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Jacob Julien Visiting Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Reads at Wesleyan


From graduate student Sarah Chrystler ’13:

Celebrated author, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will read from his upcoming work on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Coates lives in New York with his wife and son. His work for The Atlantic received the 2012 Sidney Hillman Prize for journalism about social justice and issues of public policy. His essay “Fear Of A Black President” won the National Magazine Award.

The New York Observer said of the author “At 37, Mr. Coates is the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States,” while Hendrik Herztberg wrote “He is an upholder of universal values, a brave and compassionate writer who challenges his readers to transcend narrow self-definitions and focus on shared humanity.”

Free and open to the public. A reception and book signing follow the reading. For more information about this event: Call 860.685.3448 or visit this website. For program information, contact Anne Greene, agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or 860.685.3604.

Date: Thursday, October 10
Time: 8:00pm-9:00pm
Place: Russell House, 350 High St.
Cost: Free

Peer Editing Workshops

Need editing help? Ford Fellow Piers Gelly ’13 has gotchya covered:

The Writing Programs present: Peer Editing Workshops
Looking for help managing the veritable dust bowl of academic writing that has hit you? Visit one of our First-Year Seminar Peer Editing Workshops, at which the Writing Programs’ Graduate Fellows and First-Year Seminar tutors will provide guidelines to help edit your work and others’. We will also lead a short group workshop. Bring a paper (anything you’re working on right now will do, as will a high school paper) and get some feedback from your peers!
The workshops will be:
Thursday, October 10
at noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114
and 4:15 p.m. in 41 Wyllys, room 112
Friday, October 11
at noon in 41 Wyllys, room 114
and 4:15 p.m. in 41 Wyllys, room 112

Ben Lerner Reads at Wesleyan

From Sarah Chrystler ’13:Ben Lerner

Writing at Wesleyan presents poet BEN LERNER. Celebrated poet, Ben Lerner, will read from his upcoming work on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. in Wesleyan University’s, Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT.

Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), Angle of Yaw (2006), and Mean Free Path (2010). His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, won The Believer Book Award and was widely regarded as one of the best books of 2011. His second novel is forthcoming from Faber/FSG. Recent prose can be found in Art in America, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review. He is a 2013-14 Guggenheim Fellow.

Free and open to the public.
Reception and book signing to follow the reading.
For more information on this event, please call 860.685.3448 or visit here.

For program information contact Anne Greene, agreene[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or 860.685.3604.

Date: Wednesday, October 9
Time: 8-9 p.m.
Place: Russell House, 350 High St

Salvatore Scibona & Tonya Foster at Russell House

From Sarah Chrystler ’13:

Writing at Wesleyan presents:

Salvatore Scibona’s first novel, The End, was a finalist for the
National Book Award and won the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library. His writing has also appeared in the New York
Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and he was among The New Yorker’s
list of “20 Under 40” writers to watch. He has received a Whiting
Writers’ Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is a Visiting
Writer this year in Wesleyan’s English Department.

Tonya Foster’s first collection of poetry, A Swarm of Bees in High
Court, is out this fall from Belladonna/Futurepoem Books. She is also
co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art. The
recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and a Mellon Fellowship in
the Humanities, she is an associate at the Institute for Writing and
Thinking at Bard College and a Visiting Writer in Wesleyan’s English

Free and open to the public.
Reception and book signing to follow the reading.
For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit our website.

Date: TODAY, September 25th
Time: 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Place: Russell House, 350 High Street
Cost: FREE

Apply for Masters Class with Mark Doty

From Izzy Rode ’14:mark-doty

Since the publication of his first volume of verse, Turtle, Swan, in 1987, Mark Doty has been recognized as one of the most accomplished poets in America. Hailed for his elegant, intelligent verse, Doty has often been compared to James Merrill,Walt Whitman and C.P. Cavafy. His syntactically complex and aesthetically profound free verse poems, odes to urban gay life, and quietly brutal elegies to his lover, Wally Roberts, have been hailed as some of the most original and arresting poetry written today. The recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, Doty has also won a number of prestigious literary awards, including the Whiting Writer’s Award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the National Poetry Series, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the National Book Critics’ Circle Award, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for first nonfiction, and the National Book Award for Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems (2008). –(excerpt from The Poetry Foundation)

Open to poetry-writing students who can commit to all 3 classes. Each class will last 2.5 hours and include dinner. This is an extraordinary chance to work closely with the prize-winning poet. No additional fee.

First Times: An Interview

Continuing the trend of my former roommates’ undertaking cool extra-curricular projects, Maxwell Bevilacqua ’12 has plans to publish First Times, a collection of short pieces on firsts (not just of the sexual variety — though sharing those stories is strongly encouraged). Good news if you missed the deadline the last time we featured this project: he’s still seeking submissions. Want more details? Here’s a brief gchat interview I held with Max last week.

Wesleying: So, Max, what’s this I’ve been hearing about something called First Times? Does it have anything to do with Wescam?

Maxwell Bevilacqua: Wescam might have something to do with first times but First Times, a collection of short stories I’m putting together, probably has nothing to do with Wescam

(I can still be found as a graduate student btw)

W: A collection of short stories you’re putting together, huh? Sounds like Stethoscope Press. Is that true? I should add that I’m not exactly sure what Stethoscope is.

MB: This is not a stethoscope press publication (though the wonderful Piers Gelly ‘13 gave me some great advice) but it is an independent, supa creative, trendy thing I’m doing just like Stethoscope Press

and hey – you should see a doctor for that!! 

Author Lydia Davis at Russell House Tonight


Hey! This is tonight! The cat may or may not take part.

Come to Russell House this Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 to see author Lydia Davis, the 2013 Millett Writing Fellow, presented by Writing at Wesleyan and The Russell House Series

Lydia Davis is the author, most recently, of The Collected Stories; a new translation of Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, and a chapbook entitled The Cows. She is currently putting together a new volume of stories, translating the very short stories of the Dutch writer A. L. Snijders, and adapting an 1898 English children’s classic for contemporary readers. She has received many awards, among them a 1997 fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and a 2003 MacArthur Fellowship.

Date: Tonight, Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Time: 8 PM
Place: Russell House (350 High Street)
Information:  Russellhouse(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Noah Messing: How Lawyers Write

Alexander P. Ray ’13 asks you to cease and desist whatever you’re doing tomorrow at 4:15 and be summoned to Downey House:

Want to be a lawyer? Sorry to hear that. But you might as well come to this talk.

Noah Messing is Yale Law School’s Lecturer in the Practice of Law and Legal Writing. He has worked as a trial and appellate litigator in Washington, D.C. and as Counsel to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The talk will explore the process by which lawyers, through their written work, persuade judges. Messing will provide a brief overview of the U.S. court system, after which he will present examples from some of the highest-stakes cases in recent years to illustrate how lawyers deploy law, facts, policy, and history to advocate for their clients. The examples will include cases about gay rights, a major environmental disaster, and YouTube’s (alleged) massive copyright infringement.

Sponsored by Writing at Wesleyan and the Department of Classical Studies.

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