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Eduardo C. Corral Reads at Russell House


From Sophia Franchi GRAD:

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, which won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. His other honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in publications including Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Huizache, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry Northwest. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he is currently the

Described by Junot Díaz as “wise and immense,” Slow Lightning invokes the work of Federico García Lorca, Félix González Torres, Robert Hayden, and Gloria Anzaldúa. The collection was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and the Kenyon Review called it an exploration of “the shadowy borderlands of both gay and Chicano identity.” With Corral’s poems, writes Carl Phillips, “we can make of what would blind us a conduit for changed vision.”at North Carolina State University.Writer-in-Residence at
North Carolina State University.

Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents

Date: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 8 PM
Place: Russell House, 350 High Street
Cost: Free

A.J. Verdelle and Nikky Finney Reading Rescheduled

Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12 classifies this one as “URGENT!”:

Because of a storm in the midwest, the March 6 Russell House reading by fiction writer  A.J. Verdelle and poet Nikky Finney has been cancelled, and rescheduled. The new date is Monday, April 15.

New Date: Monday, April 15
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: TBA
Cost: Free

WeSLAM Presents: The 24-Hour Group Slam (feat. The Good News Poetry Tour)


Oh Boy:

Have I a treat for you!

Come on out to the first poetry slam of the semester tonight! Two-person poems will be written, edited, and rehearsed in the 24 hours before the slam. These pieces will be raw, fresh, and/or tasty, so you will not want to miss out on the feast. Who will win? (It doesn’t matter.) Come out and see!

There will be an open mic before the slam, during which all acts are welcome. Come up and do your crazy act with the monkey if it strikes your fancy so.

And The Good News Poetry Tour will be featuring! Check out a poem from one of them here.

  • DATE?: Today (Sat., February 23)
  • TIME?: 7:30pm
  • PLACE?: WestCo Café
  • FACEBOOK?: Here.
  • PANDA?: Panda.

More about the illustriously Good News Poetry Tour after the jump, for proof of their brilliance.

Siddhartha Deb @ Russell House

Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12 takes a break from his full-time day job performing with a Creed cover band to talk about, ahem, more literary fancies:

Come to Russell House this Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to see poet Siddhartha Deb.

Siddhartha Deb is the author of the novels The Point of Return (a New York Times Notable Book) and An Outline of the Republic. His nonfiction book The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India won the PEN Open award. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Guardian, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, The Nation, n+1, London Review of Books, and The Times Literary Supplement. He has received grants from the Society of Authors and the Nation Institute and a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.

Date: Wednesday, February 20
Time: 8 p.m.
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)
Cost: Free

Interested in a 24-Hour Group Poetry Slam?


WeSLAM, Wesleyan’s premiere spoken-word organization, wants to know if you would be interested in participating a 24-hour group slam. Basically what this means is that you would be paired up with a fellow poet on a Friday night, you would brainstorm ideas for a group piece (examples: 1, 2, and 3), and then you would wake up early Saturday morning and get writing. On Saturday night, you would compete against other group poems for a chance at first place.

If this sounds remotely fun to you at all, then please email Coz Deicke ’15 at cdeicke(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Existence and Resistance: Tahani Salah to Hit Earth House, Speak Words

JJ Mitchell ’15 writes in:

Come to Earth House and hear Palestinian-American slam poet Tahani Salah! This incredible artist will be sharing poems about oppression, injustice, hope, and resilience. Existence and resistance.

She will also be there to answer questions about life as a Palestinian activist in Brooklyn.

Sponsored by Wesleyan Students for Justice In Palestine, WeSLAM, the Religion Department, the American Studies Department, SALD, SBC and the Office of Residential Life.

Place: Earth House
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Time: 8:30 pm – 10:00pm
Cost: Free
Facebook: No.

Stowell ’13 Translates, Edits Book of Chinese Poetry

Earlier this semester we posted about Travel as Treatment, a collection of poetry written by Glenn Stowell ’13 during a summer he spent in China on the Olin Fellowship’s dime. Today we offer Stowell big, slightly belated ups for editing, translating, and writing the introduction to Yan Jun’s You Jump to Another Dream, a book of Chinese poetry published byVagabond Press. As the Wesleyan Connection reports, Stowell’s publication is the result of an independent study project he took on at Wesleyan last year:

Last spring, Stowell worked with Ao Wang, assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, assistant professor of East Asian studies, on an independent study on translation of contemporary Chinese poetry. You Jump to Another Dream was the result of the independent study. Additionally, the Olin Fellowship provided Stowell with funds needed to travel to China this summer and to work with Yan Jun on their book.

Stowell, a 2011-2012 Wesleyan Student Poet, also authored a collection of poetry, Until We Leave, for Wesleyan’s own Stethoscope Press last year.

Not sure how translating Chinese poetry can help you in the real world? Stowell also just landed a two-year contract working for Goldman Sachs in New York. Take that, mom and dad.

 [Wesleyan Connection]

Bernard Cooper @ Russell House

I’m all out of snarky comments to make about Max Bevilacqua ’12:

Bernard Cooper’s many honors include the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award, an O. Henry Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of three memoirs–The Bill from My Father, Truth Serum, and Maps to Anywhere–as well as a novel, A Year of Rhymes, and a collection of stories, Guess Again. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and five volumes of The Best American Essays. In addition, his work has been read on Public Radio’s This American Life and Selected Shorts.

Date: Wednesday, November 7
Time: 8 pm
Place: Russell House (35o High Street)

Douglas Kearney @ Russell House

Russell House ’28 (that’s 1828) is excited to swallow acclaimed poet Douglas Kearney whole tomorrow night. It’s equally excited for the baked brie:

Acclaimed poet, Douglas Kearney, will read from his recent work on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House.

Douglas Kearney is a celebrated and decorated poet/performer/librettist/educator. Of Kearney it has been said, “He has the visual sense of a graphic artist and the aesthetic consciousness of a painter. He has the ear of a musician. He has the mind of an architect who is also a linguist. He has the spirit of a poet, and the tongue of a storyteller. He has created poetry of the kind I have never, ever seen before, and yet, the work is immediately a delight, sometimes a privilege to be immersed in it.” Don’t miss him!

A reception with delicious pastries, fruit, and freshly baked brie will follow…be sure not to miss those either!

Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 8 pm
Place: Russell House
Cost: Free

Creación Poética y Traducción with Francisco Deco

For the love of Romance languages, from Scarlett Perry ’15:

A talk in Spanish by FRANCISCO DECO
Professor of French, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain

Professor Deco has worked on different aspects of poetic production, focusing on 20th Century authors, such as André Breton, Paul Nougé, and Mario Luzi. He has translated into Spanish, among other authors, Ronsard, Breton, and John Cage. Prof. Deco is the author of 8 volumes of poems.

Reception will follow.

Date: Tomorrow, October 22, 2012
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Romance Languages and Literatures Common Room (300 High St).