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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.



February 22nd – Fiction and Poetry Reading – Josie Sigler & Janaya Kizzie

University or Rhode Island English faculty, Josie Sigler, and fellow writer Janaya Kizzie will be reading on Saturday, February 22nd, at 6 pm at Ada Books (717 Westminster St., Providence, RI)

About the readers:

Janaya Kizzie is a historian by trade; she writes short-form horror fiction in her spare time. Influenced by writing from both worlds, from the personal papers of Maimie Pinzer and Nikola Tesla to the works John Hawkes and Clive Barker, her words come from different places and times, like a ransom note. 

Josie Sigler’s collection of stories, The Galaxie and Other Rides, was selected for the Ruby Pickens Tartt First Fiction Award and published by Livingston Press in 2012. Her book of poetry, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. Her stories and poems have appeared in Story Quarterly, Prism International, Fugue, Water-Stone, Hunger Mountain, Redivider and others. Josie  holds a dual PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. She teaches creative writing at University of Rhode Island in Kingston and is currently a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.  Josie is also one of our advising faculty for The Ocean State Review.  You can read some of her work on Josie Sigler’s faculty page.