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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, Danielle Evans, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley, and Catherine Theis.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the English Department and the Division of Arts and Humanities and Fine Arts at Carthage. For more information, please contact Professor Rick Meier at rmeier@carthage.edu.

 

Spring 2021


2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23

Lewis Freedman and Wayne Stables: ‘What is Fiction?’

About Lewis Freedman

Lewis Freedman is the author of “Residual Synonyms for the Name of God” and “I Want Something Other Than Time” (both from Ugly Duckling Presse) as well as many chapbooks of poetry, including “Am Perhaps Yet” (Oxeye). In addition, he has authored several experiments on the form of the book including “Solitude: The Complete Games” (Troll Thread), a collaboration with Kevin Rydberg that will take several years for your computer to read, and the book within a book, “Hold the Blue Orb, Baby” (Well-Greased Press) which interleaves notebook facsimiles with poems on the practice of notebooking. He has taught creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Oklahoma State University, and served as Visiting Writer-in-Residence at Carthage College.

About Wayne Stables

Wayne Stables is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of numerous articles on Modernism and Literary Criticism, including recent articles that explore the emancipatory politics of Franz Kafka’s last story, “Josefine, the Singer or the Mouse People [Josefine, die Sängerin oder das Volk der Mäuse],” published last fall in Textual Practice in 2020 and Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” where he shows “how Melville’s text preserves the radical originality of an event, giving us to think that which precedes every measure of equivalence and exceeds the equilibrium of exchange: what remains of language when it has been purged of sense,” which was published in Orbis Litterarum in 2019.

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7 p.m., Tuesday, March 9

Renee Gladman

* This event is open to members of the Carthage community.

About Renee Gladman

Renee Gladman will visit Carthage on March 9, 2021, as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Renee Gladman, who is currently making some of the most various and new writing in the country, will read her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction on Zoom for the Visiting Writers Series. Renee is a writer and artist preoccupied with lines, crossings, thresholds, geographies, and syntaxes as they play out in the interstices of poetry and prose. She is the author of ten published works, including a cycle of novels about the city-state Ravicka and its inhabitants, the Ravickians; “Calamities,” a collection of linked essays on writing and experience, which won the 2017 Firecracker Award in Nonfiction; and a monograph of ink drawings, “Prose Architectures.” She lives in New England with poet-ceremonialist Danielle Vogel.

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