MFA Reading Series

The MFA Reading Series, presented by ASU's Creative Writing Program, brings notable writers to the ASU community for readings and discussions about writing and their literary works. All readings are free of charge, open to the public, and take place on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. Past readers include Ian McEwan, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, Richard Garcia, and Jennifer Spiegel.  |  2013-2014 MFA Reading Series Poster

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PAMELA USCHUK (poet, political activist) and WILLIAM PITT ROOT (former poet laureate of Tucson)

Thursday, Sep. 5, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Pima Auditorium (MU 230)

Pamela Uschuk is a political activist, wilderness enthusiast and author of six books of poems, Finding Peaches in the Desert, One Legged Dancer, Scattered Risks, Without the Comfort of Stars: New and Selected Poems (Sampark Press, New Delhi and London), Crazy Love, winner of a 2010 American Book Award, and Wild in the Plaza of Memory.

Work from William Pitt Root’s many collections appears in New Yorker, Nation, The Atlantic, APR, Harpers, and Poetry. While working variously in factories, a shipyard and a mine as well as in academia, he’s been translated into 20 languages, awarded grants from Guggenheim, Rockefeller, National Endowment of the Arts, the US/UK Exchange Artist program, and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.

Pamela Uschuk and William Pitt Root

RACHEL BLAU DUPLESSIS (poet, essayist)

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12-1 p.m., Social Sciences (SS) 109*

Rachel Blau DuPlessis is known as a poet and essayist, and as a critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry. From 1986 until 2012, DuPlessis has been engaged in a long poem project, collected in several book-length installments from Wesleyan University Press and Salt Publishing. The newest book, Surge: Drafts 96-114 (Salt 2013), brings this 26-year long poem to a temporary fold. Her recent Purple Passages: Pound, Eliot, Zukofsky, Olson, Creeley and the Ends of Patriarchal Poetry is part of a feminist trilogy of works about gender and poetics.

*In addition to the MFA Reading event, on Oct. 23 Blau DuPlessis will give a lecture, "Manifesting Literary Feminisms: A Conversation with Rachel Blau DuPlessis," at 4:30 p.m. in SS-109. The lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Social Transformation, the Institute for Humanities Research, and the Office of the Associate Dean of Faculty.

 Rachel Blau DuPlessis

MICHAEL MARTONE (fiction and nonfiction writer)

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (MU 202)

Michael Martone's most recent books are Four for a Quarter, Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fiction from the Flyover, Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, a collection of essays, and Double-wide, his collected early stories. His stories and essays have appeared and been cited in the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Stories and The Best American Essays anthologies.

Writer Michael Martone

The MFA Reading Series is co-sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

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