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Jun 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

WORKSHOP: PRAGUE SUMMER PROGRAM FOR WRITERS - Day 1

Aspiring writers are invited to explore Czech literary culture and gain inspiration for their own craft during a unique weekend symposium, June 4-5.

 

Presented by The Prague Summer Program for Writers and co-sponsored by New York-based independent publisher Three Rooms Press and the Czech Center, the symposium will feature spirited workshops led by world-renowned authors in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, a compelling lecture on chaos and its relation to the writer’s craft, and a distinctive panel on travel and its relation to imagination.

Featured speakers include former California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes, Guggenhiem and Macarthur fellow Patricia Hampl, award-winning poet Gerald Stern, Guggenheim fellow Alison Hawthorne Deming, and more.

The weekend-long event is an abridged rendition of the more comprehensive, month-long Prague Summer Writing Program, held each July since 1993 in the Czech Republic capital. For nearly 23 years, the PSP has provided guidance and inspiration to nearly two thousand aspiring English-language writers from around the world by partnering them with award winning, critically acclaimed poets, novelists and nonfiction authors in Prague. Aspiring writers attend workshops, readings and lectures, led by masters of the written word, in an effort to improve their craft and refine their voices.

Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction & Fiction. Talks, Readings and Q+A including esteemed writers: Randy Fertel, Carol Muske-Dukes, Stanley Plumly, Christopher Merrill, Anne Marie Macari, Gerald Stern & Richard Katrovas.

 

11-12:30: General Introduction. Randy Fertel talks on chaos & the creative in the Cinema.
THIS SESSION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-FREE ADMISSION

Randy Fertel holds a PhD from Harvard University where he received a teaching award by student vote. He has also taught English at Tulane, LeMoyne College, and the New School for Social Research. His award-winning 2011 memoir, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak, unspools untold tales as he tries to makes sense of his parents – and himself – in a colorful, food-obsessed New Orleans. Novelist Tim O’Brien calls his new book, A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation, “a stunner of a book – smart, jarring, innovative, witty, provocative, wise, and beautifully written.” Kirkus Reviews called it "A tour de force of reading in the fields of literary theory and history befitting a George Steiner or Erich Auerbach.”

 

 1-3 PM: Workshops: Fiction: Richard Katrovas, Poetry: Carol Muske-Dukes & Anne Marie Macari, Creative Nonfiction: Christopher Merrill in the Ballroom.

There are 20 scholarship places available for each workshop. To take part in one of the workshops please submit two pieces of your work for consideration for a place. register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/psp-in-nyc-master-writing-workshop-tickets-25033190948

 

Richard Katrovas is founding director of the Prague Summer Program. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, among them Dithyrambs (Carnegie Mellon,1998), Prague Winter (Carnegie Mellon, 2004), Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon, 2011) and the forthcoming Swastika to Lotus (Carnegie Mellon). He is also the author of a book of short stories, Prague, U.S.A. (Portals, 1997); a memoir, The Republic of Burma Shave (Carnegie Mellon, 2001); a novel, Mystic Pig (Smallmouth, 2001, Oleander, 2008); and the “anecdotal memoir” The Years of Smashing Bricks (Carnegie Mellon, 2007). His most recent book is the memoir-in-essays Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father (Three Room Press, New York: 2014). His poems, essays and stories have appeared widely, and won numerous grants and awards. He was editor for Ten Years After the Velvet Revolution: Voices from the Czech Republic (New Orleans Review, Special Double Issue, Spring, 2000). Katrovas witnessed the Velvet Revolution on a Fulbright in 1989, and has been a resident of Prague with his three daughters and yogini wife for much of each year since. He taught for the University of New Orleans for twenty years, and joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in the fall of 2002.

Anne Marie Macari is the author of four books of poetry, including Red Deer (Persea Books, 2015) and She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House, 2008).  In 2000 Macari won the APR/Honickman first book prize for Ivory Cradle, which was followed by Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005).  She has also coedited, with Carey Salerno, Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry From Alice James Books.

 

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.

Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of eight books of poetry, four novels and two collections of essays; she has also co-edited poetry anthologies, including Crossing State Lines: An American Renga, co-edited with Bob Holman.  She is professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California & is former Poet Laureate of California. She writes and reviews for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post and she has been the recipient of many awards & acknowledgments, including a Guggenheim, NEA, Castagnola award, Library of Congress award. She has been a National Book Award finalist and recipient of the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers award.  Her collections have been New York Times Most Notable Books and Best of American Poetry.  Her play, "I Married the Icepick Killer" has been given staged readings in NY and she is working with others on a short film about Sappho, called Some Say Sappho.   

 

4-6 PM: Workshops: Poetry: Stanley Plumly, Creative Nonfiction & Fiction- Richard Katrovas in the Ballroom

There are 20 scholarship places available for each workshop. To take part in one of the workshops please submit two pieces of your work for consideration for a place. register online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/psp-in-nyc-master-writing-workshop-tickets-25033190948

 

Richard Katrovas is founding director of the Prague Summer Program. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, among them Dithyrambs (Carnegie Mellon,1998), Prague Winter (Carnegie Mellon, 2004), Scorpio Rising: Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon, 2011) and the forthcoming Swastika to Lotus (Carnegie Mellon). He is also the author of a book of short stories, Prague, U.S.A. (Portals, 1997); a memoir, The Republic of Burma Shave (Carnegie Mellon, 2001); a novel, Mystic Pig (Smallmouth, 2001, Oleander, 2008); and the “anecdotal memoir” The Years of Smashing Bricks (Carnegie Mellon, 2007). His most recent book is the memoir-in-essays Raising Girls in Bohemia: Meditations of an American Father (Three Room Press, New York: 2014). His poems, essays and stories have appeared widely, and won numerous grants and awards. He was editor for Ten Years After the Velvet Revolution: Voices from the Czech Republic (New Orleans Review, Special Double Issue, Spring, 2000). Katrovas witnessed the Velvet Revolution on a Fulbright in 1989, and has been a resident of Prague with his three daughters and yogini wife for much of each year since. He taught for the University of New Orleans for twenty years, and joined the faculty of Western Michigan University in the fall of 2002.

Stanley Plumly’s most recent book of poems is Orphan Hours (W.W. Norton, 2012). His collection, Old Heart, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography was runner-up for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Distinguished Biography. His most recent book of prose, The Immortal Evening: A Legendary Dinner with Keats, Wordsworth, and Lamb W.W. Norton, 2014), won the 2015 Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism, administered by the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. In 2010 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  

 

 

6:30 -9:00 PM: Readings and Q+A. Carol Muske-Dukes, Stanley Plumly, Christopher Merrill, Anne Marie Macari, Gerald Stern in the Gallery

THIS SESSION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC-FREE ADMISSION
Gerald Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1925 and was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University.  He is the author of 16 books of poetry, including, most recently, Divine Nothingness (Norton, 2014) and In Beauty Bright (Norton, 2012), as well as This Time:  New and Selected Poems, which won the 1998 National Book Award.  A kind-of memoir of a year in 85 sections titled Stealing History, was published by Trinity University Press in 2012.  Stern was awarded the 2005 Wallace Stevens Award by the Academy of American Poets, was the 2010 recipient of the Medal of Honor in Poetry by the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was inducted into the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was the 2012 recipient of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.  He was the 2014 winner of the Frost Medal.

 

SATURDAY JUNE 4, 11:00AM –9:00PM in the Cinema, Gallery & Ballroom

 

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Jun 4, 2016 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Organizer:

Czech Center


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