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New Writing Series Winter 2009

Jericho Brown, Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space

Jericho Brown worked as the speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. He also holds an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. from Dillard University, and he has served as poetry editor at Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, The Iowa Review, jubilat, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. The recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship, two scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and two travel fellowships to the Krakow Poetry Seminar in Poland, Brown is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of San Diego where he teaches creative writing. Western Michigan University's New Issues Poetry & Prose published his first book, Please.

Amity Gaige, Wednesday, January 21, 2009,  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space
Amity Gaige is the author of two novels, O My Darling (2005) and The Folded World (2007). In 2007, The Folded World was named Foreword Book of the Year, best book of fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and one of the year’s Favorite Books by the Chicago Tribune. She is the winner of the Truman Capote Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a McDowell Colony Fellowship, the Baltic Writing Residency Fellowship, and in 2006, she was named one of “5 Under 35” emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, and teaches creative writing and literature at Mt. Holyoke College.

Graham Foust, Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space

Graham Foust lives in Oakland, California and directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College. Foust’s is the author of three books: As in Every Deafness; Leave the Room to Itself (winner of the 2003 Sawtooth Prize); and Necessary Stranger. A fourth book, A Mouth in California, will be published in 2009. His poems and essays can be found in TriQuarterly, The Nation, Verse, American Letters and Commentary, Fascicle, Conjunctions and other journals, and his several of poems have been translated into Dutch. He is currently working on a book about the poetry of Wallace Stevens.

Lisa Robertson, Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Literature Building, Room 155 (de Certeau)

Canadian poet and essayist Lisa Robertson is currently artist-in-residence at California College of the Arts. She has also been a visiting writer and teacher at Cambridge University, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and American University of Paris. Her books include Debbie: An Epic, The Men, and The Weather (poetry) and Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (essays). A frequent collaborator across genres and media, she is currently making a video with the Vancouver artist Allyson Clay, and constructing new works in digital sound with the San Francisco poet Stacy Doris. Coach House Books, in Toronto, has just published Lisa Robertson's Magenta Soul Whip, and R's Boatis forthcoming from University of California Press.

Miranda Mellis, Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Facility: Performance Space,

Miranda Mellis is the author of The Revisionist (Calamari Press); Il Revisionista (in translation by Leonardo Luccone, Nutrimenti Press); and Materialisms (Yo Yo Labs at Portable Press, forthcoming). She is an editor at The Encyclopedia Project. Her writing has appeared in various publications, most recently The Believer, Tin House, and Sidebrow