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Fall 2014 Sophie Kerr Events

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August 13, 2014
Featuring: Janelle Jenstad (9/10/14), Mark Doty (9/16/14), Julie Marie Wade (10/2/14), and Alan Adelson and Kate Taverna (11/19/14)

Janelle JenstadJenstad directs The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML), a SSHRC-funded project that maps the streets, sites, and significant boundaries of late sixteenth-century and early seventeenth-century London (1560-1640). MoEML is producing a georeferenced critical edition of the Agas map, an encyclopedia of early modern London, a XML library of literary texts, and a versioned edition of Stow’s 1598, 1603, 1618, and 1633 Survey of London.

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imageThe author of eight books of poetry, Mark Doty is one of only two Americans to ever have won Britain’s prestigious T.S. Eliot Prize. His first collection, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987. My Alexandria (1993) received both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems was published in 2008 and won the National Book Award for that year. In their citation, the National Book Award judges wrote, “Elegant, plain-spoken, and unflinching, Mark Doty’s poems in Fire to Fire gently invite us to share their ferocious compassion.

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imageJulie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010; Bywater Books, 2014), Without: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010), Small Fires: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011), Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Books, 2013), and When I Was Straight: Poems (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). Born in Seattle in 1979, Julie Marie Wade completed a Master of Arts in English at Western Washington University in 2003, a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Louisville in 2012.

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In Bed With UlyssesPart performance video and part documentary, In Bed With Ulysses intersperses readings from James Joyce’s most famous novel with an in-depth exploration of both the author’s life and the tumultuous history of the work’s composition, publication, and reception. The eighty-minute film travels from Dublin to Pula, Trieste, Paris, Philadelphia, and New York, interviewing Christopher Cerf, Michael Groden, Colum McCann, and Edna O’Brien among many others in order to uncover why so many people are still in love with Joyce’s 1922 masterpiece.

Alan Adelson works in both print and film. He was a page-one investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal and has published fiction and non-fiction in many magazines including The New Yorker.

Kate Taverna has edited dozens of documentary films including Asylum, which was nominated for the Best Short Documentary Academy Award in 2005, and Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which won the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival documentary competition and has received many other awards.

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For more information about each even, visit the event links beneath each picture and visit the events page on the English Department website, here.


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