2010-2011 Writers Series

The University of Richmond’s Department of English has announced that it will bring twelve writers to campus during the 2010-2011 academic year for its annual Writers Series.

The series is designed to expose Richmond students and the greater university community to living writers. The readings and talks are always free and open to the general public. Most writers make themselves available, following their appearance, to answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books.

Linh Dinh, Vietnamese writer
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Linh Dinh is the author of a novel, five books of poetry, and two collections of stories. He was born in Vietnam in 1963, came to the United States in 1975, and also has lived in Italy and England. His work has been anthologized in several editions of Best American Poetry and in Great American Prose Poems, among many other places. Dinh is also the editor of the anthologies, Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam and Three Vietnamese Poets. He translated Night, Fish, and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao. His collection of short stories, Blood and Soap, was chosen by the Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. His work has been translated into more than 10 languages, and he has published widely in Vietnamese. [Watch Video on YouTube]

Sabrina Orah Mark, American poet

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Sabrina Orah Mark is the author of two books of prose poems, The Babies and Tsim Tsum. Her poems appear in many journals, most recently The Believer, Harvard Review, and Boston Review, and have been anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and Best American Poetry 2007. Her fiction is forthcoming in the anthology, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Glenn Schaeffer Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at the University of Georgia. [Watch Video on YouTube]

Julie Carr, American poet

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Julie Carr is the author of four books of poetry: Mead: An Epithalamion, winner of the 2004 Contemporary Poetry Prize from the University of Georgia Press; Equivocal; 100 Notes on Violence, winner of the 2009 Sawtooth Award; and Sarah—Of Fragments and Lines, winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series. Her poems and critical writing have appeared in such places as The Nation, Boston Review, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry 2007. Her critical study, Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry, is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive. She teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

 [Watch Video on YouTube]

G.C. Waldrep, American poet

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall 

G.C. Waldrep is the author of three books of poems: Goldbeater’s Skin, winner of the 2003 Colorado Prize; Disclamor; and Archicembalo, winner of the 2008 Dorset Prize. Waldrep’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, and Tin House, as well as in Best American Poetry 2010. His work has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Waldrep earned a Ph.D. in American history from Duke University and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University and directs the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. 

Deborah Eisenberg, 
American short story writer 
Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Recipient of a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship, Deborah Eisenberg was recently recognized by Ben Marcus, writing in The New York Times, as “one of the most important fiction writers now at work.” She has been publishing spare and elegant prose to national acclaim since the 1980s, with many of her stories appearing in The New Yorker. Winner of the Rea Award for the Short Story, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and three O. Henry Awards, Eisenberg’s latest work is her 1,000-page Collected Stories, the culmination of four earlier volumes of fiction. She presently teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia. [Watch Video on YouTube]

Danzy Senna, American novelist 
& memoirist

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Danzy Senna is the author of two novels and a memoir that focus on issues of race, gender, and cultural identity. Her debut novel, Caucasia, the story of two biracial sisters growing up in racially charged Boston during the 1970s, became an instant national bestseller. It won the Book-of-the-Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and an Alex Award from the American Library Association, was named Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Of mixed-race heritage, Senna writes extensively on the experience of being mistaken for white. Her latest work is a collection of short stories.

 (Note: this date has changed from the original publication of the schedule)

Donald Revell, American poet

Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Westhampton Living Room, Westhampton Center

Donald Revell has published 10 books of poetry and has received numerous awards for his work, including the Lenore Marshall Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He also has translated three books of poetry from the French. Former editor of Denver Quarterly, he now is a poetry editor at Colorado Review. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Revell’s reading is part of an event on “Faith and Pilgrimage” sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, University Museums, the Cultural Affairs Committee, and the Department of English’s Creative Writing Program. [Watch Video on YouTube]

Aleš Šteger, Slovenian poet & essayist

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 7 p.m. 

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Aleš Šteger has published five books of poetry, a novel, and two books of essays in Slovenian. He received the 1998 Veronika Prize for the best Slovenian poetry volume of the year, the 1999 Petrarch Prize for young European authors, and the 2007 Rozanceva Award for the best book of essays written in Slovenian. His work has been translated into 14 languages, including German, Czech, Croatian, Hungarian, and Spanish. He is a founding editor of the Beletrina publishing house, and he founded the Medana Days of Poetry and Wine festival. Šteger’s first book in English, The Book of Things, was published by BOA Editions in 2010.

Polina Barskova, Russian poet

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall 

Polina Barskova has published six books of poetry in Russian. She received her B.A. from St. Petersburg State University and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She currently teaches Russian literature at Hampshire College. Her scholarly publications include articles on Nabokov, the Bakhtin brothers, early Soviet film, and the aestheticization of historical trauma. Her first book of poetry in English, This Lamentable City, was published by Tupelo Press in 2010.

George Saunders, 
American short story writer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

George Saunders is the author of three collections of short stories: the bestselling Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award; and In Persuasion Nation. He is also the author of the illustrated novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and the New York Times bestselling children’s book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. Renowned for depictions of consumer culture that range from absurd to poignant, Saunders’s stories have drawn favorable comparisons to the work of earlier postmodern writers, Kurt Vonnegut especially. In 2006, he received both a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He presently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. [Watch Video on YouTube]

English Department Lecture Series

Werner Sollors
September 30, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
Westhampton Living Room,
Westhampton Center

Werner Sollors is the Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. His major publications include Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Literature and Culture; Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature; and a book-length contribution on “Ethnic Modernism” in Sacvan Bercovitch’s Cambridge History of American Literature. With Greil Marcus he wrote Ethnic Modernism and A New Literary History of America.

Sollors is the recipient of a 1981 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Constance Rourke award for the best essay in American Quarterly in 1990. In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; he is also a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of the Bayerische Amerika-Akademie. His talk is entitled “The Rise of Ethnic Modernism in the US, 1910-1950.”

Jerome Christensen
Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Jerome Christensen is a Professor of English and Film at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of several books, including Romanticism at the End of History; Lord Byron’s Strength: Romantic Writing and Commercial Society; Practicing Enlightenment: Hume and the Formation of a Literary Career; and Coleridge’s Blessed Machine of Language. His current project, which will be published by Princeton University Press, is entitled America’s Corporate Art: Studio Authorship of Hollywood Motion Pictures. In addition to these titles, Christensen has authored dozens of articles on film and romanticism. His talk is entitled "Bonnieand Clyde and the Movements: The New Wave, The New Left and the New Hollywood."