Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series, 2014-15
Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series
The English Department, Saint Louis University
Events take place on Tuesday afternoons at 4 pm
in the Sinquefield Stateroom, Dubourg Hall,
Room 409, 221 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis
September 16, 2014: Aaron Belz is the author of several collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Glitter Bomb (2014). As Marjorie Perloff has commented, "The poems in Glitter Bomb pull no punches: irreverent, devastating, even nasty at times, they capture the present moment in all its absurdity and hyperreality. ‘Lampwise by altarlight' (pace Dylan Thomas), Aaron Belz keeps his eye on the object: often hilarious, he is also wise..." Belz holds a PhD in English from Saint Louis University. He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
October 7, 2014: Charles Baxter is the author of five novels, six books of short stories, a book of poems, and two books of literary essays. His novel, The Feast of Love, was a National Book Award finalist and was made into a movie starring Morgan Freeman. Paul Auster has written, "Like Chekhov, Baxter is both tough-minded and compassionate, and he never makes his characters more or less than what they are. They are human, and that in itself is a rare achievement for a writer, a thing to be celebrated above and beyond all other achievements." Baxter teaches at the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis.
November 4, 2014: Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels, the most recent of which is Duplex (2013). Lynda Barry has written in the New York Times, "The real and the unreal are laminated so tightly in Duplex you find yourself suddenly lost . . . and when you are lost in the uncanny woods of this astonishing, double-hinged book, just keep reading, and remember to look up. Kathryn Davis knows right where you are." Davis is the senior fiction writer on the faculty of The Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
March 17, 2015 (poetry reading): Robert Adamson is the Jean Drahmann writer-in-residence at Saint Louis University for 2014-15. Adamson lives with his partner, photographer Juno Gemes, on the Hawkesbury River to the north of Sydney in Australia. As Adamson recounts in his acclaimed autobiography Inside Out, his grandfather taught the future poet how to "read" the river, advising him to "never stay away too long" and imparting the instinctive knowledge that "all rivers flow into this one." His early reputation as a poet was that of an urban rebel and iconoclast, but he has since moved steadily beyond that; and he has always returned to the Hawkesbury River as source and refuge. From 1970 to 1985 he was the driving force behind New Poetry, Australia's cutting-edge poetry magazine, and in 1987, with Juno Gemes, he established Paper Bark Press. In a writing career now spanning over forty years, he has produced eighteen books of poetry, including (most recently) Net Needle; and three books of prose. He is one of Australia's most celebrated poets.
March 24, 2015: craft talk.
April 14, 2015: Martin Harrison is an Australian poet and essayist, author of seven books of poetry including Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems (published in the UK and Australia in 2008) as well as several works of prose, including Who Wants to Create Australia? Essays on Poetry and Ideas in Contemporary Australia (2004). His work has been translated into Mandarin and French. In Poetry Review, the British critic David Morley defines Harrison as a writer of "some of the most brilliant metaphysical nature poems of our time." Harrison lives in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales and teaches poetry and poetics at University of Technology, Sydney.
For more information, contact the English Dept: 314-977-3010