Visiting Writer Reginald Gibbons • Thursday, September 23

Visiting Writer Reginald Gibbons • Thursday, September 23

Poet, fiction writer, and essayist Reginald Gibbons will visit Mason virtually on Thursday, September 23, as part of the Fall 2021 Visiting Writers Series. In a Crowdcast event at 7:30 that evening, Gibbons will be in conversation with Mason Professor Tim Denevi. The series is hosted by Mason’s Creative Writing Program, University Libraries, and Watershed Lit.

Reginald Gibbons is the author of eleven books of poems, including Creatures of a Day (Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award), Slow Trains Overhead: Chicago Poems and Stories (2010), and his most recent book, Renditions (Four Way Books, 2021). He has also published a novel, Sweetbitter, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the novel prize from the Texas Institute of Letters, and will be reissued in 2022, and a collection of very short fiction, An Orchard in the Street (BOA Editions). He has translated poetry from Spain and Mexico, Russian poetry (co-translated with Ilya Kutik), and also Sophocles' Antigone and Euripides’ Bakkhai (Oxford Univ. Press, both tragedies co-translated with Charles Segal), and a volume of Sophocles, Selected Poems: Odes and Fragments (Princeton). He has published bilingual selections of his poems in Spain, Italy and France. He has also published a book about poetry, How Poems Think (Chicago, 2015), and many other books. Gibbons is a Frances Hooper Professor of Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University, where he helped found the Litowitz Graduate Creative Writing Program MFA+MA. He has won the Folger Shakespeare Library's O. B. Hardison, Jr., Poetry Prize and also fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Center for Hellenic Studies. Simultaneously with teaching at Northwestern, Gibbons taught in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers for two decades. He was born and raised in Texas, and since 1981 has lived in Evanston, Illinois.

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Mark your calendars as well for the rest of the visiting writers series ahead:

  • Thursday, September 30: Phillip B. Williams (poetry) in conversation with Mason MFA Student Keene Carter
  • Thursday, November 4: Myung Mi Kim (poetry) in conversation with Mason BFA Alumna Alaina Johansson
  • Thursday, November 11: Lise Funderburg (nonfiction) in conversation with Mason Professor Kyoko Mori
  • Thursday, November 18: Priyanka Champaneri (fiction) in conversation with Mason Professor Alexia Arthurs