Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sep 17: Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is the book critic at Time magazine and the author of the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy, which is published in 25 countries. His essays and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village VoiceLingua Franca, Salon, Slate, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, the Week, and the Believer, as well as on NPR's All Things Considered.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oct 8: Téa Obreht and Alexi Zentner

Téa Obreht's debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife, won the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a 2011 National Book Award Finalist. Her writing has been published in The New YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’sVogue, Esquire and The Guardian, and she has been named by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American fiction writers under forty. She was a 2013-2014 fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and is currently working on her second novel.

Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings and Touch.  Touch was shortlisted for The 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award, The Center for Fiction’s 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the 2011 First Novel Award, and longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.  His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, The Walrus, and many other publications. He is the winner of both the O. Henry Prize and the Narrative Prize, and has been shortlisted for the Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart Prize. He is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University and a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College low residency MFA program. 

Zentner was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and two daughters. He holds both Canadian and American citizenship.

Oct 15: Jenny Offill

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Last Things and Dept. of Speculation.
She teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University.

Nov. 5: Jolika Sudermann and Alma Söderberg

Jolika Sudermann is a freelance theater-maker with a background in dance and environmental sciences. She studied dance theater in Hamburg and graduated from the Mime course at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in 2010. Sudermann is based in Berlin and works as an artist in residence at Het Veem Theater Amsterdam where she produced the successful duet A Talk, a trip into the musicality of spoken language in collaboration with the Swedish choreographer Alma Söderberg. A Talk premiered in February 2011 and has since been shown more than 50 times in various European venues. It won the audience prize and the prize for a remarkable performance at the Stuttgarter Theaterpreis 2013. Her quintet PULSE was selected into the Aerowaves dance network and toured Europe in 2011/12. Apart from making work, she teaches at Tanzfabrik Berlin and engages in community dance and theater projects with adolescents and asylum seekers.

Alma Söderberg works as a choreographer, performer and performer-musician after having studied flamenco, contemporary dance and choreography. She graduated from SNDO, the choreography department in the Amsterdam arts academy, in 2010. Söderberg makes performances where sound, movement and speech (singing, dancing and talking) are equally important. She has made three solo performances: Entertainment, Cosas and Travail, has an ongoing collaboration with Jolika Sudermann with whom she made the performance A Talk and plays music in the performance band John The Houseband.

Nov 12: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Phillis Wheatley Award, and finalist for both the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Balcones Prize. She also authored Blood Dazzler, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series selection. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, TriQuarterly, Tin House, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays. Her contribution to the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir, which she edited, won the Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the best debut story of the year and was chosen for Best American Mystery Stories 2013.  She is a 2014 Guggenheim fellow,  a 2012 fellow at both MacDowell and Yaddo, a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, recipient of a Lannan fellowship and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competition’s history. She is currently working on a biography of Harriet Tubman, a poetry volume combining text and 19th century African-American photos, and a collaborative novel with her husband Bruce DeSilva, the Edgar-Award winning author of the Liam Mulligan crime novels. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and an instructor in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Dec 3: Joseph Salvatore

Joseph Salvatore is the Books editor at The Brooklyn Rail and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier Journal, H.O.W. Journal, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, and Sleeping Fish, among others. His collection of stories, To Assume A Pleasing Shape, was published by BOA Editions in 2011. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at The New School, where he founded the literary journal LIT. He lives in New York.