Tag Archives: Russel House

The Streets of New York: A Conversation with Gerard Koeppel

Sophia Franchi ’15 writes in:

Gerard Koeppel’s talk will focus on his most recent book, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York (2015), which tells the story of how New York’s city streets came to form the rectilinear grid that millions of people now walk through every day. The New York Times describes City on a Grid as “prodigiously researched” and “engaging,” and the Wall Street Journal calls it “entertaining…breezy and highly readable.”

The book explains how New York’s legendary grid came to be, who did it and why, and what it meant for the growing United States. “Koeppel’s book answers these questions in an easygoing, good-humored manner, with interesting facts unearthed on nearly every page…This is one of those books you always wished would be written.”

Koeppel is also the author of Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire and Water for Gotham: A History. Before writing mostly about the past, he wrote, edited, and produced the present at CBS news. He has contributed to numerous other books, including the Encyclopedia of New York City, of which he was an associate editor, as well as reference works, newspapers, journals, museum exhibits, and historical signage at city parks. He was born on the grid and has lived all over it since.

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

Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 PM
Place: Usdan 108

Writing at Wesleyan Poetry Contest

From Sophia Franchi GRAD:


  • Submit 5 pages of poetry as a file attachment to Sara Neelysneely[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
  • Please name your Word or PDF file: “Last Name shift-space FirstInitial” (e.g. Jones_M.docx).
  • Subject line for your email: “Student Poet Contest”

The top contenders will become the Wesleyan Student Poets and will be published in the 2015-16 Russell House poetry pamphlet.

One nominee will be selected to enter the statewide competition for the Connecticut Student Poetry Circuit Team, who will read their work at universities across the state. The nominee must be enrolled at Wesleyan this spring and available for six to eight evening readings between Jan. 25 and March 11.

Questions? Contact Sara Neelysneely[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, or Sophia Franchirussellhouse[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 5:00 PM

Celebration of New Letters: Innovative Writers of Prose and Poetry

Teagle Fellow Kate Thorpe ’06 invites you to a day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry:

You are warmly invited to attend A Celebration of New Letters: A day of readings and panels by innovative writers of prose and poetry. Speakers for this event include acclaimed poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and representatives of various alternative presses and literary organizations such as Wesleyan University Press and Poets House.

Speakers include: Heather Christle, Richard Deming, Dorothea Lasky, Douglas A. Martin, Richard Meier, Stephen Motika, and Parker Smathers. In addition to readings and panels on alternative publishing and innovative literary forms, there will be time throughout the day for informal conversation with these writers.

The event is sponsored by the Wesleyan Writers Conference and Shapiro Creative Writing Center.

Professor Kathleen Stewart: “Worlding: A Life, A List, A Line”

Kathleen Coe Roberts, from the Center for the Humanities, sends word of an interesting Russell House lecture tomorrow night. Semi-relatedly, did you know that Russell House was named a National Historic Monument in 2001? Now you know.

Professor Kathleen Stewart will explore the ways we might think about what constitutes a life, a subject of her book in progress on worlding in the U.S. She argues that worlding is an incitement to form now taking place in situations of ordinary living saturated with promise and threat. An intimate, compositional process of inhabiting publicly circulating forces of all kinds, worlding now proliferates around practices, bodies, fantasies, scenes of absorption, styles, forms of attachment, or strategies for self-transformation. The commonplace labor of becoming sentient to a world?€?s work, bodies, and rhythms scores worlding refrains across disparate events, registers, sensibilities, atmospheres, and states of acclimation, endurance, pleasure or alarm. As worlds accrue, spread contagiously, sediment, unfold, go flat, get stuck, or dissipate, they call attention to what it is like to be-in-the-world. Using recent efforts to rebuild the role of description and the form and function of the concept in theorizing, Stewart approaches worldings as objects that are oblique, enigmatic, plastic and intense. They have trajectories, gradients, valences, moods, sensations, tempos and lifespans. Theorizing with and about them can teach a politics of affective life.

Speak Your Piece: New Episode

Dan Levine ’11 sends in this week’s episode, available here, which features author Matthew Sharpe reading a selection taken from his September 28 Russel House reading. Some info from that event:

Matthew Sharpe is the author of the novels You Were Wrong (published this fall by Bloomsbury), JamestownThe Sleeping Father, and Nothing Is Terrible, and the short-story collection Stories from theTube. He has served proudly in the English department at Wesleyan, and has also taught at Columbia, Bard, and New College of Florida. He has received fellowships in fiction writing from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and lives in Manhattan.

This particular reading comes from You Were Wrong. Check it out.