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2014 Ocean State Summer Writing Conference: Keynote Speaker Percival Everett Shares His Latest Work


Percival Everett, author of 28 books and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California read on Friday, June 20th as a keynote speaker for our annual Ocean State Summer Writing Conference.  Everett is a former mentor and close friend to one of URI’s Creative Writing faculty, Josie Sigler Sibara, who introduced Everett.  Sibara became friends with Everett during her doctoral program at the University of Southern California, despite never having taken a class with him.  Sibara recalls her frustration with narrative and form at the time, quoting Everett’s advice: “No one even knows what a novel is.  That’s the beauty of it.  Just follow yourself in.”

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We are thrilled to present the Ocean State Review and Barrow Street at AWP this year.  A small correction on this week’s announcements: You can find us at booth #709 in the book fair.

Stop by and browse our current and past OSR issues.  Look over the many poetry titles published by Barrow Street.  Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Plan your AWP Week–Panels with Mary Cappello

One of our OSR advising faculty, Mary Cappello, will be speaking on two panels at AWP this year:

1. “Courting the Peculiar: the Ever-Changing Queerness of Creative Nonfiction”               

Room 3B, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3                Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am to 11:45 am

        What do we mean when we claim that creative nonfiction is a queer genre? Four queer-identified panelists collectively position creative nonfiction as a genre welcoming of writers and writing that embraces the peculiar, courts the unconventional, and opens to forms yet to be imagined. At the turn of the 20th century, Gertrude Stein in Tender Buttons proposed: “Act so that there is no use in a center”; how can practitioners of creative nonfiction today use language to express truths still to come?
Find more info about the panel contributors here.

2. “Modernism and the Lyric Essay”             

Room 615/616/617, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
        What can Joyce, Woolf, Pound, Eliot, and other modernists teach us about the poetics of the lyric essay? And can answering such a question help the lyric essay find its aesthetic roots? Join us as we discuss how modernist preoccupations with impressionism, self-consciousness, fragmentation, and free association (among other things) can not only inform the way we read, write, and teach lyric essays, but can also help us place this popular genre in the larger tradition of western poetics.
Find out more about this panel of contributors here.
Learn more about Mary Cappello’s recent readings in New Queer Writing series; her workshops on “archaeologies of the actual”; and her numerous presentations at various medical schools, including U/Penn, Brown, and Yale, please visit her website:
Also, see her work as Professor of English and Creative writing at the University of Rhode Island.


OSR author Signings–AWP

While you are checking out our latest issue of OSR and books by Barrow Street, plan to have your OSR copy signed by some of our dazzling past contributors:

Meg Day–Thursday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Meg Day was recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013 and is a 2013 recipient for the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry.  Find out more about her work here.

Page Hill Strarzinger–Friday from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Page Hill Starzinger is a Barrow Street 2012 Prize Winner and author of Vestigial and unshelter.

Claudia Keelan–Friday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Claudia Keelan is the author of six books of poetry, including Refinery (Cleveland State Poetry Prize), Utopic (Alice James Books, 2001) and Missing Her (2009) from New Issues Press.  A book of translations, Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Press in 2015.



Josie Sigler Recieves Literature Fellowship from NEA


 We are pleased to announce that Josie Sigler, one of our advising URI faculty for The Ocean State Review, has been awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that Josie Sigler has been selected to receive a FY 2014 $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship in Prose (fiction). The creative writing fellowship is one of only 38 awarded nationwide.  Sigler is the author of living must bury (poems, Fence Books, 2010) and The Galaxie and Other Rides (stories, Livingston Press, 2012).

Sigler was awarded the fellowship based on the manuscript submitted in the application and reviewed through an anonymous process in which the only criteria for review are artistic excellence and artistic merit. She will use her time as a fellow to work on her forthcoming novel, which has also been funded by URI’s Center for the Humanities, the Provost Faculty Development Fund, and the Beaupre Hope & Heritage Fund.

“This is a formidable group of both emerging and well-established writers,” said NEA Acting Director of Literature Amy Stolls. “They demonstrate an impressive range of styles and subject matter. We are proud to recommend each of them for an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship.”

“This amazingly generous fellowship comes at the perfect time as I complete research for my upcoming novel,” Sigler said. “I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected.”