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New Writing Series Winter 2013

Hilary Gravendyk and Melissa Chadburn - January 16, 2013 - Visual Arts Performance Space 4:30 pm

Hillary Gravendyk is an Assistant Professor of English and Poetry at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She is the recent winner of the Lana Turner poetry prize, and her poetry has appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary, The Bellingham Review, The Colorado Review, The Eleventh Muse, Fourteen Hills, MARY, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Octopus Magazine, Tarpaulin Sky and other venues. Her chapbook, The Naturalist, was published by Achiote Press in 2008. Her first full-length book of poems, Harm, was recently published by Omnidawn Press. She lives on the eastern edge of Los Angeles county.

Melissa Chadburn is a lover and a fighter, a social arsonist, a writer, a lesbian, of color, smart, edgy and fun. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in Guernica, PANK Magazine, WordRiot, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, SLAKE, Salon, Northville Review, The Rumpus, and she is a regular contributor at The Nervous Breakdown. Reach her at fictiongrrrl(at) gmail.com or follow her on twitter @melissachadburn She loves your whole outfit right now.

Adrian Van Young and Maria Rybakova - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Visual Arts Performance Space 4:30 pm
Adrian Van Young teaches writing at Boston College, Boston University and Grub Street Writers Inc., a creative writing non- profit. At various points in time, he has also taught writing and literature at the Calhoun School, 826 NYC and the Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School. He received his B.A. in English from Vassar College, and his MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where he formerly taught as well. In 2008, he was the recipient of a Henfield Foundation Prize and was nominated by Columbia's faculty for inclusion in the Best New American Voices 2010 Anthology.The Man Who Noticed Everything, his first book of fiction, won Black Lawrence Press' 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award, and is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press, an imprint of Dzanc Books, in January 2013. He is currently in the midst of writing a historical novel based on the life of William H. Mumler, the father of spirit photography, and his clairvoyant wife, Hannah Mumler. His fiction and non- fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Lumina, Gigantic, Lacuna and The Believer. He lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Darcy.

Maria Rybakova was born in Moscow and studied Greek and Latin. At the age of 20, she moved to Berlin to continue her studies. In 1999, her first novel, Anna Grom and her Phantom, was published in Moscow. Several other novels and short stories followed. Rybakova’s books have been translated into German, Spanish, and French. In 2012, her novel A Sharp Knife for a Tender Heart was nominated for the prestigious international Jan Michalski Award. Rybakova is currently teaching Classics and Humanities at San Diego State University.

Bob Perelman - February 13, 2013 - Visual Arts Performance Space 4:30 pm 

Bob Perelman lived for many years in San Francisco where he edited Hills magazine and was influential in the growing language poetry movement. From 1977 to 1981 he coordinated the San Francisco Talks Series and edited Writing/Talks (1985) gathered from the series. His books of poetry include Braille (Ithaca House, 1975), Face Value (Roof Books, 1988), and Virtual Reality (Roof Books, 1993), Ten to One: Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 1999) and IFLIFE (Roof, 2006). He is also the author of two important books of theory and criticism, The Trouble with Genius (University of California, 1994), and The Marginalization of Poetry (Princeton, 1996). He lives in Philadelphia, where he is a Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Eleni Sikelianos and Laird Hunt - February 20, 2013 - deCerteau Room (LIT 155) 4:30 pm
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Eleni Sikelianos has published six collections of poetry including Body Clock (2008), The California Poem (2004), and The Monster Lives of Boys and Girls, winner of the 2002 National Poetry Series, as well as a memoir, The Book of Jon (2004). Her numerous honors and awards include an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing. Her work has appeared in Grand Street, Sulfur, Chicago Review, and Fence, and she has collaborated with musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers. Sikelianos received an MFA from Naropa University and lives in Colorado where she is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Laird Hunt is the author of a book of short stories, mock parables and histories, The Paris Stories (2000), originally from Smokeproof Press, though now re-released by Marick Press, and four novels, The Impossibly (2001), Indiana, Indiana (2003), The Exquisite (2006) and Ray of the Star (2009) and The Kind One (2012) all from Coffee House Press. His translation of Oliver Rohe’s Vacant Lot is recently out from Counterpath Press. He is published in France by Actes Sud, and has novels either published or forthcoming in Japan and Italy. His writings, reviews and translations have appeared in the United States and abroad in, among other places, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Bomb, Bookforum, Grand Street, The Believer, Fence, Conjunctions, Brick, Mentor, Inculte, and Zoum Zoum. Currently on faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program, he has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. He and his wife, the poet Eleni Sikelianos, live in Boulder, Colorado, with their daughter, Eva Grace.

Kate Greenstreet and Cynthia Arrieu King - March 13, 2013 deCerteau Room (LIT 155) 4:30 pm
Kate Greenstreet's new book Young Tambling will be out in January from Ahsahta Press. Her other books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. Her poetry can be found in Colorado Review, Boston Review, Volt, Fence, Chicago Review, and other journals.

Cynthia Arrieu-King was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s been a gopher for Mr. Rogers, a hauler at a pizza sauce factory, an echocardiographer, and is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College. Her book People are Tiny in Paintings of China was published by Octopus Books in 2010 and her collaborative chapbook with Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis By a Year Lousy with Meteors is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press in 2012. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Jacket, and Witness.