Campus Events

September 14: Fiction Reading with Nicholson Baker

Fiction writer and essayist with an exacting eye for the minutia that comprises our daily lives, dedicated himself to a year of public school teaching. Substitute is imbued with Baker’s singular voice and narrative panache.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm, Balch Auditorium, Scripps College

September 15: Essayist Jeff Chang

Chang, best known for his writing on hip-hop, and as founding editor for Colorlines Magazine, turns his eye to the troubling and ongoing issues of race in America. His latest book of essays, We Gon’ Be Alright, moves from Ferguson to the Ivory Tower, examining how activists and social media have emerged as the greatest catalysts for protest and, ultimately, change. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm, Garrison Theater, Scripps College

September 19: Poetry Reading with Anna Moschovakis 

Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

September 20: Poetry Lecture with Elena Karina Byrne

Poet, editor, and multi-media artist Elena Karina Byrne is poetry consultant and moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, literary programs director for the Ruskin Arts Club, and a judge for CGU’s Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards. Byrne’s books inlude: The Flammable Bird (Zoo Press, 2002), MASQUE (Tupelo Press, 2008), and Squander (Omidawn, forthcoming 2016). Her lecture is titled “On the Erotics of Poetry.”

Tuesday, September 20 @2:15pm, IAC Library, 831 N.Dartmouth Ave. CGU

September 27: Poetry Reading with Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon is the author of the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body (2005), The Museum of Ordinary Life (2005), and A hundred silences (2006). The Silence Before Speaking, a volume of her poetry translated into Swedish, is published by Tranan publishers. The Dream in the Next Body was named a Notable Book of 2005 by the Sunday Independent in South Africa and was aSunday Times Recommended Book. A hundred silences was short-listed for the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize and the 2007 Olive Schreiner Award. In 2005, Gabeba received the DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Poetry and held the Guest Writer Fellowship at the Nordic Africa Institute, the second person after Ama Ata Aidoo to receive this honour. In 2008, Gabeba was the recipient of a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy and a Writer’s Residency at the University of Witwatersrand. Gabeba has read at international literary festivals such as Winternachten in the Netherlands, Poetry International in Rotterdam and London, the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica, the Stockholm Poetry Festival, the Bristol Poetry Festival, the Franschhoek Literary Festival, Spier and Poetry Africa. Her fiction appears in Chimurenga, Twist(Oshun, 2006), Cape Town Calling (Tafelberg, 2007) and Art South Africa (6.2, Dec 2007). Gabeba is also a scholar, and writes for the media.

Tuesday, September 27 @ 4:30 pm, Scripps College Humanities Museum

September 27: Spoken Word Poetry with Kelly Tsai

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 @ 6:45 pm, Athenaeum, CMC

October 5: Small Press Festival

Featuring Writ Large Press, Inlandia Institute, Eohippus Labs, Libros Antena Books, and Kaya Press. Wednesday, October 5, Pitzer College.

12:15 – 2:30 Book Fair, McConnell Living Room.

2:45 – 4:00 Publishers’ Panel with Chiwan Choi (Writ Large Press), Cati Porter (Inlandia Books), Harold Abramowitz and Amanda Ackerman (Eohippus Labs), Jen Hofer (Libros Antena Books), and Neelanjana Banerjee (Kaya Press). McConnell Founders Room.

4:15 – 5:30 Reading with Rachel McLeod Kaminer (Writ Large Press), Kenji Liu and Angela Peñaredondo (Inlandia Books), Myriam Gurba (Eohippus Labs), Jen Hofer (Libros Antena Books), and Amarnath Ravva (Kaya Press). McConnell Founders Room. 

October 6: Visual Artist and Memoirist Molly Crabapple

Visual artist and memoirist, Crabapple’s work has taken her from burlesque shows in New York City, to the torture trials in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With enviable candor (and vivid portraiture) she explores the role of the artist in contemporary society, all the while reflecting on the particular challenges of being a woman in a medium where men and their work are often privileged.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm, Garrison Theater, Scripps College

October 7: Poetry Reading with Ross Gay, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Award Winner

Friday, October 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm, CGU Art Gallery, 251 E. 10th St., Claremont Graduate University 

October 10: Poetry Reading with Rodrigo Toscano

Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

October 11: Novelist and Scripps Alum Nora Zelevansky

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 12:15 pm, Hampton Room, Scripps College

October 22: Coffee House Night with Simply Kat

Scripps Late Night presents Coffee House Night featuring Simply Kat, an award winning artist and poet who has participated in HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, InkSlam, and more. She is ranked 14th in the nation.

Come share your own work on the stage, polished or not: A poem, a song, a short story. Sign up here:

Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 10pm, Scripps Vita Nova 

October 31: Halloween Reading

Featuring Jonathan Lethem and other creatures of the Pomona English department. Treats will be served.

Monday, October 31, 2016 @ 9 pm, Crookshank Outdoor Classroom, Pomona College

November 3: Chef and Writer Eddie Huang

Restaurateur, chef, and writer, Huang’s memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, took on race and assimilation in America and became the first television program on a major network to feature an Asian family. Food and the ties that bind, continue to obsess him. Double Cup Lovepublished this past June, reveals a man a cross-roads between his past and his future. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm, Garrison Theater, Scripps College

November 9: Fiction Reading with Christopher Sorrentino

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

March 22: Fiction Reading with Dana Spiotta

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

March 28: Poetry Reading with Ari Banias

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody, forthcoming from W.W. Norton in September 2016. He was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and currently lives in Berkeley, CA. He holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in poetry from Hunter College, where he was a teaching fellow. The author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012), his poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, FIELD, Guernica, The Offing, The Volta, and as part of the exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He is the recipient of the 2014 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2012 Campbell Corner Prize, and has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner Fellowship program.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, Pitzer College

April 17: Poetry Reading with John Yau

Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 4:15 pm, Ena Thompson Reading Room, Pomona College

April 20: Tufts Poetry Awards

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Claremont Graduate University

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