Reading Series

All events are free and open to the public

Spring 2015 Reading Series

Catherine Gunther KodatCatherine Gunther Kodat

"Modernist Dance and the Metapolitics of Cold War Culture"
February 17, 4:10 p.m.
Science Center 3024

Currently acting provost at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Catherine Gunther Kodat joined the English and Creative Writing faculty at Hamilton in 1995 and for 17 years taught courses in 20th century U.S. literature and culture that reflected her interests in modernism, Faulkner and Southern literature, dance, film, literary and cultural theory, and American Studies. As a Fulbright lecturer, Kodat taught American literature and American Studies at Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem in Budapest, and she was a research fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. A former metro desk reporter and dance critic for The Baltimore Sun, her scholarly essays have appeared in American Quarterly, Representations, American Literary History, Salmagundi, and Boston Review, and she has contributed chapters to collections published by Cambridge University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, University Press of Mississippi, University Press of Virginia, and University of Iowa Press. In 2012 she was appointed Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of the Arts.

D. T. MaxD. T. Max

March 2, 4:10 p.m.
Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center

D. T. Max is a graduate of Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. His new book, Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, was released by Viking Penguin on August 30, 2012 and was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

Creative WritingJennifer Bartlett

March 4, 5 p.m., "Disability and Inclusion in Higher Education," Days-Massolo Center
March 5, 8 p.m., Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center

Jennifer Bartlett is the author of Derivative of the Moving Image, (a) lullaby without any music, and Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography, and co-edited, with Sheila Black and Michael Northen, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. She is currently writing a biography of the poet Larry Eigner, and recently held a residency at the Gloucester Writer’s Center. Bartlett has taught poetry and disability awareness at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, United Cerebral Palsy, the MS Society, and New York Public Schools.

Patrick LawlerPatrick Lawler

March 9, 8 p.m.
Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center

Patrick Lawler is a writer-in residence at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and teaches at SUNY ESF. He has published six books of poetry including: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough, Feeding The Fear Of The Earth, Underground, and Child Sings in the Womb. In addition, he has two books of fiction: his novel Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds and his collection of short stories The Meaning of If. He also writes for the stage and the screen--and has had a number of his pieces performed or produced. Among his awards are two New York State Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, a Constance Saltonstall Grant, the CNY Book Award for Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

International Writers Festival

Friday, February 27, 2015

Keynote Reading by Chris Abani
8-9 p.m., Chapel
Reception immediately following in Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center

Saturday, February 28, 2015

“Freedom of Speech” panel discussion with Chris Abani, Vijay Seshadri, and Valzhyna Mort, moderated by Doran Larson.
10:30-11:30 a.m., All Night Reading Room, Burke Library

Arrive early and enjoy a light breakfast.

Poetry Reading: Valzhyna Mort opens for Vijay Seshadri
4-5 p.m., Library Commons


About the Authors

Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song For Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, Graceland, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum, There Are No Names for Red, Feed Me The Sun: Collected Long Poems, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the Hurston Wright Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Romanian, Hebrew, Macedonian, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dutch, Bosnian, and Serbian.

Vijay Seshadri is the author of three collections of poetry: 3 Sections, which was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, The Long Meadow, which won the James Laughlin Award, and Wild Kingdom. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, the American Scholar, Antaeus, Bomb, Boulevard, Lumina, the Nation, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Threepenny Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Bomb, San Diego Reader, and TriQuarterly, and in many anthologies, including Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets, Contours of the Heart, Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times, and Best American Poetry.

Valzhyna Mort is the author of Collected Body and Factory of Tears. In 2010, she received the Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry magazine. She has been a resident poet at Literarisches Colloquium in Berlin, Germany, and Internationales Haus der Autoren Graz, Austria, and her English translations of Eastern European poets have appeared in the New European Poets anthology.


Previous Events – Fall 2014 Reading Series

September 25 – C. A. Conrad

4:10 p.m. Talk and Workshop, Days-Massolo

8 p.m. Poetry Reading, Dwight Lounge, Bristol Center                              

C. A. Conrad is the author of numerous collections of poetry including Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006); Advanced Elvis Course (2009); The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009), recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award, reprinted by Wave Books in 2010; The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010), with the poet Frank Sherlock; and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon (Wave Books, 2012). CA Conrad’s awards include a PEW Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Currently, he lives in Philadelphia.

Diane RaptoshOctober 29 – Diane Raptosh

8 p.m., Red Pit

A graduate of the University of Michigan MFA Program, Diane Raptosh serves as the Idaho Writer-in- Residence (2013-2016) and the Boise Poet Laureate (2013). Her most recent book of poems, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies.

Frank LentricchiaNovember 3 – Frank Lentricchia

4:10 p.m., Dwight Lounge

Frank Lentricchia is an American literary critic, novelist, and film teacher. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Duke University in 1966 and 1963 respectively after receiving a B.A. from Utica College in 1962. Lentricchia is currently a literature and film studies professor at Duke University.

Sarah HarwellDecember 4 – Sarah Harwell and Gary Leising

8 p.m., Dwight Lounge

Sarah Harwell is the author of the poetry collection Sit Down Traveler.  Her poems were also collected in a book highlighting emerging poets titled Three New Poets. She has had poems published in various publications including Poetry, TriQuarterly, the Washington Post and Dossier. She is the Associate Director of the MFA Program at Syracuse University where she teaches fiction and poetry to undergraduates.

Gary LeisingGary Leising’s full-length collection of poetry, The Alp at the End of My Street, won the 2012 Brick Road Poetry Prize and was published in 2014. He is also the author of two chapbooks of poems, Fastened to a Dying Animal, and Temple of Bones, and his poems have appeared in many journals. He is professor of English at Utica College.