Thursday, March 1, 2012

Kartsonis All Classes: Visiting Artist Dates for Our Classes

The three dates below should be noted as those particularly valuable and important to your classes. The visiting artist series is superb and is something you should avail yourselves of as it is one of the many privileges of being in school and immersed in intriguing conversations. But, in particular, and pertaining to language and literature, the three listed below are mandatory to my classes. If you have a scheduling conflict or some other reason for which attendance will be difficult, please let me know. Otherwise, plan ahead and get to these. I have seen and heard all of them read and and read their work and they are an exceptional line-up.

Monday February 2711:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Joseph V. Canzani Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Charlene Fix, professor, chair, English and Philosophy, teaches writing, literature, poetry, and film and literature. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Ohio Review, The Chicago Review, The Manhattan Review, and Negative Capability. She has received fellowships for her poetry from both the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council, and won the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has published a chapbook of poems, Mischief (Pudding House Publications), and a poetry collection, Flowering Bruno: A Dography, a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry (XOXOX Press). BS, MA, The Ohio State University.

Charlene will share highlights from "Harpo Marx as Trickster: Why We Love Him, Why We Laugh at Him, Why He Seems Divine," complete with film clips, stills, anecdotes, and few poems (her own and others) analyzing and celebrating this 20th century and beyond manifestation of the trickster archetype. With his cohorts Groucho and Chico, Harpo destabilizes power and cleanses institutions. But only Harpo exhibits the full range and multiplicity of trickster traits. Trickster tales arc between disorder and balance, passing through chaos as do the Marx Brothers’ films, with Harpo’s tantalizing complexity at the heart of the disruption.
Matt Hart
Monday, March 5, 2012.
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Joseph V. Canzani Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Matt Hart is the author of three books of poetry: Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006), Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010), and Light-Headed (BlazeVOX, 2011), as well as several chapbooks. A fourth full-length collection, Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless, will be published by Typecast in 2012. His poems and reviews have been widely published, and he's received fellowships from both the Breadloaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. In 2010 he was chosen by the University of Iowa's International Writing Program and the U.S. State Department to participate in the Life of Discovery exchange program in China.
Hart has performed his poems nationwide. He is also a musician and songwriter whose music has been featured in major motion pictures and on MTV. In 1996, he cofounded Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industiral Safety, which Poets & Writers magazine called one of the most innovative small press magazines in the country. He is the Art Academy of Cincinnati's Poet-in-Resistance.

Here are some links for you to have a look at in reference to Matt Hart: (I didn't hotlink them, so you'll have to cut and paste them in.)
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Monday March 26, 2012.
11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Joseph V. Canzani Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Aimee’s newest collection, Lucky Fish, was just released from Tupelo Press and was recently featured in The New York Times. Poems from this collection were awarded a 2009 NEA Fellowship in poetry, the Glenna Luschia Prize from Prairie Schooner, and the Angoff Award from The Literary Review for the best poems appearing that volume year.

Some background info: At the Drive-In Volcano (Tupelo Press), her second book of poetry, was named the winner of the Balcones Prize, which honors an outstanding collection published the previous year (2007). Finalists for this award included Bob Hicok, Laura Kasischke, and Ron Padgett. My first collection of poetry, Miracle Fruit, was selected by Gregory Orr for the Tupelo Press Prize and was the winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award in poetry, the Global Filipino Literary Award. Other awards include a Pushcart Prize, a poetry fellowship to the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah and the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest.

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