The Kenyon Review
Reading Series, Spring 2014

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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January 18th

Roger Rosenblatt
4:00pm, Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall

Journalist, novelist, and playwright, Roger Rosenblatt is the author most recently of The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood. 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 News Hour 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.”

The reading will feature both Rosenblatt and the students who participated in his January class, Writing a Memoir.

February 13th

Tayari Jones
7:00pm, Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

Atlanta native Tayari Jones is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Tayari Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers-Newark University, where she was awarded with a Board of Trustees Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, and a Leader in Faculty Diversity Award. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Artcs councils of Arizona and Illinois. Already having published three novels, her forthcoming novel is Dear History. (

February 19th

Reagan Arthur
4:10pm, Cheever, Finn House

Reagan Arthur is Senior Vice President and Publisher at Little, Brown. Writers she has worked with include Kate Atkinson, Josh Bazell, Kate Braestrup, Joshua Ferris, Tina Fey, Elin Hilderbrand, Dan Simmons, and Ian Rankin. Arthur has worked at Little, Brown since 2001, earning her own imprint there in 2008. She became Publisher there in April of 2013. (

February 20th

William Fuller
4:10pm, Cheever, Finn House

Born in Illinois, Fuller attended Lawrence University in Wisconsin and wrote a PhD at the University of Virginia on the seventeenth-century neo-Platonism of Sir Thomas Browne and Thomas Traherne. He has since lived in Chicago where he is Chief Fiduciary Officer at the Northern Trust Corporation. Fuller’s first book, byt (1989), was published by Leslie Scalapino’s press, O Books. Hallucination (Flood, 2011), his sixth collection, was described as ‘a masterpiece’ by Cal Bedient in the Boston Review, who singled out Fuller’s development of an ‘incessantly thinking’ prose poetry.

April 4th

Mukoma wa Ngugi
4:10pm, Cheever, Finn House

Novelist, poet, and literary scholar, Mukoma Wa Ngugi is author of Black Star Nairobi (Melville, 2013), Nairobi Heat (Penguin, 2009; Melville 2011), and an anthology of poetry titled Hurling Words at Consciousness (AWP, 2006). He is a columnist for and a regular contributor to Kenya Yetu Magazine. Mukoma was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009 and the Penguin Prize for African Writing in 2010. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Mukoma grew up in Kenya before returning to United States for his undergraduate and graduate education. He is currenly based in Norwalk, CT. (

April 4th

Joan Breton Connelly
4:10pm, Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery

Joan Breton Connelly is a classical archaeologist and Professor of Classics and Art History at New York University. In 1996, she was awarded a MacArthur fellowship for her work in Greek art, myth, and religion. A field archaeologist, Connelly has excavated throughout Greece, Kuwait, and Cyprus where, since 1990, she has directed the NYU Yeronisos Island Expedition. She is an honorary citizen of Peyia Municipality, Cyprus.

Her Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece, was named among the Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review. It won the Archaeological Institute of America’s James R. Wiseman Book Award and was named best scholarly/professional book in Classics and Ancient History by the Association of American Publishers.

In her revolutionary new book, The Parthenon Enigma: A new understanding of the world’s most iconic building and the people who made it, Joan Breton Connelly challenges our most basic assumptions about the Parthenon and the ancient Athenians.

April 22nd—Poem in Your Pocket Day

Martha Collins
5:10pm, Cheever, Finn House

Martha Collins is the author of White Papers (Pitt Poetry Series, 2012), as well as Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old. Collins has also published four earlier collections of poems, three books of co-translations from the Vietnamese, and two chapbooks. Collins founded the Creative Writing Program at UMass-Boston, and for ten years was Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She is currently editor-at-large for FIELD magazine and one of the editors of the Oberlin College Press. Collins’ third book of co-translations from the Vietnamese, Black Stars: Poems by Ngo Tu Lap (co-translated with the author), has just been published by Milkweed. The same press will publish a new collection of her own poems, Day Unto Day, in early 2014.

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