Award-winning poets and novelist headline Fall 2014 Reiberg Reading Series

INDIANAPOLIS — The Fall 2014 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis features poets Marcus Wicker and Marianne Boruch and novelist Randa Jarrar.

The Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is the series sponsor. All events, which take place at various locations on the IUPUI campus, are free and open to the public.

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Marcus Wicker

The series kicks off with poet Marcus Wicker at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 in the IUPUI University Library Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St. This event is co-sponsored by the O­ffice for Academic Affairs at IUPUI.

D.A. Powell selected Wicker’s poetry collection, “Maybe the Saddest Thing” (Harper Perennial), for the National Poetry Series. Wicker received a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review and many other magazines. Wicker is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana.

Wicker served as the final judge for the 2014 IUPUI Poetry Contest. Contest winners and finalists will share their original poems in an awards ceremony preceding the Wicker reading.

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Marianne Boruch

Poet Marianne Boruch will read her work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Emerson Hall Anatomy Lecture Hall, 545 Barnhill Drive. This event is co-sponsored by the IU School of Medicine, the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Boruch is the author of the recently published poetry collection, “Cadaver, Speak,” along with eight other books of poetry. Her poetry has been anthologized in the 1997 and 2009 editions of “The Best American Poetry.” Boruch, a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2012, currently teaches creative writing at Purdue University.

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Randa Jarrar

Novelist Randa Jarrar will conclude the fall series with a reading at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Herron School of Art & Design Basile Auditorium, 735 W. New York St. This reading is part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Symposium and is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute in collaboration with the IUPUI Library. This event is free but registration is required.

Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the United States after the first Gulf War. Her novel, “A Map of Home,” was published in half a dozen languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. In 2010 Jarrar was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series was founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI Department of English chair and Professor Emeritus Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg Family; the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute; the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; the Office of Academic Affairs; University College; and University Library.

Visitor parking for the readings is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St.; the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont St.; and the Sports Complex Garage, 875 W. New York St.

For additional information, contact Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu or 317-274-8929 or visit http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/reiberg. Facebook user can “like” the series’ page at The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series @ IUPUI.

Reception and Lecture | “Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab” by Marianne Boruch on Oct. 30

Cadaver SpeakMarianne Boruch, “Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab”
October 30, 2014
Reception: 6:00, Performance: 7:00-8:30
IUPUI Emerson Hall, Auditorium, EH 304
545 Barnhill Dr.

Some books begin as a dare to the self. Marianne Boruch’s newest collection, Cadaver, Speak, is an unsettling double, a heart of two chambers. The first half is attuned to history — how time hits us, and grief — and to art and its making. The second half, the title sequence, is spoken by a ninety-nine-year-old who donated her body for dissection by medical students, a laboratory experience in which the poet, duly silenced, was privileged to take part. Born from lyric impulse, which is Boruch’s scalpel, her work examines love, death, beauty, and knowledge—the great subjects of poetry made new by a riveting reimagining.

Marianne Boruch was born in Chicago in 1950. She is the author of seven collections of poetry including The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), two volumes of essays on poetry, and a memoir. After receiving her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she founded the MFA program at Purdue University in 1987. In addition to teaching at Purdue University, she also teaches at the low-residency MFA program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her recent awards include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (2013), and a Fulbright/Visiting professorship at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the Literature and Medicine Student Interest Group and the Department of Anatomy (IU School of Medicine), the Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, and the Department of English (IU School of Liberal Arts).

International Women’s Day celebration

Friday March 21, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Lily Auditorium, University Library

This year International Women’s Day Celebration is scheduled for Thursday, 3/21, in the IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium. It will open with a reception at 6:30 p.m., featuring local activists and a buffet of international eats, followed by a reading of Polish poet Agnieszka Kuciak’s rollicking _Distant Lands: An Anthology of Poets Who Don’t Exist_, a tour de force roster of made-up poets, performed by Andy Buchenot, Brandon Butcher, Stacey Emley, Chris Forhan, Gabe Harley, Terry Kirts, Keith Leonard, Jane Schultz, Susan Shepherd, Erica Swanfeldt Stout, Ben Van Wyke, and Jacqui Weeks.

If you’re interested in participating in the multicultural, multilingual open mike, contact Kelli Vorndran (klvorndr@umail.iu.edu) to reserve a slot. Reminder: Perform up to one page or poetry or a half page of prose–must be written by a woman. If you want to do a poem by a woman poet in another language, provide an English translation.

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco highlights reading series

The Spring 2014 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis features President Barack Obama’s second inaugural poet as a guest speaker.

The series kicks off with fiction writer and essayist Jacinda Townsend as guest reader on Thursday, Feb. 27. It concludes with a reading by 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco on Thursday, April 10.

Townsend will read from her works at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. Townsend’s work is published in literary journals such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, Obsidian II, Passages North, Phoebe and Xavier Review, and anthologized in “Surreal South” and “Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists.” Her nonfiction appears in two different series of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

Townsend, who teaches writing fiction at Indiana University Bloomington, took her first creative writing class at Harvard and began registering for writing workshops while studying at Duke Law School. In 1999 she was a part of the prestigious Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Blanco’s reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in the Basile Auditorium of the Herron School of Art and Design, 735 W. New York St.

In 2013, Blanco served as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, reading “One Today” during Obama’s second inauguration. He is the youngest poet and the first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. Following the Boston Marathon bombing, he wrote “Boston Strong” and read the piece at a benefit concert for bombing victims, as well as a Red Sox baseball game. He published the poem in a limited edition “Boston Strong” chapbook and donated the proceeds to those most affected by the bombing.

Reiberg events are free and open to the public. The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series is sponsored by the Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI Department of English chair and Professor Emeritus Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise, the annual Reiberg Reading series brings nationally and regionally known writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work.

Other spring Reiberg events include:

  • 15th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration, March 12; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. performers, University Library Lilly Auditorium. This event features poetry, music, and visual art to honor the creativity of women around the world.
  • Bonderman Workshop, featuring poet Rochelle Hurt, 4 p.m. March 25, location to be announced. Hurt, winner of the 2013 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review, recently published a novel in poems, “The Rusted City.”

For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu or 317-274-8929.

Bolivian author and poet María Cristina Botelho presentation

María Cristina Botelho, renowned author of several books of poetry and short stories, will give two presentations on Monday, October 7, 2013. From 12:00 – 1:15 she will be presenting on the culture and politics of her native Bolivia, “Cultura y política de Bolivia,” in CA 211. From 1:30 – 3:00 in CA 508, Ms. Botelho will be speaking on her own literary works, especially her latest book of short stories, and her inspiration as an author and how she acquired a love for reading and writing from her father.

Ms. Botelho is the daughter of famed Raúl Botelho Gosálvez, who wrote eight novels and was the winner of the highest literary award in Bolivia, but who is known also for his diplomatic appointments. Both presentations will be in Spanish.

Sponsored by the Spanish Club and the Program in Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. For information please contact eardema@iupui.edu.

IUPUI Student Readings Series

Indy Reads Books
911 Mass. Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join IUPUI students and community members as they perform their poetry, essays, short stories, original songs, and other spoken-word pieces in a casual, fun environment. Refreshments are served, and all audience members will be eligible to win prizes for brief writing activities.

To sign up for a spot on our stage, email Terry Kirts at tkirts@iupui.edu or phone (317) 274-8929. The readings are free and open to the public. Participants need not be IUPUI students.

Readings Series event dates and times this semester:

Thu. October 3, 2013 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Wed. November 6, 2013 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Thu. Dec 5, 2013 06:30 PM – 08:30 PM

Former IUPUI student Josh Green, poet Orlando Menes highlight 2013 Reiberg Reading Series

Josh Green, a former IUPUI English M.A. student and author of the new short story collection Dirtyville Rhapsodie, will kick off the Fall 2013 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series when he returns to campus for a free reading on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm in the University Library Lilly Auditorium.

Dirtyville Rhaposodies, published this past spring by Dionysus Books, has garnered considerable praise since its release. Paste Magazine wrote “Josh Green reports from the literary homeland with a lion’s heart and a steady hand” while Men’s Health Magazine named the book on of the “Best Books for the Beach.”

The 18 stories in the collection focus on dark and comic troubles of everyday people. Green drew from his experience as a freelance journalist and crime beat reporter, and also his experiences living in Indiana’s Decatur County.

“We’re excited to have Josh Green back on campus not only because his book is getting such positive reviews but to show our students what someone can do with the time they spent in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,” says Terry Kirts, senior lecturer in English and director of the Reiberg Reading Series. “Josh has made a successful career by writing in a variety of genres for various media, which is a great example for all students of writing at IUPUI.”

Rounding out the fall series is poet Orlando Ricardo Menes, director of the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame, on Thursday, Oct.17 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Library Lilly Auditorium. He is the author of three books of poetry, including the recently released collection Fetish, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. His work has appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, the Indiana Review, Callaloo, and Spoon River Poetry Review. He is also the editor of two anthologies including The Opening Light: Poets from Notre Dame, 1991-2008. Menes will also judge the 2013 IUPUI Poetry Contest.

Founded in 1997 in honor of former Department of English chair Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise, the series annually brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work. Past visiting writers have included Jane Smiley, Helen Prejean, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Hampl, Richard Jones, Edward Hirsch, Alison Bechdel, and Martin Espada.

IUPUI’s University Library is located at 755 W. Michigan St. Visitor parking is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at 317 274-8929 or join the Series’ Facebook group.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series is sponsored by the Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg family, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, University College, and the University Library.

Nominations Still Open for Indiana Poet Laureate

Nominations are still being accepted for Indiana State Poet Laureate.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public.

Nominations should be limited to one, single-page cover letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be sent with the nomination. Successful nominees must be current residents of Indiana, and remain residents during their two-year term of service.

Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development.

Nominations must be submitted to the Indiana Arts Commission by email only, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, August 1, 2013. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Susan Britsch:sbritsch@iac.in.gov.