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Visiting Writers Series: Lewis Freedman and Wayne Stables: What is Fiction?

Time: 2:30pm - 4:00pm CST February 23

Location: Online

The Visiting Writers Series presents Wayne Stables and Lewis Freedman in a conversation on fiction and community from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, on Zoom.

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Wayne Stables and Lewis Freedman will use the spaces of Franz Kafka’s last story, “Josefine, the Singer or the Mouse People” (“Josefine, die Sängerin oder das Volk der Mäuse”) and Mr. Stables’ article exploring the emancipatory politics of that story to ask: What is fiction? What is the distance between the individual and the community and back? And what function does art play in this negotiating the fiction of this distance? Please join us for what is sure to be an engaging conversation that speaks in and of the fictions of our own present moment.

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.

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 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.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the English Department, the Division of Arts and Humanities, and Fine Arts at Carthage. For more information, please contact Writer-in-Residence Professor Rick Meier at


English Department


Prof. Rick Meier, 

By: Richard Meier

Location: Online