Writers Ian Stansel and Afaa Michael Weaver will appear in the next public reading sponsored by the A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series. The reading will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in room 154 of Smith Hall.
Stansel is the author of the story collection Everybody’s Irish (FiveChapters, 2013). His work also has appeared in Ploughshares, Salon, Cincinnati Review, Ecotone and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston, where he served as editor of Gulf Coast. He currently serves as fiction editor for the online literary journal Memorious.
Weaver is the author of 12 collections of poetry and the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships from the NEA and the Pew Foundation. He received a Fulbright scholarship that won him a teaching appointment at National Taiwan University in 2002. A native of Baltimore and a graduate of Brown University, Weaver also is an award-winning playwright, a translator of contemporary Chinese poetry and the creator of the “Bop,” an American poetic form. He teaches at Simmons College and in Drew University’s low-residency program for the M.F.A. in poetry and poetry in translation. Profiles of his life and work are maintained by the Poetry Foundation and the Academy of American Poets.
The event is sponsored in part by the College of Liberal Arts and Honors College, and A.E. Stringer.