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.”
Peter Covino’s graduate poetry workshop celebrated a semester of writing, reading, and revision (repeat) with a reading at the Wickford Arts Association. Students’ printed chapbooks were available, and each person read in the two hour event.
Themes ranged from explorations of queer identity to divorce to the playful musings of a contemporary avant-garde. Congratulations, all, on a fabulous reading and semester!
Books on the Square hosted poets Peter Covino, URI Professor, founder of Barrow Street, and author of The Right Place to Jump, and James Tolan, CUNY Professor and author of Mass of the Forgotten from Autumn House Press.
URI students Derick Ariyam, Meghan Fair, and Aislan.
James, Peter, and Rachel May