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.

Amitav Ghosh Visit, 11 & 12 April

Through a series of public events on April 11 & 12, Dr. Amitav Ghosh, anthropologist and author of several highly acclaimed works of historical fiction, will speak about the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary and trans-regional scholarship—and about his success in bringing the results of his anthropological and historical research to a broader public through fiction.  This visit is co-sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology and Literary Arts, and the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World.

For full schedule, log onto:  Year of China, Amitav Ghosh

Jenny Boully


Jenny Boully is the author of not merely because of the unknown that was stalking towards them (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2006), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007 and Slope Editions, 2002), and the chapbook Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007). A new book of verse is forthcoming from Coconut books in Fall 2012. Her work has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and holds graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and Hollins University. Born in Thailand and reared in Texas, she teaches poetry and nonfiction and currently directs the MFA Program in Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at Cornell University. She is currently at work on The Coal Tar Colors, her third collection of poems, and Purchase, a collection of essays.

BREATHTAKEN - Reading & Book Signing by Poet, C.D. Wright

Brown/Ziggurat Press will host a reading and book signing in the John Hay Library for BREATHTAKEN, a long poem by C.D. Wright with visual accompaniments by Walter Feldman. Following the reading, there will be a reception in the foyer during which visitors can view displayed books, and purchase copies for Walter Feldman and CD Wright to sign. This event is free and open to the public.

If you are unable to attend and would like to purchase a book, contact the Friends of the Library at FOL@brown.edu or (401) 863-2163.

Amy Fox: The Art and Practice of Screenwriting

Amy Fox is a playwright and screenwriter whose scripts include the Merchant Ivory film, Heights, as well as the plays Where the Children Are (Ensemble Studio Theater) and By Proxy (CAP 21).   Her play Breakfast and Bed was included in Best American Short Plays 2006-2007, and she has over a dozen theater productions to her credit.  Time Out New York has called her “a ferocious talent.”   She is on the faculty of the Graduate Department of Film and Television at NYU, and lives in Brooklyn. 

Vaun Monroe: The Art and Practice of Screenwriting

Vaun Monroe is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Columbia College’s Film and Video Department.  He holds an MFA from Temple University.  He was the President of the National Association of Black Screenwriters (2010).  His produced work includes Chicago (a teleplay), All the World’s A Stage (a short), and Mere Players.  He is a Senior Story Analyst for Ithaca Entertainment.

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown is the author of twelve books, including, most recentlyAmerican Romances (City Lights 2009), winner of a Publishing Triangle Award.  Her other titles include The Terrible GirlsThe Gifts of the BodyThe Last Time I Saw You, and The Dogs.  She has written for dance, theater and the visual arts. Her work has been translated into Japanese, German, and Italian.  She lives in Seattle and teaches in at Goddard College in Vermont and elsewhere.


Art as Sin

Art as Sin:  The Middle East & Freedom of Expression - 12-16 March 2012

Novelists Ron Leshem and Daniel Mueenuddin, along with filmmaker Behram Beyzaie and many other prominent Middle Eastern artists, will headline a multi-day festival at Brown University celebrating the literature and culture of Iran and the Middle East. 

To view full event page:  Art as Sin

For artist bios, click here.

Zachary Schomburg/Fjords Reading

FJORDS is a live-scored contemporary shadow puppet show based on the poetry of Zachary Schomburg (McSweeneys/ Black Ocean/ Octopus Press) with an original score by Kyle Vegter.  Created using overhead projectors, human silhouette, manipulated video, a quadraphonic sound design, and a live performed, original score for amplified string quartet and percussion FJORDS will blur the line between fringe shadow theater and new, contemporary classical art music.  

Told through 15 visual/ musical shorts (each based on a different Schomburg poem) the show follows a young man through haunting surrealist landscapes as he struggles with work, family, love, and what would kill him. 

Marie Regan: The Art and Practice of Screenwriting

Marie Regan is a filmmaker, screenwriter, professor and story consultant.  A descendant of Pocahontas, her work investigates the collision between myths of identity and constrained American realities.  Her titles include Cowboy Song (a feature documentary) and Para-Chute Project (composited video for public projection). She is a member of the film faculty at Bard College and Columbia University, a MacDowell Colony Fellow and President of the New York Film/Video Council.