Upcoming Events

March 4: Caryl Phillips: In the Ghetto – One Night in Venice

Caryl Phillips, a Kittitian-British novelist, playwright, and essayist, centers his work on the experiences of peoples of the African diaspora, mainly in England, the Caribbean, and the U.S. He is the recipient of many awards for his fiction, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Crossing the River (which was also shortlisted for the Booker Prize); the Commonwealth Writers Prize for A Distant Shore; and the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize for The European Tribe. Mr. Phillips studied Literature at Oxford and Edinburgh, and has taught at Amherst College, Barnard College, and is currently a Professor of English at Yale.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020. 4:15 pm, Rose Hills Theatre, Pomona College 

March 6: The Body is Not an Apology: Sonya Renee Taylor

Writer, spoken-word artist, social justice activist, and founder of The Body Is Not an Apology movement Sonya Renee Taylor dismantles some of our longest-held—and most insidious—body preoccupations, embracing instead a paradigm of “radical self-love for everybody and every body.”

Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Balch Auditorium, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

March 9: Poetry Reading with Peter Filkins

Poet, translator, critic, essayist and biographer, Filkins was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He has published four collections of poetry: What She Knew (1998), After Homer (2002), Augustine’s Vision (2010) and The View We’re Granted (2012), co-winner of the Sheila Motton Best Book Award from the New England Poetry Club. He is also the translator of Ingeborg Bachmann’s collected poems, Darkness Spoken (2006); H.G. Adler’s novels The Journey (2008), Panorama (2011) and The Wall (2014); and the author of a biography, H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds (2019).

Monday, March 9, 2020, 4:15 p.m. Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank Hall #108, Pomona College.

March 12: A Reading with Barbara Browning

Barbara Browning is the author of three novels – The Gift (2017), published by the Emily Books imprint of Coffee House Press, and The Correspondence Artist (2011) and I’m Trying to Reach You (2012), both published by Two Dollar Radio. With Sebastien Regnier, she co-authored Who the Hell is Imre Lodbrog? (Outpost 19, 2018). She has also published an audionovel (Who Is Mr. Waxman?) and two academic books (Samba and Infectious Rhythm). She has a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She’s also a poet, a dancer, and an amateur ukuleleist.

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4:15 p.m. Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank Hall #108, Pomona College.

March 24: Reading by memoirist/scholar/theorist/essayist Julietta Singh

Julietta Singh is a writer and academic who works at the intersections of postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and the environmental humanities. She is the author of Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism and Decolonial Entanglements (Duke University Press, 2018), and No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018). Her academic writing has been published in leading cultural theory journals including South Atlantic Quarterly, Cultural CritiqueStudies in Gender and Sexuality, Symploke, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Her creative work has appeared in venues such as American Poetry ReviewAnimal Shelter, Prairie Fire, Social Text, and Women & Performance.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 4:15 p.m. Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank Hall #108, Pomona College.

March 24: Reading and Conversation with Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean is a consummate storyteller. From The Orchid Thief, her spellbinding examination of the esoteric world of flower selling in Florida, to Rin Tin Tin, a powerful account of the iconic Hollywood canine, Orlean has a knack for finding the most unusual characters. Her latest project has a beloved institution as its protagonist: the Los Angeles Public Library. The Library Book is a riveting investigation of the mysterious 1986 fire that nearly consumed the building and an impassioned reflection on the future of libraries in America.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Garrison Theatre, Scripps College. RSVP Encouraged.

March 26: Poetry Reading with Sarah Gambito

Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Loves You (Persea Books),  Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, POETRY, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The New Republic and other journals. She holds degrees from The University of Virginia and The Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers, The Wai Look Award for Outstanding Service to the Arts from the Asian American Arts Alliance and grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving writers and readers of Asian American literature.

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 4:15 p.m. Ena Thompson Reading Room, Crookshank Hall #108, Pomona College.

March 30: An Evening of Poetry with Jane Hirshfield

Described by The Washington Post as belonging “among the modern masters” and by The New York Times as “passionate and radiant,” award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield work ranges from the political, ecological, and scientific to the metaphysical, personal, and passionate.

Monday, March 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m. M.M.C. Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College. Online Registration Required.

March 31: Glass Humanities Lecture: Ishion Hutchinson

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell University and is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 4:15 p.m. Benson Auditorium, Pitzer College.

April 1: Chuck Klosterman: Thinking About the Past As If It Were Present

Chuck Klosterman is the bestselling author of eight books of nonfiction (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; But What If We’re Wrong?; and Chuck Klosterman X) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The A.V. Club, and ESPN. Klosterman served as the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years, appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits, and was an original founder of the website Grantland with Bill Simmons.

Thursday, April 1, 2020  |  7 p.m.  |  Rose Hills Theatre | Pomona College

April 11: Lois Lowry in Conversation

Lois Lowry is the godmother of dystopian fiction. Before Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, Lowry’s The Giver was captivating readers. Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, the book has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Now, Lowry is back with On the Horizon, a haunting, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting story of the people whose lives were lost or forever altered by Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. Join this living legend for a reading and conversation.

Saturday, April 11, 2020, 3:00 p.m. Balch Auditorium, Scripps College.

April 15: M. NourbeSe Philip

M. NourbeSe Philip was born in Tobago. She earned a BSc from the University of the West Indies and an MA and LLB from the University of Western Ontario. Philip was a practicing lawyer for seven years before turning full-time to writing. She is the author of works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her collections of poetry include Thorns (1980); Salmon Courage (1983); She Tries Her Tongue (1989); Her Silence Softly Breaks (1988), which won a Casa de las Américas Prize for Literature; and Zong! (2008), a polyvocal, book-length poem concerning slavery and the legal system.

Philip’s essay collections include Frontiers: Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture (1992), Showing Grit: Showboating North of the 44th Parallel (1993), CARIBANA: African roots and continuities—Race, Space and the Poetics of Moving (1996), and Genealogy of Resistance and Other Essays (1997).

Philip’s numerous honors and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and MacDowell Colony. She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council. In 2001, she was recognized by the Elizabeth Fry Society with its Rebels for a Cause Award, and the YWCA awarded her its Women of Distinction in the Arts Award. Philip has received a Chalmers Fellowship in Poetry and has been writer-in-residence at Toronto Women’s Bookstore and McMaster University. In 2012, she received a NALIS Lifetime Literary Award.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Hampton Room, Scripps College.

April 16: Lewis Hyde: Truth as a Liquid

Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Trickster Makes This World (1998) uses a group of ancient myths to argue for the disruptive intelligence that all cultures need if they are to remain lively and open to change. Common as Air (2010) is a spirited defense of our “cultural commons,” that vast store of ideas, inventions, and works of art that we have inherited from the past and continue to enrich in the present. Hyde’s most recent book, A Primer for Forgetting, explores the many situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory—in myth, personal psychology, politics, art & spiritual life.

Thursday, April 16, 2020  |  4:15 p.m.  |  Millikan Lab, Argue Auditorium | Pomona College

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