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.

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.

Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus is the author of several books, including The Flame Alphabet and The Age of Wire and String.  His stories have appeared in ConjunctionsHarper'sThe New Yorker, and The Paris Review.  He is the recipient of three Pushcart prizes and awards from the Whiting Foundation and Creative Capital.  He lives in New York where he is on the faculty at Columbia University.


Jeffrey Goldberg: The Art & Practice of Screenwriting

Jeffrey Goldberg has been the Director and Head of Screenwriting at EICAR in Paris.  There, he created a fully accredited BFA an MFA in Film Direction.  He works as a screenwriter in India, writing scripts for Bollywood, and currently teaches at DAIS. His writing credits include Slightly Sane, Aleksander Rouge and Just About.

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of two poetry books, Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003). His honors include a 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a 2011 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship for Literature, a 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. He is originally from Baa’oogeedí (White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Nation). He is Diné of the Todich’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tł’ízíłání (Many Goats Clan).

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
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