Saint Louis University

Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series, 2015 - 2016

Unless otherwise indicated, events take place  

Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm

Sinquefield Stateroom, Dubourg Hall, Room 409

221 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63103

September 15, 2015: Michael Palmer is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Thread (2011), The Company of Moths (2005), and The Promises of Glass (2001). Robert Hass has called Palmer "the foremost experimental poet of his generation and perhaps of the last several generations . . . His poetry is at once a dark and comic interrogation of the possibilities of representation in language, but its continuing surprise is its resourcefulness and its sheer beauty." Born in New York City, he has long lived in San Francisco.

October 6, 2015: Karen Solie is a Canadian poet. Her most recent book, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out (2015), is her first in the U.S. Michael Autrey has written, "The savagery of her ironies does not detract from the beauty of her forms. Unlike so many contemporary poets, who find postmodern life and culture an easy, inviting target, Solie is at her most respectful when most disdainful." Michael Hofmann has proclaimed, "Solie's work should be read wherever English is read." Born in Moose Jaw, she currently lives in Toronto.

November 10, 2015: Edward McPherson is the author of two nonfiction books, Buster Keaton: Tempest in a Flat Hat (2007) and The Backwash Squeeze and Other Improbable Feats: A Newcomer's Journey into the World of Bridge (2008). He has written for the New York Times Magazine, Salon, Paris Review, and elsewhere. His current projects include a collection of essays on historical places, and a collection of short stories titled Behold, the One True Thing, which contains a mix of historical and contemporary fiction. He is on the MFA faculty at Washington University in St. Louis.

February 9, 2016: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles (2008) and Madeleine Is Sleeping (2004). In an interview, she explained that fairy tales play a strong role in her work because "they always walk that line between wonder and darkness." In 2010, she was named one of "20 under 40" to watch by The New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.

March 15, 2016 (fiction reading): Zachary Lazar is the Jean Drahmann writer-in-residence. He has published three novels, including Sway (2008), which appropriates such real-life iconic figures as the early Rolling Stones and the avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger in exploring the rise and fall of the sixties counterculture; and I Pity the Poor Immigrant (2014), which tells the story of an American journalist whose investigation into the killing of an Israeli poet leads her into a millennia-old history of violence that encompasses the American and Israeli mafias as well as the modern state of Israel and its occupation of the Palestinian territories. Lazar has also published a memoir, Evening's Empire: The Story of My Father's Murder (2009). He teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans.
March 22, 2016: craft talk by Zachary Lazar.

April 19, 2016: A reading of work by creative writing students at Saint Louis University.

For more information, contact the English Department: 314-977-3010.

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