Sam Lipsyte is the author of the story collection Venus Drive (Open City Books, 2000) and three novels: The Subject Steve (Picador, 2011) The Ask (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), a New York Times Notable Book for 2010, and Homeland (Picador, 2004), a New York Times Notable book and winner of the first annual Believer Book Award. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, his fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The Quarterly, Tin House, Noon, among others.
Writers' Forum is Pratt Institute's bi-weekly reading series and discussion seminar for the Writing Program
FALL 2011 SCHEDULE:
8.31.11 - Introduction
9.7.11 - Discussion Group: Sam Lipsyte
9.14.11 - Reading: Sam Lipsyte
9.21.11 - Lecture: Sam Lipsyte
9.28.11 - Discussion Group: Jeff Simpson
10.5.11 - Reading: Jeff Simpson
10.12.11 - Discussion Group: Lucy Corin
10.19.11 - Reading: Lucy Corin
10.26.11 - Reading: Edwin Torres
11.9.11 - Discussion Group: Matthea Harvey and Amy Jean Porter
11.16.11 - Reading: Matthea Harvey and Amy Jean Porter
11.30.11 - Discussion Group: Mike Sacks
12.7.11 - Reading: Mike Sacks
Wednesdays, 12:30-1:50 PM
Readings are held in Engineering 307
Discussion Groups are held in Engineering 101
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Jeff Simpson grew up in southwest Oklahoma. He is the author of Vertical Hold (Steel Toe Books), which was a finalist for The National Poetry Series. His poems have recently appeared in Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, Harpur Palate, and others. He currently lives and teaches in New York and serves as Editor-In-Chief of The Fiddleback, an online arts & literature magazine.
Edwin Torres is a lingualisualist, rooted in the languages of sight and sound. He has performed his interstitial multi-disciplinary work across the world and has collaborated with a wide range of artists, creating performances that intermingle poetry with vocal & physical improvisation, sound-elements and visual theater. He has received poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, The Poets Fund and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has taught his workshop, “Brainlingo: writing the voice of the body” at Naropa University, St. Marks Poetry Project, Bard College, Mills College and Miami University among others. His work has been published in many anthologies, and his CD Holy Kid, (Kill Rock Stars Records) was part of The Whitney Museum’s exhibition, The American Century Pt. II. His books include, Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books, 2011), In the Function of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books, 2010), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Press, 2007), and The All-Union Day of The Shock Worker (Roof Books, 2001) . Edwin was born in The Bronx, and currently lives Upstate with his wife, Elizabeth, and son, Rubio Jett.
Matthea Harvey is the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her first children’s book, The Little General and The Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, was published by Tin House Books in 2009. An illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, was published by McSweeney’s in 2010. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.
Amy Jean Porter has drawn more than one thousand species of animals for her ongoing project “All Species, All the Time.” She has had solo exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Paris, and her drawings have been featured in Cabinet, Flaunt, jubilat, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere.
Mike Sacks has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the
editorial staff of Vanity Fair. His work has appeared in
Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Salon, The New York Times,
The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Believer, Vice, and other
publications. Sacks is the author of three books: Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (Tin House, 2011), SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk (Random House, 2010); And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers (F+W, 2009);