Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, Swamplandia! author Karen Russell, and Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun will be among the featured speakers in the fall 2013 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University.
Poet D.A. Powell will open the series on Sept. 10. He will be followed by Eugenides (Sept. 16), poet/activist Alicia Ostriker (Oct. 8), novelist Mary Kay Zuravleff (Oct. 23), Russell (Nov. 4), and Šalamun (Nov. 19). Times and locations are below.
All events in the series are free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call (317) 940-9861 or visit www.butler.edu/english/visiting-writers-series.
More about each author follows.
D. A. Powell
7:30 p.m. Sept. 10
Clowes Memorial Hall Krannert Room
D. A. Powell is the author of a trilogy of books, including Tea (1998), Lunch (2000), and Cocktails (2004), the last of which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book, Chronic (2009), received the Kingsley Tufts Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
His subjects range from movies, art, and other trappings of contemporary culture to the AIDS pandemic. Powell’s work often returns to AIDS, and his three collections have been called a trilogy about the disease.
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 Electronic Poetry Review.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 16
Atherton Union Reilly Room
Jeffrey Eugenides’ first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published to acclaim in 1993. It has been translated into 34 languages and made into a feature film. In 2003, he received the Pulitzer Prize, the WELT-Literaturpreis of Germany, and the Great Lakes Book Award for his novel Middlesex, which also was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, France’s Prix Medici, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His current book is The Marriage Plot.
His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review, and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.”
Eugenides’ many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In the past few years he has been a Fellow of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and of the American Academy in Berlin. He is professor of Creative Writing in the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 8
Clowes Hall Krannert Room
Poet, critic, and activist Alicia Ostriker has published numerous volumes of poetry, including The Book of Seventy (2009), which received the Jewish National Book Award. Other books of poetry include No Heaven (2005), The Volcano Sequence (2002), Little Space (1998), The Crack in Everything (1996), and The Imaginary Lover (1986). Ostriker’s poetry and criticism investigates themes of family, social justice, Jewish identity, and personal growth.
Her books of criticism include For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book (2009), Dancing at the Devil’s Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic (2000), and Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America (1983).
Ostriker has received awards and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim, and Rockefeller foundations, the Poetry Society of America, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center, among others. She is professor emerita of English at Rutgers University.
Mary Kay Zuravleff
7:30 p.m. Oct. 23
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
Mary Kay Zuravleff is the author of the novels Man Alive!, The Bowl Is Already Broken, and The Frequency of Souls. She has received the American Academy’s Rosenthal Award, the James Jones First Novel Award, and has been nominated for the Orange Prize. She has taught writing in many graduate programs, including American University, Johns Hopkins University, and George Mason University, and she was the first writer-in-residence at St. Albans School for Boys. She serves on the board of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and is a cofounder of the D.C. Women Writers Group.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 4
Clowes Memorial Hall Krannert Room
Karen Russell is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel Swamplandia!, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, and the short-story collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove. Her stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, Conjunctions, Granta, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Zoetrope.
In 2009, she was named a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35″ young writer honoree. She won the Bard Fiction Prize in 2011, is the recipient of the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Berlin Prize, and was a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2012. Russell received her B.A. from Northwestern University, and her M.F.A. from Columbia University.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 19
Clowes Hall Krannert Room
Slovenian poet Tomaž Šalamun is one of Europe’s most prominent poets and a leader of the Eastern European avant-garde. He is the author of more than 30 collections of poetry in Slovenian and English. He published his first collection, Poker (1966), at the age of 25.
He has won the Jenko Prize, Slovenia’s Prešeren and Mladost Prizes, and a Pushcart Prize. Šalamun and his German translator, Fabjan Hafner, were awarded the European Prize for Poetry by the German city of Muenster. His poetry has been widely anthologized and translated into more than 20 languages.
Šalamun was a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University. When he joined the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, he met the Finnish American poet Anselm Hollo, who later became one of Šalamun’s translators. Šalamun is a member of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art and lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He teaches occasionally in the United States.