In the most basic sense, a reading series allows us to hear the work of writers who are currently writing. It gives voice to modern texts, allows writers to provide anecdotal context and for us to enjoy hearing poetry, fiction, nonfiction in the voice of the writer who wrote it. It is an entirely different enterprise than reading a story, poem or essay silently to one’s self. A reading series elevates the text heard to a group “experience.”
The taproot of any reading series is the fact that the origin of literature is oral. Last but not least, a reading series is a reminder to all of the value of what it means to actually listen, it is an opportunity to practice the art of listening.
All readings are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact Disability Support Services at 410.617.2062 at least 48 hours prior to the event.
Khaled Mattawa: Poetry Reading
Thursday, Nov 16, 6p.m. McManus Theater
Born and raised in Benghazi, Libya, poet Khaled Mattawa relocated to the United States as a teenager in 1979. He received an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from the University of Tennessee; an MA and an MFA from Indiana University, where he also won an award from the Academy of American Poets; and a PhD from Duke University.
Mattawa has published several collections of poetry, including Tocqueville (2010), Amorisco (2008), Zodiac of Echoes (2003), and Ismailia Eclipse (1995). He has translated numerous volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry, including Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems of Amjad Nasser (2009) and Miracle Maker: Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (2004), in addition to co-editing the anthologies Dinarzad’s Children: An Anthology of Arab American Fiction (2004) and Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing (1999). His own work has been widely anthologized as well.
Mattawa has been awarded several Pushcart Prizes and the PEN Award for Literary Translation, in addition to a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and a MacArthur fellowship. He has taught at Indiana University; California State University, Northridge; and the University of Michigan.
The reading series was founded in the late 1980’s by Karen Fish and is supported with a grant from the Loyola College Humanities Center. Previous readers include: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Fagles, Denise Levertov, Ralph Angel, Carolyn Chute, Thylias Moss, Robert Coles, Tobias Wolff, Louise Gluck, Russell Banks, Eavan Boland, Mark Strand, Stanley Plumly, Andrew Hudgins, Madison Smartt Bell, Elizabeth Spires, Sherod Santos, David St John, Larry Levis, James Robison, Lynn McMahon, Jorie Graham, James Fenton, Alice Fulton, Darryl Pinckney, Gretel Ehrlich, James McConkey, Brenda Hillman, Jane Shore, Howard Norman, David Wojahn, Bobbie Ann Mason, Michael Ryan, Deborah Digges, Ralph Lombreglia, Jo Ellen Kwiatek, Marvin Bell, Bin Ramke, Ellen Bryant Voight, Deborah Eisenberg, Francine Prose, James Richardson, Jayne Anne Phillips, Ann Beattie, Richard Russo, Khaled Mattawa, Tom Horton, Tatyana Tolstaya, Stephanie Vaughn, Jane Hirshfield, Jo Ann Beard, Patricia Bizzell,Laurence Joseph, Joanna Scott, James Longenbach, Susan Stewart, Simon Armitage, Czeslaw Milosz, William Gass, Lydia Davis, Lorrie Moore, Edmund White, Paul Muldoon, Denis Johnson, Susan Sontag, Adam Gopnik, Rachel Aviv, Richard Ford and on the day her Nobel Prize for Literature was announced, Nadine Gordimer.