Founded in 2001, the UA Prose Series brings writers of distinction to the University of Arizona. The Series is sponsored by the College of Humanities and the Department of English, and presented in cooperation with the University of Arizona Poetry Center. The Series has brought such writers as David Foster Wallace, Francine Prose, Isabelle Allende, Cristina Garcia, and George Saunders to the U of A campus.
Since the University of Arizona Poetry Center hosts most of our readings, you can listen to many of them after-the-fact via Voca.
Upcoming Readings 2013-2014
THURSDAY, 09/19: C.E. Poverman and Matt Mendez @ UA Poetry Center, 7pm
C. E. Poverman’s first book of stories, The Black Velvet Girl, won the Iowa School of Letters Award for Short Fiction. His second, Skin, was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His stories have appeared in the O’Henry, Pushcart, and other anthologies. His previous novels are Susan, Solomon’s Daughter, My Father in Dreams, and On the Edge. He will read from a new novel, Love by Drowning.
Matt Mendez’s stories have appeared in Alligator Juniper, Cutthroat, Huizache, PALABRA, PANK, The Literary Review, and other journals. He was the winner of Alligator Juniper’s National Fiction Contest, a finalist for The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction and the Charles Angoff Award, and a is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Matt also writes regular book reviews for the El Paso Times. Twitching Heart is his first book. Contact him at email@example.com.
THURSDAY, 10/03: HYBRID SERIES and Next American Nature and Science Writing presents Lia Purpura @ UA Poetry Center, 7pm
Lia Purpura is the author of seven collections of essays, poems and translations, most recently, Rough Likeness (essays) and King Baby (poems). Her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley, and Ohio State University Press awards in poetry. Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Best American Essays, and elsewhere. She is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a member of the core faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop, and teaches at writing programs around the country, including the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband, conductor Jed Gaylin, and their son.
THURSDAY, 10/10: HYBRID SERIES presents Maggie Nelson @ UA Poetry Center, 7pm
Maggie Nelson is the author of 4 books of nonfiction, including The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (WW Norton, 2011; named a Notable Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice by the New York Times), the cult hit Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007; named a Notable Book of the Year by the State of Michigan), and Women, The New York School, And Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007, winner of the Susanne M. Glasscock Award for Interdisciplinary Scholarship). She is also the author of four books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005; finalist, the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir). A recipient of a Guggenheim in nonfiction and an NEA in poetry, she is currently at work on a new nonfiction project supported by a Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant. After many years of living and teaching in New York City, she joined the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts in 2005. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
THURSDAY, 10/24: HYBRID SERIES presents Jenny Boully @ UA Poetry Center, 7pm
Jenny Boully is the author of five books, most recently of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon: a book of failures (Coconut Books). Her other books include not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Books of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press). Her chapbook of prose, Moveable Types, was released by Noemi Press. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Next American Essay, Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and other places. Born in Thailand, she grew up in Texas and has studied at Hollins University, the University of Notre Dame, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she earned her Ph.D. in English. She is an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
THURSDAY, 11/07: HYBRID SERIES presents Thalia Field @ UA Poetry Center, 7pm
Thalia Field has three books with New Directions, Point and Line, Incarnate: Story Material, and Bird Lovers, Backyard. These books represent works that span the genres of essay, fiction, poetry—even theatre. Thalia has also published a ‘performance novel’ Ululu (Clown Shrapnel) with Coffee House Press, and a book-length essay, A Prank of Georges, with Essay Press. Thalia teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.
Prose Series Past Readings
Brent Hendricks and Nicole Walker / April 22, 2013
Alan Heathcock / April 04, 2013
Joan Silber / October 27, 2011
Timothy Schaffert / November 10, 2011
Daniyal Mueenuddin / February 24, 2012
John Price / March 19, 2012
Monica Drake / March 29, 2012
Rick Moody / September 23, 2010
The Contemporary Fairy Tale (with Kate Bernheimer, Joy Williams, Lydia Millet, and Kathryn Davis) / December 1, 2010
The Art of Editing (with Willing Davidson) / March 10, 2011
Robert Boswell and Antonya Nelson / October 1, 2009
John D’Agata / February 22, 2010
Contemporary Mexican Fiction ( with Alvaro Uribe, Vivian Abershushan, and Cristina Rivera-Garza) / March 11, 2010
Marilynne Robinson / September 19, 2008
Gary Nabhan / March 5, 2009
Denis Johnson / April 9, 2009
Tribute to David Foster Wallace (with Charles Bock, Marshall Boswell, Greg Carlisle, Ken Kalfus, Glenn Kenny, and Bonnie Nadell) / May 1, 2009
Peter Turchi February 19, 2008