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.
Amber Jamilla Musser is associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her monograph, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism (NYU Press, 2014) uses masochism as a lens to theorize different felt relationships to power. Musser has also published widely on race and critical theory, queer femininities and race, race and sexuality, and queer of color critique. Her current research project, "Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings" uses women of color's aesthetic labors to re-imagine epistemologies of sexuality so that they center brown femininity. She has an M.S. in Women's Studies from Oxford University and received her Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.
Jaimee Wriston Colbert is the author of five books: the linked story collection Wild Things; Shark Girls, Finalist for the USA Book News Best Books of 2010 Awards; Dream Lives of Butterflies, winner of the gold medal in the Independent Publisher Awards; Climbing the God Tree, winner of the Willa Cather Fiction Prize, and Sex, Salvation, and the Automobile, winner of the Zephyr Prize. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner and TriQuarterly, and broadcast on Selected Shorts. She is professor of English and creative writing at Binghamton University.
Reading by author Eleanor Henderson
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6 p.m., Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge
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. 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.
Reading by essayist Amy Monticello
Thursday, April 6, 2017 5 p.m., Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge
Amy Monticello’s work has appeared in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Phoebe, The 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.
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.
A Conversation with Ethan Young, Graphic Novelist and Illustrator
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
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 21, 2015, Michael D. Snediker, Ph.D. (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 Erik J. Bitterbaum and the Haines Fund, The Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee, the Campus Artist and Lecture Series and the Provost’s Office for their generous support.