Wednesday, October 17th
Barker Room, 2315 Boylan
6pm - 7:30pm
Julie Otsuka won the American Library Association's Alex Award in 2003 for When the Emperor was Divine, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2011 for The Buddha in the Attic which was not only a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller but also placed as a National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Otsuka has also received many notable awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship and an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her fiction has been published in Granta and Harper’s and read aloud on PRI’s “Selected Shorts” and BBC Radio 4’s “Book at Bedtime.”
Anselm Berrigan earned a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA from Brooklyn College. His collections of poetry include Integrity & Dramatic Life (1999), Zero Star Hotel (2002), Some Notes on My Programming (2006), and Free Cell (2009). He co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2005) with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan and was the recipient of a 2007 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He directed the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church from 2003 to 2007 and is co-chair of the graduate writing program at Bard College.