Thursday, July 11
O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, Benildus Hall
Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir (Bloomsbury USA, 2006) and The Still Point of the Turning World (Penguin Press, 2013). She was recently named one of the “Faces to Watch in 2013” by the Los Angeles Times, and BookPage listed The Still Point of the Turning World as one of the most anticipated books of 2013. Her blog, http://ourlittleseal.
Her cauterizing specificity is compelling, her candor incandescent and her intelligence, courage and spiritual diligence stupendous.
—Los Angeles Times
Rapp has an emotional accessibility . . . her unique experiences have a touch of the universal.
―The Los Angeles Times
Jon Davis, director of the Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, is the author of three collections of poetry: Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon Press, 2010); Scrimmage of Appetite (University of Akron Press, 1995), for which he was honored with a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry; and Dangerous Amusements (Persea Books, 1987), for which he received a G.E. Younger Writers Award and the Peter I.B. Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets. In addition to poems, he writes short stories, plays, essays, satire and screenplays. His short stories have appeared in journals such as American Letters & Commentary; Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine; Denver Quarterly; and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.A recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, Davis is currently the City of Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate.
―David Foster Wallace
Davis is as good as DeLillo at playing off our internal hunger for meaning against surface senselessness. And Davis catches the surface brilliantly.
―American Book Review