Special Event

The Department of English and the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts Present:

Aleksandar Hemon in conversation with Ben Fountain

March 5, 2015 Reception: 7:00pm Reading: 7:30pm The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture 2719 Routh Street, Dallas TX 75201

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles and The Book of My Lives. Aleksandar Hemon has worked as a waiter, canvasser, bookseller, bike messenger, as well as a supervisor at a literacy center, a writer for Radio-Sarajevo Youth Program and a teacher of English as a second language. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times, Playboy, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, The Baffler, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Paris Review, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.

Ben Fountain is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which received the PEN/Hemingway Award and a Whiting Writer's Award, and of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, which received the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, Harper's, and the Paris Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His reporting on post-earthquake Haiti was broadcast nationally on the radio show "This American Life." A former attorney in private practice, he currently holds the University Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University.

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Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally and internationally renowned writers to campus to give public readings.  Please see our calendar for more upcoming events. To receive notices about our upcoming events, please "Like" us on Facebook.

All readings are free and open to the public. Please join us! 

Spring 2015

Angie Estes

March 24, 2015
Q&A: 4PM, Willis Library Forum
Reading: 8PM, BLB 180

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Angie Estes is the author of five books, most Recently Enchantée (Oberlin College Press, 2013) winner of the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Her previous book, Tryst (Oberlin, 2009), was selected as one of two finalists for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Chez Nous, also from Oberlin, appeared in 2005, and her second book, Voice-Over (Oberlin, 2002), won the 2001 FIELD Poetry Prize and was also awarded the 2001 Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Her first book, The Uses of Passion (1995), was the winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize. The recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize and the Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, she has received fellowships, grants, and residencies from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the California Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Ohio Arts Council. She is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University.

   

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Michael Ondaatje

March 27, 2015
A Reading and Conversation: 7PM, ESSC 255

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Michael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form. His transcendent novel The English Patient, explores the stories of people that history fails to reveal by intersecting four diverse lives at the end of World War II. This bestselling novel was later made into an Academy Award-winning film.

Ondaatje himself is an interesting intersection of cultures. Born in Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, of Indian/Dutch ancestry, he went to school in England, and then moved to Canada. He is now a Canadian citizen. From the memoir of his childhood, Running in the Family, to his Governor-General’s Award-winning book of poetry, There’s a Trick With a Knife I’m Learning To Do, to his classic novel, The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje casts a spell over his readers. And having won the British Commonwealth’s highest honor, the Booker Prize, he has taken his rightful place as a contemporary literary treasure.

He is the author of four collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler and most recently, Handwriting. His works of fiction include In the Skin of a LionThe English PatientAnil's GhostDivisadero, and The Cat’s Table. Ondaatje’s work of non-fiction is The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, which unites his love of literature and passion for the art of filmmaking.

Michael Ondaatje has garnered several literary prizes including The Booker Prize for Fiction, The Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Medicis, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.

   

2015 Rilke Prize

April 15, 2015
Q&A and Reception: 6:30PM, UNT on the Square
April 16, 2015
Reading and Book Signing: 8PM, BLB 180

Mark Wunderlich was born in Winona, Minnesota and grew up in rural Fountain City, Wisconsin. He attended Concordia College’s Institut für Deutsche Studien, and later the University of Wisconsin from which he received a BA in German Literature and English. Wunderlich earned a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University’s School of the Arts Writing Division where he studied with J.D. McClatchy, William Matthews and Lucie Brock-Broido, among others. 

Wunderlich’s first book, The Anchorage, was published in 1999 by the University of Massachusetts Press, and received the Lambda Literary Award. His second book, Voluntary Servitude, was published by Graywolf Press in 2004, and in 2014 his third volume of poems titled The Earth Avails. He has published individual poems in The Paris Review, Yale Review, Slate, Tin House, Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review and elsewhere. His work has been included in over thirty anthologies and has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. His work has been translated into Italian, Bulgarian and Swedish. 

As a teacher, Wunderlich has taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Ohio University and San Francisco State University. He has taught undergraduate writing and literature courses at Stanford University, Barnard College and Stonehill College. Since 2003 he has been a member of the Literature Faculty at Bennington College in Vermont where he also serves as a member of the core faculty in the Graduate Writing Seminars. In 2012 he was named the Director of Poetry at Bennington—a series of on-campus readings, lectures and short residencies by prominent American and international poets. 

Wunderlich is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University where he also served as a Jones Lecturer. He received two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Amy Lowell Trust. He is also the recipient of Writers at Work Award, the Jack Kerouac Prize, and a fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy. In 2012 he received an Editor’s Prize from the Missouri Review and was also selected for a residency at the Arteles Creativity Center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. 

As an Arts Administrator, he has worked for the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, Poets & Writers, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center where he was Acting Director. He currently chairs the Artistic Advisory Board at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Noemi Press. 

Wunderlich lives in New York’s Hudson Valley near the village of Catskill.

Website  http://markwunderlich.com/index.php


Returning Graduate Readings

Darin Bradley

February 11, 2015

Reading: 7PM, Willis Library Forum

Darin Bradley is the author of three novels—Noise (2010), Chimpanzee (2014), and Totem (2016)—and co-editor of the literary fringe journal Bahamut (2015). He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Texas (2007) and has taught courses on writing and literature at the University of North Texas, Furman University, and East Tennessee State University. He has served in several editorial capacities for a variety of independent presses and journals, including UNT's own Studies in the Novel, and he previously worked as the principal scriptwriter for id Software, an award-winning video game design studio. His short fiction, poetry, and critical nonfiction have appeared in a number of both print and online venues. He lives in Denton, TX with his wife.

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Danny Hoey

April 2, 2015

Reading: 7:30PM, Willis Library Forum

Danny M. Hoey, Jr., is Chair and Associate Professor of English at Indian River State College. An Ohio native, he has a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. His stories have appeared in WarpLandWomen in REDzineMandala JournalConnotation PressAfrican Voices MagazineSNReview, The Writer’s Bloc, and The Hampton University First-Year Writing Textbook. The Butterfly Lady, his first novel, won the ForeWord Firsts’ Winter 2013 debut fiction award and Bronze Award in the IndieFab Book of the Year.

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Fall 2014

Jo Ann Beard

September 25, 2014
 

Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays and In Zanesville, a novel. Ms. Beard received the Whiting Writers’ Award in 1997, was a Guggenheim Fellow, and her work has appeared in The Best American Essays of 1997, The Best American Essays of 2007, Tin House and The New Yorker. Her essay “The Fourth State of Matter” has been widely anthologized.   

   

Dan Beachy-Quick

October 7, 2014
 

Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of five books of poetry, Circle’s Apprentice, North True South Bright, Spell, Mulberry, and This Nest, Swift Passerine, five chapbooks, Apology for the Book of Creatures, Overtakelesness, Heroisms, Canto, and Mobius Crowns (the latter two both written in collaboration with the poet Srikanth Reddy),  a book of interlinked essays on Moby-Dick, A Whaler’s Dictionary, as well as a collection of essays, meditations and tales, Wonderful Investigations. Reddy and Beachy-Quick’s collaboration has recently been released as a full-length collection, Conversities, and he has also collaborated with the essayist and performance artist Matthew Goulish on Work From Memory. In 2013, University of Iowa Press published a monograph on John Keats in their Muse Series (editor Richard Roberston) titled A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work, and Coffee House Press published his first novel, An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky. He is a contributing editor for the journals A Public Space, Dear Navigator, and West Branch as well as serving on the board for Squircle Press. After graduating from the University of Denver, he attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has taught at Grinnell College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University. His work has been a winner of the Colorado Book Award, and has been a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency, and taught as Visiting Faculty at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in spring 2010. He is currently one of two Monfort Professors at CSU for 2013-2015.

   

Aleksandar Hemon 

November 5, 2014
 

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles and The Book of My Lives. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was visiting, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.

Aleksandar Hemon has worked as a waiter, canvasser, bookseller, bike messenger, as well as asupervisor at a literacy center, a writer for Radio-Sarajevo Youth Program and a teacher of English as a second language. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times, Playboy, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, The Baffler, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Paris Review, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters.