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URI’s English Department announces fall Read/Write Series

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KINGSTON, R.I. – September 21, 2006 -- The University of Rhode Island’s English Department announces this fall’s Read/Write Reading Series, showcasing the work of outstanding new writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Phillis Leven author of The Afterimage and Mercury and the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet kicked off the series on Sept. 21. All of the remaining readings will take place in the Hoffmann Room, Room 154, Independence Hall, Kingston Campus. The programs are free and open to the public. A reception follows each presentation. Here’s the schedule of events:

Thursday, Oct. 19, 4 to 6 p.m. Mark Bibbins & Kathy Ossip

Mark Bibbins received a Lambda Literary Award for his first collection of poems, Sky Lounge. He co-founded LIT, the journal of the New School graduate writing program, where he is a member of the faculty. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in poetry. His work has appeared in the Paris Review, Boston Review, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. Kathleen Ossip's book, The Search Engine, was selected by Derek Walcott for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and the Best American Poetry 2001. She teaches poetry workshops at the New School

Thursday, Nov. 16, 4 to 6 p.m. Patricia Spears Jones & Matt Sharpe

African American poet and arts writer Patricia Spears Jones is author of two poetry collections, The Weather That Kills and Femme du Monde. Her play, Mother was commissioned and produced by Mabou Mines and a new commission Song for New York: What Women Do When Men are Knitting, will premiere in 2007. Matt Sharpe is the author of the novels The Sleeping Father and Nothing Is Terrible, and the short-story collection Stories From the Tube. His new novel, Jamestown, about the first permanent British settlement in North America, will be published in March 2007. He teaches at Wesleyan University and lives in New York.


URI Faculty Colloquium
Thursday, Nov. 2, 4 to 6 p. m. Martha Elena Rojas


URI Assistant Professor Martha Elena Rojas’ ongoing intellectual interests include the problem of compromise in early America, pan-American cultural and political movements, maritime literature, and tales of rogues, tricksters, and go-betweens. Her current book manuscript, Diplomatic Letters: The Conduct and Culture of Foreign Affairs in the Early Republic, examines an array of cultural and literary materials: including diplomatic letters and gifts, treaties of peace and friendship, political pamphlets, private journals, and narratives of captivity. A section from this project, on the “Barbary” captivity of the American sailor, James Leander Cathcart, has appeared in Early American Studies. And another essay, “Diplomatic Exchanges: Gifts, Bribes and Tribute,” is forthcoming in a volume titled The Old World and the New: Exchanges Between America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson.