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Living Writers Series at Lit House
The Rose O’ Neill Literary House, known for its themed programming such as “Queer Voices” and “The Verbal & the Visual” this fall announces “Living Writers,” which will feature poetry readings by Jericho Brown, Denise Duhamel, Cathy Linh Che, and Timothy Donnelly. Co-sponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House and the Sophie Kerr Committee, each reading, held at the Lit House, starts at 4:30 p.m., and the public is welcome.
September 29, Jericho Brown: His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Thom Gunn Award, and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. In addition to the Rose O’Neill Literary House and the Sophie Kerr Committee, this event is also co-sponsored by the Black Studies program.
October 6, Denise Duhamel: Her most recent book of poetry Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching! (Pittsburgh, 2009); Two and Two (Pittsburgh, 2005); Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (Pittsburgh, 2001); The Star-Spangled Banner (Southern Illinois University Press, 1999); and Kinky (Orchises, 1997). Duhamel is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
October 27, Cathy Linh Che: Author of the poetry collection Split (Alice James Books, 2014), she won the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Prize from the Association of Asian American Studies.
November 15, Timothy Donnelly: He’s the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2012), and winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He is a recipient of The Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award as well as fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is currently chair of the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and poetry editor of Boston Review.
All four readings are free and open to the public. Each event will be followed by a book sale and signing. For more information on these events or the Literary House, visit the website at www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse.