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New Writing Series Spring 2014

Maggie Nelson and Daniel Tiffany - Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - de Certeau Room (155) Literature Building at 4:30 pm

Maggie Nelson is a poet, scholar, critic, and creative nonfiction writer. Her books of nonfiction include a work of cultural and art criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (2011; reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, which also named it an Editors' Choice and Notable Book of the Year); a meditation on the color blue, Bluets (2009); a work of poetry criticism, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (2007; winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship); and The Red Parts: A Memoir (2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan). Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes (2007), Jane: A Murder (2005; finalist, the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), The Latest Winter (2003) and Shiner (2001; finalist, the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award). Her next book, The Argonauts, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. Since 2005, she has been on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

Daniel Tiffany is the author of a chapbook and nine slim volumes of poetry and literary theory, including My Silver Planet:  A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Neptune Park (Omnidawn), which landed on the Poetry Foundation’s list of “Staff Picks” for 2013.  Earlier collections of poetry include Privado (Action Books) and The Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press).  His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, New American Writing, jubilat, Verse, Lana Turner, and other journals.  Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille’s pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda.  He has been awarded the Chicago Review Poetry Prize, a Whiting Fellowship, and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy.

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Rodrigo Fuentes and Rodrigo Hasbún - Wednesday, April 23, 2014- de Certeau Room (155) Literature Building at 4:30 pm

Rodrigo Fuentes (Guatemala, 1984) has published stories in several anthologies of Spanish and Latin America fiction, including Asamblea Portátil: Muestrario de narradores iberoamericanos (Casatomada: Perú, 2009), Sólo Cuento III (UNAM: México, 2011), Ni hermosa ni maldita (Alfaguara: Guatemala, 2012), and Voces – 30 Latinoamérica (Patagonia, 2014). He is cofounder and editor of contemporary Latin American art and fiction publication Suelta [www.sueltasuelta.es], and of Traviesa [www.mastraviesa.com], a digital publisher and online magazine focusing on contemporary literature written in Spanish.

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Rodrigo Hasbún has published two books of short stories, Cinco and Los días más felices, and the novel El lugar del cuerpo. He was awarded the Latin Union Prize and his stories have been adapted into the films Rojo and Los viejos, for which he co-wrote the screenplays. In 2010 he was selected as one of The Best Young Spanish Language Novelists by Granta Magazine. He is co-founder and editor of the literary site and digital publisher Traviesa [www.mastraviesa.com].

Amina Cain and Lucy Corin - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - de Certeau Room (155) Literature Building at 4:30 pm

Amina Cain is the author of two collections of stories: Creature (Dorothy, a Publishing Project, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Writing has appeared in BOMBn+1Denver QuarterlyThe Paris Review DailyTwo Serious Ladies, and other places. She lives in Los Angeles. 

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney's Books), and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers:  A History for Girls (FC2).  Stories have appeared recently in American Short Fiction, Bomb Magazine, Conjunctions, Tin House Magazine, and elsewhere.  She spent 2012-13 at the American Academy in Rome as the John Guare Fellow in Literature. 

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Charles Glaubitz and Giancarlo Ruiz - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - SME Performance Space Room at 4:30 pm

The Mexican illustrator Charles Glaubitz lives in Tijuana, which allows him to teach at nearby San Diego City College across the border. His work has been recognized by American Illustration, How Magazine, Print Magazine, 3x3 Magazine. He received his BFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2001, and has exhibited  in the Mexico, United States, Madrid Spain, Paris France, Hamburg Germany, Strange New World: Art And Design from Tijuana at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museo Carrillo Gil Mexico City, Museo Zapopan Jalisco, Oceanside Museum of Art, El Cubo Museum of Art Tijuana, Mexico.

Giancarlo Ruiz is a filmmaker and an actor. His work INSECTO and IV have won several awards and has been exhibited in the Habana International Film Festival, Cuba; Los Angeles International Film Festival, Los Angeles; San Diego Latino Film Festival, San Diego; Mex Artes Berlin, Germany, Strange new world – Art and design from Tijuana at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and at Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, INSITE 2000, Cannes Film Festival to name a few. He is currently in the post-production process of his feature film “El Vecino” and in the final stages of mixing “The Polish Mexicans” debut music CD.

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Prageeta Sharma and Ken White - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - SME Performance Space Room at 4:30 pm

Prageeta Sharma is the author of Bliss to Fill (Subpress Collective, 2000), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004, winner of the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize), Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007) and Undergloom (Fence, 2013). Sharma’s poems and writing have appeared in Art Asia Pacific, Bomb, Boston Review, Fence, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Vanitas, Women’s Review of Books and other journals. She is a recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Grant.

Ken White is a co-writer and co-producer of the feature film Winter in the Blood, adapted from James Welch’s novel of the same name. His current project is a screen adaptation of Debra Earling’s novel Perma Red, which he is attached to direct. He has written or co-written eight feature scripts, including Blight and The Wereman, as well as adaptations of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther and the medieval Irish epic The Tain Bo Cuailgne – The Cattle Raid of Cooley. His poetry has appeared in The Boston Review, The Tusculum Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Versal, and Manor House Quarterly, among others. He is the author of one book of poems, Eidolon (Peel Press 2013).

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Dolores Dorantes and Jen Hofer - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - SME Performance Space Room at 4:30 pm

Dolores Dorantes’ most recent books include Querida fábrica (Práctica Mortal, CONACULTA, 2012) and Estilo (Mano Santa Editores, 2011). Her op-ed pieces, criticism and investigative texts have been published in numerous Mexican newspapers, including Diario de Juárez, El Norte and Día Siete. sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, a bilingual edition of books two and three of Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes, translated by Jen Hofer, was co-published in early 2008 by Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions; a new edition with books 1-4 from the series is forthcoming from Kenning Editions. Intervenir, written collaboratively with Rodrigo Flores Sánchez, is forthcoming as Intervene, translated by Jen Hofer. Her work has also been translated into Dutch (by Marioleen Sabarte) and Bengali (by Subhro Bandopadhyay); an English-language version of one of her blog posts was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books (trans. Ben Ehrenreich). Dorantes lived in Ciudad Juárez for 25 years, and currently lives in Los Angeles where she teaches workshops in autobiographical writing through Cielo Portátil and co-curates (with Jen Hofer) a Spanish-language section at The Last Bookstore, called La Última.

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder (with John Pluecker) of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her latest translations include the homemade chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012) and Ivory Black, a translation of Negro marfil by Myriam Moscona (Les Figues Press 2011). Her most recent books are the chapbooks The Missing Link (Insert Blanc Press), Front Page News (Little Red Leaves Textile Series, 2013), we do not see what we do not see (DIY edition, 2013), Shroud: A Piece of Fabric Sewn To A Piece of Paper By Way of A Map (collaboration with Jill Magi; DIY edition, 2013), When We Said This Was A Space, We Meant We Are People (collaboration with John Pluecker Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2013), and a book-length series of anti-war-manifesto poems titled one (Palm Press, 2009). Her poems, essays and translations are forthcoming from a range of small autonomous presses, including Dusie Books, Kenning Editions, Litmus Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse. She teaches poetics, translation, and bookmaking at CalArts and Otis College. Her installation titled “Uncovering: A Quilted Poem Made from Donated and Foraged Materials from Wendover, Utah” is currently on view at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah.

The New Writing Series is brought to you by the Literature Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities

The New Writing Series thanks the Department of Visual Arts for providing us with the SME Presentation Space

For more information contact jeff baker [j9baker@ucsd.edu] or maria r flaccavento [mflaccav@ucsd.edu]