Kenyon Review Reading Series
Spring 2015

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

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February 12th

Writers on Writing: Christopher Gillen
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Chris Gillen is a runner.(Jodi Miller)The Kenyon Review presents Christopher Gillen as the inaugural speaker for the semesterly Writers on Writing series.

Christopher Gillen is Professor of Biology at Kenyon College and Director of the Kenyon Institute in Biomedical and Scientific Writing. He is the author of Reading Primary Literature and The Hidden Mechanics of Exercise. Gillen studies salt transport in mosquitoes and caterpillars using approaches ranging from whole-animal studies to molecular techniques.

February 24th

Maurice Manning
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

manningMaurice Manning’s most recent books are The Gone and the Going Away, his fifth collection of poems, and The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, co-edited with Eleanor Wilner. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

March 17th

Tarfia Faizullah
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

Faizullah-Tarfia-thumbnailTarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU, 2014), and winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Oxford American, jubilat, New England Review, the Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere, and they are anthologized in Poems of Devotion, Excuse This Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation, The Book of Scented Things, and Best New Poets 2013.

Honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, scholarships and fellowships from Kundiman, the Fulbright Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and Vermont Studio Center.
She has collaborated with rapper and emcee Brooklyn Shanti, composer Jacob Cooper, and photographer Elizabeth Herman.

She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in Poetry at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press & Video Series with Jamaal May.

March 18th

Amy Williams
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

williams_amyAmy Williams began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Doubleday. A literary agent since 1996, she worked at The Gernert Company and ICM before co-founding the agency McCormick & Williams. Amy represents a wide range of critically acclaimed and best-selling authors, including Elizabeth Kostova, Karen Essex, Nami Mun, Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Katharine Weber, Frances Hwang, Dean Bakopoulos, Tom Piazza, Alix Ohlin, Owen King, Sarah Hepola, Alice Randall, and John Brandon. Her interests include literary and historical fiction, narrative and practical non-fiction, memoir, and short stories.

April 15th

Kent Nelson
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House

NelsonKentKent Nelson is the author of The Spirit Bird: Stories, winner of the 2014 Drue Heinz Literature Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His other work includes the novels Language in the Blood and Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories, The Best of the West, O. Henry, Pushcart, and The Best American Mystery Stories.

Nelson, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He now resides in Ouray, Colorado. He has identified 757 species of North American birds and has traveled to most of the remote areas of the US, as well as to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Australia, and New Zealand. Over the age of 54, he has run the Pikes Peak Marathon twice—26.3 miles, 7814 feet up and down.

April 30th

Poem in Your Pocket Day
4:10pm, Brandi Recital Hall, Storer Hall

grace-andrew sharif Starzinger davidbaker_2Every year at Kenyon, we put our own spin on National Poem in Your Pocket Day, a celebration of poetry, community, and the art of reading out loud. This year, our Poem in Your Pocket Day festivities will highlight the Kenyon Review’s May/June issue, which includes a portfolio of contemporary nature poetry. KR Poetry Editor David Baker will introduce a reading by Andrew Grace, Solmaz Sharif, and Page Hill Starzinger, three writers whose poetry takes up environmental concerns. We’ll also celebrate the work of the new Kenyon Review Student Associates’ 1939 Press, a letterpress workshop whose first batch of broadsides feature poems from KR’s nature poetry issue.

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