Tonight’s lecture will feature a reading by breakout poet Chen Chen as part of The Black Mountain Institute’s emerging writers series. Chen Chen will be reading original poetry from his book When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities. His poetry has appeared in The Best American Poetry anthology and The Best American Nonrequired Reading anthology.
In October, Amanda Fortini documented the Route 91 shooting for the The New Yorker magazine News Desk. Featuring interviews with survivors. Tonight, Fortini will give a brief reading of her articles followed by a conversation about how she conducted the interviews, as well as her writing method and influences.
Professor of English at Arizona State University, Devoney Looser, gives a lecture on how Jane Austen, a moderetly successful English novelist in her own lifetime, became an international literary icon including some unsung innovators who turned Austen into a household name.
UNLV graduate students share their student word and research at the Fifth Annual opening reception for the 2018 Graduate & Professional Student Research Forum. Graduate students from various departments deliver presentations pertaining to work and research in areas such as robotics in the hospitality industry, population shifts from coastal cities to neighboring cities due to climate change, the future of eco-friendly burials and more.
Author and UNLV alumni Andrew Wessels, returns to UNLV for a special reading from his first publication, A Turkish Dictionary. Andrew Wessels held fellowship from the The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. Semi Circle, a chapbook of his translations of the Turkish poet Nurduran Duman, was published by Goodmorning Menagerie in 2016. His poems and translations can be found in or are forthcoming from VOLT, Witness, Kenyon Review, Asymptote, Interim, and Colorado Review, among others.