Distinguished Voices in Literature

Distinguished Voices in Literature

The Distinguished Voices in Literature series brings poets, fiction writers, essayists, and scholars to campus for readings and lectures. Featuring both established and emerging writers and speakers, the series showcases outstanding voices in contemporary literature. All events are free and open to the public.


Calendar of Events

Spring 2017

Eleanor Henderson

Eleanor Henderson

Reading by author Eleanor Henderson
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 6:00pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall

Eleanor Henderson's debut novel, Ten Thousand Saints, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2011 by The New York Times and a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from The Los Angeles Times. Her short stories have appeared in Agni, North American Review, Ninth Letter, ColumbiaSalon, and The Best American Short Stories. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, All Things Considered, Poets & Writers, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. With Anna Solomon she is also co-editor of Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers (FSG, 2014). Her second novel, The Twelve-Mile Straight, will be published by Ecco this Fall.


Amy Monticello

Amy Monticello

Reading by essayist Amy Monticello
Thursday, April 6, 2017 5:00pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall

Amy Monticello’s work has appeared in Brevity, Creative NonfictionThe Iron Horse Literary ReviewPhoebeThe Rumpus, Salon, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Close Quarters, was published by Sweet Publications, and her nonfiction has been listed as notable in Best American Essays. She is a regular contributor at Role/Reboot, where she writes about contemporary gender issues, parenting, and politics. She is the winner of the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize in Nonfiction for her collection, How to Euthanize a Horse, which is forthcoming.


Previous Speakers

Spring 2016

Ethan Young

Ethan Young

April 6th: A Conversation with Ethan Young, Graphic Novelist and Illustrator.  4:30, Sperry 205

Ethan Young is an illustrator, graphic novelist, and the author of Nanjing: The Burning City (2015, Dark Horse Comics). Nanjing delves into World War II’s forgotten tragedy, the devastating Japanese invasion of Nanjing, and in beautiful black-and-white illustrations, it tells a heart-wrenching tale of war, loss, and defiance.

Fall 2015

Michael D. Snediker: Poet and Queer Theorist

On April 21st 2015, Dr. Michael D. Snediker (University of Houston) gave a reading from his Lambda-Nominated poetry collection, The Apartment of Tragic Appliances (Punctum, 2013) and his forthcoming work, The New York Editions, which translates Henry James's novels into lyric poems.


Fall 2016

Nick Salvato

Nick Salvato

Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:30pm, Jacobus Lounge

Van Burd Memorial Lecture in Literary Criticism by Dr. Nick Salvato

In a variety of ways and contexts, Nick Salvato focuses attention on performances, representational practices, discourses, and dispositions that are figured (often dismissively) by critics as minor or that announce themselves deliberately as minor; and at the same time, he considers the ways in which the concept of minority influences or defines the modern, even as minority conceals the centrality of its definitional power and influence.


Camille Rankine

Camille Rankine

Reading by poet Camille Rankine
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:00 pm, Jacobus Lounge

Camille Rankine's first full-length collection of poetry, Incorrect Merciful Impulses was published by Copper Canyon Press in January 2016. She is also the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. She has been the recipient of a 2010 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Poetry Foundation's 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship.


Acknowledgements:

We wish to acknowledge the English Department, President Bitterbaum and the Haines Fund, The Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee, the Campus Arts and Lecture Series, and the Provost’s Office for their generous support.


For more information about the series, please contact Heather Bartlett or Tyler Bradway.

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