Micheline Aharonian Marcom, born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and raised in Los Angeles, is the author of five novels, three of which form a trilogy about the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the twentieth century. The most recent, A Brief History of Yes, was published by Dalkey Archive Press this past summer. Recipient of fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation, Marcom taught in Beirut, Lebanon on a Fulbright Fellowship in 2008. Her novels have won awards that include Runner-Up for the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, the PEN/USA Award for Fiction for her second novel, and a New York Times Notable Book listing. A film version of her first novel, Three Apples Fell from Heaven, is currently in pre-production with a screenplay by Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera and Shekhar Kepar set to direct. Marcom teaches Creative Writing at Mills College and serves also on faculty in Goddard College’s MFA program.
Carr Reading Series is proud to be a co-sponsor of the first annual Pygmalion Literary Festival, a two-day series of readings in conjunction with the Pygmalion Music Festival. Featured readers include Dan Chaon, Amelia Gray, Matt Bell, Roxane Gay, James Greer, Kyle Minor, Bayo Ojikutu, Andre Perry, Aaron Burch, Elizabeth Ellen, Kathleen Rooney, Lania Knight, Jensen Beach, and Chad Simpson. For more information about the readers, visit PygmalionLitFest.com, and for a complete schedule of music and literary events, visit SmilePolitely.com.
Ladan Osman was born in Somalia and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She earned a BA at Otterbein University and an MFA at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers. Her poetry has been featured in Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.” Osman lives in Chicago.
Roger Reeves's poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation in 2008, two Bread Loaf Scholarships, an Alberta H. Walker Scholarship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and two Cave Canem Fellowships. He earned his PhD the University of Texas-Austin and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His first book, King Me, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2013.
Sara Levine is chair of the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her novel Treasure Island!!! was published by Europa Editions in December 2011, and her story collection Short Dark Oracles appeared in May 2011 from Caketrain Press.
Kathleen Graber is an Assistant Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. When not teaching, she lives in Wildwood, New Jersey, where she and her husband operate a music store on the Boardwalk. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Correspondence (Saturnalia Books, 2006) and The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010), which was a finalist for The National Book Award, The National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of The Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. She is a recipient of fellowships from The Rona Jaffe Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and an Amy Lowell Travelling Scholar.
Ginger Andrews was born and raised in North Bend, Oregon, and lives there still. She is the author of two poetry collections, An Honest Answer, winner of the Roerich Poetry Prize, and Hurricane Sisters, both from Story Line Press. She runs a small housecleaning business with her three sisters, who all live within walking distance. She has said that her poetry wants to fuse the crazy with the profound, something akin to scrubbing stains off a linoleum floor that obviously needs replacing.
The Carr Reading Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All Carr Series events are free and open to the public.
Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included Joy Harjo, Amelia Gray, Toi Derricote, John Warner, Andrew Ervin, Andy Frazee, and Rolando Hinojosa-Smith.
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