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Raymond Carver Reading Series Coming Events

Janice N. Harrington

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:00 PM


Price: Free, but pre-registration required


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The 5:00 reading will be preceded by a question-and-answer session that begins at 4:00 pm.

If you would like a Zoom invitation to this reading, please contact Sarah Harwell.

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children's books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings, especially rural Alabama, figure largely in her writing. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book of poetry, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, came out in 2011, and her third book, Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin, appeared in 2016. She is also the winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for emerging women writers.

Harrington's children's books have won many awards and citations, including a listing among TIME Magazine's top 10 children's books and the Ezra Jack Keats Award from the New York Public Library.

Harrington's poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. She has worked as a public librarian and now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.


Maaza Mengiste

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:00 PM


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The 5:00 reading will be preceded by a question-and-answer session that begins at 4:00 pm.

If you would like a Zoom invitation to this reading, please contact Sarah Harwell.

Maaza Mengiste is a novelist and essayist. Her most recent novel, The Shadow King, was called "a brilliant novel...compulsively readable" by Salman Rushdie. Her debut novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, was selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books and named one of the best books of 2010 by Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, and other publications. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital. Her work can be found in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and BBC, among other places. Maaza's fiction and nonfiction examines the individual lives at stake during migration, war, and exile, and considers the intersections of photography, memory, and violence. She was a writer on the documentary projects, Girl Rising and The Invisible City: Kakuma.


Jaswinder Bolina

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 5:00 PM


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The 5:00 reading will be preceded by a question-and-answer session that begins at 4:00 pm.

If you would like a Zoom invitation to this reading, please contact Sarah Harwell.

Jaswinder Bolina is an American writer. Of Color, his first collection of essays, was published by McSweeney's in June 2020, and The 44th of July, his most recent collection of poetry, was released by Omnidawn in April 2019. His previous collections include Phantom Camera (winner of the 2012 Green Rose Prize in Poetry from New Issues Press), Carrier Wave (winner of the 2006 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University), and the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America (Floating Wolf Quarterly 2014). An international edition of Phantom Camera is available from Hachette India. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and been included in The Best American Poetry series.

His essays can be found at The Poetry Foundation, McSweeney's, Himal Southasian, The Writer, and other magazines. He currently teaches on the faculty of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Miami.


Dewaine Farria

Save to Google calendar  Save to desktop calendar    Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 5:00 PM


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The 5:00 reading will be preceded by a question-and-answer session that begins at 4:00 pm.

If you would like a Zoom invitation to this reading, please contact Sarah Harwell.

Dewaine Farria's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Rumpus, The Mantle, CRAFT, and the Southern Humanities Review, and he co-edits The Maine Review's weekly "Embody" Column. Tobias Wolff selected his novel, Revolutions of All Colors, as the winner of Syracuse University's 2019 Veterans Writing Contest. Syracuse University Press will release the book in the fall of 2020.

Farria holds an MA in International and Area Studies from the University of Oklahoma, where—as a David L. Boren National Security Education Program Fellow—he studied at the Kyiv Linguistic Institute in Ukraine. He also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

As a U.S. Marine, he served in Jordan and Ukraine. Besides his stint in the military, he has spent most of his professional life working for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS), with assignments in the North Caucasus, Kenya, Somalia, and Occupied Palestine. He was awarded UNDSS's Bravery Award for his actions during an attack on the UNDP compound in Mogadishu in June 2013. He currently lives in Manila and is a Senior Security and Emergency Services Specialist for the Asian Development Bank.


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