Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series, 2014-15
Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series
The English Department, Saint Louis University
Unless Otherwise Indicated
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.
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.
February 23 (Monday): Scott Blackwood is the author of two novels, See How Small and We Agreed to Meet Here, as well as a book of short stories, In the Shadow of Our House. The New York Times called the latter, "acute, nimble stories, an impressive, accomplished debut." His two narrative nonfiction books, The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volumes I and II, tell the curious tale of a white-owned "Race record" label that began in a Wisconsin chair factory and changed American popular music forever. Co-produced by Jack White, the Paramount books have been featured NPR's Weekend Edition, Sound Opinions, and in The New York Times, Rolling Stone and elsewhere. A longtime resident of Austin, Texas, Blackwood now lives in Chicago and teaches fiction writing at Southern Illinois University.
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 by Robert Adamson.
April 14, 2015: A group reading by creative writing students at Saint Louis University.
For more information, contact the English Dept: (314) 977-3010