On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, Adelphi University’s MFA in Creative Writing hosted an evening of readings and conversation with some of the contributors of Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction.
Presented by the editor, Dinah Lenney.
Dinah Lenney is the author of The Object Parade and Bigger than Life, and, with Judith Kitchen, edited, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (W.W. Norton, 2015). She serves as core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and the Rainier Writing Workshop, and as the nonfiction editor at LARB.
Featuring readings by:
Martha Cooley is a novelist and author of short fiction, essays, and poetry whose work has appeared in leading literary journals. Her first novel, The Archivist, was a best-seller published in a dozen foreign markets, and her second, Thirty-Three Swoons, was also published in Italian. Martha translates prose and poetry from the Italian and has taught numerous workshops and seminars in Italy. A Professor of English at Adelphi University, she served for fifteen years on the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is an active member of PEN America.
Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestselling anthology Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. Meghan has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue and is also featured in this year’s edition of The Best American Essays. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and is an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
James Richardson’s During will be published by Copper Canyon in January 2016. His recent books include By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays. The winner of the 2011 Jackson Poetry Prize, he teaches at Princeton University.
Lynne Sharon Schwartz is the author of two dozen books, including novels (Rough Strife, Disturbances in the Field, Leaving Brooklyn), story collections, essays, poetry, and translations from Italian. Her most recent works are This Is Where We Came In, a collection of essays, and See You in the Dark (poems from Northwestern U. Press). She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and many others, and is on the faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Jonathan Wilson is the author of eight books: the novels The Hiding Room (Viking 1994), and A Palestine Affair (Pantheon 2003), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Barnes and Noble Discovery finalist and runner up for the 2004 National Jewish Book Award; two collections of short stories, Schoom (Penguin 1993) and An Ambulance is on the Way: Stories of Men in Trouble (Pantheon 2004); two critical works on the fiction of Saul Bellow; a biography, Marc Chagall (Nextbook/Schocken 2007), runner-up for the 2007 National Jewish Book Award and most recently a memoir Kick and Run: Memoir With Soccer Ball (Bloomsbury 2013)