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.

Neil LaBute

A reading from his fiction:
3 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
This event is open to the public; seating is free but limited. Arrive early...

Screening: Your Friends and Neighbors; followed by Question & Answer session
7 pm, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street.  This event is free and open to the public, but it requires a ticket.  Starting on Monday, 13 February, visit Literary Arts, 68.5 Brown St., between 10:30 am and noon (you may stop by at other regular business hours, but we cannot guarantee that the office will be open). Limit of two tickets per person.


Neil Labute is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright and short story writer. Combining intriguing moral and ethical metaphors with dark portraits of the underside of American life, Labute became one of the most controversial new filmmakers to emerge in the 1990s.  Films include In The Company Of Men, Your Friends And Neighbors, Nurse Betty, Possession and Lakeview Terrace. Plays include Bash: Latter-Day Plays, The Shape Of Things, The Mercy Seat, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s) and Reasons To Be Pretty. Among other awards, Labute has received The Filmmakers Trophy at Sundance, The Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, and The New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best First Feature.

Interrupt II

Interrupt II Studio
Friday-Sunday  
February 10 - 12, 2012 

Netherlands-based digital artists JODI (Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans), along with more than two-dozen other electronic writers, artists and performers from around the world will converge on Brown as part of the Interrupt II Studio. The Interrupt II readings, presentations and performances will be free and open to the public, and will take place on the Brown campus and in downtown Providence. This event is sponsored by the Creative Arts Council and Department of Literary Arts.

Detailed information and participant bios can be found at http://i2.literalart.net and at  Interrupt 

Evan Lavender-Smith

Evan Lavender-Smith is the author of From Old Notebooks and Avatar. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University.

Writers on Writing Reading Series - Spring 2012

The Writers On Writing Reading Series is given in conjunction with the course of the same title (LITR1200).  Given in both the spring and fall semesters, it features visits to campus by contemporary writers who read from and discuss their work.

New Voices in Fiction

The Department of Literary Arts presents “New Voices In Fiction,” a discussion and readings by authors Matt Bell, Rachel Glaser, Lily Hoang, Joanna Howard, Matthew Salesses and Mike Young. In this two-part event, the six authors will hold a discussion on the art of writing followed by readings by the authors. The discussion begins at 3 p.m. and the readings begin at 7:30 p.m., both in the McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St.

Year in China - Literary Arts sponsored readings

The Year of China explores the rich culture, economy, and politics of Greater China, investigating its past, examining its present, and contemplating its future. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year, Brown will host public lectures, cultural events, academic conferences, and exhibits in an integrated exploration of China. 

Literary Arts sponsored readings by Wing Tek Lum and Ha Jin on November 28, 2011.

 


VEER Providence - 6 October, 2011

 

The Department of Literary Arts at Brown University will present “Veer Providence,” a reading by poets Maggie O’Sullivan, Bruce Andrews, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Will Rowe, Gilbert Adair, Aodan McCardle,  and Stephen Mooney.

The featured poets have all been published by Veer Books, a U.K.-based small press specializing in innovative and experimental writings in poetry and poetics which operates in association with the Contemporary Poetics Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London.  Veer has published over forty books and pamphlets since its inception in 2003, as well as three poetry journals.

 

Contemporary Writers Reading Series - Spring 2009

The Department of Literary Arts Contemporary Writers Reading Series brings to the Brown campus distinguished and experimental writers, providing access to significant voices in contemporary literature.

Contemporary Writers Reading Series - Spring 2008

The Department of Literary Arts Contemporary Writers Reading Series brings to the Brown campus distinguished and experimental writers, providing access to significant voices in contemporary literature.

There will be Light: A Freedom to Write Literary Festival

The International Writers Project (IWP) at Brown University presents There Will Still Be Light: A Freedom to Write Literary Festival, from Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 23, 2009. The series of readings and discussions celebrating freedom of expression and the culture of Burmese author Ma Thida, Brown’s current IWP fellow, will feature writers Amitav Ghosh, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Karen Connelly, Nay Win Myint, and others.