Award-winning poets and fiction writers from around the country will read and discuss their work in the 2007-2008 Kellogg Writers Series at the University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis. Admission is free. This year’s speakers are:
Poets Jason Bredle and Jim Walker
8 p.m. 27 September, Studio Theatre, Esch Hall
Indianapolis native Jason Bredle is the author of Pain Fantasy, Standing in Line for the Beast and A Twelve Step Guide. He lives in Chicago and works at a translation agency in Evanston, Ill.
Jim Walker is founder and board president of Big Car Gallery, a collaborative arts organization. A poet and nonfiction writer, he is the author of the writing guide Poetry Report and three chapbooks. His poetry and prose have appeared nationally in such publications as Painted Bride Quarterly and Hanging Loose. In 2006 he was awarded a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Walker lives in Indianapolis and works full-time as a newspaper journalist and part-time as a college writing teacher.
Poet Mark Doty
8 p.m. 15 November, Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center
The only American poet to have won Great Britain’s T. S. Eliot Prize, Mark Doty is the author of seven books of poems. The first, Turtle, Swan, appeared in 1987. His third collection, My Alexandria (1993), received both the Los Angeles Times' Book Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Since then he has published Atlantis (1995), Sweet Machine (1998) and Source (2001), as well as the memoirs Heaven’s Coast (1996) and Firebird (1999). Doty’s newest volume of poems, School of the Arts, was published in 2005, and his newest memoir, Dog Years, was published in 2007. He teaches in the graduate program the University of Houston and is a frequent guest at Columbia University, Hunter College and NYU. He lives in Houston and New York City.
Fiction Writer Jayne Anne Phillips
7:30 p.m. 6 March, Good Hall
Jayne Anne Phillips is a fiction writer and winner of numerous awards. Her first collection of stories, Black Tickets (1979), won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Phillips’ work has appeared most recently in Harper’s, Granta, Doubletake and the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction. She has taught at Harvard University, Williams College and Boston University, and is currently professor of English and director of a new master of fine arts program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.
Poet Lee Upton
7:30 p.m. 27 March, Studio Theatre, Esch Hall
Lee Upton, poet and fiction writer, is the author of 10 books. Her poetry has been published in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, Poetry, American Poetry Review and numerous other journals. Her fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, Epoch, Shenandoah, Ascent, Glimmer Train, Northwest Review and other journals. She is a professor of English and the writer-in-residence at Lafayette College.
Endowed by Allen and Helen Kellogg, the Kellogg Writers Series brings writers of distinction to UIndy, giving the community an opportunity to meet and talk with the writers and hear them read and discuss their work. Presenting a wide range of voices of both national and international significance, the series also receives support from Follett College Stores and the University of Indianapolis Lecture/Performance Series. For more information, contact Valerie Miller Wahlstrom, arts outreach coordinator, 317:788-2183.