Mairead Case Mairead Case: A Reading and Conversation

NOVEMBER 10, 2020
Tiny by Mairead Case

Mairead Case read from her new novel Tiny, a contemporary, poetic retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, set in the Pacific Northwest. 

Case is the author of the forthcoming The Georgetown Steamplant Graphic Novel with David Lasky, as well as the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS, and the novel See You in the Morning, which Electric Literature called “Heartbreaking and familiar, liable to trigger flashbacks of alienation so vivid, they’ll make your feet sweat.” Case teaches at Naropa, in Denver Public Schools, and the Denver Jail. She is also a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild and volunteers for a community response team supporting queer and trans survivors of violence. She holds a PhD from the University of Denver and is a former birthday party clown.

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Amity Gaige Amity Gaige: A Reading and Conversation

OCTOBER 20, 2020
Sea Wife by Amity Gaige

Amity Gaige read from Sea Wife, her “stunning fourth novel” (The New York Times). “Sea Wife brilliantly breathes life not only into the perils of living at sea, but also into the fraught and hidden dangers of domesticity, motherhood, and marriage. What a smart, swift, and thrilling novel.” (Lauren Groff ’01.)

Gaige is the author of three previous novels: O My Darling, The Folded World, and Shroder, which was published in 18 countries, shortlisted for The Folio Prize and named one of Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review and many other publications. Gaige teaches at Yale University and lives in Connecticut with her family.

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Shayla Lawson Shayla Lawson: A Reading and Conversation

OCTOBER 13, 2020
This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson

Poet Shayla Lawson read from her new essay collection This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, which has been called “a hilarious, heartbreaking, and endlessly entertaining homage to black women’s resilience and excellence” (Kirkus Reviews).  Event co-hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum Tell It Slant Poetry Festival.

Lawson is also the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook Pantone, and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean. She was born in Rochester, Minnesota, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, studied architecture in Italy, and spent a few years as a Dutch housewife—milkmaid braids and all. She teaches at Amherst College and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Rafael Campo Rafael Campo ’87: A Reading and Conversation

OCTOBER 5, 2020
Comfort Measures Only by Rafael Campo

Join Rafael Campo read from Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016, generated from his decades-long career as a poet-physician. “Campo’s careful and precise depictions of our mortality not only in harrowing moments of medical crisis but also in the ecstatic moments of human connection serve as testimony to our human condition.” (Noah Stetzer, A&U Magazine)

Campo teaches and practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is the author of seven volumes of poetry, as well as the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and two Lambda Literary Awards, among numerous other honors. Mark Doty describes Campo’s work as inhabiting “the landscape of birth and of dying, sorrow and sex, shame and brave human persistence—first and last things, center stage in these large-hearted, open, deeply felt poems.”

Rafael Campo ’87: A Reading and Conversation

October 5, 2020

Join poet-physician Rafael Campo as he reads from Comfort Measures Only: New and Selected Poems, 1994–2016. Campo is introduced by Professor of English, Judith Frank.

Poupeh Missaghi Poupeh Missaghi: A Reading and Conversation

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
Translating House One by Poupeh Missaghi

Poupeh Missaghi read from her novel Trans(re)lating House One, about which Publishers Weekly has said, “Missaghi’s lyrical, meditative debut merges fiction, poetry, and critical study to explore Iran’s history and volatile present. . . . a bravura exhibition of writing as performance art.”  

Missaghi is a writer, a translator (both into and out of Persian), Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large, and an educator. She holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Denver and an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her nonfiction, fiction, and translations have appeared in numerous journals, and she has several books of translation published in Iran. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at the Department of Writing at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.

Poupeh Missaghi: A Reading and Conversation

September 30, 2020

Poupeh Missaghi read from her novel Trans(re)lating House One. Visiting Writer Thirii Myint hosted the event.