Reiberg Reading Series: Garth Greenwell (Feb. 18)

What Belongs to You Book CoverThe IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of English present the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series featuring Garth Greenwell

Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 7:30-9:00 pm
Location: Basile Auditorium, Eskenazi Hall, IUPUI, 735 W New York St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Garth Greenwell (born 1978) is an American poet, author, literary critic, and educator. His debut novel, What Belongs to You was published in the US by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in January 2016. What Belongs to You has been called the “first great novel of 2016” by Publishers Weekly. Of the book, the New York Times Book Review observes, “Mr. Greenwell writes long sentences, pinned at the joints by semicolons, that push forward like confidently searching vines. There’s suppleness and mastery in his voice. He seems to have an inborn ability to cast a spell.”

In 2013, Greenwell returned to the United States after living in Bulgaria to attend the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Arts Fellow. He has published stories in The Paris Review and A Public Space and writes criticism for the New Yorker and The Atlantic.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series comes from the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Reiberg Reading Series: Amy Quan Barry

Amy Quan Barry FlyerThe IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of English present the Reiberg Reading Series featuring Amy Quan Barry

Date: November 5, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Lilly Auditorium, IUPUI Library; 755 W. Michigan St.
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Amy Quan Barry is the author of the four poetry collections Asylum, Controvertibles, Water Puppets, and most recently Loose Strife. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other literary publications. She is the recipient of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize (for Asylum). Her third book, Water Puppets, won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was a PEN/Open Book finalist. She has received NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry. Her novel, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, tells the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before the country’s reunification.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series comes from the Reiberg family, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Reiberg Reading Series: Dan Wakefield

Dan WakefieldThe IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of English present the Reiberg Reading Series featuring Dan Wakefield

Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St.
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A native of Indianapolis, Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose books include Revolt in the South, Going All The Way, New York in the Fifties, The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate, and many more. His best-selling novels Going All The Way and Starting Over were produced as feature films. He has recently edited If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young, a selection of commencement speeches by Kurt Vonnegut, a longtime friend.

Wakefield has been the recipient of a Neiman Fellowship in Journalism, the Bernard DeVoto Fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Rockefeller Grant for Creative Writing, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught in the writing programs at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Emerson College, The Iowa Writers Workshop, and is presently Writer in Residence at Florida International University in Miami. He has been a staff writer for The Nation, a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic Monthly, a Contributing Writer for GQ, a Contributing Editor of The Yoga Journal, and is on the advisory board of Image: A Journal of The Arts and Religion.

In 2015, NUVO awarded Wakefield the Lifetime Achievement Cultural Vision Award.

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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.

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.