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.
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'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.
March 2017: Reading by author Eleanor Henderson
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, Columbia, Salon, 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.
April 2017: Reading by essayist Amy Monticello
Amy Monticello is the author of the memoir-in-essays, Close Quarters. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Iron Horse Literary Review, and other journals. She is a regular contributor at Role/Reboot and an assistant professor at Suffolk University.
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.
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.
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.