The Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing’s Master of Creative Writing program will hold a series of readings in the fall. The series will include a book launch for Professor Kerri Webster, as well as readings by guest authors Joy Williams, Aditi Machado and Cody-Rose Clevidence. These readings are free and open to the public. The MFA Reading Series brings top writers to Boise State each year and all readings will be held at the Hemingway Center on campus. Learn more about readings on the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing website.
About guest authors
Joy Williams, one of the most famous American authors at work today, has written novels, collections of short stories, and “Ill Nature,” a collection of essays. In 2021, the Library of Congress awarded Williams the American Fiction Award, which recognizes a lifetime of distinguished work. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress who presented the award, said:[Williams’s] the work reveals the uncanny and unsettling grace just beneath the surface of our lives. In a story, a moment, a single sentence, it can force us to reimagine how we see ourselves, how we understand ourselves – and how we relate to the natural world. Among her many accolades, Williams has won the Rea Prize for short story and the Strauss Living Fund from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A National Book Critics Circle Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Williams lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.
Williams’ reading is at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 3.
Aditi Machado writes and translates poems and essays, including her second book of poems “Emporium”, published by Nightboat in 2020, which received the James Laughlin Prize. His other works include the collection of poetry “Some Beheadings” (Nightboat, 2017), a French translation of “Prosopopoeia” by Farid Tali (Action Books, 2016) and several chapbooks. Machado’s work has appeared in Lana Turner, Volt, The Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and Jacket2. A former poetry editor for Asymptote, she is currently an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati.
Machado’s reading is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14
Cody-Rose Clevidence has written several collections of poetry, including “Aux Arc / Trypt Ich” (Nightboat, 2021), “Listen My Friend”, “This is the Dream I Dreamed Last Night” (The Song Cave, 2021), “ Flung/Throne” (Ahsahta, 2018) and “BEAST FEAST” (Ahsahta Press, 2014), as well as several collections, including the most recent “DEARTH/God’s Green Mirth”, by Fonograph. They live in the Ozarks of Arkansas with two incredibly beautiful dogs and a crazy cat.
The Clevident reading is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11.