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Ron Padgett Reads at Russell House

PSA from Rachel Warner ’14:

Ron Padgett will read on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown,padgett CT.

Ron Padgett, a major poet of the New York School, is also a translatorof Apollinaire, Reverdy, and Blaise Cendrars and a long-time collaborator with artists Joe Brainard, George Schneeman, Jim Dine, and Alex Katz. Having entered the New York literary scene while still attending high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Padgett has published dozens of books, including a new volume of Collected Poems and a memoir of Joe Brainard.

Poet David Lehman writes of Padgett’s work: “The great legacy of French Surrealist and Dadaist writing makes itself felt in his poems,” while Voice Literary Supplement contributor Karen Volkman describes Padgett’s 1995 New and Selected Poems as “a fine sampling of a restless, hilarious, and haunting lyric intelligence, a ‘phony’ whose variable voices form a rare and raucous orchestration: the real thing.”

This event is free and open to the public. A reception and book
signing will follow the reading. For more information, please call
860.685.3448 or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/writingevents.

Date: Wednesday, February 25th
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Place: Russell House

Stephen Bennett

Finger-style guitarist Stephen Bennett presents a wide variety of music, ranging from his original compositions to arrangements of the Beatles and the film scores of Ennio Morricone and Elmer Bernstein.

Date: Sunday (today!), February 8
Time: 3-4 PM
Place: Russell House

Paul Harding Reads at Russell House

Paul Harding, US-amerikanischer AutorFrom Rachel Warner ’14:

Distinguished author Paul Harding will read from his new work on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Paul Harding is the author of two novels, Enon and Tinkers, which was awarded the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the PEN American/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers. Harding was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College.

The New Yorker describes Harding’s prose as “steeped in a visionary, transcendentalist tradition that echoes Blake, Rilke, Emerson, and Thoreau.” The first independently published Pulitzer Prize-winning novel since 1981, Tinkers explores the consciousness of a New England patriarch and offers new ways of understanding the world, mortality, and “the greater whole of which we are a part, but cannot perceive.”

Date: Wednesday, November 12
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

Ariel Levy ’96 Reads at Russell House

https://i1.wp.com/www.ariellevy.net/images/press/levy1_lo.jpg?resize=239%2C160PSA: If you like Edie Windsor, the New Yorker, the idea of Thanksgiving in Mongolia, reading, writing, or calling yourself an interesting person, you should probably go see Ariel Levy ’96 read at Russell House this Wednesday at 8 PMRachel Warner GRAD writes in with all of the nitty gritty details:

2014 Joan Jakobson Visiting Writer Ariel Levy ’96 will read from her new work on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

BREAKING: Wesleyan’s Campus Is Officially Haunted

Just in time for your halloween festivities, the University has come out with a pretty hilarious and wonderful video of reported paranormal activity at Russell House. I, for one, will definitely be looking under all of the bathroom stalls when I go see Professor Lisa Cohen read at the English Majors’ open mic tonight at 6 PM.

Although the Thames Society of Paranormal Activity has already determined that there IS some sort of ghoulish haunting, my personal opinion is that it’s time to bring in the Ghost Busters. On that note, is it too late to submit a thesis film idea?

Anyway, leave a comment with potential candidates for the Ghost of Russell House. All the slaughtered animals Professor Gruen does her research on? Perhaps it’s Moaning Myrtle’s American cousin Wailing Wesley? Or who knows. Maybe I am the ghost of Russell House…

Sheila Heti Reads at Russell House

From Rachel Warner ’14:

Sheila Heti will read from her new work on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT. Earlier that day, at 4:15 p.m., Sheila Heti will hold a Q&A session in Allbritton 311.

Sheila Heti is the author of five books, including the unclassifiable How Should a Person Be?, named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Salon; the collection The Middle Stories; the novel Ticknor; and The Chairs Are Where the People Go, written with Misha Glouberman, one of The New Yorker’s best books of 2011. She was Interviews Editor at The Believer for a number of years and has also written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, n+1, McSweeney’s, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. Her newest book is the co-edited collection Women in Clothes.

For more information, please call (860) 685-3448 or visit Writing at Wes on Facebook.

Date: Today!
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

Russell House Open Mic

FINALOPENMICNIGHT2015The English Majors’ Committee invites you to their annual Open Mic! This Friday, October 31st at 6 PM, Professor Lisa Cohen will read from her recent book All We Know: Three Lives. Hilton Als wanted to tell the world to read it minutes after he finished it, and you have the chance to hear it read to you this Friday. After Professor Cohen’s reading, the Russell House podium will be open to students. All are welcome to read, play music, or perform in any capacity. If you want to sign up to read, you can do so right here. There will be food, food for thought, and a good time to be had by all.

Date: 10/31
Time: 6 PM
Place: Russell House

Amy Bloom Reads at Russell House

AmyBloom_0209This Wednesday, celebrated author and Wesleyan Professor Amy Bloom will read at Russell House. I personally think this is a Really Big Deal and everyone on campus should consider going. Rachel Warner ’14 has the nitty gritty for you:

Celebrated author, Amy Bloom, will read from her new work on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Writing Prize Winners read at Russell House


Come see your peers speak from the same podium from which Mary Gaitskill, Ben Lerner, Yusef Komunyakaa, and many other greats once declaimed their works! Tomorrow, Wednesday May 7th, selected winners of writing prizes will read at Russell House at 8 p.m.

The speakers are:

Nell Schwed ’14, winner of the Boylan Award for nonfiction

Sarah Gerton ’15, winner of the Connelly Prize for nonfiction

Hanna Bahedry ’14, winner of the Horgan Prize for fiction

Gabrielle Bruney ’14, winner of the Wesleyan Fiction Award

Kayla Stoler ’14, winner of the Sarah Hannah Poetry Prize

Katherine Gibbel ’15, winner of the Sophie Reed Prize for poetry

Date: Wednesday, May 7
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Russell House, 350 High St.
Cost: $0

Stethoscope Press Book Release and Final Reading


Alec Harris ’14, worth all the Wescams in the world, invites you to a lovely literary experience:

Stethoscope Press will be holding a final book release this Friday at 7:30 PM at Russell House! Our five remaining writers will be reading from and giving away their finished work. Come to Russell House to hear:

  • Oliver “Big Bird” James ’14
  • Sean Winnik ’14
  • Hailey Snowden ’15
  • Ananya Menon ’15 and
  • Amy Mattox ’17

Come support these wonderful, insanely talented writers and get all of their books FOR FREE. They have worked the entire year to produce some beautiful books for everyone to read.


We hope to see you there.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
7:30 PM
Russell House