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 17, 2013
Jennifer Moxley is a poet, essayist, and translator. She is, most recently, the author of Clampdown, a volume of poetry, and There Are Things We Live Among: Essays on the Object World. In The Nation, Ange Mlinko describes Clampdown as "poems that spill over with terror and bitterness, high lyricism and lust . . . The figure she cuts is as erect and austere as a gnomon; the shadow she casts will be long." Born and raised in San Diego, Moxley teaches at the University of Maine in Orono.
October 8, 2013 (fiction reading)
Naama Goldstein is the Jean Drahmann writer-in-residence at Saint Louis University for 2013. She 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.
October 15, 2013: craft talk.
February 11, 2014
Daisy Fried is the author of Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice, My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and She Didn't Mean to Do It. Fried lives in Philadelphia and reviews poetry books for the New York Times, Poetry, and the Threepenny Review. As Matthew Brennan commented in the New York Times, "Her present-tense poems vividly record the impressions of our moment: road rage, smartphones, magnet loops, Facebook, a ‘gun megachurch.'" August Kleinzahler calls her poems "Passionate, nervy (as in ‘you've got a lot of . . . '), telegraphic, indecorous, chewy, sharply observed, and smart."
March 18, 2014
Anton Disclafani grew up in northern Florida, where she rode horses, competing nationally. She received an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she currently teaches creative writing. She is the author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, a New York Times bestseller. According to Booklist, "Set in the 1930s, full of alluring descriptions, and featuring a headstrong lead character, this is a literary novel that is also full of scandal, sex, and secrets... [readers] will be held in thrall by the world so vividly and sensually rendered here in a novel that is as sophisticated in its writing as it is in its themes."
April 15, 2014
Katie Peterson is the author of two new collections of poetry, Permission and The Accounts. David Revard writes, "The poems in Permission feel like intimate Persian miniatures with the epic scale of the Western Plains. And vice-versa! The vistas of someone learning what to want, filled with a sane and trusty longing, rivered by the darker streams of something more wary, coolly self-appraising, worried. They're love poems really. And Katie Peterson is one of the essential poets of her generation, with one of its most distinct and clarifying voices." She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and teaches at Tufts University.
For more information, contact the English Dept: 314-977-3010