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.
Maurice Scully was born in Dublin in 1952. Active as an editor and organizer of talks, readings & performances in the 1980s, he began work in 1981 on what was to becomeThings That Happen. This is an eight-book project available now as 5 Freedoms of Movement, Livelihood (five books), Sonata, and Tig. Subsequent publications include two selections, Doing the Same in English and A Tour of the Lattice. Humming, a new book-length work, appeared in 2009. A CD from Wild Honey Press containing extracts from some of his books read by the author appeared in 2000 under the title Mouthpuller.
He is the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Macaulay Fellowship, an Irish Writers Centre Patrick and Katherine Fellowship, and two Irish Arts Council Bursaries. He was elected a member of Aosdana in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.
Percival Everett is the author of more than twenty novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry. His novels include, most recently, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell,Assumption, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, and The Water Cure. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, among others. He has been described as a lyrical writer whose “stark and sometimes powerful prose” leaves a lasting impression. Everett is currently Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, and freelance curator. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns, and Further Adventures in Monochrome. His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail (2006 – 2011). In January, 2012, he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with three other writers. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and many others. His awards include a General Electric Foundation Award, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and a Brendan Gillin Award. In 2002 he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. He is Associate Professor in Critical Studies at the Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Eve Yohalem is the author of the middle grade novel Escape Under the Forever Sky, the series for younger readers Grandpa Hates the Birds, and the forthcoming middle grade novel Cast Off: The Strage Adventures of Petra De Winter and Braam Broen. After graduating Brown in 1989, she worked first as an opera singer and then at Little, Brown and Company before co-founding a career-planning website that she sold to job site Monster in 1999. Eve lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.
Johannes Heldén is an writer, visual artist and musician who is the author of eight books (including, most recently, Ljus, System (Part 1), Science Fiction, and Entropi), four digital interactive artworks, and three full-length music albums. His current work, made in collaboration with programmer, publisher and artist Hakan Jonson, is Evolution, an online artificial intelligence that emulates Heldén's own writing and sound composition, continuously generating a poetry and sound stream based on his published works. Heldeén's work has been featured in group and solo exhibitions throughout Europe. He currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Poet Mark McMorris’s books include Entrepôt, The Café at Light, The Blaze of the Poui, The Black Reeds, Moth-Wings, and Palinurus Suite. Two-time winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series Prize, he has also been the recipient of The Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1960, he has taught at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Georgetown University, where he is currently Associate Professor of English. A critic and fiction writer as well as a poet, his work has appeared widely in periodicals and anthologies in the United States.
Carole Maso is the author of the novels Mother and Child, Ghost Dance, The Art Lover, AVA, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat, and Defiance; as well as Aureole (a book of short fictions); Break Every Rule (essays); The Room Lit by Roses (a journal of pregnancy and birth) and Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Lannan Fellowship.
George Saunders is the author of four collections of short stories: a new collection, The Tenth of December, published in January, 2013; the bestselling Pastoralia, set against a warped, hilarious, and terrifyingly recognizable American landscape; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and In Persuasion Nation, one of three finalists for the 2006 STORY Prize for best short story collection of the year. Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline were both New York Times Notable Books. Saunders is also the author of the novella-length illustrated fable, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, which takes us into a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, and the New York Times bestselling children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, illustrated by Lane Smith, which has also won major children’s literature prizes in Italy and the Netherlands. The Boston Globe lauds Saunders’ ability to “construct a story of absurdist satire, then locate within it a moment of searing humanity."
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Two of India’s foremost innovative writers and editors read from their new books and talk about the situation of writing in India and the ongoing international dialogues of Almost Island.
Sharmistha Mohanty’s two books of fiction, Book One and New Life, situated her as one of the most exciting innovative writers of her generation. Five Movements in Praise, a new book, will be out later this year. Mohanty has also translated a selection of Rabindranath Tagore’s prose works, Broken Nest and Other Stories. She is the founding editor of the publishing house and literary journal Almost Island and the initiator of the Almost Island Dialogues, an annual international writers festival held in New Delhi. Mohanty is currently on the International Faculty for the Creative Writing MFA at the City University of Hong Kong. She has received a fellowship from the Ministry of Culture in India, as well as from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany.
Vivek Narayanan was born in India in to Tamil-speaking parents and grew up in Zambia. He did undergraduate and graduate study (in cultural anthropology and creative writing) in the United States, taught at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, and moved back to India in 2000. His two books of poetry are Universal Beach and Life and Times of Mr. S. His poems appear in several recent anthologies including The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poetry and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond, as well as in journals like Agni, Harvard Review, Poetry Review (UK), and Manchester Review. He also frequently publishes reviews and essays on poetry for a general audience in nationwide Indian newspapers and magazines. Narayanan has taught, conceived and designed several writing workshops both in and beyond formal educational institutions, most recently the innovative Text As Material project in Delhi. He is Co-Editor of the press and literary journal Almost Island. He lives in both New Delhi and Fairfax, Virginia.
Poet Elizabeth Fodaski was born and raised in New York City, where she still lives. In the 90's, she curated the Segue Foundation's reading series and published the poetry magazine Torque. The author of Fracas(Krupskaya, 1999) and Document (Roof Books, 2010), Fodaski holds a BA from Brown and an MFA from The New School. She has been teaching English at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn for the past seventeen years.