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Book Discussion & Celebration: Justin Torres – Blackouts

UCLA Department of English, Kaplan Hall 193 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Join UCLA English for a book discussion and reception to celebrate Professor Justin Torres and his new novel, Blackouts. Blackouts is a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction,...

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Lighght Reading: Thinking through Concrete Poetry

UCLA Department of English, Kaplan Hall 193 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

This talk joins in the recent resurgence of critical interest in the mid-century international movement known as Concrete Poetry. Using research in cognitive science, Jessica Luck shows how many concrete poems work to expose and confound the brain’s letterbox and other tools that lie at the foundation of our ability to read. The talk is...

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Impairment and Disability in Early Medieval England

UCLA Department of English, Kaplan Hall 193 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

This seminar is centered around a work-in-progress book chapter exploring impairment and disability in early medieval England, as well as an accompanying case study on the Lives of St Guthlac of Crowland. The seminar will be a chance to offer feedback on the piece and to discuss the insights the field of disability studies has to...

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Whole, Holy, Healthy: Sickness and the Body in the Medieval North Atlantic

UCLA Department of English, Kaplan Hall 193 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

What does it mean, culturally speaking, to get sick? What makes a body healthy? This talk explores depictions of disease in medical remedies and healing charms from the medieval North Atlantic, a multilingual zone of intensive cultural interaction and exchange. These vivid texts allow us to better understand how medieval people thought about their own...

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Poetry: Monica Youn

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

Monica Youn’s most recent volume is FROM FROM, a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award. Among her many honors are the Levinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation, the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. An associate professor of English at UC Irvine, she is a former...

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Some Favorite Writers: Joan Silber

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

Novelist Joan Silber has written nine books of fiction including Improvement (2017), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The New York Times calls her most recent novel, Secrets of Happiness (2021), “humane, elegant and wise.” Readings are followed by discussion with the author and UCLA professor Mona...

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Instruments for Digital Storytelling Featuring Erik Loyer

Text/Tech Lab, Kaplan Hall 211 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Artist and technologist Erik Loyer shares his practice of digital instrument-making, and the ways in which he draws from comics, games, music, and film to make art, tell stories, and build creative tools. Loyer will explore how approaching each interaction as an invitation extended by the user — whether on the web, mobile, or in...

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Hammer Poetry Series: Boris Dralyuk

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

Poet Boris Dralyuk reads from his most recent volume, My Hollywood and Other Poems, a collection of lyric meditations on the experience of émigrés in Los Angeles. The Poetry Foundation proclaimed that “the ache of exile reverberates against the irretrievability of the past” in the Odessa-born poet’s work. Organized and hosted by poet, literary critic,...

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Hammer Poetry Series: Maureen McLane

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

Maureen McLane, poet, literary critic, and connoisseur of both the canon and the experimental tradition, epitomizes Wallace Steven’s dictum that “poetry is the scholar’s art.” Her six distinguished volumes of poems include World Enough, chosen Best Poetry Book of the Year by Paul Muldoon in The New Yorker, and her genre-breaking book of criticism and...

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On Solidarity: Reflect and Restore

Royce Hall room 314 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Join us for a screening of Palestinian filmmaker Mohanad Yaqubi’s film, “R21 AKA Restoring Solidarity,” followed by a panel discussion featuring UCLA Professors Saree Makdisi, Robin Kelley, and Shannon Speed. The film centers on the growing struggle for Palestinian self-determination between 1960 and 1980, which was supported by left-wing movements worldwide, including Japan. This is...

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Material Poetics of Post-Digital Poetry w/ Holly Melgard

Text/Tech Lab, Kaplan Hall 211 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

This event will include a reading and talk by Holly Melgard that will explore how the post-digital conditions of her textual environment play an integral part in shaping her creative practice as a poet. Register here to attend. Holly Melgard is the author of Read Me: Selected Works (Ugly Duckling Presse 2023) and Fetal Position...

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Creative Writing Party Featuring Author in Residence Diana Khoi Nguyen

Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Root Fractures (2024) and Ghost Of (2018), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her video work has been exhibited at the Miller ICA. Nguyen is a MacDowell and Kundiman fellow, and a member of the Vietnamese artist collective, She Who...

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Tea and Conversation: Adam Moss

Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Join UCLA English for the Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room Writers Series: Tea and Conversation with Adam Moss Adam Moss will discuss his writing. This event is followed by Some Favorite Writers: Adam Moss at the Hammer Museum at 7:30pm. Visit the Hammer Museum for full details. Both events are free and open to...

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Some Favorite Writers: Adam Moss

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

In Adam Moss’s new book The Work of Art, the former editor of New York magazine asks “What is the work of art?” Weaving conversations with some of the most accomplished artists of our time together with the journal entries, napkin doodles, and sketches that were their tools, Moss traces the tortuous paths and artist...

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Hammer Poetry Series: V. Penelope Pelizzon

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

Written over a decade while the author lived on four continents, award-winning poet V. Penelope Pelizzon’s latest collection, A Gaze Hound That Hunteth by the Eye, maps the cultural legacies we cherish against those we reject. Playful and wrenching by turns, with lines inflected by the spoken music of their Arabic, Oshiwambo, Xhosa, and Italian...

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An Evening with Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Royce 306 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Join us for an evening with Dan Taulapapa McMullin, author of The Healer’s Wound: A Queer Theirstory of Polynesia, the poetry collections Coconut Milk  and A Drag Queen Named Pippi, as well as films such as Sinalela and 100 Tikis. Co-sponsored by UCLA Asian American Studies and UCLA American Indian Studies.

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Tea and Conversation: Fae Myenne Ng

Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room, 235 Kaplan Hall 415 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Join UCLA English for the Grace M. Hunt Memorial English Reading Room Writers Series: Tea and Conversation with Fae Myenne Ng Fae Myenne Ng will discuss her writing. This event is followed by Some Favorite Writers: Fae Myenne Ng at the Hammer Museum at 7:30pm. Visit the Hammer Museum for full details. Both events are free and...

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Some Favorite Writers: Fae Myenne Ng

Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles , CA

Best-selling author Fae Myenne Ng’s new memoir, Orphan Bachelors, offers a personal, timely portrait of San Francisco’s Chinatown and of a family building a life in a country bent on their exclusion. Hua Hsu called Orphan Bachelors, “so many treasures at once: an enthralling memoir, an act of reckoning, a history of American exclusion and...

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What the World’s Silence Says: A Reading With Gazan Poet Yahya Ashour

Royce Hall, room 314 10745 Dickson Ct, Los Angeles, CA

Join UCLA English for a poetry reading and conversation with Gazan poet Yahya Ashour. Yahya Ashour, born in Gaza City on April 22nd, 1998, is a touring poet and awarded author. He’s a 2022 honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa. His recent poetry e-book, titled “A Gaza of Siege & Genocide,” was...

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