Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Hello folks,

I'm posting the spring schedule for Temple's Poets & Writers Series, which looks quite exciting. If anyone else could post series info ranging off into the coming months, I'd love it as a way to promote readings way in advance to my students. (Penn's calendar was looking really sparse last time I checked, for instance - any thoughts on if the schedule will keep filling or if they've just kept dropping off programming vs. a few years ago?)


Chris McC


Thursday, January 26, 2006, 8:00. Main Campus, Mitten
Hall, 1913 North Broad Street(at Broad and Berks), which is
located one and a half blocks up Broad Street from the Cecil
B. Moore subway stop.

NEIL GAIMAN is best known as the creator/writer of the
monthly cult DC Comics series Sandman. His novels include
Anansi Boys, Neverwhere (based on the six-part TV series for
the BBC), Stardust, American Gods, and Coraline (a novel for
children). In 2004, Gaiman published a new graphic novel for
Marvel called 1602, and 2005 saw the Sundance Film Festival
premiere of MirrorMask, a Jim Henson Company Production
written by Gaiman and directed by Gaiman’s long-time
collaborator Dave McKean. Gaiman’s work has won numerous
awards such as the Hugo, Nebula, SFX, Bram Stoker, Locus and
Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. Born and raised in
England, Gaiman now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thursday, February 9, 2006, 8:00, TUCC, room 222
CLAUDIA RANKINE is the author of four collections of poetry,
including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, PLOT, The End of the
Alphabet, and Nothing in Nature is Private (which received
the Cleveland State Poetry Prize). She is co-editor of
American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century (Wesleyan
University Press). Her work has been published in numerous
journals including Boston Review, TriQuarterly, and The
Poetry Project Newsletter. Her poetry is also included in
several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2001,
Giant Step: African American Writing at the Crossroads of
the Century, and The Garden Thrives: Twentieth Century
African-American Poetry. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she now
teaches in the Creative Writing program at the University of

Thursday, March 23, 2006, 8:00, TUCC, room 222
JANET DESAULNIERS hails from Kansas City, Missouri. Her
short story collection, What You’ve Been Missing, won the
2004 John Simmons Award. Her work has appeared in numerous
literary publications, including several stories in The New
Yorker, TriQuarterly, the North American Review, and
Ploughshares. She has received grants and fellowships from
the James A. Michener/Copernicus Society, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council, along
with a Pushcart Prize and a Transatlantic Review award for
fiction. Desaulniers has also taught writing for over twenty-
five years, most recently as an Associate Professor in the
MFA in Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, where she was the inaugural Chair.

Thursday, March 30, 2006, 8:00, TUCC, room 222
JOAN RETALLACK’s most recent book of poetry is Memnoir—a
long poem published in the US (Post-Apollo Press) and in
French translation (CIP-Marseilles) in 2004. The Poethical
Wager—a volume of essays—came out last year from The
University of California Press which will also publish her
forthcoming book on Gertrude Stein—with a selection of
Stein’s work. Retallack is also the author of MUSICAGE: John
Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack for which she won
the 1996 America Award in Belles-Lettres and Afterrimages
(both from Wesleyan University Press), Mongrelisme
(Paradigm Press), How To Do Things With Words (Sun & Moon
Classics) , and Errata 5uite (Edge Books). Her multi-media
project WESTORN CIV CONT'D: an open book was produced at
Pyramid Atlantic Studios in 1995-96—with inadvertent funding
from the National Endowment for the Arts—and is still in
progress. She received a Lannan Literary Grant in 1998.
Retallack is currently at work on a long poetic
project, “The Reinvention of Truth.” She is John D. &
Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard
College where she teaches in the Languages & Literature and
Interdisciplinary Arts programs. She will be in residence as
Temple’s Visiting Poet from March 27-31.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 8:00, TUCC, room 222
CHARLES BERNSTEIN is the author of 30 books of poetry,
including Shadowtime, With Strings, Republics of Reality:
1975-1995 and World on Fire. He has published two books of
essays and one essay/poem collection: My Way: Speeches and
Poems, A Poetics, and Content’s Dream: Essays 1975 1984. In
the 1970s he co-edited the journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, which
dramatically changed the landscape of contemporary poetics.
Shadowtime, his libretto for composer Brian Ferneyhough, was
performed in 2004-2005 in Munich, Paris, London, and New
York. Bernstein is the Executive Editor, and co-founder, of
The Electronic Poetry Center (epc.buffalo.edu) and co-
editor, with Al Filreis, of PENNsound. He has received
fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the
Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the
Arts among others. Bernstein is currently Regan Professor of
English at the University of Pennsylvania.

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?