Please join us for an evening with Cathy Park Hong. Her latest poetry collection, Engine Empire, was published in 2012 by W.W. Norton. Her other collections include Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo’um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, A Public Space, Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Baffler, Boston Review,The Nation, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of theNew Republic and is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Her book of creative nonfiction, Stand Up, will be published by One World/Random House in Spring 2020.
Jane Miller is the author of the poetry volumes Thunderbird, A Palace of Pearls, Wherever You Lay Your Head, Memory at These Speeds: New & Selected Poems, August Zero, American Odalisque, and Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions, all from Copper Canyon Press. Her honors include fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and she serves as advisor and jurist to numerous distinguished national book and poetry prizes. Jane Miller is the visiting poetry faculty at the Michener Center in Spring 2019.
“Reading Jane Miller’s poetry is like channel-surfing on acid: her deliberately interrupted narrative warps and weaves and makes the familiar strange and the strange recognizable as something you might have put away in a shoebox.”
Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of the short story collection Battleborn (2012) and the novel Gold Fame Citrus (2015). She is the recipient of The Story Prize and was named “5 under 35” by the National Book Foundation. In 2014 she received a Guggenheim Award.
The Mulva Auditorium is in the Engineering and Education Research Center (EER) 2501 Speedway, Austin, TX 78712.
The Michener Center is thrilled to present a reading by Robert Hass. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Poet Laureate of the United States. He won the 2007 National Book Award and shared the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for the collection Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005. In 2014 he was awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.
Don’t miss this chance to hear award-winning author Michael Ondaatje read selections from his latest novel, Warlight, which tells the dramatic story of two teenagers whose lives are changed when they are left in the care of a mysterious figure named “The Moth.” Ondaatje, who received the Golden Man Booker prize this year for his 1999 novel The English Patient, placed his archive at the Ransom Center in 2017. Containing more than 90 boxes, the archive documents his working methods and offers insight into his writing process from the 1960s to the present. Co-sponsored by the Michener Center for Writers. Line forms upon arrival of the first patron, and doors open 30 minutes in advance.
Edward P. Jones is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 novel The Known World. He is also the author of the short story collections Lost in the City (1992) and All Aunt Hagar’s Children (2006). His many other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004 and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the art of the short story in 2010.
3pm on 9/9. Resident of San Antonio, Naomi Shihab Nye was a longtime visiting writer at the Michener Center for Writers and a longtime friend of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and is a fan of many Austin writers.
She is now on faculty at Texas State University in the Creative Writing Program and also continuing her travels as visiting writer far and wide.
Her most recent book VOICES IN THE AIR – POEMS FOR LISTENERS and some poems from two forthcoming books will be featured during this poetry reading/conversation.
Katie Williams reads from her new book, Tell the Machine Goodnight. Her short fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, American Short Fiction, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, and elsewhere. Williams earned her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches writing and literature at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the author of two young adult novels, The Space Between Trees and Absent. This is her first novel for adults.
2004 MCW alum Carrie Fountain reads from her YA debut I’M NOT MISSING.
Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Tin House, Poetry, and The New Yorker, among others. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin in 2014. I’m Not Missing is her debut novel. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Carrie received her MFA as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University, she lives in Austin with her husband and their two children.