Sharon Olds is speaking at Penn State

Apart from some great events through the NVWN this month, don’t forget that some interesting talks and readings in the Penn State English department are open to the public:

Brian McHale to Present Public Lecture on Postmodernism and Periodization 

Sep 15, 2011 from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM — Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library.

Brian McHale is Distinguished Humanities Professor of English and co-founder of Project Narrative at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Postmodernist Fiction (1987),Constructing Postmodernism (1992), and The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole(2004), as well as articles on free indirect discourse, mise en abyme, narrativity, modernist and postmodernist poetics, and science fiction. He will present some of his current work on postmodernism and periodization in his public talk, “‘Things then did not delay in turning curious’: Some Versions of Alice, 1966-2010.”  This event is being coordinated by the Modernist Studies Graduate Student Organization.


Poet Linda Gregerson to kickoff 2011-2012 Mary E. Rolling Reading Series 
Sep 22, 2011 from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM — Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Linda Gregersen is the author of four volumes of poetry, and her most recent book, Magnetic North, was a finalist for the National Book Award.  Her previous book, Waterborne, won the Kingsley Tufts Award. Her essays on lyric poetry and Renaissance literature appear widely. She teaches at the University of Michigan.


Wendy Moffat to present “Gay History vs Queer Theory: E.M. Forster as Case Study” 
Sep 23, 2011 from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM — Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Wendy Moffat, Professor of English at Dickinson College, is the author of A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster. The biography, just released in paperback, won the Biographers’ Club Prize and was selected as an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and as a top ten choice for 2010 by Janet Maslin of the New York Times.Professor Moffat teaches modernism, narrative theory, sexuality and archival studies.


Sharon Olds to give 2011 Emily Dickinson Lecture 
Oct 13, 2011 from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM — 129 HUB

Sharon Olds is the author of eight highly celebrated volumes of poetry.  Her writing, says Michael Ondaatje, is “pure fire in the hands.” Her numerous honors include an NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for The Dead and the Living (1983). Her poetry has appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, PoetryThe Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Named New York State Poet Laureate (1998 – 2000), Olds teaches graduate poetry workshops at NYU as well as the writing workshop she helped found at a 900-bed state hospital for the severely disabled. Her latest collection is One Secret Thing (2008).


Poet Anne Stevenson to read as part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series 
Oct 20, 2011 from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM — Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Anne Stevenson is widely recognized as an eminent Anglo-American poet. Her many books of poetry and criticism include a collected Poems 1955–2005, which won her the Neglected Master’s Award from The Poetry Society of America and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lannan Foundation. She is the author of two critical studies of Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry and an important biography of Sylvia Plath. Her fourteenth collection of poems, Stone Milk, appeared in 2007.


John Edgar Wideman scheduled as MFA Writer-in-Residence 
Nov 02, 2011 from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM — Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

 Institute for the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor

Acclaimed author of two dozen books of fiction and nonfiction, Pittsburgh-native John Edgar Wideman is the first writer to have won the International PEN/Faulkner Award twice: for Sent for You Yesterday (1984) and for Philadelphia Fire (1990). He has won an O. Henry Award (2000), and has also received a MacArthur Prize and a Lannan Literary Award. His nonfiction book Brothers and Keepers received a National Book Critics Circle nomination, and his memoir Fatheralong was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 1997 his novel The Cattle Killing won the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction.