Monday, August 23, 2010

Fall 2010 Calendar

9/1 Orientation
9/8 Discussion Group - Rob Spillman
9/15 Reading - Rob Spillman
9/22 Discussion Group - Blake Butler
9/29 Reading - Blake Butler 
10/6 Discussion Group - Cole Swenson
10/13 Writer in Residence Reading - Cole Swenson
10/20 Cole Swenson Lecture
10/27 Discussion Group - Taylor Antrim
11/3 Reading - Taylor Antrim
11/10 Discussion Group - Underwater New York
11/17 Reading -Underwater New York
11/24 Thanksgiving Break
12/1  Discussion Group - Cindy Kleine
12/8 Screening of  Cindy Kleine's Phyllis & Harold

9/15: Rob Spillman is Editor and co-founder of Tin House, an eleven-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. Tin House has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies, and was nominated for the 2010 Utne Magazine Independent Press Award for Best Writing. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its seventh year. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was published in 2009.


9/29: Blake Butler lives in Atlanta and edits HTMLGIANT. He is the author of Ever and Scorch Atlas. In Spring 2011, Harper Perennial will publish his novel, There Is No Year.

The Copy Family
The Gown from Mother's Stomach


10/13 & 10/20: Cole Swenson, Writer in Residence


11/3: Taylor Antrim  The author of The Headmaster Ritual and a former editor at Men's Vogue and Forbes, Taylor Antrim is a regular contributor to Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, O and many other publications.  A graduate of Stanford, Oxford and the University of Virginia, where he held the Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in fiction, he now teaches writing at Connecticut College and NYU and is the fiction critic for The Daily Beast and a Contributing Editor at WSJ.  He lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Review of The Headmaster Ritual

Ten Years Later

Memoirs vs. Fiction

When Second Novels Go Bad

First Novels

Piper Perabo

Faulty Towers


11/17: Underwater New York 
Underwater New York is an online anthology of stories, art and music inspired by the underwater objects and phenomena that surround New York City.

Artists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from our cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely, ranging from the whimsical (a runaway giraffe, a fleet of ice cream trucks, mysterious white goo) to the historical (the steamship Princess Anne, the remnants of Coney Island’s Dreamland).  These objects have been discovered by divers and scientists, detectives and engineers, environmentalists and everyday city-dwellers.
Since our launch party aboard the Lightship Frying Pan in October 2009, Underwater New York has organized an evening of performances at the American Folk Art Museum, a reading for the Word for Word series in Bryant Park, an art show at the Brooklyn gallery Proteus Gowanus, explorations of Dead Horse Bay, a collaboration with the project Significant Objects and much more. Underwater New York is committed to featuring new voices alongside established talents such as Chris Adrian, Jennifer Egan, Ben Greenman and Michael Hearst. Over fifty writers, storytellers, artists and musicians have contributed to the site so far and we continue to grow and evolve every day. 

Nicki Pombier Berger, Founding EditorNicki writes fiction, and works in nonfiction using oral history tools. She works at StoryCorps, and is a member of the Board of Directors for 3 Generations, a non-profit organization that supports survivors of genocide and crimes against humanity by helping them share their stories. Nicki has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service from Georgetown University, will attend the Oral History Masters of Arts program at Columbia University beginning Fall 2010, and presumably will stop going to school at some point. She lives in Brooklyn.
Helen Georgas, Editor:  Helen is a writer and librarian living in Brooklyn.  Her work has been nominated for Best New American Voices, she holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and is currently at work on a collection of linked stories.
Nicole Haroutunian, Editor:  Nicole has made her way across two NYC rivers to land in Woodside, Queens after a childhood spent in New Jersey. She has a BA in studio art from Vassar College and an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an educator at the Morgan Library and Museum, the American Folk Art Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and Symphony Space. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Pearl Magazine and BAP Quarterly. She is at work on a collection of linked short stories. Visit her book blog, our books are better than we are.

12/8 Cindy Kleine screening Phyllis & Harold   Cindy Kleine is a film and video artist whose prolific career began when she was an undergraduate at The Museum School and at the legendary (and long-gone) MIT Film/Video Section, studying with Richard Leacock and Ed Pincus, and among a legion of future filmmakers in the program, including Ross McElwee, Robb Moss and John Gianvito. In line with Boston peers, Kleine has developed a central body of documentary work which are family dramas: camera visits with her grandmother and her sister, and intense probes of her parents’ fifty-nine years of a dubious, fractured marriage.  Additionally, Kleine has gone outside of family for films about odd artists and off-the-wall musicians; and she’s gone inside herself for some deeply personal, poetically framed psychodramas about love lost, the spirit gained.  
            Kleine’s films have been exhibited at many international Festivals, including at Telluride, Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, It’s All True, Brazil, Leipzig and Vancouver, at the Boston, Toronto and Berlin Jewish Film Festivals, and at such venues as The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Knitting Factory and Anthology Film Archives in NYC, The ICA in London and The Center d’art Contemporain in Lyon, France. †Her film, Doug and Mike, Mike and Doug, about the artist Starn Twins, was broadcast on PBS’s POV Film Series.† Her recent film, PHYLLIS AND HAROLD is currently in theatrical release in the U.S. and has already had runs in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and other theatres around the U.S. The DVD was released in June by Rainbow Releasing and is widely available on Netflix and Amazon.
          Ms. Kleine has received awards and fellowships from the Iowa Independent Film Festival (2008), The Jewish Eye Film Festival, Ashkelon, Israel (2009), The American Film Institute, The U.S. S-8 Film and Digital Video Festival, The MacDowell Colony (1986,88, and 2010), The Bard College MFA Fellowship Program, and The New England Regional Fellowship Program. †She has taught filmmaking at Boston College, Harvard University, The Museum School, Boston, and The New School for Social Research. In May she was the honored speaker chosen to deliver the 2010 Commencement Address at the SMFA. 
         She lives with her husband, theatre director, actor, playwright and painter Andre Gregory, and their two cats, in New York City and on Cape Cod.

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