Visting Writers 2009-10

Emily Warn

9/29/09 Poetry Reading by Emily Warn

The founding editor of poetryfoundation.org, Emily Warn is the author of three volumes of poetry, including, most recently, Shadow Architect, a sequence of poems based on the Hebrew alphabet.  Publishers Weekly describes the collection as a “serious meditation on Jewish prayer and cosmogony, in lyrical prose and accessible verse.”  Other work by Warn can be found in publications like Poetry, Bookforum, Blackbird, Parabola, The Seattle Times, and The Writers’ Almanac. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Warn now divides her time between Seattle and Twisp, Washington.

 


Robinson Room, Miller Library, 7:00 PM
Book signing to follow in Wormser Room
(just outside Special Collections)

Reading sponsored by Clark-Donnelley Fund for Visiting Writers

 
Dani Shapiro

10/20/09 Prose Reading by Dani Shapiro

Dani Shapiro writes suspenseful, poignant narratives about teenage rebellion, mother-daughter relationships, family tragedy, and personal obligation.  Her most recent books include Black & White, Family History, and the best-selling memoir Slow Motion. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Elle, Bookforum, Oprah, and Ploughshares, among other places, and have been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and guest editor of Best New American Voices 2010.  Her second memoir, Devotion, will be published early next year.  She lives with her husband and son in Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Robinson Room, Miller Library, 7:00 PM
  Book signing to follow in Wormser Room
                                                        (just outside Special Collections)

Reading sponsored by Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund



 

12/08/09 Poetry and Prose Reading by Adrian Blevins and Debra Spark

A double-header with Colby Professors Adrian Blevins and Debra Spark reading from just-released work.

 
Adrian Blevins

Blevins’s Live from the Homesick Jamboree features heartbreaking, brash poems about growing up female during the 1970s.  Blevins's earlier collection, The Brass Girl Brouhaha, won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  She is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award, a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes, and the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction.

 
Debra Spark

In Debra Spark’s latest novel, Good for the Jews, three families clash over an anti-Semitic mystery, office politics and romantic relationships.  Her short stories, essays and articles have appeared in Food and Wine, Maine Home+Design, Esquire, Yankee, Ploughshares, and The New York Times, among other places.

Robinson Room, Miller Library, 7:00 PM
Book signing to follow in Wormser Room
(just outside Special Collections

 

 
David Shields

3/16/10 Prose Reading by David Shields

Is fiction relevant any more?  Maybe not, argues David Shields in his controversial new book,Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, which serves as a call to writers everywhere to “get real.”  In the past, Shields’ ingenious, often hilarious, nonfiction has tackled topics like mortality, celebrity, and race and the NBA, while his fiction has dealt with identity issues, family relationships, and stuttering.  He is the author of eight previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead and Dead Languages, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, he is a contributing editor of Conjunctions magazine and lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English Department at the University of Washington.  Shields’s work has been translated into ten languages.

Robinson Room, Miller Library, 7:00 PM
Book signing to follow in Wormser Room
(just outside Special Collections)

Ed Kenney Memorial Non-Fiction Reading



 
Jeff Thomsoen

4/13/10 Poetry Reading by Jeffrey Thomson

Jeff Thomson’s fourth book of poems, Birdwatching in Wartime, wanders the globe but settles in the rainforests of Peru and Costa Rica.  Maine poet laureate Betsy Scholl calls the results “lush and amazing.”  Currently, thomson leads an annual trip of students to study (and write about) Costa Rica’s rainforests.  He has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Arts Commission, and the Maine Arts Commission and has most recently published poetry and nonfiction in Quarterly West, Isotope, Indiana Review, Sycamore Review, Brilliant Corners, Gulf Coast, and Willow Springs, as well as critical essays on Sandra Cisneros, James Wright, Derek Walcott, and the environmental elegy. He is an associate professor at the University of Maine-Farmington.

Robinson Room, Miller Library, 7:00 PM
Book signing to follow in the Wormser Room
(just outside Special Collections)

Reading sponsored by Clark-Donnelley Fund for Visiting Writers

 


 

 

All readings are free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing, English Department, Colby College

Inquiries: Contact Debra Spark (207-859-5284)