Spring 2012 Global Voices Reading Series
Monday, February 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Campus Center, Room 2540: Michael Moore is the chair of the PEN Translation Fund and an interpreter/translator for the Italian Mission to the United Nations. His translations include, most recently, Quiet Chaos by Sandro Veronesi, The Day Before Happiness by Erri De Luca, and The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi. He is currently working on a new translation of the 19th-century Italian classic, The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni.
Monday, March 5, 2012 at 1 p.m. Wheatley Hall, 6th Floor, Room 047: E. C. Osondu was born in Nigeria, where he worked for many years as an advertising copywriter. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009. His book of stories Voice of America was released from HarperCollins in November, and his novel This House Is Not For Sale is due from HarperCollins in 2012. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Guernica, AGNI, and many other magazines. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, where he was a Syracuse University Fellow. He is assistant professor of English at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. Campus Center, Room 3550C (Ballroom C): After nearly 13 years of apprenticing herself to poetry, during which she studied with Robert Lowell and immersed herself in the Boston/Cambridge literary scene, Gail Mazur published her first collection, Nightfire (1978), at age 40. Other books include The Pose of Happiness (1986); They Can’t Take That Away from Me (2001); and Zeppo’s First Wife: New & Selected Poems (2006).A graduate of Smith College, Mazur has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Her work has been recognized with a Massachusetts Book Award, and she has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Active in the Boston and Cambridge literary communities, Mazur has served as the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Center, and as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emerson College.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Healey Library, 11th Floor: Martha Collins was born in Omaha, Nebraska. She earned a BA at Stanford University and holds a PhD from the University of Iowa. She is the author of a book-length poem, Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), as well as four other books of poetry: Some Things Words Can Do (1998); A History of a Small Life on a Windy Planet (1993); The Arrangement of Space (1991), winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Competition; and The Catastrophe of Rainbows (1985). She has also published a chapbook, Gone So Far (2005); Co-translated two collections poems from the Vietnamese, The Women Carry River Water by Nguyen Quang Thieu (1997) and Green Rice by Lam Thi My Da (2005); and edited a volume of essays on Louise Bogan (1984). Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bunting Institute, as well as three Pushcart prizes and a Witter Bynner Grant for translation, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Grant. Collins established the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and currently holds the Pauline Delaney Chair in Creative Writing at Oberlin College. She lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. Wheatley Hall, 6th Floor, Room 047: Author Charles Bock’s debut 2008 novel Beautiful Children (Random House) was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year for 2008, and he won the 2009 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Bock was born and raised in Las Vegas, which served as the setting for Beautiful Children. He earned a Master's of Fine Arts in fiction and literature from Bennington College and has taught fiction at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City. He is a 2009 recipient of the Silver Pen Award (Nevada Writers Hall of Fame), which was established in 1996 to recognize mid-career writers who have already shown substantial achievement.
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