Hybrid Writing Series

The Poetry Center and the UA Prose Series are proud to present a series of readings by authors working at the boundaries and intersections of genre. Let us call them hybrids. Writing like theirs might be unsettling when first seen from afar. But don't be afraid to come closer: a piece with the piercing gaze of a story hides the heart of a poem. Another has the glossy coat of what might seem like an ordinary essay, but hides a theatrical beak. Hybrid writing like this undermines the boundaries of literary genres, which are often arbitrary and artificial, the stuff of marketing and sales, not of art. Above all, an evening with a hybrid work might reset our expectations and allow us again to achieve wonder.

Writers reading in the Hybrid Writing Series are Lia Purpura (October 3), Maggie Nelson (October 10), Jenny Boully (October 24), and Thalia Field (November 7). Additionally, Poetry Center Shop Talk discussion groups will be held on the work of Maggie Nelson (October 8) and Jenny Boully (October 22). All events are free and open to the public, and take place at the UA Poetry Center at 1508 East Helen Street, Tucson, Arizona.

The Poetry Center and UA Prose Series thank the UA College of Medicine Program in Medical Humanities and Next American Nature and Science Writing for helping to make this series possible.

Lia Purpura
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the UA College of Medicine Program in Medical Humanities
and the Next American Nature and Science Writing Series

Lia Purpura’s most recent collection of essays is Rough Likeness (Sarabande Books, 2011). Her awards include a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, NEA and Fulbright Fellowships, and three Pushcart prizes. On Looking (Sarabande Books, 2006), a collection of essays, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems and essays appear inThe New Yorker, The New Republic, Orion, The Paris Review, Field, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Maggie Nelson
Thursday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.           

Maggie Nelson is the author of four books of nonfiction, including The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (Norton, 2011), the cult hit Bluets (Wave Books, 2009), The Red Parts: A Memoir (Free Press, 2007), and Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She is also the author of four books of poetry, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull, 2007) and Jane: A Murder (Soft Skull, 2005). A recipient of a Guggenheim in nonfiction and an NEA in poetry, she is currently at work on a new nonfiction project supported by a Creative Capital Innovative Literature grant. She is a faculty member in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts in Los Angeles.

Jenny Boully
Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.           

Jenny Boully is the author of five books, most recently of the mismatched teacups, of the single-serving spoon: a book of failures (Coconut Books, 2012). Her other books include not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them (Tarpaulin Sky, 2011), The Books of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky, 2006), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007). She has also published a chapbook of prose titled Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007). Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Next American Essay, Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and elsewhere. Born in Thailand, she grew up in Texas. She is an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Thalia Field
Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.

Thalia Field has three books with New Directions, Point and Line (2000), Incarnate: Story Material (2004), and Bird Lovers, Backyard (2010). These books represent works that span the genres of essay, fiction, poetry—even theatre. Thalia has also published a ‘performance novel,’ Ululu (Clown Shrapnel) (Coffee House Press, 2007), and a book-length essay, A Prank of Georges (Essay Press, 2010). Thalia teaches in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

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