All readings begin at 4:10 pm in the Cheever Room of Finn House,
102 W. Wiggin St., Gambier, Ohio, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, January 25th
Roger Rosenblatt. (Event to be held in the Brandi Recital Hall, 4:10pm) Journalist, novelist, and playwright, Roger Rosenblatt is the author most recently of Making Toast, a memoir, and Unless It Moves the Human Heart, a book on the teaching of writing. Rosenblatt has served as a columnist for the Washington Post, literary editor for New Republic, and the Director of Education for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work for Time and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer has won two George Polk Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Emmy Award. Rosenblatt is a Distinguished Professor of English at Stony Brook University. William Safire in the New York Times described Rosenblatt’s work as “some of the most profound and stylish writing in America today.”
Monday, February 4th
J. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces For The Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Castle, and Familiar. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and his story “The Rememberer” inspired the CBS detective series Unforgettable. He hosts the podcast Writers at Cornell, and co-hosts another, Lunch Box, with poet Ed Skoog. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and The London Review of Books, and he lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.
Thursday, February 28th
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers and Natalie Shapero
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers received her BA in creative writing and dance from Oberlin College and her MFA from Cornell University. As an Oberlin Shansi Fellow, Rogers spent several years living in rural China, where she taught English and dance at an agricultural university. Her poems appear in FIELD, Agni Online, Seneca Review, Comstock Review, Crazyhorse, Pool, and on Poetry Daily, among others. Her first book of poetry Chord Box will be published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2013.
Natalie Shapero received her MFA in poetry from the Ohio State University in 2008 and her JD from the University of Chicago in 2011. Her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies including The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Believer, FIELD, and Best New Poets 2006. She has been a Peter Taylor Fellow in the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop as well as a fellow in the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Prior to starting her Kenyon Review Fellowship, Shapero was a fellow in First Amendment Litigation and civil rights advocacy with Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Her first book of poetry No Object will be published in 2013 by Saturnalia Books.
Thursday, March 21st
Beth Bosworth and James Arthur
Beth Bosworth has taught at the New School for Social Research, CUNY’s NYC Technical College, and for many years at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, where she is also founding editor of the Saint Ann’s Review. Her publications include a novel, Tunneling, and a collection of short stories, A Burden of Earth. Her stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, Forward, IMAGE, Hanging Loose, Guernica, and elsewhere She is the winner of the 2012 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for short fiction from the University of Pittsburgh Press for her collection The Source of Life and Other Stories.
James Arthur is author of the collection Charms Against Lightening from Copper Canyon Press. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2010, and Best Canadian Poetry 2008. Arthur is the recipient of the 2006 Amy Lowell Travelling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University, a Discovery/The Nation Prize, a Joan Nordell at Harvard’s Houghton Library, and a 2012 Hodder Fellowship. From 2004 to 2005, James was a writer-in-residence at Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, and from 2011-2012, he was the residency fellow at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, MA.
Thursday, March 28th
Rebecca McClanahan and Wyatt Prunty
Rebecca McClanahan’s tenth book, The Tribal Knot, a multi-generational memoir, is forthcoming from Indiana University Press in 2013. She has also published five books of poetry and a suite of essays, The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow prize in nonfiction. Her three books of writing instruction include Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively, which is used as a text in numerous writing programs.
Wyatt Prunty is the author of several collections of poetry, including: The Lover’s Guide to Trapping (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009); Unarmed and Dangerous: New and Selected Poems (2000); Domestic of the Outer Banks (1980); The Times Between (1982); What Women Know, What Men Believe (1986); Balance as Belief (1989); The Run of the House (1993) and Since the Noon Mail Stopped (1997). Prunty teaches at Sewanee, where he is the Ogden D. Carlton Chair of English and founding director of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.