Upcoming READ/WRITE Event – Timothy Liu and Cole Swensen

We’ve got an upcoming READ/WRITE event on October 30! Featured poets are Timothy Liu and Cole Swensen, both contributing authors to our journal. The event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5-7pm, The Hoffmann Room (Swan Hall 154) in the University of Rhode Island. The event is free and open to the public.

Swensen by Carl Sokolow

Cole Swensen is the author of 14 books of poetry; her work has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Book Award, and the National Poetry Series, and has been a finalist twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and once for the National Book Award. Co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, she is also the founding editor of La Presse Books, which publishes contemporary French poetry in translation. A translator herself, she has published 15 translations of contemporary French poetry and prose with presses such as Burning Deck, Green Integer, and Counterpath and been awarded the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2007 Guggenheim fellow, she has also received support from the French Direction du Livre, the Association Beaumarchais, and Creative Capital. She teaches in the Literary Arts Department at Brown University.



Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) was born in 1965 in San Jose, California, to parents from the Chinese mainland. He studied at Brigham Young University, the University of Houston, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse (2009); Polytheogamy (2009); For Dust Thou Art (2005); Of Thee I Sing (2004), selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2004 Book-of-the-Year; Hard Evidence (2001); Say Goodnight (1998); Burnt Offerings (1995); and Vox Angelica (1992), which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He has also edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, (Talisman House, 2000). Translated into ten languages, Liu’s poems have been included in many anthologies and have appeared in such magazines and journals as Bomb, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, The Nation, New American Writing, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry and Virginia Quarterly Review.