Visiting Writers Series
Carthage hosts acclaimed writers from across the country in its Visiting Writers Series. Curated by Writer in Residence Richard Meier, in recent semesters the series has welcomed more than a dozen great fiction writers and poets, including Anne Waldman, Danielle Evans, David Trinidad, Kate Greenstreet, Duriel Harris, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley, and Catherine Theis.
The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the English Department, the Division of Arts and Humanities, and Arts at Carthage. For more information, please contact Professor Rick Meier at email@example.com.
Wednesday, Sept. 13: Kate Colby and Richard Meier
6 p.m., Niemann Media Theater
Richard Meier’s most recent book is a selection of poem/essays, “A Duration” (Wave 2023). A related book, “A Companion,” will be published by Wave in spring 2025. These were preceded by four books of poetry: “February March April April” (Oxeye Press, 2017), “In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary” (Omnidawn 2012), “Shelley Gave Jane a Guitar” (Wave Books 2006), and “Terrain Vague,” selected by Tomaž Šalamun for the Verse Prize and published by Verse Press in 2001. In recent years, he has practiced and taught workshops on writing and walking and other daily and durational writing practices. He is a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Carthage College. He lives in Somers and Madison, Wis.
Tuesday, Oct. 10-Wednesday, Oct. 11: David Abel
“What is the Zetaqop?” 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, Niemann Media Theater
6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, Niemann Media Theater
“What is the Zetaqop?”
David Abel will present a guided tour through his history of experiments with language, exploring how immaterial pre-occupations can take material form. He will present the results of his frequent collaborations with book artists to make eccentric material and physical realizations of eccentric texts, reading, performing, and showing a selection of unique textual objects. And he will narrate how this life of collaboration and experiment led him intuitively to his career as a bookstore proprietor and collector, distributor, and scholar of artists’ books, small press poetry, and other experiments on paper.
David Abel is a writer, editor, and curator, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop in Portland, Ore. A founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its twenty-second year, he was also a cofounder of Thirteen Hats, a collective of Portland writers and artists; a member of the Four Wall Cinema collective; and an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art. His recent publications include a chapbook of poems, “Equifinality,” from Crane’s Bill in Albuquerque, N.M.; two books based on verbal performance scores — “XIV Eclipses,” published by Couch Press in Portland, and “Selected Durations,” published by the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada in Reno — and a new edition, published by Redfoxpress in Ireland, of the visual narrative “Carrier,” which was first released in a limited edition by Portland’s c_L Books. The first volume of an ongoing hybrid serial work, “Sweep,” is forthcoming from Chax Press in Tucson.
Wednesday, Nov 8: Chuck Stebelton and Christie Valentin-Bati
6 p.m., Niemann Media Theater