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New Writing Series Winter 2011

Douglas Kearney, Wednesday, January 12, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
Douglas Kearney
Poet/Performer/Librettist/Educator Douglas Kearney's first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fense Books in 2009. It has since been named a finalist for the 2010 Pen Center USA Award. He has also received a Whitting Writers Award, a Coat Hanger award, and a MPA Fund grant. An Idyllwild and Cave Canem fellow, Kearney has performed his poetry at the Pubic Theater, Orpheum, and The World Stage. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, Gulf Coast, jubilat, miPoesias, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, Southampton Review, and Washington Square. Born in Brooklyn, he lives with his family in California's San Fernando Valley. He teaches at Cal Arts and Antioch.

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Christine Wertheim, Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
Christine Wertheim
Christine Wertheim is a poet, critic, performer and curator with a doctorate in literature and semiotics from Middlesex University, London. Before joining the faculty at CalArts, she taught critical theory and studio practice at Goldsmiths College, London. She is the author of +|'me'S-pace (Les Figues Press, 2007), a book of poetics, and a chapbook from Triage. In 2004 she received a grant from The Annenberg Foundation to design and run a series of annual conferences on experimental writing. From these she has edited the anthology Feminaissance, and with Matias Viegener co-edited Seance and  Noulipo. She is currently an editor for Tarpaulin Sky. Recent critical work on art, literature and aesthetics has been published in X-tra, Cabinet, Issues and The Quick and the Dead, exhib. cat., The Walker Art Centre. Her recent poetry appears in Tarpaulin Sky, Veer, VLAK and Gerry Mulligan. Christine has lectured and performed internationally, including recently at Soundeye poetry festival in Ireland, The Walker Art Center, CCA and St. Marks Poetry Project.  She co-directs the Institute For Figuring (IFF), which curates exhibitions and seminars on the intersection of art, science and mathematics, most recently at the Natural History wing of The Smithsonian. Research and teaching interests include verbo-visual poetry, contemporary experimental writing, feminist art history, aesthetic theory and Pataphysics. Works-in-progress include a poetic suite on Mothers and an exercise in style, How to Conceive a Poem. She is Chair of the MFA Writing Program at Cal Arts.

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Christine Schutt, Thursday, February 10, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Literature Building, Room 155 (de Certeau)
Christine Schutt Christine Schutt (fiction) is the author of two short-story collections, Nightwork, chosen by poet John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement, and A Day, A Night, Another Day, Summer.  Her first novel, Florida, was a National Book Award Finalist in 2004. Her second novel, All Souls was a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize.  She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and O.Henry prizes, a YADDO residency and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her work has been widely published in literary journals and magazines, including Kenyon Review and Harper's. Stories have been anthologized in The KGB Reader, The Unmade Bed, and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. Schutt is a senior editor of NOON, a literary annual, and lives and teaches in New York.

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Aimee Bender and Christian Wiman, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
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Aimee Bender is the author of four books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an LA Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures (2005) which was nominated by The Believer as one of the best books of the year, and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper's, Tin House, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI's This American Life and Selected Shorts. She received two Pushcart prizes, and was nominated for the TipTree award in 2005 and the Shirley Jackson short story award in 2010. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles where she teaches creative writing at USC.

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Christian Wiman
Christian Wiman is the author of three books of poetry: Hard Night (2005), The Long Home (2007), and most recently Every Riven Thing (2010). He is also the author of a book of essays called Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet (2007). He is the editor of Poetry magazine.

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Visual Arts Facility Performance Space
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de Certeau Room
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