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.

way, a film by Konrad Steiner in collaboration with Leslie Scalapino

In 1988 Oakland poet Leslie Scalapino published the award-winning, book-length poem way. In 1999 San Francisco filmmaker Konrad Steiner proposed a collaboration: a reading of the entire book as the soundtrack to a montage of images. They recorded Leslie Scalapino reading the work in 2000 at her home. Over the next eleven years, Steiner created six different films, one for each segment of the poem, each stylistically distinct. In one “film, bum series,” original 16mm Kodachrome footage shows pedestrian life and light in downtown San Francisco; “no(h) - setting” displays haunting internet clips documenting the Iraq war; “hoofer” atomizes a Fred Astaire dance number; and so on. The montage is a visual response and supplement to the music, imagery and sense of the original poem. The film cycle does not supersede the book, much less illustrate it, rather it acts as a cinematic space where the montage and the poem, the poet's and the filmmaker's imagination, are braided in time.

Brian Holton

Brian Holton, who was born in Scotland and grew up partly in Nigeria, is the son of an Irish father who was bilingual in English and French and fluent in Hausa, and a mother who was a natural Border Scots speaker: this led him to a career as a translator.  After learning classical Greek, French and Latin at school, he studied Chinese at the universities of Edinburgh and Durham, two institutions where he later taught. He was the first director of the Chinese translation & interpreting program at Newcastle University, before teaching translation for ten years at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  He has published 15 books of Chinese poetry, and continues to translate into both English and Scots, including being principal translator on Jade Ladder,  a major new anthology of contemporary poetry (2012, Bloodaxe Books). He lives in Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Frédéric Boyer

Frédéric Boyer is a French novelist, essayist, poet, playwright and translator.  He studied at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, before teaching literature at university. Currently he is a head publisher for Humanities at Bayard Press, where he managed the work of a new translation of the Bible (1995 – 2001) bringing scholars of biblical languages together in collaboration with contemporary French writers including Jean Echenoz, Jacques Roubaud, Emmanuel Carrère, and Olivier Cadiot.   Boyer’s own work synthesizes personal writing with  the translation of early texts such as Augustine’s ConfessionsPhaedra, and The Song of Roland.

Sarah Bynum

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Her fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including the New YorkerPloughsharesTin House, and the Best American Short Stories 2004 and 2009. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry, most recently Greensward (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) and Ours (U. of California Press, 2008), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, the founding editor of La Presse Books, which specializes in contemporary French writing translated by English-language poets, and a translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA Award for Literary Translation, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, among others. She’s been writer-in-residence at Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Pratt Institute, Temple University, and various other places and taught at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before coming to Brown.

Karen Green

Karen Green is an artist and writer whose Bough Down (Siglio, 2013) has been called "the most moving, strange, original, harrowing, and beautiful document of grief and reckoning I’ve read," by Maggie Nelson in the Los Angeles Review of Books and "a profound, lovely, bitterly funny book that fulfills the first requirement of great art: it is magical" by George Saunders. Her work has also been published in Open City and anthologized in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book. Her visual work is collected by individuals as well as institutions including the Yale Beinecke Library and the Whitney Museum of American Art special collections. She exhibits with the Space gallery in Los Angeles and the Calabi gallery in Northern California.

Nikolai Duffy + Rosmarie Waldrop (cancelled)

DUFFY/WALDROP EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

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Viva la Poesia: An evening of Chilean Poetry

The Brown University Committee to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Coup in Chile will present Viva la Poesia, an evening of Chilean Poetry. 

This event is co-sponsored by The Department of Hispanic Studies, the Department of Literary Arts and The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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Ronaldo Wilson

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also an Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book,  Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press, and Lucy 72 will be released by 1913 Press.  He was recently an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where he worked on a dance/video project, playing with elements from his sound album Off the Dome: Rants, Raps, and Meditations, http://theconversant.org/?p=3634

Anisul Hoque Film, Television

The Brown International Writers Project presents:

Anisul Hoque's film, Television
Friday, 10 May at 6 pm
007 Lyman Hall
Following the screening of the full-length feature film directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farroki from a script by Anisul Hoque, Mr. Hoque will discuss the film and answer questions from the audience.
Film synopsis: As a leader of the local community, Chairman Amin bans every kind of image imaginable from being shown in his rural Bangladesh village. He claims that the imagination is sinful, as it is the gateway to immorality -- and does everything he can to keep the forces of evil -- such as television -- at bay. His efforts lead to ever-growing tensions between tradition and the modern world -- a world that keeps finding ways to press its way forward. Can the Chairman find a way to overcome his fears of images and the imagination and perhaps embrace what television can provide to him and his village?