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.
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.
Rosmarie Waldrop was born in Germany and immigrated into the US in 1958. She taught at Wesleyan and, as occasional visitor, at Tufts and Brown Universities, but soon settled into writing, translating and running (with Keith Waldrop) the small press Burning Deck. Recent books are Driven to Abstraction and Curves to the Apple (poetry, New Directions), Dissonance (if you are interested): Collected Essays (University of Alabama Press). Two novels, The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter and A Form/of Taking/It All have been reprinted in one paperback by Northwestern Uuniversity Press.
She has translated, from the French, Edmond Jabès, Jacques Roubaud, Emmanuel Hocquard, and from the German, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Oskar Pastior, Gerhard Rühm, Ulf Stolterfoht and Peter Waterhouse. The displacement from German to English has not only made her into a translator, but gave her a sense of writing as exploration of what happens between. Between words, sentences, people, cultures.
Kate Bernheimer is the author the story collection Horse, Flower, Bird (Coffee House Press 2010, with illustrations by Rikki Ducornet) and a novel trilogy that concluded recently with The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold (FC2 2011). How a Mother Weaned a Girl from Fairy Tales, a new story collection, is coming from Coffee House Press in 2014. She also edited the World Fantasy Award-winning My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (Penguin 2010), with fourth edited collection – of new mythologies -- forthcoming from Penguin in 2013. She teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Ray Ragosta has published six collections of poetry, including Opposite Ends (Paradigm), Grondines Episode (Paradigm), Varieties of Religious Experience (Burning Deck) and Sherds (Burning Deck). His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Shiny, Hambone, Aufgabe, Oblek, and other magazines, as well as in 49+1, an anthology of American poets in French translation (Fondation Royaumont, France) and A Curious Architecture, an anthology of prose poetry (Stride Publications, England). He participated in the Oblek conference at Royaumont, and gave readings in Paris, Dijon and Marseille.
Contemporary Writers Series
Philosopher, cultural critic, and writer David Farrell Krell is author of three novels: The Recalcitrant Art: Diotima’s Letters to Hölderlin and Related Missives; Son of Sprit; and Nietzsche: A Novel. Krell is the author of many important books on German, French, and Ancient Greek thought. One of the leading living American thinkers specializing in the European critical traditions, he has published a dozen scholarly books on thinkers and topics such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, the tragic absolute in German Idealism, architecture, the problem of “contagion,” and Derrida and the work of mourning, among others. He is currently at Brown University as Brauer Distinguished Visiting Professor of German Studies and as a Cogut Humanities Center Distinguished Visitor.