Reading Alert: Forest Gander 3/22 @6PM

In Reading Alerts on February 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Felix & the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment present….


Poet & Essayist Forrest Gander

Thursday, 3/22 at 6PM

A Room of One’s Own bookstore
315 W. Gorham St.

This event is free and open to the public. This event is thanks to the generous sponsorship of the UW-Madison English department, the Anonymous Fund, and the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment at the Nelson Insititute (CHE).

Guest Biography:


The celebrated Forrest Gander, a writer, translator and editor of several anthologies of writing from Spain and Mexico, is known for the richness of his language and his undaunted lyric passion. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including collaborations with notable artists and photographers.

Concerned with the way we are revised and translated in encounters with the foreign, his wide-ranging poetry volume Core Samples from the World (2011)—a collaboration studded with the work of three great photographers, Graciela Iturbide, Raymond Meeks, and Lucas Foglia—was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other poetry collections include Eye Against Eye, with photographs by Sally Mann; Torn Awake; and Science & Steepleflower. His next collection of poetry, Be With, is forthcoming in May of 2018. He is the author of the essay collection Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. Other essays have appeared in The Nation, The Boston Review, the New York Times Book Review, and more.

Gander’s two novels are the gemlike debut As A Friend (2008) and The Trace (2014). In As A Friend, he explores the valences of friendship: eroticism, jealousy, emulation, compassion, betrayal, and loyalty. Jeanette Winterson, in her New York Times review, wrote “In this strange and beautiful novel as in life, love is part of what is sacred. Through love we get a chance to see past our own boundaries — not only into the life of another, but to the edge of life too: the last step off the seeming-solid into the weightlessness of death, its free form.” The Trace is a poetic novel about a couple journeying through Mexico, recovering from a world shattered when the car breaks down in the middle of the Chihuahua Desert. Jason Diamond calls the novel a “gorgeous portrait of what some people will do to come to grips with tragedy.”

A translator of international renown, Gander’s translations include Alice, Iris, Red Horse: Selected Poems of Gozo YoshimasuThen Come Back: The Lost Poems of Pablo NerudaFungus Skull Eye Wing: Selected Poems of Alfonso D’Aquino which was longlisted for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America (with Raúl Zurita); Watchword, the Villaurrutia Award-winning book by Mexican Poet Laureate Pura Lopez Colome; Spectacle & Pigsty (with Kyoko Yoshida), selected poems by contemporary Japanese poet Kiwao Nomura, which won the Best Translated Book Award for 2012; Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho, which was a finalist for the PEN Translation Prize; and (with Kent Johnson) The Night by Jaime Saenz.

In 2008, Gander was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, one of 50 artists to be recognized for artistic excellence, unique artistic vision, and significant contributions to their fields. Gander is also the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting, and United States Artists Foundations. He has been a Library of Congress/Witter Bynner fellow and a finalist for the Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle awards.

Gander was a Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University before becoming the A.K. Seaver Professor of Literary Arts & Comparative Literature at Brown University where he taught with his wife, the poet C.D. Wright, for more than twenty years. He lives and works now in Petaluma, California.

“The quiet complexity of his syntax can build striking abstract landscapes in which the material and spiritual worlds seem equally intelligent.” —Tony Hoagland

Gander’s [poems] plunge and swoop up and down the whole scale of earthy, earthly, cerebral, and celestial experience. The ride is for the most part thrilling.” —The Boston Book Review

Gander’s poetic writing lends this adventure story [The Trace] a dense, brooding atmosphere; his characters’ troubles unfold slowly in this carefully crafted novel of intimacy and isolation.” –The New Yorker

Learn more: http://forrestgander.com/bio.html  



Reading Alert: Poet Ada Limón 2/1 @7PM

In Reading Alerts on January 23, 2018 at 5:32 pm


Felix & UW Creative Writing Presents: Poet Ada Limón

Thursday, 2/1 at 7PM

Madison Public Library Community Room, 3rd floor
Central Branch, 201 W Mifflin St.

Free and open to the public.

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky WreckThis Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

For more see, http://adalimon.com/

Felix & UW Creative Writing Presents: Rickey Laurentiis 11/30 @ 7PM

In Reading Alerts on November 18, 2017 at 11:12 am


Felix & UW Creative Writing Presents: Poet Rickey Laurentiis

Thursday, 11/30 at 7PM

Madison Public Library Community Room, 3rd floor
Central Branch, 201 W Mifflin St.

Free and open to the public.

Rickey Laurentiis (b. 1989) was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, to love the dark. His poetry has been supported by several foundations and fellowships, including the Lannan Literary Foundation (2017), Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy (2014), Poetry International Rotterdam (2014), the National Endowment for the Arts (2013), Cave Canem Foundation (2009-2011), and the Poetry Foundation, which awarded him a Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2012. In 2016, he traveled to Palestine as an invited reader for the Palestine Festival of Literature. He received his MFA in Writing from Washington University in St Louis, where he was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow, and his Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where he read literature and queer theory.


He is the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery award, as well as named one of the top ten debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers Magazine and a top 16 best poetry books by Buzzfeed, among other distinctions. Individual poems have appeared widely, including  Boston Review, Feminist Studies, The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, New Republic, The New York Times, and Poetry; have been anthologized in Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers Speak of Palestine, Bettering American Poetry, A Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation, and Prospect.3‘s art catalogue Notes for Now; as well as translated into Arabic, Spanish and Ukrainian.

Laurentiis’ interests include visual culture, ekphrasis, shade, revisionary logics, penetration and the body, radical justice, cultural studies and shame. He has taught at a selection of institutions, including Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the 92nd Street Y. He is the inaugural Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information, see http://www.rickeylaurentiis.com/about