Reading Corner Readings

The Reading Corner is located on the lower level of Háskólatorg, next to the stairs leading down from the Bookstore.



8:45 – 9:15 AM


Paul Munden: Reading from The Bulmer Murder

Paul Munden is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Canberra, and Director of the UK's National Association of Writers in Education. His collection of poems, Asterisk, based on Shandy Hall, was published in 2011, and a new and selected works, Analogue/Digital, was published in 2015. He is currently writing a poetic biography of Nigel Kennedy.


Amy Benson: Reading from Seven Years to Zero

Amy Benson is the author of Seven Years to Zero (forthcoming, Spring 2017), winner of the Dzanc Books Nonfiction Prize, and The Sparkling-Eyed Boy (Houghton Mifflin 2004), winner of the Katherine Bakeless Nason Prize in creative nonfiction, sponsored by Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She teaches at Rhodes College in Memphis.


Pierre Joris: Reading from A Nomad Poetics, a collection of essays

Pierre Joris has published some 50 books of poems, essays, and translations. Just out are Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press and The University of California Book of North African Literature (volume 4 in the Poems for the Millennium series), coedited with Habib Tengour. He lives in Sorrentinostan, a.k.a. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with his wife, multimedia performance artist and writer, Nicole Peyrafitte.


Robyn Ferrell: Reading from her creative nonfiction work The Real Desire and/or work-in-progress ‘Free Stuff’

Robyn Ferrell is an Australian writer and philosopher, currently living in Sydney. She is the author of several books of philosophy and a book of creative non-fiction, The Real Desire, which was shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award in 2005. She is currently working on another creative non-fiction project with the working title ‘Free Stuff.’


10:30 – 11:15 AM


Alexandra Chasin: Reading from Assassin of Youth: A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger's War on Drugs

Alexandra Chasin is author of Assassin of Youth:  A Kaleidoscopic History of Harry J. Anslinger’s War on Drugs. Previous books include fiction and nonfiction – and now this genrefuck. She directs Writing On It All, a public participatory writing project, and is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at Lang College, The New School.


John Bennion: Reading a recent lyric essay

John Bennion writes about the arid lands of Utah. His collection of short fiction, Breeding Leah and Other Stories (1991), and a novel, Falling Toward Heaven (2000), were both published by Signature Books. Another novel, Avenging Saint, is forthcoming. He teaches at Brigham Young University.


Marcela Sulak: Reading ‘Solidarity,’ a lyric essay about rape culture

Marcela Sulak has translated four collections of poetry and folktales from Czech, French (Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Hebrew, co-edited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, and published two collections of poetry and several essays. She directs the Graduate Program of Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University.


Jennifer Kronovet : Reading from The Wug Test, short essays and poems about linguistics

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of The Wug Test (Ecco Press), selected for the National Poetry Series, and Awayward. She co-translated The Acrobat, the selected poems of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin. Under the name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated Empty Chairs, poetry by the Chinese writer Liu Xia.


2:15 – 3:00 PM


Melissa Febos: Reading from Abandon Me

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work appears in Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Granta, Kenyon Review, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Monmouth University.


Quinn Eades: Reading from all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body

Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and award-winning poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist, queer and trans theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, published by Tantanoola.


Vanessa Berry: Reading from Ninety9, memoir

Vanessa Berry is a writer, visual artist, and the author of three books of creative nonfiction: Strawberry Hills Forever (2007), Ninety9 (2013), and Atlas of the Recent Past (2017), as well as the psychogeography blog Mirror Sydney. She teaches place writing at the University of Sydney, and nonfiction at Macquarie University, Sydney. She holds a PhD in Media from Macquarie University and researches forms and approaches in literary nonfiction of urban places.


Rachel May: Reading from her forthcoming creative nonfiction book, Stitches in Time

Rachel May is the author of the creative nonfiction/history book Stitches in Time (forthcoming, Pegasus 2017), Quilting with a Modern Slant, a Library Journal & Best Book of 2014, and two books of fiction: The Experiments: A Legend in Pictures & Words, and The Benedictines. Her work has been recently published or is forthcoming in 1913: A Journal of Forms, The Volta, New Delta Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, LARB, Cream City Review, Indiana Review, Word for/Word, The Literary Review, Zone 3 online, and other journals.


8:45 – 9:30 AM


Samiya Bashir: Reading from Field Theories

Samiya Bashir is the author of Field Theories (Spring 2017), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. Her work appears in the anthologies Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Reed College.


Lisa M. O’Neill: Reading from “Our Inner Ear,” a work-in-progress

An essayist and journalist, Lisa M. O’Neill has taught writing at the University of Arizona and in community workshops, including at Arizona detention centers. Her work has appeared in Diagram, defunct, Salon, and Good Housekeeping, among others. Her manuscript-in-progress considers sound and silence in relationship to gender, race, and mass incarceration.


Marc Nieson: Reading from Schoolhouse, a memoir

Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir — SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape (2016). He teaches at Chatham University and edits The Fourth River.  More @


Arianne Zwartjes: Reading from ‘These Dark Skies: Chronicle of a Year,’ a work-in-progress

Arianne Zwartjes is a poet, essayist, wilderness medicine instructor, and author of Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy (U. Iowa Press). After years of teaching writing at the University of Arizona and UWC-USA, she spent last year in Europe and is working on a nonfiction manuscript about the Greek refugee crisis.


12:45 – 1:30 PM


Joyce Meier: Reading from a work-in-progress on aphasia, caregiving, and loss

Joyce Meier is assistant professor and assistant director of the First-Year Writing program at Michigan State University, where she teaches both grant-writing and the bridge writing course. She also recently taught writing at the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China.


Vasilis Manousakis: Reading from Movie Stills and Fragile Boundary, poetry

Dr. Vasilis Manousakis is an academic instructor, writer, and translator. He has published three books of poetry and one book of short stories, as well as numerous essays and translations. He teaches Literature and Literary and Audiovisual Translation at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Hellenic American University, Athens, Greece.


Jessica Wilkinson: Reading from Suite for Percy Grainger, a poetic biography

Jessica Wilkinson is the founding editor of RABBIT: a journal for nonfiction poetry. She has published two poetic biographies, marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (Vagabond 2012) and Suite for Percy Grainger (Vagabond 2014). She is currently writing up a third, on choreographer George Balanchine. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.


Douglas Haynes: Reading from Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters

Douglas Haynes is a nonfiction writer and poet whose work has appeared in Longreads, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, North American Review, and dozens of other publications. His narrative nonfiction book Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters is forthcoming from University of Texas Press. He is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.


4:00 – 4:45 PM


Mark Lewandowski: Reading from Julie Delpy’s Dog

Mark Lewandowski is the author of the story collection, Halibut Rodeo, and his essays and stories have appeared in many literary journals. Currently, he is a professor of English at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.


Laurie Stone: Reading from My Life as an Animal, stories

Laurie Stone is author of four books, most recently My Life as an Animal, a series of linked, comic stories. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics. She participated in “Novel,” living in a house built by architects, situated in an art gallery. Her work has appeared in Fence, Open City, Anderbo, Threepenny Review and many other journals. Her latest collaboration with musical composer Gordon Beeferman, “You, the Weather, a Wolf,” premiered in New York City in May 2016.


Mark Wunderlich: Reading from The Earth Avails

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, which was published by Graywolf Press in 2014, and which received the Rilke Prize. He has received many fellowships, including his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, among others. He is currently on the faculty at Bennington College in Vermont.


Beth Alvarado: Reading from ‘Ordinary Devotions,’ a book-length essay-in-progress on politics and grand/motherhood

Beth Alvarado is the author of two books, Anthropologies and Not a Matter of Love. Her essay, “Water in the Desert,” about her husband’s death and the pollution of artesian wells, was published in Guernica: A Magazine of Art and Politics. She teaches prose at OSU-Cascades low residency MFA program.


5:30 – 6:15 PM


Sean Prentiss: Reading from Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, an environmental memoir

Sean Prentiss is the author of Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography, and was a finalist for the Vermont and Colorado Book Awards. Prentiss is the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction and he is the co-author of the forthcoming environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology.


Selina Guinness: Reading from The Crocodile by the Door, a memoir

Selina Guinness is a writer and lecturer in English. She was writer-in-residence with DLR County Council (2015 - 2016). Editor of The New Irish Poets, and co-editor of The Resurrection manuscripts for the Cornell Yeats; her memoir, The Crocodile by the Door, (Penguin 2012) was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards, and the BGE Irish Book Awards.


Johannes Klabbers: Reading from I Am Here: Stories from a Cancer Ward

Johannes Klabbers is an Australian writer and a posthumanist therapist currently living and working in Europe. His first book, I Am Here, was published in 2016 by Scribe in the UK and Australia. His website is at


Fiona Wright: Reading from Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger

Fiona Wright’s book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award, and her poetry collection Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University’s Writing & Society Research Centre.