Free and open to the public, the Creative Writing MFA Reading Series invites renowned writers and thinkers to campus each fall and spring. Visiting writers give readings of their work and conduct workshops with creative writing students.
Clyde Moneyhun: March 31
Poet, translator and Boise State Professor Clyde Moneyhun will give a reading from his new book in translation, “Witch in Mourning” by Maria Mercè Marçal, one of the most celebrated 20th century Catalan poets, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023, in the Hemingway Center Great Hall.
“Witch in Mourning” represents a monumental achievement, as Marçal’s poems will appear in English for the first time. Maria Mercè Marçal i Serra (1952–1998)–a poet, feminist, political activist, essayist, translator and critic–wrote the collection “Cau de llunes” (Den of Moons), which won the prestigious Carles Riba Prize for poetry in 1976. She also authored “Terra de Mai” (The Neverland), which captured the first description of lesbian love in Catalan literature. She died in Barcelona in 1998 at the age of 45.
Clyde Moneyhun teaches writing, rhetoric and literary translation. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Moneyhun also publishes creative work, most recently translations of contemporary European poetry. He has taught at the University of Delaware, Stanford University and the Universitat d’Alacant in Spain.
Anahid Nersessian: April 21
Author and scholar Anahid Nersessian will give a guest lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, in the Hemingway Center Great Hall.
Anahid Nersessian, Professor of English at UCLA, authored “Keats’s Odes: A Lover’s Discourse” (Verso, 2022; Chicago, 2021), “The Calamity Form: On Poetry and Social Life” (Chicago, 2020) and “Utopia, Limited: Romanticism and Adjustment” (Harvard, 2015). A regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, her writing also appears or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, New Left Review, n+1, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and the academic journal Critical Inquiry, among other places. You can read more about her work on her website.
Alli Warren and Brandon Brown: April 28
Poets Alli Warren and Brandon Brown will give a reading at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023, in the Hemingway Center Great Hall.
Alli Warren authored the books “Sundial” (Nion Editions, 2022), “Little Hill” (City Lights Publishers, 2020), “I Love It Though” (Nightboat Books, 2017), and “Here Come the Warm Jets” (City Lights Publishers, 2013), as well as over ten chapbooks. Winner of the Poetry Center Book Award, and twice a finalist for the California Book Award, her writing appears in Harpers, Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail and BOMB.
Brandon Brown’s most recent books include “Work” (Atelos) and “The Four Seasons” (Wonder). The co-author, with J. Gordon Faylor, of eight volumes of Christmas poems, most recently “Santa’s Descent,” and a co-editor at Krupskaya, Brown lives in the Bay Area.