The Kenyon Review Reading Series and Events, Fall 2012

All events sponsored in whole or in part by The Kenyon College English Department, The Kenyon College Department of Religious Studies, The Kenyon College Program in Asian Studies, the Robert P. Hubbard Professorship, the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing, GLCA New Writers Award, Ohio Arts Council, The Kenyon Review and the KR Associates Program.

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Amitav Ghosh

Sept. 5th “China and the Making of Modern India” 7:30pm, Higley Auditorium

Sept. 6th Reading from the Ibis Trilogy 11:10am, Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

Amitav Ghosh  is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and Sea of Poppies, which is the first volume of a projected series of novels, The Ibis Trilogy. Sea of Poppies was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and was awarded the Crossword Book Prize and the IndiaPlaza Golden Quill Award. He published River of Smoke with John Murray (UK) in June 2011; Penguin India (July, 2011); and Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (US) in October 2011.

Janet McAdams

Sept. 11th, 4:10pm, Finn House, Cheever Room

Janet McAdams  is the author of the novel Red Weather (Arizona, 2012)  of two collections of poetry, Feral (Salt 2007) and The Island of Lost Luggage (Arizona, 2000), which won the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and the American Book Award. With Geary Hobson and Kathryn Walkiewicz, she is co-editor of the anthology, The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing after Removal (Oklahoma, 2010).

Shane Book

Sept. 14th, 4:10pm, Brandi Recital Hall

Shane Book is the 2012 Winner of the GLCA New Writers award for poetry.  His first collection, Ceiling of Sticks (University of Nebraska Press, 2010) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. His work has appeared in fifteen anthologies and over forty magazines in the U.S., U.K., and Canada—and on film. His honors include a New York Times Fellowship in Poetry, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a National Magazine Award

 Stuart Eizenstat

Sept. 27th, 8pm Rosse Hall (Reception to follow in Fischman Lobby, Gund Gallery)

Stuart E. Eizenstat is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. During a decade and a half of public service in three US administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat has held a number of key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001). Much of the interest in providing belated justice for victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi tyranny during World War II was the result of his leadership of the Clinton Administration as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues.  He successfully negotiated major agreements with the Swiss, Germans, Austrian and French, and other European countries, covering restitution of property, payment for slave and forced laborers, recovery of looted art, bank accounts, and payment of insurance policies.

Heid Erdrich

Oct. 7th, 7:00pm, Finn House, Cheever Room

Heid Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, Heid Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She earned degrees from Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. A recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board fellowships, awards from The Loft Literary Center, the Archibald Bush Foundation and elsewhere, Heid Erdrich has four times been nominated for the Minnesota Book Award which she won in 2009 for her book National Monuments from Michigan State University Press.  She directs Wiigwaas Press, an Ojibwe language publisher.

Katharine Weber

Oct. 23rd, 4:10pm, Finn House, Cheever Room

Katherine Weber is the author of Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (Crown 1995, Broadway Books, 2011), The Music Lesson (Crown 1999, Broadway Books, 2011), The Little Women( (FSG 2003, Picador 2004), Triangle (FSG 2006, Picador 2007), True Confections (Broadway Books, 2010), and The Memory Of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family’s Legacy of Infidelities (Crown 2011, Broadway Books 2012.)  She is the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College during the spring semesters.

Peter Cole

Oct. 30th, 11:10am  “Translation, Authorship and Ownership,” with Katherine Hedeen and Lewis Hyde, Finn House, Cheever Room

Oct. 30th, 7:00pm Poetry Reading, Finn House, Cheever Room.

Peter Cole’s recent books include The Poetry of Kabbalah: Mystical Verse from the Jewish Tradition, Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo (a book of non-fiction, with Adina Hoffman), and Things on Which I’ve Stumbled, a collection of poems. His many other translations from Hebrew and Arabic include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492 and Taha Muhammad Ali’s So What: New & Selected Poems. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the PEN Translation Award for Poetry, a TLS Translation Prize, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Martin Glaz Serup and Harold Abramowitz

Nov. 6th, 4:10pm Finn House, Cheever Room

Martin Glaz Serup was born in 1978 and has published six children’s books, most recently an illustrated story entitled When granddad was a postman (2010), two chapbook-essays, as well as five collections of poetry; his most recent, the long poem The Traffic Is Unreal (2007), was also published in Finland (2010). Serup is the former founding editor of the Nordic web-magazine for literary criticism and the literary journal Apparatur and managing editor of the poetry magazine Hvedekorn. He has been teaching creative writing at The University of Southern Denmark and at the writer’s school for children’s literature at The University of Aarhus and is now a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen. In 2006 Serup received the Michael Strunge Prize for poetry and in 2008 he received a Gold medal from The University of Copenhagen for his dissertation of Poetry and Relational Aesthetics.

Harold Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His books and chapbooks include Sin is To Celebration (co-author, House Press, 2009), Dear Dearly Departed (Palm Press, 2008), Sunday, or A Summer’s Day (PS Books, 2008), and Three Column Table (Insert Press, 2007). Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs, and co-curates the experimental cabaret event series, Late Night Snack.

Nov. 9th and 10th; multiple events and locations.  Participant bios below.  Click the graphic for more details.


Joan Connelly

Joan Connelly is Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University.  A field archaeologist, she has excavated in Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus where she directs the NYU Yeronisos Island Excavations.  Her book, Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, was named a “Notable Book of the Year” by the New York Times Book Review.  Connelly is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her work on Athenian myth, cult, and image, topics explored in her forthcoming book Parthenon Revisited.  She served on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Dept. of State, from 2003-2011.

Claire Lyons

Claire Lyons is Acting Senior Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, where she organized exhibitions on The Chimaera of Arezzo (2009) and The Aztec Pantheon and the Art of Empire (2010). She is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Cultural Property, Journal of the History of Collections, and the American Journal of Archaeology. Claire is currently preparing the exhibition Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome.

Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss is the author of the international bestsellers Great House, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, which won the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger, and was short-listed for the Orange, Médicis, and Femina prizes. Her first novel, Man Walks Into a Room, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for First Fiction. In 2007, she was selected as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, and in 2010 The New Yorker named her one of the 20 best writers under 40. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

 Jonathan Petropoulos

Jonathan Petropoulos is the John V. Croul Professor of European History and the Chair of the Department of History at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California.  Previously, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he began working on the subject of Nazi art looting and restitution in 1983.  He is the author of Art as Politics in the Third Reich; The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany; and Royals and the Reich: The Princes von Hessen in Nazi Germany.  He has also appeared in more than a dozen documentary films and helped organize art exhibitions, including Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany, which opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1991.





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