Memoirist MARY KARR at Emerson

Emerson’s WLP Reading Series is pleased to present a Q&A and reading with MARY KARR.

MARY KARR is an award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling memoirist, and the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Her latest books are The Art of Memoir, a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre which debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was blanketed in stellar reviews, and a book for graduates based on her acclaimed 2015 Syracuse commencement speech, Now Go Out There (and Get Curious). In 2015 Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters. Karr added songwriter to her pedigree with the release of Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell.

Q&A: 4pm
Piano Row, The New Charles Beard Room, 2nd floor
Emerson College, 150 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Reading: 6pm
The Bill Bordy Theater, 1st floor
Emerson College, 216 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

This reading is free and open to the public.


Back to the Afrofuture: A Conversation with Ytasha Womack at Emerson College

Presented by Emerson College WLP Reading Series. Co-sponsored by Emerson’s School of the Arts, Graduate Studies, Admissions and the Career Development Center.

This event is a Webinar on Wed, Nov 7, 7-8pm EST with a Live Audience located in Ansin 604. The Webinar is free and open to the public. The Live Audience portion is limited to current Emerson students, faculty and staff.

Please RSVP by November 6 at EventBrite (Webinar instructions located on EventBrite): http://womack.eventbrite.com

Ytasha L. Womack is an award-winning producer, director, author, and innovator. She is author of the critically acclaimed books Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi & Fantasy Culture, Rayla 2212, Post Black: How a New Generation is Redefining African American Identity; and co-edited Beats Rhymes and Life: What We Love and Hate About Hip Hop. Afrofuturism is a 2014 Locus Awards Nonfiction Finalist, and Post Black was hailed as a Booklist Top 10 Black History Reader of 2010. Her films include Love Shorts and The Engagement. The Engagement was nominated for Best Film at the American Black Film Festival. A Chicago native, she recently co-founded Afrofuturism849 to host discussions and events in Afrofuturism. She shoots her sci-fi film Bar Star City later this year.


Emerson College WLP Faculty/Alumni Reading Series

Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP by Nov 14 at this EventBrite link: https://tobinbell.eventbrite.com

Non-Emerson guests must RSVP to be given visitor access.

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Daniel Tobin is the author of nine books of poems, including From Nothing, winner of the Julia Ward Howe Award, The Stone in the Air, his suite of versions from the German of Paul Celan, and the newly published Blood Labors. He is author of the critical studies Awake in America, Passage to the Center: Imagination and the Sacred in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, and On Serious Earth, forthcoming in 2019. Tobin is also editor of The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Light in Hand: Selected Early Poems of Lola Ridge, Poet’s Work, Poet’s Play: Essays on the Practice and the Arts (with Pimone Triplett) and To The Many: The Collected Early Poems of Lola Ridge. His poetry has won the “The Discovery/The Nation Award,” The Robert Penn Warren Award, the Robert Frost Fellowship, the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize, the Stephen Meringoff Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors.

Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Poetry Prize. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the Southern Review, 32 Poems, and Poetry International, and in anthologies including A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Counter-Desecration: An Ecopoetics Glossary, Gracious: Contemporary Poems in the Twenty-first Century South, and Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change. Her work as a printer, released under the imprint To Do in the New Year, includes A Pocket Book of Forms, a travel-sized prosody guide, and Forces of Attention, objects designed to help people use screened devices as they wish. The recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she teaches at UNC Wilmington, where she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books. She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River, and calls Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.


Emerson College WLP Scholar Series: Yu Jin Ko

Walker Building, Room 232
Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP by November 28 at this EventBrite link: https://yujinko.eventbrite.com

Non-Emerson guests must RSVP to be given visitor access.

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The Afterlives of Shakespeare’s Original Stage Conditions: From Boston to Seoul

Yu Jin Ko is Professor of English at Wellesley College, where he teaches Shakespeare, Studies in Fiction, and Writers of Color, among other topics. He is the author of Mutability and Division on Shakespeare’s Stage (2004) and co-editor of Shakespeare’s Sense of Character: On the Page and From the Stage. His articles and reviews continue to focus on Shakespeare in performance, both in the theater and on film, and include an essay on a production of Macbeth by inmates of a correctional institution. More recently, Ko has moved into the area of Shakespeare in Asia and “The Site of Burial in Two Korean Hamlets.”