Literature Program

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.


UB English Dept. & Hallwalls present

Rebecca Goodman & Martin Nakell

Exhibit X Fiction

Rebecca Goodman is the author of The Surface of Motion (Green Integer) and Aftersight (Spuyten Duyvil, forthcoming), and co-author of the composition textbook The Assignment: Why am I Writing This Essay (Fountainhead Press). She is the co-founder and co-director of Ischia Arts: The Program in Creative Writing, and co-director of &NOW '08. She sits on the national board of &NOW. She lives in Southern California, where she teaches creative writing at Chapman University.

Martin Nakell is a fictionalist and poet who believes that the experience of art is energy. That energy can be released—in literature—by the disruption of form—creating fissures along which that energy travels and is where the reader encounters it. He is the author of about 11 books—poetry and fiction. He has won several national awards and grants. He was co-director of &NOW '08, and sits on the &NOW board. He lives in Southern California where he teaches at Chapman University. Of his 2010 novel, Settlement, Angela Genusa writes in Mad Hatters Review: "Nakell pulls off experimental literary techniques like a master prose magician, leaving the reader (after not only first, but repeated readings) to sit and marvel, 'How did he do that?'"

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All The Glad Variety

Though distilled into broad symbolic forms or abstract landscapes, David Schirm's work often springs from his own experiences during the Vietnam War and paintings may allude to the scenes of horrific and senseless battles, the strafing of weapons across a landscape, "whose laser-like blazes of fired bullets gave a distinctive hum of un-worldliness to the darkness." Though his depictions of landscape forms even touch upon the pastoral in their depiction and use of color, Schirm's original point o ...