Summer Writers Colony visiting writers Brenda Shaughnessy, author of the widely acclaimed Our Andromeda, and Ben Lerner, author of the celebrated Leaving the Atocha Station, were recently honored with the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for poetry. We're excited to have them join us for this year's Summer Writers Colony, and to join an extraordinary line-up of faculty, including Pulitzer prize winner Jorie Graham, the New York Times Book of the Year winner Chad Harbach, National Book Award finalist Domingo Martinez, and Whiting Writers Award winner John Jeremiah Sullivan.
The Summer Writers Colony is an intensive 3 week program beginning June 3rd that works to focus and challenge writers of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with workshops, literary salons, and supplemental activities. Each literary salon involves reading a work of a prize-winning author, critically discussing its structure from a writer's perspective, and then sitting down with the author him/herself for a reading and forum where students may benefit from the author's experience by asking them questions directly.
Registration is still open and available online to current credit and non-credit students alike, although seats are filling quickly as April ends. We encourage everyone to register now to ensure they have a seat available for workshop.
Our Andromeda by Brenda Shaugnessy
To read Our Andromeda, Brenda Shaughnessy's third book of poems, is to witness a brilliant intelligence throwing sparks. Shaughnessy writes about the oddities of desire and about the imaginative space between experience and inner life. Her poems take on subjects as varied as the tarot, the process of making art, and the malleability of identity. In the salon, we read these poems closely and discuss our critical and artistic responses. Brenda Shaughnessy is a recipient of a James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and has been a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. She is poetry editor-at-large for Tin House. Taught by Laura Cronk.
In Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner wields the scalpels of pathos and intelligence to dissect the anxiety of art in contemporary life. Detached, funny, and desperately dependent on optional realities, his narrator navigates the demands of the Fulbright Foundation, the horrific 2004 Madrid train bombing, and the urgency of writing in a time that both transforms and is transformed by writing. In the salon, you will explore narrative unreliability and attachment along with the other pleasurable contradictions of this novel. Ben Lerner is the winner of the Believer Award and the Hayden Carruth Award, a National Book Award finalist, and the first American to win the prestigious German poetry prize, Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. Taught by Karen McKinnon.