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2017

  Thursday, May 18, 2017
Written Arts Senior Project Readings
Night 3 of 3
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, please join the graduating seniors of the Program in Written Arts as they present short readings from their projects in fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

Readers for May 18: Caridad Cole Kelsey Johnson Cleo Egnal Amelia Walsh Charles Noyes Branford Walker Marita Dancy Mason Segall Phoebe Present Wilberforce Strand
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
  Monday, May 15, 2017
Written Arts Senior Project Readings
Night 2 of 3
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
At 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 15, 2017, in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, please join the graduating seniors of the Program in Written Arts as they present short readings from their projects in fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

Readers for May 15: Caridad Cole Krisdee Dishmon Beatrice Wedd Madeline Hopfield Alexander Adams Lila Dunlap Caroline Petty Abby Freaney Sofia Ortiz
This is a three-night series, with the final Written Arts project reading coming up on May 18, also in Weis at 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
  Friday, May 12, 2017
DREAMING GROUNDS
a senior project poetry reading
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tessa Menatian & Taylor Cantrall read from their senior projects in poetry on the beginnings & ends of worlds. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Tessa Menatian  845-758-7054  tm0894@bard.edu
  Thursday, May 11, 2017
Written Arts Senior Project Readings
Night 1 of 3
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, please join the graduating seniors of the Program in Written Arts as they present short readings from their projects in fiction, poetry, narrative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

Readers for May 11: Erin O'Leary Ethan Levenson Amelia Maggio Terrence Arjoon Matt Balik Steven Ricaurte Horton Fisher Robert Crane Ella Scott Johanna Costigan
This is a three-night series, with additional Written Arts project readings coming up on May 15 and May 18, all in Weis at 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Monday, May 1, 2017
Shafer House Social with Alaa Al-Aswany
Kick back after Advising Day and enjoy some snacks and conversation with Written Arts
Shafer House  6:00 pm
Monday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m., the Program in Written Arts welcomes all Bard students, faculty, and staff to an informal get-together celebrating our Spring 2017 distinguished writer in residence, the Egyptian novelist Alaa Al-Aswany, at the program's Shafer House headquarters on south campus opposite the Annandale Triangle. 

Come take a load off after your advising meetings to snack and relax with your student colleagues, Alaa, and other members of the Written Arts faculty. 
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Friday, April 28, 2017
Examined Lives
Reading and Writing Biography
Bard College Speakers Include:
   Richard Aldous
   Myra Armstead 
   Bruce Chilton 
   Deirdre d’Albertis 
   Elizabeth Frank
   Orson Fry
   Vik Joshi
   Joseph Luzzi
   Mark Lytle
   Francine Prose
   James Romm
   Michael Staunton
   Karen Sullivan
 

Campus Center, Meeting Room 214  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
A conference on biography across the disciplines.

All are welcome!
Sponsored by: Literature Program; Medieval Studies Program
Contact: Michael Staunton  845-758-7204  mstaunton@bard.edu
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Ruth Gilligan, Professor of Creative Writing, University of Birmingham (UK)
Reading from Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan, a novel based around the history of the Jewish community in Ireland
RKC 103  5:00 pm
Ruth Gilligan is an Irish-born novelist and professor of creative writing at the University of Birmingham (UK). Her fourth novel, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan is based around the history of the Jewish community in Ireland, and was recently published by Atlantic Books and Tin House to much acclaim.

At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from Europe in search of a better life in America, only to pitch up in Ireland by mistake. In 1958, a mute boy locked away in a mental institution outside Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier. And in present-day London, an Irish journalist is forced to confront her conflicting notions of identity and family when her Jewish boyfriend asks her to make a true leap of faith. Spanning generations and braiding together three unforgettable voices, Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan shows us what it means to belong, and how storytelling can redeem us all.
Sponsored by: Irish and Celtic Studies (ICS) Program; Jewish Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Michael Staunton  845-758-7571  mstaunton@bard.edu
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Unbroken Glass
Documentary Film Screening and Q&A with the Director, Dinesh Sabu
Preston Hall 110  4:45 pm
Twenty years after the death of his parents, Indian-American filmmaker Dinesh Sabu begins a journey to finally piece together their story. Uncovering a silenced family history of mental illness, Sabu confronts the legacy of having a schizophrenic mother who died by suicide, the reality of growing up an orphaned immigrant, and the trauma of these events. Raised by his older siblings, Sabu had little idea who his parents were or where he came from. Through making Unbroken Glass, he attempts to put together their story and his own. 
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Program; Economics Program; Experimental Humanities Program; Psychology Program
Contact: Maria Cecire  845-876-7697  mcecire@bard.edu
Monday, April 10, 2017
A Reading by Paul Lisicky
The 2016 Guggenheim fellow reads from his memoir The Narrow Door
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm
The author of Lawnboy reads from his new memoir, The Narrow Door, at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10th, 2017, in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center. Sponsored by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, introduced by Bradford Morrow and followed by a Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

PAUL LISICKY is the author of The Narrow Door, Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy, and the editor of StoryQuarterly. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, he has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute.

Read his work in Conjunctions’ weekly online magazine, and read and hear his contribution to Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie.
PRAISE FOR PAUL LISICKY
“Intelligent and intimate, fierce and tender, real and raw, Paul Lisicky’s The Narrow Door is an unforgettable memoir about love and loss, friendship and forgiveness. It had me in its thrall from page one.”—Cheryl Strayed

“You know you’re reading an exceptional book when, approximately two sentences into it, you start panicking at the thought of its ending. Be forewarned: this is likely to happen to you, as it did to me, reading the opening pages of The Narrow Door, the achingly gorgeous, wildly ambitious memoir by Paul Lisicky.” —Chicago Tribune

“Paul Lisicky’s The Narrow Door circumvents the often inscrutable forces that bring us in and out of each other’s lives and hearts, while paying welcome homage to the oft-unsung role of friendship in them. While Lisicky bears witness to ‘the hell of wanting [that] has no cure,’ his ship always feels buoyant, by virtue of a narrator whose attentiveness to feelings both big and small is marked throughout by honesty and devotion.” —Maggie Nelson

Any supporter who donates $500 or more to Bard’s literary journal Conjunctions receives a BackPage Pass providing VIP access to any Spring/Fall 2017 or future event in the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series. Have lunch with a visiting author, attend a seminar on their work, and receive premium seating at their reading. Or you can give your BackPage Pass to a lover of literature on your gift list! To find out more, click here or contact Micaela Morrissette at conjunctions@bard.edu or (845) 758-7054.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  mmorriss@bard.edu
Thursday, April 6, 2017
A Poetry Reading with Jared Stanley and Michael Ives
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
Jared Stanley is a poet, writer, teacher, and interdisciplinary artist. He has published three collections of poetry: Ears (Nightboat 2017), The Weeds (Salt 2012), and Book Made of Forest, which won Salt Publishing's Crashaw Prize in 2008. Stanley's poems "urge us," Tim Z. Hernandez writes, "to reconsider our man-made constructs of flora/fauna/naturaleza, which is to say, barriers and infinities." His art work is interested in how states talk to themselves through bureaucratic decoration: awarding medals, notarizing documents, and explaining landscapes. Recent essays and poems have appeared in Triple Canopy, Literary Hub, The Academy of American Poets, and the Columbia Review. Stanley was born in Arizona, grew up in California, and now lives in Nevada, where he teaches at Sierra Nevada College.

Michael Ives is a writer, musician, and sound/text performer living in the Hudson Valley. His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. He is the author of Wavetable (Dr. Cicero Books, 2015) and The External Combustion Engine (Futurepoem, 2005) and has taught in the Written Arts Program at Bard College since 2003.
 
Sponsored by: Experimental Humanities Program; Literature Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Marisa Libbon  845-758-7211  mlibbon@bard.edu
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
A Reading by Edie Meidav
The former winner of the Bard Fiction Prize and author of Lola, California reads from her new fiction collection
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, Edie Meidav reads from her new collection of short stories in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, introduced by Mary Caponegro and followed by a Q&A. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

"Edie Meidav makes sentences perform like a snake-charmer's snakes," says Luc Sante, while Joanna Scott calls her "a fearless writer with a cosmic imagination." The winner of the 2005 Bard Fiction Prize and a Conjunctions senior editor, Meidav is a former Bard writer in residence and the former director of the Writing and Consciousness Program at the New College of California, San Francisco. Her novels include The Far Field, Crawl Space, and Lola, California.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Monday, April 3, 2017
Student-Run Written Arts Feedback Group
For student writers of all creative genres, a student-run space to share work in progress and ask for feedback
Olin , 3rd floor  8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Are you looking for some honest peer feedback on your work? Come read and discuss student writing and snack in a low-pressure environment on the top floor of Olin. All majors, years, and genres are welcome.

The focus of this meeting will be the sharing of finished written work, via readings of between three and ten minutes each. One can come just to hear others read; sharing is not mandatory. All classes welcome.

Email Alex Adams (aa6851@bard.edu) with questions. 
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
  Friday, March 31, 2017
LUX Fiction & Poetry Reading
Join LUX Literary Magazine for an evening of readings by students and faculty
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  7:30 pm
Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Bard Hall, the student literary journal LUX is pleased to presented an evening of readings.

Featured readers include:
Morgan Bielawski
Marita Dancy
Helli Fang
Charlotte Foreman
Ann Lauterbach
Micaela Morrissette
Wilberforce Strand

Light refreshments will be provided. To learn more, RSVP, and share this event with others, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1874977642784925/.

LUX provides an open forum for the art and writing communities at Bard.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Charles Noyes  cn8920@bard.edu
Friday, March 31, 2017
A Reading by Dawn Lundy Martin
The author of Life in a Box Is a Pretty Life reads from her poems
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  5:00 pm
At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in Bard Hall, the John Ashbery Poetry Series presents a reading by Dawn Lundy Martin.

The activist poet and editor, winner of the Cave Canem Prize and Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry, and cofounder of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh is also the author of such books as A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering, Discipline, and the forthcoming Good Stock Strange Blood.

Introduced by Ann Lauterbach and followed by a conversation and Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

"Every time I read Good Stock Strange Blood, a new, deepened book awaits me. Which is to say, it’s got trap doors, trick sleeves; it takes swerves, detours, and dives. Dawn Lundy Martin’s poems read like a real-time excavation of what poetry can and can't do; how the past is never past; how to stand in the blur, the 'griefmouth' of personal and collective pain and somehow—against all odds—make thought, make fury, make song. We need this resilience, this bloody reckoning, this wit and nuance, now." —Maggie Nelson

"A relentless pressure placed on the body that is fetishized, shackled, split, strangled, beaten, hated, compressed, trashed, drowned, measured, mirrored, dragged, discarded, disappeared, opened, punctured, displayed, encased. The question of 'what allows the body to survive' is at the heart of Good Stock Strange Blood. If there's an answer in this book to that question, then perhaps it has to do with how we confront and give words and breath and sound and silence to a life of meticulously drawn images that are ghostly, brutal, and vivifying." —Daniel Borzutzky
Sponsored by: John Ashbery Poetry Series
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Thursday, March 30, 2017
A Reading by John D'Agata
The controversial essayist presents a free public reading
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  6:00 pm
Thursday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. in Bard Hall, game-changing essayist and editor John D'Agata reads in the Written Arts Series.

Introduced by Mary Caponegro '78, Richard B. Fisher Family Professor in Literature and Writing, and followed by a Q&A, this event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

D'Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, The Lifespan of a Fact, About a Mountain, and the three-volume New History of the Essay series.

“John D'Agata is one of the most significant U.S. writers to emerge in the past few years. His essays combine the innovation and candor of David Shields and William Vollmann with the perception and concinnity and sheer aesthetic weight of Annie Dillard and Lewis Hyde. In nothing else recent is the compresence of shit and light that is America so vividly felt and evoked.” ―David Foster Wallace

"The Lifespan of a Fact is a Talmudically arranged account of the conflict between Jim Fingal, zealous checker, and John D’Agata, nonfiction fabulist." … "It is less a book than a knock-down, drag-out fight between two tenacious combatants, over questions of truth, belief, history, myth, memory and forgetting." —New York Times Book Review and Magazine

"In About a Mountain's circuitous, stylish investigation, D'Agata uses the federal government's highly controversial proposal to entomb the U.S.'s nuclear waste located in Yucca Mountain, near Las Vegas, as his way into a spiraling and subtle examination of the modern city, suicide, linguistics, Edvard Munch's The Scream, ecological and psychic degradation, and the gulf between information and knowledge. It is testament to D'Agata's skillful organization and his use of a rapid sequences of montages that readers will be pleasurably (and perhaps necessarily) disoriented but never distracted from the themes knitting together the ostensibly unrelated voices of Native American activists, politicians, geologists, Levi's parents, D'Agata's own mother, and a host of zany Las Vegans." —Publishers Weekly
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Student-Run Written Arts Feedback Group
For student writers of all creative genres, a student-run space to share work in progress and ask for feedback
Olin 304  8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Are you looking for some honest peer feedback on your work? Come read and discuss student writing and snack in a low-pressure environment. All majors, years, and genres are welcome.

Those interested in getting feedback should bring at least a single reading copy of the work in question, or multiple copies (approx. 5–10) to share with others if desired.

This session marks the second of three Spring 2017 meetings of the Feedback Group. The group's last meeting takes place at 8pm on Tuesday, April 25.

Email Alex Adams (aa6851@bard.edu) with questions. 
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
  Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Michael Ives & Cole Heinowitz read in Poughkeepsie 03/28
Join the Process to Text reading series at Dutchess Community College for a free public poetry reading
Dutchess Community College / SUNY-Dutchess, Poughkeepsie  7:00 pm
At 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at the Washington Art Gallery in the Allyn J. Washington Science and Arts Building (#1 on this map) at SUNY-Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, the Process to Text Series presents a free public reading by poets and Bard College faculty members Michael Ives and Cole Heinowitz. Light refreshments will be available, and copies of the authors' books may be on hand for sale and signing.

Contact Melanie Klein with questions: mklein@sunydutchess.edu.

 
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
  Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Open House with Poet G. C. Waldrep
Have a steamy hot tea or coffee with the poet in Shafer's waterfall lounge
Shafer House  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Written Arts program warmly invites all Bard students, faculty, and staff to stop by the downstairs lounge of Shafer House (at the Annandale Triangle, not the Toaster) between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, for hot drinks, snacks, and conversation.

Waldrep's books include Goldbeater's Skin, The Batteries, Disclamor, Archicembalo, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, and Testament.
 PRAISE FOR ARCHICEMBALO
"Waldrep's title Archicembalo denotes an antique keyboard instrument with 24, or many more, keys per octave. Notoriously hard to play, such instruments made subtle and challenging music, with notes a conventional score could not include. Waldrep's sometimes bewildering, often exciting prose poems make their own unconventional music, replete with slippages, repetitions, suggestions." —New York Times Book Review

"G. C. Waldrep turns the prose poem upside down by focusing on what he knows best—music theory and history, which come to life is compact, language-driven texts.This setup explodes into visionary and audio linguistics that accompany the experience of encountering the poem while transforming the reader's senses into a fresh dimension of understanding."
Bloomsbury Review
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
  Monday, March 13, 2017
A Reading by G. C. Waldrep
The celebrated innovative poet reads from his work
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:30 pm
At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13th, in the László Z. Bitó '60 Auditorium at the Reem-Kayden Center, the John Ashbery Poetry Series presents a reading by renowned poet G. C. Waldrep, author of such books as Goldbeater's Skin, The Batteries, Disclamor, Archicembalo, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts, and Testament.

Introduced by Ann Lauterbach and followed by a conversation and Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
 PRAISE FOR ARCHICEMBALO
"Waldrep's title Archicembalo denotes an antique keyboard instrument with 24, or many more, keys per octave. Notoriously hard to play, such instruments made subtle and challenging music, with notes a conventional score could not include. Waldrep's sometimes bewildering, often exciting prose poems make their own unconventional music, replete with slippages, repetitions, suggestions." —New York Times Book Review

"G. C. Waldrep turns the prose poem upside down by focusing on what he knows best—music theory and history, which come to life is compact, language-driven texts.This setup explodes into visionary and audio linguistics that accompany the experience of encountering the poem while transforming the reader's senses into a fresh dimension of understanding."
Bloomsbury Review
 
PRAISE FOR TESTAMENT
 
"The poem repeatedly opens itself up, vents, releases, incurs more and varied content, and bears the marks of it all: the seams are everywhere; it is a poem of seams. The poem acts as an endless receipt of things heard, taken in, mistaken, distorted, fought, and believed in. In its utterly singular way, regardless of the dissonance it incurs along the way, Testament effects this reciprocity between the world within the poem and the poem within the world. Waldrep has given something wonderful: a poem whose testament can be trusted because it allows us to doubt." —Poetry Northwest
 
PRAISE FOR GOLDBEATER'S SKIN, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry
"The poetry of G. C. Waldrep is a prolific liturgy, intense and conversational by turns. And the turning is telling; it comes round right. Bright idioms become bright branches, and the branches become the further architecture of Word. Christopher Smart and Hart Crane applaud these poems in Heaven because the Earth of these poems is true." —Donald Revell
Sponsored by: John Ashbery Poetry Series
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Monday, March 13, 2017
A Reading by Robert Olen Butler
The Pulitzer Prize–winning author reads from his most recent novel, Perfume River
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm
On Monday, March 13, at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Robert Olen Butler reads from his new novel, Perfume River, the sequel to his Pulitzer Prize–winning fiction collection A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain. Sponsored by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, introduced by Bradford Morrow, and followed by a Q&A, this event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Butler is the author of sixteen novels, including Mr. Spaceman and Hell, and six fiction collections, including Tabloid Dreams. His stories have appeared widely in such periodicals as Conjunctions, The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Paris Review, VQR, and Granta; as well as in four annual editions of The Best American Short Stories, eight annual editions of New Stories from the South, and elsewhere.
 PRAISE FOR PERFUME RIVER
 “What I so like about Perfume River is its plainly-put elegance. Enough time has passed since Viet Nam that its grave human lessons and heartbreaks can be—with a measure of genius—almost simply stated. Butler’s novel is a model for this heartbreaking simplicity and grace.” —Richard Ford

“Butler’s Faulknerian shuttling back and forth across the decades has less to do with literary pyrotechnics than with cutting to the chase. Perfume River hits its marks with a high-stakes intensity. Butler’s prose is fluid, and his handling of his many time-shifts as lucid as it is urgent. His descriptive gifts don’t extend just to his characters’ traits or their Florida and New Orleans settings, but to the history he’s addressing.”—New York Times Book Review

“A deeply meditative reflection on aging and love, as seen through the prism of one family quietly torn asunder by the lingering effects of the Vietnam War. This is thoughtful, introspective fiction of the highest caliber, but it carries a definite edge, thanks to an insistent backbeat that generates suspense with the subtlest of brushstrokes.” —Booklist (starred review)

Any supporter who donates $500 or more to Bard’s literary journal Conjunctions receives a BackPage Pass providing VIP access to any Spring/Fall 2017 or future event in the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series. Have lunch with a visiting author, attend a seminar on their work, and receive premium seating at their reading. Or you can give your BackPage Pass to a lover of literature on your gift list! To find out more, click here or contact Micaela Morrissette at conjunctions@bard.edu or (845) 758-7054.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  mmorriss@bard.edu
Friday, March 10, 2017
IWT Curriculum Conversation: Lord of the Flies
An Allegorical Tale of Democracy and Survival
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room  8:30 am – 4:30 pm
William Golding’s tale of schoolboys cast away on a Pacific island after a nuclear attack has inspired dystopias as disparate as The Hunger GamesThe Maze RunnerEnder’s Game, and Lost. Since the 1954 publication of The Lord of the Flies, this provocative story of children illustrates how quickly civility can revert to bloodthirsty savagery. The Lord of the Flies outlines the cruelties even “innocent” children will inflict when fear reigns. As one boy says: “Which is better—to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill?” Such questions have spawned an industry of young-adult morality tales where child soldiers, child assassins, and child saviors battle it out for the survival of democracy—and of kindness, mercy, and love.

Why are such dark stories popular with young adults? How do they reflect the current views on politics, the economy, and the environment? What does The Lord of the Flies teach us about the roles young people can play in combating chaos, tyranny, and paranoia? This Curriculum Conversation will address these questions as we explore and grapple with a text that has engaged readers for generations.
 Registration Fee: $350, includes morning coffee, lunch, and anthology of related texts

Register by February 10, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount: $50 off registration fees

Groups of three or more teachers from a single institution receive an additional 10% discount off total workshop fees.

Visit writingandthinking.org to register, or call (845) 758-7484 with any questions and concerns.
Sponsored by: Institute for Writing and Thinking
Contact: Paloma Dooley  845-758-7484  pdooley@bard.edu
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tea & a Reading with Eleni Sikélianòs
The two-time winner of the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing meets with students and faculty and reads her poems
Shafer House and Bard Hall  3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
***Please note the corrected location information below. The late afternoon tea for Bard students, staff, and faculty takes place in Shafer House. Only the 6:00 p.m. public reading will be in Bard Hall.***

On Thursday, March 9th, the John Ashbery Poetry Series presents tea and a reading with Eleni Sikélianòs.

From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bard students and staff are warmly invited to stop by Shafer House (the Written Arts office building at the Annandale Triangle) to take tea and light refreshments with Sikélianòs.

At 6:00 p.m., Sikélianòs reads from her work in Bard Hall. Introduced by Ann Lauterbach and followed by a conversation and Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Sikélianòs is the author of The Loving Detail of the Living & the Dead, Body Clock, The Book of Jon, The California Poem, The Monster Lives of Boys & Girls, Earliest Worlds, The Book of Tendons, and To Speak While Dreaming.

“In Make Yourself Happy, Eleni Sikélianòs evinces a neuro-psychological state counter to the miswrought biology that has haunted the Occident since the dawn of Roman times. These poems open the neurology to its whole participation in the psycho-physical field and are not unlike the seminal amplification of indigenous culture, where the language of the body simultaneously circulates with living metastates. These poems organically form as environmental respiration that only the poet can approach in the latter days of this techno-hypercritical epoch.”—Will Alexander

“Electric as a lightning storm, wild as a first-growth forest, protean as fantasy’s shape-shifters—that’s Sikélianòs’s poetry.” —Library Journal

“Eleni’s language—body-language, breath, and babies’ many minds behind—a poem that won’t let you go til it’s done with you, its sinuous whipping lines.” —Gary Snyder

The Book of Jon is a wonderful memoir, held together by string, rumor, glimpses of a father—and there is nothing like this father in literature—evoked toughly and with great love and above all art and craft. Both subject and author are unforgettable. We see a life approached informally from all sides and we read an obituary to die for.” —Michael Ondaatje
Sponsored by: John Ashbery Poetry Series
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Student-Run Written Arts Feedback Group
For student writers of all creative genres, a student-run space to share work in progress and ask for feedback
Olin 304  8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Are you looking for some honest peer feedback on your work? Come read and discuss student writing and snack in a low-pressure environment. All majors, years, and genres are welcome.

Those interested in getting feedback should bring at least a single reading copy of the work in question, or multiple copies (approx. 5–10) to share with others if desired.

Thursday's session marks the first of three Spring 2017 meetings of the Feedback Group. Subsequent meetings take place at 8pm on Tuesday, March 28, and Tuesday, April 25.

Email Alex Adams (aa6851@bard.edu) with questions. 
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  writtenarts@bard.edu
Monday, February 27, 2017
Iberian Conversion and the Liberal Arts
Olin, Room 102  5:30 pm
Seth Kimmel
Assistant Professor of Latin and Iberian Cultures
Columbia University
 Diverse groups of lawyers, linguists, historians, and economists, among other communities of intellectuals, offered their opinions on the legitimacy and legacy of the early modern history of forced conversion to Christianity in the Iberian world. As I have argued in my recent book, Parables of Coercion (Chicago 2015), to participate in these debates about religious coercion and New Christian discipline was also to re-imagine the relationship among the scholarly disciplines themselves. Linking my book project to new research, my talk examines the late sixteenth-century taxonomies of knowledge that emerged from this particularly Iberian intellectual history and, more generally, the rhetoric of universality that characterizes the liberal arts in the early as well as the late modern periods.
Sponsored by: Religion Program, Division of Languages and Literature, LAIS Program, Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Tehseen Thaver  845-758-7207  tthaver@bard.edu
Monday, February 27, 2017
The Italians ... and the challenges of
writing about them
John Hooper, Italy correspondent of The Economist magazine and the author of The Italians (Viking, 2015 & 2016)
RKC 103  5:00 pm
How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? What exactly is bella figura? And why do Romans eat their gnocchi on Thursdays? Having spent more than 15 years reporting on Italy, John Hooper set out to write a book that answers these and many of the other puzzles that confront outsiders in a society that can be as baffling as it is alluring.  The result is The Italians, published by Viking, which has featured in the bestseller lists of The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. In his talk, Hooper will discuss the challenges and rewards of trying to explain a society in which paradox is the norm and in which much is hidden, or coded or left unsaid.
Sponsored by: Division of Social Studies; Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150  jluzzi@bard.edu
Monday, February 27, 2017
A Reading by Francine Prose
The Rome Prize–winning author reads from her most recent novel, Mister Monkey
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm
On Monday, February 27, at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Francine Prose reads from her new novel, Mister Monkey. Sponsored by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, introduced by Bradford Morrow, and followed by a Q&A, this event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Bard College's visiting professor of literature and the former president of PEN American Center, Prose is the autor of many books, including Household Saints, Blue Angel, Reading Like a Writer, and Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern.
 PRAISE FOR MISTER MONKEY
 “Expertly constructed, Mister Monkey is so fresh and new it’s almost giddy, almost impudent with originality. Tender and artful, a sophisticated satire, a gently spiritual celebration of life, a dark and thoroughly grim depiction of despair, a screwball comedy, a screwball tragedy, it’s gorgeous and bright and fun and multifaceted, carrying within it the geological force of the ages. It’s a book to be treasured. It’s that good. It’s that funny. It’s that sad. It’s that deceptive and deep.” —New York Times Book Review

“How does Prose do it? With precision, intelligence and wicked jocularity. She measures art in monkeys. She demands an evolution. This book hilariously swings through a backstage rank with hormones, ambition and an unforgettable cast of characters.” —Samantha Hunt, former Bard Fiction Prize winner

Any supporter who donates $500 or more to Bard’s literary journal Conjunctions receives a BackPage Pass providing VIP access to any Spring 2017 event in the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series. Have lunch with one of the three spring readers, attend a seminar on their work, and receive premium seating at their reading. Or you can give your BackPage Pass to a lover of literature on your holiday gift list! To find out more, click here or contact Micaela Morrissette at conjunctions@bard.edu or (845) 758-7054.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  mmorriss@bard.edu
  Monday, February 20, 2017
Conversion, Memory, and the Limits of Early Islamic History
Olin, Room 102  5:30 pm
Travis Zadeh
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Yale University

This talk explores the cultural, linguistic, and mythological dimensions shaping religious conversion among Persians in the wake of the seventh-century Arab conquests. It further interrogates what this process of conversion reveals for the memory of early Islamic history and the spread of Islam along the eastern frontiers.
Sponsored by: Religion Program, Division of Languages and Literature, Historical Studies Program, Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Tehseen Thaver  845-758-7207  tthaver@bard.edu
  Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Running the from the Literary Past: The Case of Hebrew Literature
A conversation with Israeli-American Author, Ruby Namdar ("The Ruined House" - Winner of 2015 Sapir Prize, English translation due out in 2017) and Professor of Hebrew Literature Haim Weiss (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)
Olin LC 115  4:45 pm – 6:00 pm
This conversation, with a prize-winning Israeli-American novelist and a scholar of Hebrew literature, moderated by Shai Secunda (Bard, Religion and Jewish Studies) will consider universal literary themes of canon and breach, and reflect on the experience of trying to write a contemporary novel in a top-heavy literary tradition like Hebrew literature.
Sponsored by: Jewish Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program; Religion Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Shai Secunda  845-758-7389  ssecunda@bard.edu