Shapiro Center WesFest Events:

Wednesday, April 17th:

9AM-12 PM, The Shapiro Center, Room 203 (116 Mount Vernon Street): Drop-In Office Hours with Coffee and Donuts

Swing by the Shapiro Center for free coffee and donuts and to meet the Director of the Shapiro Center Merve Emre. Discover all the possibilities and paths for writing at Wesleyan.

1 PM, The Shapiro Center, Patio (116 Mount Vernon Street): Poetry Workshop with John Murillo
Learn about the craft of writing and editing poetry with John Murillo, Wesleyan Professor and author of Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way 2020).

Thursday, April 18th:

10-11 AM, The Shapiro Center, Patio (116 Mount Vernon Street): Practical Criticism Workshop with Merve Emre

Learn about the art and practice of literary criticism with Merve Emre, Director of the Shapiro Center, academic, non-fiction writer, and contributing writer at The New Yorker.

3-4:30 PM, The Shapiro Center, Room 102 (116 Mount Vernon Street): Adapting the Classics with Gareth Hinds

Learn from renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds how he turned classics like The Odyssey, The Iliad, Beowulf, Macbeth, and more into award-winning graphic novels.

Full schedule of WesFest events

Apr 24

Russell House Reading Series - Joan Jakobson Visiting Author - Patricia Smith

06:00 pm

Russell House

Patricia Smith is the 2021 recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Poetry Foundation, and a 2022 inductee of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.  She is the author of nine books of poetry, including Unshuttered (Feb 2023); Incendiary Art, winner of the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the 2018 NAACP Image Award, and finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets; Blood Dazzler, a National Book Award finalist; and Gotta Go, Gotta Flow, a collaboration with award-winning Chicago photographer Michael Abramson.  Her other books include the poetry volumes Teahouse of the Almighty, Close to Death, Big Towns Big Talk, Life According to Motown; the children's book Janna and the Kings and the history Africans in America, a companion book to the award-winning PBS series. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Baffler, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Tin House and in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays and Best American Mystery Stories. She co-edited The Golden Shovel AnthologyNew Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and edited the crime fiction anthology Staten Island Noir. <br><br>She is a Guggenheim fellow, a Civitellian, a National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient, a finalist for the Neustadt Prize, a two-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, a former fellow at both Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in the competitions history.<br><br>

Sponsor: Ryan Launder