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New Writing Series Winter 2020

Mira Jacob -- Wednesday, January 15, 2020 -- Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Mira Jacob



Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of  Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel,  The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. She currently teaches at The New School, and she is a founding faculty member of the MFA Program at Randolph College.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo -- Wednesday, February 12, 2020 -- Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, translator, and immigration advocate. He is the author of the collection  Cenzontle (2018), which won the 2017 A. Poulin Jr. prize, and the chapbook  Dulce (2018). His memoir,  Children of the Land, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2020. His work has appeared or been featured in The New York Times, PBS Newshour, People Magazine en Español, The Paris Review, Fusion TV, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, New England Review, and Indiana Review, among others. He lives in Sacramento, CA and currently teaches in the Low-Res MFA program at Ashland University.

Dmitry Kuzmin -- Wednesday, February 26, 2020 -- Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Dmitry Kuzmin

Dr. Dmitry Kuzmin is a poet, translator, and editor, originally from Moscow. His poetry has been published and anthologized internationally, in the original Russian and in translation. In 1989 Kuzmin founded Vavilon (Babylon), the Union of Young Poets, which was the hub of Moscow's experimental poetry scene. Since 1993, he has headed ARGO-RISK Publishers. He has edited the online Russian literary project,, since 1996, and Vozdukh (Air), the leading Russian poetry magazine, since 2006. Among his numerous other projects, Kuzmin directed the monthly Moscow Literary Life (1996–2002), edited the first Russian young writers’ magazine Vavilon (1992–2003), the first Russian gay writing magazine RISK (1996–2002), and the first Russian haiku magazine Triton (2000–2004). Kuzmin is the co-author of the award-winning text-book “Poetry” (2016), and the author of a book-length study of one-line poetry (NLO, 2016). He compiled the first Russian anthology of prose poems (2000), the first anthology of contemporary Russian poetry written outside Russia (2004), an anthology of contemporary Russian poetry in Slovenian translation (2010), and an anthology of present-day Russian LGBT writing in Spanish translation (2014). He won the Andrei Bely Merit Award in Literature (2002). Kuzmin emigrated from Russia to Latvia in 2014 for political reasons, and founded “Literature without borders,” a publisher and translation center that offers residencies for poets and translators. He has coordinated, since 2017, the yearly festival “Poetry without borders” in Riga, Latvia. Kuzmin has taught poetry and literary translation at universities, internationally, including at Princeton University in 2014.

*** Cancelled *** Francisco Levato &

Anna Joy Springer -- Wednesday, March 11, 2020 -- Geisel Library, Seuss Room at 5:00 pm

Francesco Levato

Anna Joy Springer

Francesco Levato is a poet, a literary translator, and a new media artist. Recent books include  Arsenal/Sin DocumentosEndless, Beautiful, ExactElegy for Dead LanguagesWar Rug; and the chapbooks  A Continuum of Force and  jettison/collapse. He has collaborated and performed with various composers, including Philip Glass, and his cinépoetry has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Literature & Writing Studies at California State University San Marcos.




Anna Joy Springer is the author of The Vicious Red Relic, Love (Jaded Ibis, 2011), an illustrated fabulist memoir with soundscape (Your Metaforest Guidebook), and The Birdwisher, A Murder Mystery for Very Old Young Adults (Birds of Lace, 2009). Her work appears in zines, journals, anthologies, and recordings. An Associate Professor of Literature at UC San Diego, she teaches experimental writing, feminist literature & graphic texts. She’s performed in punk and queercore bands Blatz, The Gr’ups, and Cypher in the Snow and toured the U.S. with the writers of Sister Spit.



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