Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series, 2012-13
Sheila Nolan Whalen Reading Series
The English Department, Saint Louis University
Events take place on Tuesday afternoons at 4 pm
in the Sinquefield Stateroom, Dubourg Hall,
Room 409, 221 N. Grand Boulevard, St. Louis
September 25, 2012 (poetry reading):
Tom Pickard is the Jean Drahmann Writer-in-Residence at Saint Louis University for the fall of 2012. His most recent books of poetry include Hole in the Wall: New and Selected Poems, The Dark Months of May, and Ballad of Jamie Allan (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). The latter documents scenes from the life of an eighteenth-century horse thief and musician. Born in Newcastle, England in 1946, Pickard left school at fourteen, and in 1964 co-organized the legendary Morden Tower poetry readings. In addition to his poetry, he has written documentary prose, film scripts, and librettos, collaborating with musicians from the composer John Harle to Paul McCartney. Allen Ginsberg comments, "I am an old admirer of his poetry and believe he's one of the livest truest poets of Great Britain."
October 2, 2012 (craft talk): Tom Pickard.
October 30, 2012:
Jimmy Santiago Baca is a renowned poet, memoirist, and activist. His recent books include two volumes of poetry that make up Breaking Bread with Darkness and A Place to Stand: The Making of a Poet. Convicted of drug possession with the intent to sell as a young man, Baca taught himself to read and write while in prison. Once released, he went on to receive numerous awards as well as a PhD in Literature from the University of New Mexico. Denise Levertov comments, "Baca writes with unconcealed passion and manifests both an intense lyricism and that transformative vision which perceives the mythical and archetypal significance of life events." He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
February 19, 2013:
Naama Goldstein is the author of The Place Will Comfort You, a collection of short stories. A girlhood spent in Israel's Zionist-Orthodox milieu inspires her fiction, in which visions of extremism and disconnection often play out to the rhythms of modern and Biblical Hebrew. Religious fundamentalism, rock and roll fandom, and teenage anorexia are all given a lyrical, tragi-comic voice, which Grace Paley has hailed as "a caustic new Hebrew melody." She lives in Boston.
March 19, 2013:
Peter Ho Davies is the author of the novel The Welsh Girl and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. Born in Britain in 1966 to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now makes his home in the United States and teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Los Angeles Times calls his characters "marvelously nuanced," and Newsday observes, "Davies appears to be able to inhabit anyone."
April 23, 2013:
Maureen N. McLane is a poet and critic. She has published two books of poems, World Enough and Same Life; several books of literary criticism related to Romanticism; and My Poets, a book of experimental criticism that tracks the "growth of a poet's mind" (in Wordsworth's phrase). McLane's essays have appeared in numerous publications and she received a National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Citation for excellence in reviewing. She teaches at New York University.
For more information, contact the English Dept: 314-977-3010