February 2018

Thursday, 2/1

The Soluble Hour: Hillary Gravendyk Remembrance & Reading

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

Hosted by: the Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program presents a gathering that will serve as both a memorial for Hillary Gravendyk and a reading for her posthumously published book of poems, The Soluble Hour, a new Pocket Series edition from Omnidawn. In her poems, Gravendyk speaks with visionary passion about how the beloved and dear ones will soon be without her and laments for their imminent grief. But Gravendyk nevertheless pulls the voice towards testimony of unquestioned love, a recollection of landscapes Californian and interior. Readers of The Soluble Hour will include Julia Bloch, Jason Zuzga, and Cynthia Arrieu-King.

Hillary Gravendyk (1979–2014) was born in Los Angeles, California. She attended Tulane and the University of Washington and went on to get a doctorate in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, her chapbook The Naturalist came out from Achiote Press and in 2010, her book Harm was published by Omnidawn. In 2009, she was hired to teach twentieth-century poetry at Pomona College in Claremont, California. After moving to Oakland in 2003 with her husband Benjamin Burrill, Hillary lived out most of her adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area and Claremont.

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Saturday, 2/10

Sunday, 2/11

Monday, 2/12

Reading by Paul Auster

Kelly Writers House Fellows Program

6:30 PM in the Arts Cafe

Paul Auster is a prolific and profoundly influential writer whose work has spanned many genres from novels to screenplays to essays to poems to plays, and more. Known for his experiments with narrative voice, form, and elements of the absurd, Auster's work often is situated in New York City, where he has lived for most of his literary career. He is the bestselling author of Winter Journal, Brooklyn Follies, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy (among many other works). He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the Prix Médicis étranger for Leviathan, an Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke, and the Premio Napoli. He has also been short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance), and the Edgar Award (City of Glass), and most recently the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his latest novel 4321. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

RSVP REQUIRED: whfellow@writing.upenn.edu

Tuesday, 2/13

Brunch with Paul Auster

Kelly Writers House Fellows Program

10:00 AM in the Arts Cafe

Paul Auster is a prolific and profoundly influential writer whose work has spanned many genres from novels to screenplays to essays to poems to plays, and more. Known for his experiments with narrative voice, form, and elements of the absurd, Auster's work often is situated in New York City, where he has lived for most of his literary career. He is the bestselling author of Winter Journal, Brooklyn Follies, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy (among many other works). He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the Prix Médicis étranger for Leviathan, an Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke, and the Premio Napoli. He has also been short-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions), the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance), and the Edgar Award (City of Glass), and most recently the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his latest novel 4321. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

RSVP REQUIRED: whfellow@writing.upenn.edu

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Sunday, 2/18

Monday, 2/19

Lunch with Rebecca Entel

Hosted by Karen Rile

Creative Writing Program

12:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

rsvp: wh@writing.upenn.edu or call (215) 746-POEM

Rebecca Entel holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College, where she teaches multicultural American literature, Caribbean literature, creative writing, and the literature of social justice. She began writing her first novel, Fingerprints of Previous Owners, while teaching on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. Her short stories have been published in Guernica, Joyland, Madison Review, Cleaver, and elsewhere, and several have been shortlist­ed for awards from Glimmer Train, Southwest Review, and the Manchester Fiction Prize.

A poetry reading by Sawako Nakayasu

6:00 PM in the Arts Cafe

Sawako Nakayasu is a transnational poet, translator, and occasional performance artist who has lived in Japan, France, China, and the US. Her books include The Ants (Les Figues Press, 2014), Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions, 2010), and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books, 2015), as well as unconventional translations such as Costume en Face (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), a handwritten notebook of Tatsumi Hijikata’s dance notations, and Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (Rogue Factorial, 2011), a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She is co-editor of A Transpacific Poetics (Litmus Press, 2017), a gathering of poetry and poetics engaging transpacific imaginaries. She has also performed on Japanese television as a poetry judge, in a re-enactment of Yvonne Rainer’s Grand Union Dreams (dir. Yelena Gluzman), and in Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraphs 4 & 7 from The Great Learning (dir. Tomomi Adachi).

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Tuesday, 2/27

Wednesday, 2/28