Award-winning experimental writer Gretchen Henderson will read from her work on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. Henderson is a Kresge Faculty Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The event is part of the English and Creative Writing department’s Reading Series and is free and open to the public.
Henderson’s research works at the intersection of literature, art history, book history, museum studies, disability studies and music. She writes poetry, novels and critical studies, portions of which have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares and the Denver Quarterly. Her first novel, Galerie de Difformité (2011), won the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Prize, and her second, The House Enters the Street (2012), was runner-up for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award series. She is currently working on a book, Ugliness: A Cultural History, while expanding the “collaborative deformation” of her Galerie de Difformité.
Henderson has held positions as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, MetaLAB Fellow at Harvard University, Mary Catherine Mooney Fellow at the Boston Athenaeum, Everett Helm Visiting Fellow at Indiana University’s Lilly Library and Affiliated Scholar at Kenyon College. Her work has been heavily influenced by residencies at artist colonies (most recently the Millay Colony), by collaborative practice, by cross-disciplinary inquiries and by teaching at a number of colleges.
Copies of her work will be available for sale following the reading.