Kenyon Review Reading Series

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

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Fall 2017

September 26th

Lewis Hyde and Patricia Vigderman
4:10 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Lewis Hyde’s books include Common as Air (FSG, 2010), The Gift (Random House, 1983; reprinted 2007), Trickster Makes This World (FSG, 1998), and the book of poems This Error is the Sign of Love (Milkweed Editions, 1988). He has edited a volume of the essays of Henry D. Thoreau and a book of responses to the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, and has translated the selected poems of Spain’s Nobel laureate Vicente Aleixandre. Hyde’s many awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lannan Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 1991 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. He is currently the Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing at Kenyon College.

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 new book, The Real Life of the Parthenon, will be published in January by Mad Creek Books (Ohio State University Press). Her writing has appeared in the Boston Globe, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, the Nation, the New York Times, Southwest Review, and other places.

October 3rd

Margot Singer
4:10 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Margot Singer won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, and an Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award for her story collection, The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007). She also recently received the Wallant Award for her newest book Underground Fugue (Melville House, 2017). Her work has been featured on NPR and in the Kenyon Review, the Gettysburg Review, Agni, and Conjunctions, among other publications. She is a professor of English at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

October 14th

Parents’ Weekend: Saskia Hamilton
10:00 a.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Saskia Hamilton is the author of three books of poetry, including Corridor (Graywolf Press, 2014), which was named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. She is also the editor of The Letters of Robert Lowell (FSG, 2005) and The Dolphin Letters: Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Hardwick and Their Circle (forthcoming 2018), and co-editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (FSG, 2008). She teaches at Barnard College.

November 10th

Literary Festival: Nate Marshall
8:00 p.m., Peirce Lounge, Peirce Hall

Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds, (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Poetry Book of the Year Award, and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award. Marshall is also an editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books, 2015), and his last rap album, Grown, came out in 2015 with his group Daily Lyrical Product. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Indiana Review, The New Republic and elsewhere. He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than a Bomb and has been featured on the HBO original series Brave New Voices. He is the Director of National Programs for Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival and has taught at The University of Michigan, Wabash College, and Northwestern University.
Booksigning to follow.

November 11th

Literary Festival Keynote: Colm Tóibín
8:00 p.m., Rosse Hall

Colm ToibinColm Tóibín was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland amd graduated from University College in Dublin in 1975. He then headed to Barcelona, the city that later inspired his first novel, The South (1990), and the non-fiction work Homage to Barcelona (2002), both published in 1990. During the 1980s, he worked as a journalist, first in Ireland and then in Argentina, the Sudan and Egypt. He is the author of several works of fiction, including The Heather Blazing (1992), The Story of the Night (1996), The Blackwater Lightship (1999), which was on the short list for the Booker Prize, and Brooklyn (2009), winner of the Costa Book Award. The New York Times named his 2004 novel, The Master, one of the 10 most notable books of the year. His short story collections include, Mothers and Sons (2006), and his non-fiction books include Bad Blood: A Walk Along the Irish Border (1994) and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe (1994).


Spring 2018

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

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January 30th

Writers on Writing: T.R. Hummer
4:10 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

T.R. Hummer’s most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books, 2018) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). Former editor in chief of the Kenyon Review, the New England Review, and the Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, the Hanes Poetry Prize, and The Donald Justice Award for Poetry. He lives in Cold Spring, NY.

February 5th

Javier Zamora
7:00 p.m., Brandi Recital Hall, Storer

Javier ZamoraJavier Zamora is the author of the poetry collection Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). He was born in La Herradura, El Salvador, in 1990. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program. Zamora earned an MFA from New York University and is currently a 2016–2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf, Frost Place, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, and VONA writers’ conferences and fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University (Olive B. O’Connor), MacDowell Colony, Macondo Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes & Noble granted him the Writer for Writers Award for his work with the Undocupoets Campaign. He was also the winner of the Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellowship and is a member of the Our Parents’ Bones Campaign, whose goal is to bring justice to the families of the ten thousand who disappeared during El Salvador’s civil war.

February 19th

GLCA New Writers’ Awards Reading:
Charles Boyer and Randall Horton

7:00 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Charles Boyer grew up in a small Illinois town, went to grade school in a Wisconsin factory city on Lake Michigan and then to college at Beloit College with a year at Harris-Manchester College, Oxford. He spent some years driving a cab and tending bar before returning to college to get his M.A. from the University of New Hampshire. He teaches humanities and writing at Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts, and has won grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and New Hampshire Arts Council. He has published poems and stories in such magazines as Atlanta Review and Literal Latte’. Charles Boyer’s novel History’s Child was chosen by Mary Gaitskill to win the AWP Award for the Novel; it also won the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award for the Novel.

Randall Horton’s past awards include the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and most recently the GLCA New Writers’ Award for Creative Nonfiction for Hook: A Memoir (Augury Books, 2015). His previous work includes poetry collections The Definition of Place (Main Street Rag, 2006), The Lingua France of Ninth Street (Main Street Rag, 2009), and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Trquarterly, 2013). Horton is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Haven. He is a member of the experimental performance group “Heroes Are Gang Leaders” with recent performances at Berlin JazzFest, Crossing the Border Festival in The Hague and Jazz Jantar in Gdansk, Poland. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he now resides in New York City.

March 20th & 21st

“Resistance, Change, Survival” Reading & Panel:
Reading with Cynthia Dewi Oka, Ladan Osman, & Keith S. Wilson
March 20th, 4:10 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House
Panel with Cynthia Dewi Oka & Keith S. Wilson, and Kenyon Review Fellows Jaquira Díaz & Margaree Little
March 21st, 11:10 a.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Cynthia Dewi Oka Cynthia Dewi Oka is poet and the author of Salvage (Triquarterly, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2016). A two-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and recipient of a 2016 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, she has served as a poetry mentor for The Blueshift Journal’s Speakeasy Project and is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Warren Wilson College. Originally from Indonesia, she works as a community organizer with the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia.

Ladan Osman is a Somali-born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of a Sillerman First Book Prize. Her next collection Exiles of Eden, a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, is forthcoming with Coffee House Press in 2019. Her work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, and Rumpus, among others. Osman’s writing has been translated into over ten languages. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, a Cave Canem fellow, and a graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor and Web Consultant at Obsidian Journal. Keith holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. His poetry has been published in two chapbooks: “Generation Oz” (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and “Kindermeal” (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012). Additionally, Keith has had poems nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award.

April 11th

Fellows’ Farewell Reading: Jaquira Díaz and Margaree Little
4:10 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Jaquira Díaz is the 2016-18 Kenyon Review Fellow in Prose, and recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, two fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, and the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work appears in The Best American Essays, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The FADER, and Tin House. In 2017, she was listed among Remezcla‘s “15 Latinx Music Journalists You Should be Reading,” included in NPR’s Alt.Latino‘s Favorites as one of “the cream of the crop of Latinx music writers,” and named by the Los Angeles Times as “part of a necessary cipher of extremely gifted freestylers” that includes writers Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Terrance Hayes, and Junot Díaz, among others. This year she’ll be a Writer in Residence at the Summer Literary Seminars in Georgia and Kenya.

Margaree Little, the Kenyon Review Fellow in Poetry, is the author of Rest (Four Way Books, March 2018). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewNew England ReviewThe Missouri Review, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and her criticism appears in American Poetry Review and Kenyon Review Online. Her translations from the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva appear in Asymptote.  She is the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award, a 2015 John Ciardi Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a 2016 Bread Loaf Bakeless Fellowship at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

April 24th

Poem in Your Pocket Day Reading: Phillip B. Williams
4:10 p.m., Cheever Room, Finn House

Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He’s also co-authored a book of poems and conversations called Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston ReviewCallaloo, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Southern Review, West Branch and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. He is the co-editor in chief of the online journal Vinyl and the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.

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