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

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

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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

 

 

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Jane Wong: April 28th, 2017

In Reading Alerts on April 11, 2017 at 8:31 am

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Felix Presents: Jane Wong

April 28th, Friday, 4PM.

6191, Helen C. White Hall
The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Free and open to the public.

Jane Wong holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. She is a former U.S. Fulbright Fellow and Kundiman Fellow. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center. The recipient of The American Poetry Review’s 2016 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, poems have appeared in journals such as Pleiades, The Volta, Third Coast, and the anthologies Best American Poetry 2015 (Scribner), Best New Poets 2012 (The University of Virginia Press) and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press). She is the author of OVERPOUR (Action Books). Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University and teaches Creative Writing and Asian American Studies and will be an Assistant Professor at Western Washington in the fall.

This event is generously sponsored by the UW-Madison English Department and the Anonymous Fund.

Find out more about Jane and her work at http://janewong.tumblr.com/

CM Burroughs: February 24th, 2017

In Reading Alerts on January 24, 2017 at 3:46 pm

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Felix Presents: Poet CM Burroughs

February 24th, Friday, 7PM.

ART + LIT LAB
2021 Winnebago St.

Free and open to the public.

Contemporary American poet CM Burroughs will read from her works, followed by a brief Q&A. The event is organized by the curators of the Felix New Writing series hosted at UW-Madison. This is event is generously funded by the UW-Madison English department & the Anonymous Fund.

CM BURROUGHS is the author of “The Vital System” (2012) and has works published in various publications, such as Ploughshares and Best American Experimental Writing (2016). Burroughs’ poems explore and complicate the intersections of race, desire, embodiment, and loss. Such interests spark some surprising voices in her poem. For example, in “Dear incubator” the speaker shares,

“How can I ask you from inside the poem—what senses did I have so early…so unformed.”

Burroughs currently teaches as assistant professor of poetry at Columbia College in Chicago. In addition to receiving multiple grants and fellowships she’s crafted poems in response to art installations at both the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum.