with André Aciman, Katherine Vaz, Timothy Donnelly & Cate Marvin
Sun February 17th, 2013
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 5:00PM
Show Time: 5:30PM
Event Ticket: $10
free for members
The Writers Studio Reading Series
with readings by
André Aciman (fiction)
Katherine Vaz (fiction)
Timothy Donnelly (poetry)
Cate Marvin (poetry)
Introduction by editor Christina Thompson
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The Writers Studio Reading Series celebrates The Harvard Review
In 1986 Stratis Haviaras, then Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room of the Harvard College Library, founded a quarterly periodical called Erato. The purpose of this publication was to publicize the activities of the Poetry Room and create a new forum for discussion of current literary matters and events. The first issue of Erato, which was four pages long, featured a poem by Seamus Heaney, a short piece on Louis Simpson, and a news item from Harvard University Press. Tipped into the issue were three loose-leaf pages of book reviews, including reviews of works by Joseph Brodsky, Marguerite Duras, and Richard Ford.
Within three years the book review section had grown to over thirty pages and the publication was renamed Harvard Book Review. In 1992 Haviaras launched Harvard Review, a perfect-bound journal of over 200 pages, published semi-annually and incorporating the old Harvard Book Review. The purpose of the new journal was to foster the work of new writers, provide a forum for criticism of new literary works, and present the finest poetry and short fiction being written. In 2000 Haviaras retired from Harvard and Christina Thompson was appointed editor. At the same time, Houghton Library assumed administrative responsibility for the review.
In the nearly two decades since it was launched, Harvard Review has emerged as a major American literary journal with an eclectic mix of contributors in a wide variety of genres and styles. Contributors to the journal include: Arthur Miller, Joyce Carol Oates, Seamus Heaney, Jorie Graham, John Updike, John Ashbery, Alice Hoffman, and Gore Vidal, as well as those who are making their literary debut. Recent selections have been anthologized in: Best American Essays 2010, 2009, 2004, and 2003, Best American Poetry 2008, 2006, and 2002, Best American Short Stories 2005 and 2003, Best American Mystery Stories 2006, Best New Poets 2008, Pushcart Prize Anthology 2004 and 2001.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1951, André Aciman is the author of five acclaimed books: the Whiting Award-winning memoir Out of Egypt; the novels Call Me by Your Name, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and Eight White Nights; and two collections of essays, False Papers: Essays on Exile and Memory and Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere. He edited the anthologies Letters of Transit and The Proust Project. His writing has been translated into many languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Granta, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler. His nonfiction has been included in several issues of Best American Essays, and a short story that ran in The Paris Review was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship from The New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at The CUNY Graduate Center, where he is currently chair of the Ph. D. Program in Comparative Literature and founder and director of The Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center. He lives in New York.
Katherine Vaz has been a Briggs-Copeland Fellow in Fiction at Harvard University and Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. This fall she is the Harman Fellow in Fiction at Baruch College. She’s the author of two novels, SAUDADE (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and MARIANA, published in six languages and picked by the Library of Congress as one of the Top 30 International Books of 1998. Her collection FADO & OTHER STORIES won a Drue Heinz Literature Prize and OUR LADY OF THE ARTICHOKES won a Prairie Schooner Award. Her children’s stories have appeared in anthologies by Viking, Penguin, and Simon and Schuster, and her short fiction has appeared in many magazines. She’s the first Portuguese-American to have her work recorded by the Library of Congress (Hispanic Division). Other honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a citation as a Portuguese-American Woman of the Year, an appointment to the six-person Presidential Delegation (Clinton) to the World’s Fair/Expo 98 in Lisbon. She lives in New York City.
Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. With John Ashbery and Geoffrey G. O’Brien he is the co-author of Three Poets (Minus A Press, 2012). He is poetry editor Boston Review, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.
Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disasater, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Fence, The Paris Review, The Cincinnati Review, Slate, Verse, Boston Review, and Ninth Letter. Her second book of poems, Fragments of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. Marvin teaches poetry writing in Lesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and Columbia University’s MFA Program and is an associate professor in creative writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. Her third book of poems, A Trembling, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013.