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Rick Barot lecture at VCA

Rick Barot (CRF 2011), a Tacoma writer who is the poetry editor for New England Review and director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, an MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University, will speak about “The Personal and the Political” at Vashon Center for the Arts’ next Arts & Humanities Series lecture. The talk […]

The Accidental Messiah: On Sam Lipsyte’s Hark

Hunter Braithwaite writing for BOMB on Sam Lipsyte (CRF 2012)’s novel Hark. He writes, “Always hilarious, Lipsyte has often been something of visionary: a subway howler, an outer-borough oracle. Over his previous three novels and two collections of stories, he’s satirized the present day.” “Hark does not shoot straight. It buzzes and bobs until it crashes […]

National Book Critics Circle Announces Finalists for 2018 Awards

The NBCC announced its 31 finalists in six categories––autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry––for the outstanding books of 2018. Many Civitellians were listed including… Autobiography: Rigoberto Gonzalez (CRF 2013) for What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth: A Memoir of Brotherhood (University of Wisconsin Press). Criticism: Terrance Hayes (CRF 2015) for To Float in the Space […]

Emily Jacir for the IDS Public Lecture Series

The IDS Public Lecture Series, designed as an introduction to some of the most pressing questions driving contemporary thought and practice, consists of lectures by artists, theorists, scientists, activists, writers, and other practitioners involved in the arts from positions that embody an interdisciplinary approach or that imply new uses for disciplinary traditions. Emily Jacir (CRF 2009 and current Advisory Council Member) will be […]

Unsettling Objects: On Samanta Schweblin’s “Mouthful of Birds”

Mouthful of Birds is Samanta Schweblin (CRF 2011)’s second book to appear in English, after 2017’s phenomenal Fever Dream, which was also translated expertly by Megan McDowell.  In an interview with Rain Taxi , Schweblin said: “For me, even in the most subtle and introspective story, it’s all about tension: this is the thread that ties a reader to story, […]

Philip Glass and John Adams on a Bowie-Inspired New Symphony

Philip Glass and John Adams (soon-to-be Director’s Guest) in discussion on their new Bowie-inspired symphony, and whether Mr. Glass’s music is hard to conduct.  in this Times article.

Lexi Rudnitsky Prizewinner

The most recent Lexi Rudnitsky prizewinning poet is Sara Wainscott. Sara Wainscott’s work appears in DIAGRAM, The Journal Petra, Powder Keg, BOAAT, Fairy Tale Review, The Collapsar, Dream Pop Journal, and elsewhere. She is a finalist for the 2017 National Poetry Series and appears on the New City “Lit 50 2017” list of people who […]

Salvatore Scibona on the Difference Between Fiction and History

Salvatore Scibona (CRF 2011) discusses his fiction piece in the New Yorker, “Do not Stop.”

Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks

For one night only, witness the live New York debut of Wadada Leo Smith (CRF 2003)’s America’s National Parks. When Smith recorded this visionary suite in 2016, it was voted Album of the Year by DownBeat magazine (Smith also won Artist of the Year and Trumpeter of the Year), and it was selected as a top-ten album of the […]

Loredana Longo: Ardente

Loredana Longo (CRF 2011) showing in “ARDENTE,” curated by Sergio Troisi, running until the 7th of April. Opening 25 January 2019, h 18:30. Villa Zito, Via Libertà, 52, PALERMO, Sicily More information on Loredana’s website.