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Contemporary Writers Series
Fall 2016


LeAnne Howe and Marc Anthony Richardson
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room

LeAnne Howe

Choctalking on Other Realities is the most recent book by novelist, poet, playwright and scholar LeAnne Howe (Choctaw). Her novels include Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story and Shell Shaker, which won the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. She is currently at work on a documentary film with Ojibwe filmmaker James M. Fortier about the life of Sequoyah, a Cherokee leader and creator of the first written indigenous language in Native North American. Howe is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia and was awarded the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures.


Marc Anthony Richardson

In her advance praise of Marc Anthony Richardson’s award-winning debut novel, Year of the Rat, Cristina García writes, “…you must stop everything you're doing right now and make time for it. Gorgeous, unsparing, heartbreaking, the book is a prose poem of a testament to motherhood, to manhood, to lost generations, to hope itself. " Richardson is an artist and writer from Philadelphia and alum of the MFA program at Mills College. His awards include those from the Vermont Studio Center and Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.

Optional Information Session about our Graduate English Programs from 5:00–5:30pm. Register here.


Elizabeth Povinelli
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room

Elizabeth Povinelli

Elizabeth Povinelli’s most recent book is Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism. As Saba Mahmood writes, this work “unravels crucial linkages between the transformed character of liberal policies in our present and the shattered lives of those who live under its ever-expanding shadow.” Povinelli is the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University where she has also been the Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Culture. Povinelli’s films have been nominated for several awards and most recently she received the MIFF 2015 Cinema Nova Award for Best Short Fiction Film for When the Dogs Talked.

Optional Information Session about our Graduate English Programs from 5:00–5:30pm. Register here.


Helen Klonaris and Amir Rabiyah
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room

A reading to celebrate the new anthology Writing Down the Walls: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices, edited by Klonaris and Rabiyah, co-sponsored by Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Helen Klonaris

Helen Klonaris is a queer Greek Bahamian writer living in the Bay Area where she teaches creative writing and mythology. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Caribbean Writer, SX Salon, Tongues of the Ocean, HLFQ, Poui, ProudFlesh, and Calyx, and several anthologies, including Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writings from the Antilles, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her debut short story collection, The Lovers, is forthcoming with Peepal Tree Press.


Amir Rabiyah

Amir Rabiyah is a mixed-race, queer, trans, and disabled poet, performer and community educator. Amir’s work has been published in Mizna, Sukoon, The Cream City Review, Enizagam, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and more. They live in San Diego with their partner.

Optional Information Session about our Graduate English Programs from 5:00–5:30pm. Register here.


Aichlee Bushnell and Solmaz Sharif
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 5:30 pm | Mills Hall Living Room

Aichlee Bushnell

Aichlee Bushnell’s remarkable debut, Objects of Attention, won the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry and works with the writings of Thomas Jefferson tell the story of Sally Hemings with great care, as Juliana Spahr writes: “Care with how to represent her, her body. Care to not appropriate. Care to complicate. Care to tell it as expansive, as international.” An alum of the MFA program at Mills College, Bushnell is a Cave Canem fellow. She currently lives in Oakland with her family.


Solmaz Sharif

One of the most anticipated books of 2016, Solmaz Sharif’s Look uses language from the Department of Defense to investigate the violence and loss of war, and how these things are embedded in daily language. Sharif’s poetry has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and others. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, her work has been recognized with many awards including NEA and Stegner Fellowships. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Optional Information Session about our Graduate English Programs from 5:00–5:30pm. Register here.


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