Creative Readings: Featured Speakers

Special Event: “Confluences and Divisions in Experimental British Poetry”
Friday, November 7
3:15 -5:15 pm
William Penn Ballroom

David Marriott teaches in the History of Consciousness program at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Sussex.  He is the author of Haunted Life (2007), On Black Men (UP, 2000), and his most recent collections of poetry include: In Neuter (2013) and The Bloods (2011). He is currently writing a critical monograph on Frantz Fanon.

John Wilkinson is an English poet and Associate Chair for Creative Writing and Poetics in the Department of English, University of Chicago. His most recent books are Reckitt's Blue (Seagull, 2013) and a Selected Poems, Schedule of Unrest (Salt 2014). A new chapbook, Courses Matter-Woven, will be published by Equipage before the end of the year. His critical writing is focused in four broad areas: poetics theory, first-generation New York School poetry, the poetry and painting of St Ives, and “Cambridge school” poetry.

Special Event: Poetry Reading by Terrance Hayes and Dawn Lundy Martin
Saturday, November 8
3:30-4:30 pm

Terrance Hayes is the author of Lighthead (Penguin 2010), winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is editor of The Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner, 2014), the preeminent annual anthology of contemporary American poetry.  How To Be Drawn, his new collection of poems, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015.

Dawn Lundy Martin, an essayist and award-winning poet, is author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering, winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE; and, the forthcoming Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015). She has written a libretto for a video opera, titled "Good Stock on the Dimension Floor," which was scheduled to be featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and is collaborating with architectMitch McEwen on Detroit Opera House, “a project which stages an opera as a house, the house and its dramas of occupancy, vacancy, demolition, and re-purposing as an opera.” Martin is a member of the global artists collective, HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican and a co-founder of the Black Took Collective. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

Special Event: Poetry Reading by Caroline Bergvall
Saturday, November 8
8:00-9:00 pm

Caroline Bergvall is a French-Norwegian, London-based writer and multimedia artist who composes textual pieces, audioworks, live performances, and sited installations, often in collaboration with other artists. Her works explore questions of multilingual identities, cultural belonging, gender and sexual politics, and new media for writing. Her published collections include Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (2011); Middling English (2011); Fig (2005);Goan Atom (2001); Eclat (1996). She has exhibited and performed at venues around the world, including MOMA (NYC), Khoj ARt Centre (New Delhi), Tate Modern (London), Museum of Contemporary A (Denver), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Museum of Contemporary Art (Antwerp), MACBA (Barcelona), and Wood Street Galleries (Pittsburgh). Bergvall has been a Judith E. Wilson Fellow in Poetry and Drama 2012-13 (University of Cambridge) and was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2007-2010).