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New Writing Series Winter 2019

Ari Banias – Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Ari Banias

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody ( W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in various journals, in Troubling The Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and as part of the MOTHA exhibition Transgender History in 99 Objects . He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University's Wallace Stegner program. Ari works with small press books and teaches poetry in the Bay Area. His most recent chapbook, A Symmetry, was published by The Song Cave in 2018.

“Ari Banias’s Anybody is a book that acknowledges a boundary, escapes it, and redefines it.” — Lambda Literary

“To speak any truth that can resonate beyond the particularities of their position, a poet must understand every particularity of that position, and all the forces that intersect to determine their view of the world. Banias is such a poet. It is questions about what constitutes the lyric and the universal…that drive his debut collection forward, and his readers into a more expansive, fully considered future.” Fanzine

“Born late in the 20th century, tutored under the twin suns of Frank O’Hara and Guillaume Apollinaire, vexed by ‘this set of meanings on my body,’ Ari Banias is a poet for this hour—bewildered, hopeful and cracklingly alive, a citizen of the possible. How many utopias? (keep imagining them).” —Mark Doty  

Vanessa Angélica Villareal – Wednesday, January 30, 2019 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm
Vanessa Angelica Villareal

Vanessa Angélica Villareal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and featured as a best-of book at The Los Angeles Times, NBC News, BOMB, Literary Hub, Bustle, and Entropy. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Boston Review, The Academy of American Poets, BuzzFeed, Epiphany, PBS Newshour and elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.

Ronaldo Wilson – Wednesday, February 13, 2019 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm
Ronaldo Wilson

Ronaldo Wilson, PhD, is the author of four collections: Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, Poems of the Black Object, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, and Lucy 72. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Ford Foundation, Kundiman, MacDowell, the National Research Council, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Center for Art and Thought, and Yaddo, Wilson is a mixed media artist, dancer and performer, who has performed in multiple venues, including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, UC Riverside’s Artsblock, Georgetown’s Lannan Center, Dixon Place, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Louisiana State University’s Digital Media Center Theater. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at U.C. Santa Cruz.


In (yum) recent works, I explore poetry (caw) as mode is embedded and amplified in the body of live performance—elastic, changing, morphing.  As such, my practice (tick) encounters race and sexuality as the radicalized body, across various modes of form and content. Masks, Drag, Props, Locations, Others, Music, Dance, Sound, Body—these animate, for me, what is (tr/ead) borne out in performance [improvised spoken poetry, recordings, filming] combined with hybrid written modes and visual (y.why.i) media. Through a layering of text, painting, audio (.) and video, I explore (ding) what might be the (gut/z) stakes of reconciling and recognizing emotional (spri/te) routes into questions of race, sex, desire across content and form attentive to my always expanding (cap) process through experiment, play, and inquiry.

Kate Bernheimer – Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm
Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. Her recent novella, Office at Night, co-authored with Laird Hunt, was a finalist for the 2015 Shirley Jackson Awards. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona where she teaches creative writing and courses on transnational fairy tales and fairy-tale aesthetics. Her nonfiction has appeared such places as The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Marvels & Tales: The Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies, and The New York Times. With her brother, Andrew Bernheimer (Assistant Professor, Parsons/The New School & principal, Bernheimer Architecture), she is co-editor of Fairy Tale Architecture, an interdisciplinary series published by Places Journal.

Centering the Margins - Conversations with writers of color – March 1 - 3, 2019
Centering the margins

This weekend conference ( March 1- 3 ) responds to the vital need for minority writers to construct spaces for creating, critiquing and publishing their work. Co-hosted with UC San Diego's SPACES , the conference will offer panels on topics such as writing in diasporic communities, navigating predominantly white MFAs, and finding literary agents and publishers willing to work with #OwnVoices authors. This event is free and open to the public.

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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 Professor Brandon Som