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.

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.

Under the Tongue: A Festival of Literature from Africa

Readings, discussions, and other events will take place April 15 – 16, 2008, featuring Award-winning African novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nuruddin Farah, and Chenjerai Hove; poet Jack Mapanje; and playwrights Pierre Mumbere Mujomba and Charles Mulekwa.  

“When I take up my pen to write, I feel the strength of standing up and refusing to be silent. In an oppressive situation, silence is death.”
-  Chenjerai Hove, current IWP fellow

Writers On Writing Reading Series - Fall 2007

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.

Contemporary Writers Reading Series - Spring 2007

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.

McSweeney's Rectangular Festival

McSweeney's is an American publishing house founded by editor Dave Eggers. The festival featured "Literally The Most McSweeney's Authors in One Place, Ever!"

Writers on Writing Reading Series - Fall 2005

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.

Downcity Poetry Series - Fall 2004

The Downcity Poetry Series was curated by poet Michael Gizzi with support from Robert Creeley.  Readings in this series took place at Tazza Caffe in downtown Providence, and feature local and visiting poets.