The Kenyon Review
Reading Series, Fall 2013

All events sponsored in whole or in part by The Kenyon College English Department, Student Lectureships, GLCA New Writers Award, Ohio Arts Council, The Kenyon Review and the KR Associates Program.

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September 5th

Ismet Prcic and Benjamin Busch
2013 GLCA New Writers Award winners
5:15pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Ismet Prcic was born in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1977 and immigrated to America in 1996. The recipient of a 2010 NEA Award for fiction, his debut novel Shards is about a young Bosnian who has fled his war-torn homeland and is struggling to reconcile his past with his present. His book has been hailed as “stunningly original” and is the winner of the GLCA 2013 New Writers Awards for fiction.

Benjamin Busch is a United States Marine Corps infantry officer, photographer, film director, and actor. His writing has been featured in Harper’s and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His memoir Dust to Dust is described as “an extraordinary memoir about ordinary things” and is the winner of the GLCA 2013 New Writers Awards in creative nonfiction.

September 18th

Philip Levine
A reading by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
8:00pm, Herrick Hall, Denison University, Granville, Ohio.

Philip Levine was the eighteenth United States Poet Laureate for 2011-2012. Upon his appointment, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said in a statement, “Philip Levine is one of America’s great narrative poets. His plainspoken lyricism has, for half a century, championed the art of telling ‘The Simple Truth. . . . ’” Levine “is a large, ironic Whitman of the industrial heartland” who, according to Edward Hirsch in the New York Times Book Review, should be considered “one of [America’s] . . . quintessentially urban poets.” He was born in 1928 to Russian-Jewish immigrants, in Detroit, a city that inspired much of his writing. Author of 20 collections of poetry, his most recent is News Of The World (Knopf, 2009). The Simple Truth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. What Work Is won the National Book Award in 1991. Levine is known as the poet of the working class, and he remains dedicated to writing poetry “or people for whom there is no poetry.” As well as having received two National Book Awards, Levine is also the recipient of the National Book Critics Award and the Ruth Lily prize. He divides his time between Brooklyn, NY, & Fresno, CA.

October 1st

D.T. Max
A reading by author of Every Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace
7:30 pm, Rosse Hall

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. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their two young children, and a rescued beagle who came to them named Max.

October 3rd

Elliott Holt
A reading by novelist and winner of a 2011 Pushcart Prize
4:10 pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Elliott Holt was born and raised in Washington, D.C. A former copywriter who worked at advertising agencies in Moscow, London, and New York, Holt attended the MFA program at Brooklyn College (where she won the Himan Brown award) at night while working full time in Manhattan during the day. Her short fiction has been published in Guernica, Kenyon Review Online, Bellevue Literary Review, and The Pushcart Prize XXXV (2011 anthology). In addition to winning a Pushcart Prize, she was the runner-up of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. You Are One of Them is her first novel.

October 8th

Patricia Vigderman
A reading by Kenyon professor and author
4:10 pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Patricia Vigderman is the author of The Memory Palace of Isabella Stewart Gardner (Sarabande Books, 2007) and Possibility: Essays Against Despair (Sarabande Books, 2013). Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, the New York Times, Raritan, Seneca Review and Southwest Review. She teaches film and literature in the English Department at Kenyon College.

October 16th

Mary Jo Salter
A poetry reading
7:00 pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Mary Jo Salter is the author of Nothing by Design: Poems, forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf in 2013, as well as Henry Purcell in Japan (1985); Unfinished Painting (1989, winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Lamont Prize); and four others. Her edition of The Selected Poems of Amy Clampitt was published by Knopf in 2010. She has written a book for children, The Moon Comes Home (Knopf, 1989), and, with Margaret Ferguson and Jon Stallworthy, co-edited the fourth and fifth editions of The Norton Anthology of Poetry (W.W. Norton, 1996 and 2004). She has held the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bogliasco, Rockefeller, Ingram Merrill, and Guggenheim foundations. A series of songs, Rooms of Light, written by jazz composer and pianist Fred Hersch to her lyrics, was performed at Lincoln Center in January 2007. Her play, Falling Bodies (2004), saw a new production at Infinity Box Theater in Seattle in 2012. She is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.

October 17th

A conversation with Mary Jo Salter and Willard Spiegelman
11:00 am, Cheever Room, Finn House

Willard Spiegelman
A poetry reading
4:10 pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University and editor in chief of the Southwest Review. The author of several books on poetry, his recent work includes How Poets See the World: The Art of Description in Contemporary Poetry (Oxford, 2005) and Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt (Columbia, 2005).

October 19th

Katie Hafner
A reading by author of Mother Daughter Me
4:00 pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Katie Hafner was on staff at the New York Times for ten years, where she remains a frequent contributor, writing on healthcare and technology. She has also worked at Newsweek and BusinessWeek, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, the New Republic, Huffington Post, and O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the author of five previous works of nonfiction covering a diverse range of topics, including the origins of the Internet, computer hackers, German reunification, and the pianist Glenn Gould.

November 8th and 9th – The Kenyon Review Literary Festival

Friday, November 8th
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
A reading by 2013 GLCA New Writers Award winner
7:00 pm, Peirce Lounge, Peirce Hall

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. His book The Ground, won the 2013 GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry. His other books include When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, and a translation from the Catalan of Salvador Espriu’s Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. Phillips has taught at Harvard and Columbia and is currently Associate Professor of English at Stony Brook University, where he directs the Poetry Center.

Saturday, November 9th
Carl Phillips
8:00 pm, Gund Gallery, Community Foundation Theater

Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Silverchest (2013) and Double Shadow (2011), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books include Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006, a translation of Sophocles’s Philoctetes (2004), and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004). A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, his honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, and award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was elected a Chancellor in 2006. In addition to contemporary poetry and the writing of it, his academic interests include classical philology, translation, and the history of prosody in English. He is a professor of English and Afro-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

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