books include Debbie:An EpicThe Weather, R's Boat and Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip. Enitharmon is now bringing out a British edition of The Men, first published in 2006 by Bookthug, who also published her 2012 book of essays, Nilling. Coach House books has just published the new long poem Cinema of the Present. In spring 2014, she was the Bain Swigget visiting Lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University. She currently teaches in the Master of Fine Arts programme  at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.