Sarah Messer and Rick Barot Reading — Wednesday, October 28th

Wendesday, October 28th in Tishman Lecture Hall

Sarah Messer is the author of two poetry collections, a history/memoir, and a book of translations. She runs One Pause Poetry ( in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rick Barot is the poetry editor of New England Review. His third collection of poems, Chord, will be published by Sarabande in 2015.

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Sarah Messer

Rick Barot


Dorothea Lasky Reading — Wednesday, October 14th

Wednesday, October 14th in Tishman Lecture Hall

Author of Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, and editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry, Missouri-born Dorothea Lasky is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, and the Boston Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Nami Mun Reading — Wednesday, October 7th

Wednesday, October 7th in the Franklin Common Room

Nami Mun, author of Miles from Nowhere (2009), will read from her work. Her stories have been published in The New York Times, Granta, Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Iowa Review, and others. Nami graduated from UC Berkeley, received her master’s from University of Michigan, and has garnered fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and Tin House.


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Claudia Rankine Reading — Wednesday, April 1st

Wednesday, April 1st in Tishman Lecture Hall

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, a play, numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies. Rankine’s critically acclaimed book, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014), a book-length poem about race and the imagination, was a finalist for the National Book Award and was selected as an NPR Best Book of 2014, and is a New York Times bestseller. In 2014, Rankine was awarded the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize, awarded to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.

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Akiko Busch Reading — Wednesday, December 3rd

Wednesday, December 3rd in the Franklin Common Room

“Akiko Busch writes about design, culture, and nature for a variety of publications. She is the author of Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the EverydayPatience:  Taking Time in an Age of Acceleration, and Nine Ways to Cross a River.  The Incidental Steward, her essays about citizen science and stewardship will be published by Yale University Press in 2013. She was a contributing editor at Metropolismagazine for twenty years, and her essays have appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogues. She has taught at the University of Hartford and Bennington College. Currently, she is a regular contributor to, the recently launched PBS website.  Her work has been recognized by grants from the Furthermore Foundation and NYFA. She lives in the Hudson Valley.”


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Jorie Graham Poetry Reading — Wednesday, October 29th

Join us! Wednesday, October 29th at Tishman Lecture Hall

October 29th  –  Jorie Graham

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Place, published by Ecco Press in 2013. Other collections include Sea Change (Ecco, 2008), Never (2002), Swarm (2000), and The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1994, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from The American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She has taught at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard University. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1997 to 2003.

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April Bernard Poetry Reading — Wednesday, October 8th!

Wednesday, October 8th at Tishman Lecture Hall

April Bernard is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her first novel, Pirate Jenny, was published in 1990, and a second novel, Miss Fuller, was published by the Steerforth Press in 2012. Her poetry collections include Romanticism, Blackbird Bye Bye, Psalms, and Swan Electric. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, and Slate. Her honors include a Guggenheim award, the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, a Whitney Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, a Sidney Harman Fellowship, and the Stover Prize. She is Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore College and is on the faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars.

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