2010 Whittier College Writers Festival

Friday, September 17, 2010

An exciting slate of writers and performing artists will be part of the 2010 Whittier College Writers Festival, including English poet Michael Hulse, novelists Ron Carlson, and Poet and Iraq War Veteran Brian Turner. Moreover, playwright Yehuda Hyman will perform The Mad 7—a one-man show that explores the intersection of theater, dance, poetry, myth and mysticism. The four-day festival runs from September 27-30. Readings and performances will take place in the Ruth B. Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave, Whittier, CA, Whittier College. Admission is free and open to the public. To reserve tickets or for more information contact the Shannon Center: 562.907.4203 or boxoffice@shannoncenter.org.

The Writer's Festival is being sponsored in part by the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, the Center for Collaboration with the Arts, the Center for Science, Health, and Policy; Garrett House and the Department of English Language and Literature.

Monday, September 27 
5-6 p.m. Craft Talk
7:30 p.m. Reading/Performance

Michael Hulse's latest publications are a long-awaited new book of poems,The Secret History (Arc 2009) and a translation of Rilke's novel, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics 2009). His poetry has won him firsts in Britain's National Poetry Competition and the Bridport Poetry Prize (twice), and Eric Gregory and Cholmondeley Awards from the Society of Authors, and has taken him on reading tours of Canada and the US, Australia, New Zealand, India, and several European countries.

He has edited the literary quarterlies Stand, Leviathan Quarterly and (currently) The Warwick Review, co-edited the best-selling anthology The New Poetry, and was general editor of the Könemann literature classics series and of Arc international poets.

He has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by Goethe, Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, and the late W. G. Sebald, bringing his plaudits from Susan Sontag and A.S. Byatt. He is a permanent judge of the Günter Grass Foundation's biennial international literary award, the Albatross Prize.

Tuesday, September 28
5:00 p.m. Craft Talk
7:30 p.m. Reading and Performance

Ron Carlson is an award-winning author of several short story collections and five novels, including the recently the novels, The Signal (Penguin Group 2009), Five Skies (Viking 2007), and The Speed of Light (Harper Collins 2003). His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Epoch, The North American Review, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O'Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and dozens of other anthologies. Among his awards are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, and a National Society of Arts and Letters Literature Award.

Carlson is the director of the M.F.A. program in fiction and professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.

Wednesday, September 29
7:00 p.m. Performance and Q&A

Yehuda Hyman will perform The Mad 7. With sold-out shows and rave reviews at the recent 14th annual New York International Fringe Festival, Mr. Hyman's one-man show explores the intersection of theater, dance, poetry, myth and mysticism. Originally produced at McCarter Theatre Center's 2008 IN-Festival, The Mad 7 tells the epic tale of Elliott Green, San Francisco office drone turned reluctant hero who embarks on a strange and mystical quest. In a virtuosic performance, Hyman uses music, dance and film as he becomes the many characters of this playful, off-beat and moving story of spirituality and self-discovery. Inspired by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov's The Seven Beggars, The Mad 7 is a wild tour of the mysteries of the universe and the ecstasy of the soul.

Hyman's plays have been produced at San Diego Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mixed Blood Theater, and Cornerstone Theater Company, among others. Honors include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, Heideman Award, grants from the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and a Jerome Fellowship. He was an artist-in-residence at the Rhodopi Theater Collective in Bulgaria and is an affiliated artist with the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. His poetry and prose have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Minnesota Monthly and an upcoming anthology from Wayne State University Press. He lives in Los Angeles.

Thursday, September 30
5:00 p.m. Craft Talk
7:30 p.m. Reading and Performance

Brian Turner is a soldier-poet who served for seven years in the U.S. Army. Beginning in November 2003, he was an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. His debut collection, Here, Bullet, reflects his war-time experiences in graceful and unflinching poetry and is the winner of the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award. His other honors since include a Lannan Literary Fellowship and NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. His second collection is Phantom Noise (Alice James Books) was released in 2010.