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Bryn Mawr Reading Series

Distinguished writers read from their works, answer questions and sign books. All events are free and open to the public. For further information, call the Bryn Mawr College Office for the Arts at (610) 526-5210.

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ARTS at Bryn Mawr

2016-2017 READINGS

The 2016-2017 Arts at Bryn Mawr brochure is available for download here.

StuartDybek

Stuart Dybek

WED • OCT 5 • 7:30 PM
Music Room, Goodhart Hall

Stuart Dybek is the author of two poetry collections and five books of fiction— including the recent collections Paper Lantern and Ecstatic Cahoots. The winner of the PEN/Malamud prize for short fiction, his stories have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories, and in The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s. In The New York Times Book Review, Darin Strauss writes that Dybek’s “two new collections establish him as not only our most relevant writer, but maybe our best.” Dybek is also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern University.

EdwidgeDanticatEdwidge Danticat

WED • OCT 26 • 7:30 PM
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall

Novelist and short story writer Edwidge Danticat is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently the novel Claire of the Sea Light. A two-time finalist for the National Book Award, her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Writing in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani says, “It is a measure of Danticat’s fierce, elliptical artistry that she makes the elisions count as much as her piercing, indelible words.” Danticat has been the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and the Story Prize, and her work appears regularly in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

This reading has been made possible with the support of the Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund.*

CarlPhillipsCarl Phillips

WED • NOV 30 • 7:30 PM
Music Room, Goodhart Hall

Carl Phillips is the author of thirteen books of poetry, including Tether, winner of the 2001 Kingsley Tufts Award. Writing in The New Yorker, poet and critic Dan Chiasson says, “I have a candidate for the author of the most interesting contemporary English sentences: the American poet Carl Phillips…His style has been remarkably consistent from volume to volume, upsetting our easy assumption that great artists evolve from phase to phase.” Phillips has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. He is a Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.

This reading has been made possible with the support of the Jane Flanders Fund and the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.

DanaSpiottaDana Spiotta

WED • FEB 22 • 7:30 PM
Music Room, Goodhart Hall

Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels, most recently Innocents and Others. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, her second book, Eat the Document, was a finalist for the National Book Award. In The New York Times, critic Michiko Kakutani says, “Identity—and the very American belief that individuals can invent or reinvent themselves anew here—is the bright thread that runs through the work of this immensely talented novelist.” Spiotta teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

JoyHarjoJoy Harjo

WED •MAR 29 • 7:30 PM
Music Room, Goodhart Hall

Poet Joy Harjo is the author of eight books of poetry, including, most recently, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings. She has been the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, and the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. Poet Adrienne Rich wrote of her work, “I turn and return to Harjo’s poetry for her breathtaking complex witness and for her worldremaking language: precise, unsentimental, miraculous.” She is the Chair of Excellence in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee.

This reading has been made possible with the support of the Jane Flanders Fund and the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.

 

BenMarcusBen Marcus

WED • APR 12• 7:30 PM
Ely Room, Wyndham Alumnae House

 

Ben Marcus is the author of four acclaimed novels and the short story collection, Leaving the Sea. He is also the editor of two highly influential anthologies, including New American Stories, published earlier this year. Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer says Marcus is “that rarest kind of writer: a necessary one. It’s become impossible to imagine the literary world—the world itself—without his daring, mind-bending and heartbreaking writing.” He has been the winner of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he teaches in the Columbia University MFA program.

MaggieNelsonMaggie Nelson

WED • APRIL 26 • 7:30 PM
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Maggie Nelson is one of the most revered practitioners of literary nonfiction working today. Her most recent book, The Argonauts, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. In The Washington Post, Michael Lindgren says, “Nelson is so outrageously gifted a writer and thinker she seems to operate in some astral dimension where the rules of normal physics have been suspended. Her book is an elegant, powerful, deeply discursive examination of gender, sexuality, queerness, pregnancy and motherhood, intellectually potent and poetically expressive.” The author of three books of poetry, Nelson teaches at CalArts.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

*The Bryn Mawr Reading Series gratefully acknowledges support from The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69. Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.

About the Bryn Mawr Reading Series

In the more than thirty years since presenting its inaugural readings by Etheridge Knight and Toby Olson in the spring of 1985, the Bryn Mawr Reading Series has brought major American and international writers in all literary genres to engage with students and the Philadelphia area community. Series guests visit Creative Writing Program workshops and present free public readings from their work.

The series has featured Nobel Laureates Nadine Gordimer, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott; Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Egan, Richard Ford, Louise Gluck, Anthony Hecht, Edward P. Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jhumpa Lahiri, Paul Muldoon, Suzan-Lori Parks, Adrienne Rich, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Paula Vogel, Richard Wilbur, August Wilson, and Charles Wright; former Poet Laureates of the United States Stanley Kunitz, Robert Pinsky, Kay Ryan, and Charles Simic; National Book Award winners Frank Bidart, Lucille Clifton, E.L. Doctorow, Terrance Hayes, Ha Jin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Peter Matthiessen, Alice McDermott, and Jean Valentine; Obie and Tony Award winner John Guare; and other esteemed authors and translators such as Lydia Davis, Umberto Eco, Robert Fagles, Ian McEwan, Rick Moody, and Zadie Smith, among others. Bryn Mawr College Visiting Distinguished Writers Karen Russell (2011-2012) and Robin Black (2012-2013) are among the fiction writers presented as part of the Series.

Other special events in the series have included a Tribute to Bryn Mawr alumna Marianne Moore, a program exploring connections between poetry and the visual arts, a recital of Beowulf by renowned performer Benjamin Bagby, a round-table discussion of the state of the short story in America, featuring four 2011 New Yorker "20 Under 40" honorees, and a public reading of John Milton’s verse drama Samson Agonistes by actors and poets including Claire Bloom, John Hollander, John Neville, Rosanna Warren, and others.

The Bryn Mawr Reading Series gratefully acknowledges support from the Jane Flanders Fund, the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry, and the Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69 Fund, established by Carl Grunfeld, M.D., friends, and family members in memory of Miriam Schultz Grunfeld '69.  Since 1996, the Grunfeld Fund has enriched student life by supporting art history, the arts and literature.