Literature Program

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
The University at Buffalo, Department of English

Brian Evenson


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Brian Evenson is the author of six books of fiction, including Altmann’s Tongue, Father of Lies, Contagion, and Dark Property. He is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, an O. Henry Prize, and a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Conjunctions, The Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Third Bed, The Southern Review, and a number of other magazines. He teaches in Brown University’s Creative Writing Program, and is a Senior Editor for Conjunctions.

Fiction writer and new UB English Professor Christina Milletti has initiated an exciting new series of readings at Hallwalls by some of the most talented and interesting young fiction writers publishing today. Practically from its inception in the mid-1970s, when such writers as Kathy Acker visited Essex Street early in their careers, and continuing unabated through at least the early 1990s, Hallwalls was renowned for its innovative fiction programming, complementing the wealth of readings in poetry and other genres presented by Just Buffalo Literary Center, the UB Poetics Program, and many other community literary presenters. Hallwalls is pleased to partner with the UB English Department in hosting this new series, with writers selected by Milletti, which will continue the Hallwalls tradition of showcasing innovative prose and experimental narrative. The series title is a phrase from Alain Robbe-Grillet’s influential essay "A Future for the Novel."

"In this future universe of the novel, gestures and objects will be there before being something; and they will still be there afterwards, hard, unalterable, eternally present, mocking their own ‘meaning.’ Exhibit X ‘gives us’ a clear image of this situation. Though [it] may conceal a mystery, or betray it, the [X] element which make[s] a mockery of systems has only one serious, obvious quality, which is to be there."

~ from "A Future for the Novel" by Alain Robbe-Grillet

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