Reading Series

Spring 2014 Reading Series

Poetry Reading, Feb. 11, 8 p.m., Dwight Lounge, Bristol

James WellsJames Bradley Wells

James Wells’s first collection of poetry, Bicycle (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2013), was a finalist for The National Poetry Series (2011). He is also the author of Pindar’s Verbal Art (Harvard University Press, 2009), an ethnographic study of speech and performance in Pindar’s (518-438 B.C.E.) victory songs for ancient Greek athletes. In-progress work includes a verse translation of Pindar’s victory songs (under contract with Bloomsbury Academic) and two poetry collections, Airs Waters Places and Slowed Sky. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He earned his Ph.D. in Classical Studies at Indiana University (2006).

Jules GibbsJules Gibbs

Jules Gibbs’s first book of poems, Bliss Crisis, was published by The Sheep Meadow Press in 2012. She has been a Ucross Fellow, and her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Gulf Coast, and the Best New Poets anthology, among other journals. She lives in Syracuse, NY, and she is currently a visiting professor at Hamilton.

Reading, April 4, 6 p.m., Kirner-Johnson 127, Red Pit

Roxane GayRoxane Gay

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Bookforum, The Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her first book, Ayiti, is a collection of fiction and nonfiction about the Haitian diaspora experience. Her novel, An Untamed State, will be published by Grove Atlantic and her essay collection, Bad Feminist, will be published by Harper Perennial, both in 2014.

International Writers Festival, April 11–12, 2014

Taylor Science Center


Friday’s Events in Atrium

5 p.m.  Opening reception and book signing.

5:30 p.m.  Keynote Reading and book signing by Christian Bök. Q&A


Saturday’s Events

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Individual Workshops and lunch with each of the three visiting writers
Christian Bök, SCCT 2015; Cecilia Vicuña, SCCT 2048; Larissa Lai, SCCT 1004

1 p.m.  Panel Discussion with English faculty and international writers, SCCT 3024

3 p.m.  Readings by Cecilia Vicuña and Larissa Lai. Q&A and book signing, Taylor Science Center Atrium


Visiting International Writers

Christian BökChristian Bök

Christian Bök was born in Toronto and is a Professor of English at the University of Calgary. Bök's work includes two collections of poetry: Crystallography and Eunoia. His volume Crystallography won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and Eunoia received the Griffin Prize for Poetry, and his spoken performances at venues and universities across the country have earned overwhelming praise. He is currently at work on The Xenotext Experiment, which attempts to understand and produce poetry in terms of biotechnology. In an interview with York University, Bök noted: “The future of poetry may no longer reside in the standard lyricism of emotional anecdotes, but in other exploratory procedures, some of which may seem entirely unpoetic.”


Cecilia VicuñaCecilia Vicuña

Cecilia Vicuña was born in Santiago, Chile and lives in New York and Chile. She is a poet, visual artist, and political activist. The author of twenty two books including The Precarious / QUIPOem: The Art and Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña (Wesleyan Poetry Series), The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry and SABORAMI. Her Spit Temple, Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña, was runner-up to the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She is the founder of Artists for Democracy, a group organized in 1974 to work against dictatorships in developing nations.


Larissa LaiLarissa Lai

Larissa Lai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at The University of British Columbia. Her first novel, When Fox Is a Thousand (Press Gang 1995, Arsenal Pulp 2004) was shortlisted for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Her second novel, Salt Fish Girl (Thomas Allen Publishers 2002) was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, the Tiptree Award and the City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Award. Lai’s first solo full-length poetry book, Automaton Biographies (Arsenal Pulp 2010), was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

2013 International Writers Festival

Author A.S. Byatt reads from a book she wrote during International Writer's Week in the Chapel at Hamilton College on Friday, March 1, 2013
International Writers Week Culminates With Readings, Panel

As February drew to a close, Hamilton welcomed a variety of prestigious authors in celebration of International Writers Week (Feb. 26 – March 2). A book fair, held in the Taylor Science Center on March 2, showcased works suggested by faculty, as well as pieces from the authors who gave presentations. The featured writers were A. S. Byatt, Kamila Shamsie ’94 and Ishion Hutchinson.  More ...