WBEZ | Hilton Orrington - Hinman Auditorium http://www.wbez.org/content/hilton-orrington-hinman-auditorium Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The 6th Annual Spring Writers' Festival -A Reading by D.A. Powell http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-spring-writers-festival-reading-da-powell-105939 <p><p><strong>D.A. Powell</strong> will give a reading as part of the Northwestern University English Department 6th Annual Creative Writers&#39; Festival D. A. Powell was born in Albany, Georgia on May 16, 1963. He attended the University of San Francisco, obtaining his bachelor&#39;s degree in 1991, and his master&#39;s in 1993. He then went on to receive his M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer&rsquo;s Workshop in 1996.</p><div>He is the author of a trilogy of books, including <em>Tea</em> (Wesleyan, 1998);<em> Lunch</em> (2000); and <em>Cocktails</em> (Graywolf, 2004), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, <em>Chronic</em> (2009) received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>His subjects range from movies, art, and other trappings of contemporary culture to the AIDS pandemic. Powell&rsquo;s work often returns to AIDS, and his three collections have been called a trilogy about the disease. As <strong>Carl Phillips </strong>wrote, in his judge&rsquo;s note for Boston Review&rsquo;s Annual Poetry Award, of Powell&rsquo;s work, &quot;No fear, here, of heritage nor of music nor, refreshingly, of authority. Mr. Powell recognizes in the contemporary the latest manifestations of a much older tradition: namely, what it is to be human.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Powell has received a Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Center, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, among other awards. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Sonoma State University, San Francisco State University, and served as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University. He currently teaches at the University of San Francisco, and edits the online magazine <em>Electronic Poetry Review</em>.</div></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-spring-writers-festival-reading-da-powell-105939 The 6th Annual Spring Writers' Festival -A Reading by Chris Adrian http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-spring-writers-festival-reading-chris-adrian-105938 <p><p><strong>Chris Adrian</strong> will give a reading as part of the Northwestern University English Department&#39;s 6th Annual Writers&#39; Festival.</p><div>Chris Adrian (born 1970) is an American author. Adrian&#39;s writing styles in short stories vary greatly; from modernist realism to pronounced lyrical allegory. His novels both tend toward surrealism, having mostly realistic characters experience fantastic circumstances. He has written three novels: <em>Gob&#39;s Grief</em>, <em>The Children&#39;s Hospital</em>, and <em>The Great Night</em>. In 2008, he published <em>A Better Angel</em>, a collection of short stories. His short fiction has also appeared in <em>The Paris Review</em>, <em>Zoetrope</em>, <em>Ploughshares</em>, <em>McSweeney&#39;s</em>, The New Yorker, <em>The Best American Short Stories</em>, and <em>Story</em>. He was one of 11 fiction writers to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009.</div></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-spring-writers-festival-reading-chris-adrian-105938 The 6th Annual Spring Writers' Festival -A Reading by John Jeremiah Sullivan http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-spring-writers-festival-reading-john-jeremiah-sullivan-105936 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div><strong>John Jeremiah Sullivan</strong> gives a reading of his work as part of the Northwestern University English Department 6th Annual Writers&#39; Festival.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>John Jeremiah Sullivan is a contributing writer for <em>The New York Times Magazine</em> and the southern editor of <em>The Paris Review</em>. He writes for <em>GQ</em>, <em>Harper&#39;s Magazine</em>, and Oxford American, and, in addition to <em>Pulphead</em>, is the author of <em>Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriters&#39; Son</em>. He lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>The New York Times</em> Book Review called <em>Pulphead</em> the best, and most important, collection of magazine writing since Wallace&#39;s A Supposedly Fun Thing I&#39;ll Never Do Again and went on to say that Sullivan&#39;s writing is &quot;a bizarrely coherent, novel, and generous pastiche of the biblical, the demotic, the regionally gusty and the erudite.&quot; &nbsp;And Time Magazine said that his compulsive honesty and wildly intelligent prose recall the work of American masters of New Journalism like <strong>Hunter S. Thompson</strong> and <strong>Tom Wolfe</strong>.</div></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/6th-annual-spring-writers-festival-reading-john-jeremiah-sullivan-105936 A Guided Conversation with Three Authors http://www.wbez.org/guided-conversation-three-authors-105935 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>As part of Northwestern University&#39;s sixth Annual Spring Writers&#39; Festival, three authors, <strong>D.A. Powell</strong>, <strong>John Jeremiah Sullivan</strong>, and <strong>Chris Adrian</strong>, will discuss their craft and writing processes. The discussion will be led by <strong>Eula Biss</strong>, author of<em> The Balloonists</em> (Hanging Loose 2002) and <em>Notes from No Man&#39;s&nbsp;</em><em>Land: American Essays</em> (Graywolf 2009).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>D.A. Powell is the author of a trilogy of books, including <em>Tea</em> (Wesleyan, 1998); <em>Lunch</em> (2000); and <em>Cocktails</em> (Graywolf, 2004).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chris Adrian is the author of <em>Gob&#39;s Grief</em>, <em>The Children&#39;s Hospital</em>, and <em>The Great Night</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>John Jeremiah Sullivan is the author of <em>Blood Horses: Notes of a Sportswriter&#39;s Son</em>, published in 2004 and <em>Pulphead: Essays</em> (2011).</div></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 13:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/guided-conversation-three-authors-105935 The Voice Within Us: A Poetry Reading by Evanston Township High School Students http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-11/voice-within-us-poetry-reading-evanston-township-high-school-students <p><p>This winter the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and the English Creative Writing Major at Northwestern Universit started The Voice Within Us, a poetry-in-the-schools initiative. Throughout the month of February, Northwestern faculty and creative writing students Jonathan Ayala, Connor Eck, Amanda Laabs, Jenny Mahlum, Ali Pechman, Nicole Silverberg, and Mia Warren worked with students from Evanston Township High School after school, teaching and writing poetry. On April 11, the students from ETHS will share their poetry as part of Northwestern's Annual Spring Writers' Festival.</p></p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:30:46 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-11/voice-within-us-poetry-reading-evanston-township-high-school-students Spring Writers' Festival: A Reading by Jane Brox http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-10/spring-writers-festival-reading-jane-brox <p><p><strong>Jane Brox </strong>will be giving a reading as the Creative Nonfiction Writer in Residence at this year's 5th Annual Spring Writers' Festival at Northwestern University<br><br>She is the author of three previous books: <em>Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm</em>; <em>Five Thousand Days Like This One</em>, which was a 1999 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and <em>Here and Nowhere Else</em>, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including <em>Best American Essays</em>, <em>The Norton Book of Nature Writing</em>, and the <em>Pushcart Prize Anthology</em>. She has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-10/spring-writers-festival-reading-jane-brox Spring Writers' Festival: A Reading by ZZ Packer http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-11/spring-writers-festival-reading-zz-packer <p><p><strong>ZZ Packer</strong> will give a reading as the Fiction Visiting Writer-in-Residence at the Northwestern 5th annual Spring Writers' Festival.<br><br>ZZ Packer grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and Louisville, Kentucky. Her given name is Zuwena (Swahili for "good"), but "After a while of teachers mispronouncing my name and everyone else in the world, I began introducing myself as ZZ, and it just kind of stuck." Recognized as a talented writer at an early age, her first significant publication was in <em>Seventeen</em> magazine at the age of 19.<br><br>Packer attended Yale University, where she received a B.A in 1994. Her graduate work included an M.A. at Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1999. She was named a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.<br><br>Shortly thereafter, she entered the national literary scene with a high-profile appearance in the debut fiction issue of <em>The New Yorker</em> (2000). Her short story in the issue became the title story in her collection <em>Drinking Coffee Elsewhere</em> (Riverhead Books, 2003), which was published to considerable acclaim.<br><br>In 2005, she was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction. She is on the faculty of California College of the Arts, where she serves as Senior Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, a workspace co-operative.<br><br>She lives in Pacifica, California, a coastal town near San Francisco and is currently at work on a novel set in the aftermath of the Civil War.<br><br>In June 2010 she was named one of<em> The New Yorker</em>'s "20 Under 40" list of fiction writers worth watching.</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-04-11/spring-writers-festival-reading-zz-packer 4th Annual Writers' Festival: A Reading by David Shields http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/4th-annual-writers-festival-reading-david-shields <p><p>David Shields will read a selection of his work as part of the Northwestern University Creative Writing Major's 4th Annual Spring Writers' Festival.<br> <br> David Shields’s new book,<em> Reality Hunger: A Manifesto</em>, was published by Knopf in February 2010. His previous book, <em>The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead</em> (Knopf, 2008), was a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of eight other books, including: <em>Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season</em>, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; <em>Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity</em>, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and <em>Dead Languages: A Novel</em>, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney’s, and Utne Reader. He’s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.<br> <br> Shields has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Since 1996 he has also been a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College’s low-residency MFA Program for Writers in Asheville, North Carolina. His work has been translated into twenty languages.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:30:13 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/4th-annual-writers-festival-reading-david-shields 4th Annual Writers' Festival: A Guided Conversation with Three Authors http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/4th-annual-writers-festival-guided-conversation-three-authors <p><p>Invited authors of the 4th Annual Writers' Festival will talk about the writing process, making a living as a writer, and other topics. This year's invited authors are <strong>Maureen McLane</strong>, <strong>Nami Mun</strong>, and <strong>David Shields</strong>. The conversation will be moderated by Northwestern University faculty <strong>Eula Biss</strong>, <strong>Rachel Webste</strong>r, and <strong>Shauna Seliy</strong>.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:34:44 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/4th-annual-writers-festival-guided-conversation-three-authors 4th Annual Writers' Festival: A Reading by Maureen McLane http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-13/4th-annual-writers-festival-reading-maureen-mclane <p><p>Maureen McLane will read from her work as part of Northwestern University's Creative Writing Major 4th Annual Writers' Festival, a three day series of literary events.<br> <br> <strong>Maureen N. McLane</strong> grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of two books of poems, <em>World Enough</em> (2010) and <em>Same Life</em> (2008), and a poetry chapbook, <em>This Carrying Life</em> (2005). She has also published two books of literary criticism: <em>Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry</em> (2008) and <em>Romanticism and the Human Sciences</em> (2000, 2006). She coedited <em>The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry</em> (2008). A contributing editor at Boston Review, she was for years the chief poetry critic of the Chicago Tribune; her articles on poetry, contemporary fiction, and sexuality have appeared widely in publications such as the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, the Washington Post, American Poet, and on the Poetry Foundation website.<br> <br> In 2003 McLane won the National Book Critics Circle's Nona Balakian Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing; she was elected in 2007 for a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the NBCC. Currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at NYU, she has taught at Harvard, the University of Chicago, MIT, and the East Harlem Poetry Project.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 11:17:29 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-13/4th-annual-writers-festival-reading-maureen-mclane