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Community & World Literary Series

The CSUSM Community and World Literary Series hosts on-campus literary readings several times a semester. Our visiting authors have produced some of the most innovative and original work in contemporary poetry, fiction, drama and performance art. Some of these writers are local to southern California, while others come from elsewhere in the country and the world. All are at the forefront of developments in contemporary aesthetics and culture.

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are invited to experience, live, some of the most exciting literature of the present moment. Whether you think of yourself as a writer, someone who wants to be a writer, or someone who’s interested in any of the amazing possibilities in contemporary literature, art, culture, politics or history, The Community and World Literary Series offers you a chance to hear and interact with writers exploring subjects of crucial contemporary relevance. Their work may very well suggest possibilities for your own future.

Come on out and become part of the CSUSM literary community!  Each event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required!

Our Spring 2019 Schedule: 

Barbara Henning

 Barbara Henning

  • February 21, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 125

Poet and fiction writer Barbara Henning is the author of four novels, seven collections of poetry, four chapbooks and a series of photo-poem pamphlets.   She was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Wayne State University before moving to New York City with her two children in 1983.  She has also lived in Tucson Arizona (2006-2009).

Lewis Warsh published her first book of poems with United Artists, Smoking in the Twilight Bar (1988).  Subsequent poetry collections include: A Day Like Today (Negative Capability 2015), A Swift Passage (Quale Press), Cities and Memory (Chax Press), My Autobiography (United Artists), Detective Sentences (Spuyten Duyvil), Love Makes Thinking Dark (United Artists).  She is also the author of four novels, most recently, Just Like That (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), Thirty Miles to Rosebud, You Me and the Insects, and Black Lace. Between 2003 and 2014, she published limited editions of a series of artist pamphlets (16), combining photography and poetry.  Her current poetic project Digigrams has been published widely. 

Her latest collection of poetry is A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press, 2015).  Cole Swenson describes this book: “Henning adds a global attention to the grand New York tradition of the frank reportage of daily life, making those mundane details refract in myriad sparkling colors. Clearly, she loves the world, and has found a way to do so through language.” Anselm Berrigan writes: “Barbara Henning’s poems beautifully render time by speaking precisely from that irreducible zone where inner mind merges with on-going perception. They continuously feel their measure through an ever-turning line, the action of which parallels the steady hum of the public and private spaces — and bodies —  she so exquisitely brings to light.”

Henning is the editor of a book of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna, 2011), and The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Blazevox, 2012).  She was also the editor of the poetry/art journal, Long News: In the Short Century (1990-1995). As a long-time yoga practitioner, having lived and studied in Mysore, India with Shankaranarayana Jois, she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and her teaching at Naropa University (2006-14), University of Arizona (2006-2009), writers.com and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita.

 

Maureen Owen

 Maureen Owen
  • February 21, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 125

Maureen Owen, former editor and chief of Telephone Magazine and Telephone Books, currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Edges of Water from Chax Press. Her title Erosion’s Pull from Coffee House Press was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award and the Balcones Poetry Prize. Her collection American Rush: Selected Poems was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize and her work AE (Amelia Earhart) was a recipient of the prestigious Before Columbus American Book Award. She has most recently published work in Dispatches, Positive Magnets #5, Resist much/Obey Little, The Denver Quarterly, Vanitas, New American Writing, and Bombay Gin. An instructor of numerous workshops and classes in poetry and book production, her awards include grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Fund for Poetry and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She has taught at Naropa University, both on campus and in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program, and served as editor-in-chief of Naropa’s on-line zine not enough night. She can be found reading her work on the PennSound website.

Other books include Imaginary Income, Zombie Notes, a brass choir approaches the burial ground, The No-Travels Journal, and Untapped Maps.

A special selection of poems from her title Erosion’s Pull, in collaboration with the stunning art of New York artist Yvonne Jacquette, is available from Granary Books. Her work has been included in several anthologies including Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing By Women. She served as program coordinator at The St. Mark’s Poetry Project in New York for a famously lengthly time. She published 19 issues of her magazine, Telephone, and her small press Telephone Books has published over 30 titles.

“In Erosion’s Pull, Maureen Owen
epitomizes quantum poetics
or
being in 67 places at one time
or
The Atomizer”
           
            —Bernadette Mayer
 

Theodore Van Alst

 Ted Van Alst

  • March 21, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 125

 Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. He is co-editor and Creative Editor for Transmotion(an on-line journal of postmodern indigenous studies). His short story collection about sort of growing up in Chicago, Sacred Smokes, was published Summer 2018 by the University of New Mexico Press, who also published his edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones. He is a chapter contributor for collections such as Seeing Red: Hollywood’s Pixelated Skins, and Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art, both from Michigan State University Press.His fiction, photography, and reviews have been published in Entropy, The Rumpus,The Raven ChroniclesHigh Desert Journal, Electric Literature, Medium,and Yellow Medicine Review, among others.

 

Brian Kim Stefans

 
  • April 11, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • Markstein Hall 106

 

 

 

 

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