To kick off this Spring's Aster(ix) Reading Series (and to celebrate the publication of her new book of stories, I Brake for Moose ), Fiction Queen Geeta Kothari will be reading with novelist and essayist Maaza Mengiste at City of Asylum's Alphabet City space on Pittsburgh's North Side.
Essayist, critic, poet, and lyric polemicist Maggie Nelson will be the first reader in the Spring 2017 season of the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writing Series. Nelson's books include The Argonauts, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and a New York Times best seller; Bluets, which Bookforum named one of the ten best books of the past twenty years; The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; The Red Parts, and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions. She is a recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, and a MacArthur Fellowship.
Come hear poet Tonya Foster and architect Mabel Wilson talk about place, memory, politics and blackness in 501 Cathedral of Learning. Sponsored by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
The Irish novelist Patrick McCabe (The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto), a visiting professor in the Writing and Film programs in Spring 2017, will be sharing the stage with the distinguished folklorist Henry Glassie for an evening of literary readings and freewheeling conversation.