Readings and Master Classes

 
 
Unless marked with an asterisk (*), all events are eligible for credit and attendance will be registered. 
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Fall 2017

 

Week 3

• Wednesday Sept. 6, First Year MFA Reading, Sella-Granata Gallery / Woods Hall, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Readers:  Jeremy Burke, Sarah Barnes, Bekah Morton, Matthew Brinkley, and Kira Frank

 

• Thursday Sept. 7, Pure Products Art Night, Monarch Espresso Bar Patio / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

Readers: Director of the UA Undergraduate Creative Writing Program, John Estes; English instructor Shanti Weiland; MFA Candidate Pete Beatty; and UA Undergraduate Creative Writing student Jordan Williams

 

Week 4

• Wednesday Sept. 13, First Year MFA Reading, Gorgas 205, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Readers:  Reilly Cox, Meredith Ramella, Marissa Bennett, Lily Davenport, and Emily Montgomery

• Thursday Sept. 14, Douglas KearneyThe Bey.K.TrĂ© Pop Media Criticism and the Poetic Page MR 301, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. 

Using the performative typography, mess poetics, and socio-cultural criticism, Douglas Kearney has experimented in new ways of viewing and writing about music videos, film tropes, and pop songs. In this craft talk, Kearney will discuss some techniques, challenges, and opportunities of writing and performing poetry engaged with popular media, drawing especially from his commissioned responses to BeyoncĂ© and Kendrick Lamar videos. 

• Thursday Sept. 14, An Evening with Douglas Kearney

Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave, 7 p.m. 

 

Week 5

• Thursday Sept. 21 Pure Products Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

 

Week 6

• Tuesday Sept. 26, Christina Baker Kline Master Class, Morgan 301, 9:30 a.m.

• Tuesday Sept. 26, Christina Baker Kline Lecture, Moody Concert Hall / 810 2nd Ave., 7 p.m.

• Thursday Sept. 28, Charles Yu Master Class, Assorted Thoughts on Tone, Voice, and Pitching (Skype), Morgan 301, 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Charles Yu is the author of three books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. His fiction and non-fiction has been published in a number of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate and Wired.

Week 7

• Tuesday Oct. 3, Gregory Donovan Master ClassBattling Extinctions: Petry, Levis, Blackbird, & Me, Morgan 301, 9:30 a.m.-10:15am

Poet, editor, and fiml producer Gregory Donovan will demonstrate his various roles in keeping alive the memory of the life and work of his friend and colleague Larry Levis in his teaching as well as in running a literary prize and a literary journal. He'll introduce the Blackbird online journal along with presenting the unimagined twists a poet's career may take.  

• Tuesday Oct. 3, Documentary Film: A Late Style of Fire (on the poet Larry Levis,) Ferg Cinema, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. 

Followed by Talkback/Q&A with filmmaker Michele Poulos, Ferguson Theater (TCF co-sponsor)

• Thursday Oct. 5, Pure Products Art Night, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

• Friday Oct. 6, MFA Reading, Gorgas 205, 4:30 p.m.

Readers: Wyatt McMurray and Keith Wiley

 

Week 8

• Wednesday Oct. 11, 4:30 p.m., Ian Bogost Lecture, Play anything Morgan 301, 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.  (New College co-sponsor )

Life is not a game. It's demanding, boring, and rarely fun. But what if we've got games wrong? Playing anything--whether an instrument, a sport or a video game--takes hard work and makes absurd demands: struggling to keep hands off the soccer ball, restricting the length of a tweet, practicing piano scales endlessly. Play isn't a mindless escape from boring reality: instead play is what happens when we accept limitations, narrow our focus, and--consequently--have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating cards to make a poker hand is no different than treating chores and obligations as tools by which we can open worlds of fun. 

• Thursday Oct. 12, MFA Reading, Location Sella-Granata Gallery, 4:30 p.m.

Readers: Michael Lambert and David Lewis

 

Week 9

• Tuesday, Oct. 17, The Conversation: Craft Talks, Morgan 301, 7 p.m. 

• Wednesday Oct. 18, The Conversation: Workshops, Morgan 301, 4:30 p.m.

• Wednesday Oct. 18, The Conversation: Workshops, Morgan 309, 4:30 p.m.

• Wednesday Oct. 18, The Conversation: Readings, Location TBD, 7 p.m.

 

• Thursday Oct. 19, Pure Products Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

 

Week 11

• Wednesday Nov. 1, Annie Hartnett Master Class, Morgan 301, 3 p.m.

• Wednesday Nov. 1, Annie Hartnett and Kellie Wells Reading, Location TBD, 7 p.m.

• Thursday Nov. 2, Pure Products Art Night, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

 

Week 12

• Tuesday Nov. 7, T Cooper Craft Talk, Morgan 301, 9:30 a.m. 

• Tuesday Nov. 7, An Evening with T Cooper

Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave, 7 p.m. 

• Thursday Nov. 9, MFA Reading, Gorgas 205, 4:30 p.m. 

Readers: Courtney Eason and Sam LaMura

Week 13

• Tuesday Nov. 14, Margaret Atwood Book Talk/Q&A, Morgan Auditorium, 3 p.m.

• Tuesday Nov.14, An Evening with Margaret Atwood

Bama Theater, 600 Greensboro Ave., 7 p.m.

• Wednesday Nov. 15, Tara Goedjen Master Class (YA Literature), Morgan 301, 4:30 p.m.

• Thursday Nov. 16, MFA Reading, Sella-Granata Gallery 4:30 p.m.

Readers: Mark Ramirez and Steven Ikeme

• Thursday Nov. 16, Pure Products Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

 

Week 15

• Thursday Nov. 30, Pure Products Open Mic, Monarch Espresso Bar / 714 22nd Ave., 7 p.m.

 
 
 
(photo credit: Joel Brouwer)