Higher Education Webinars

The Education of Oronte Churm

Oronte Churm is the pen name of John Griswold, who teaches in the MFA program at McNeese State University, proudly nestled in Cajun country on the Louisiana Gulf.

February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. This podcast, “A Public Space,” is an audio essay by poet Dana Burchfield, on the occasion of reading Beasley’s book.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Amy Hassinger (The Priest’s Madonna) and Fred Arroyo (The Region of Lost Names) introduce Lewis Hyde's The Gift and discuss its cult status among writers.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Jesús Ángel García is the author of badbadbad (forthcoming May, New Pulp Press), a “transmedia novel about sex, God, rock ‘n’ roll and the social web.” It will appear in print and ebook formats but will also have a soundtrack and a five-part series of interconnected short films related to its themes. It explores issues of sexual morality, self-destruction and redemption, and intimacy in a culture dominated by electronic communication. This podcast is a mashup of live readings and excerpts from soundtrack and film.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Roy Kesey’s first novel, Pacazo, comes out this month from Dzanc Books. It tells the story of “John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John's obsessive search for his wife's killer and his attempts to build a new life for himself and his infant daughter.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Quickies!, “Chicago's favorite reading series,” is dedicated to flash fiction and is hosted by Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter. Each reader has four minutes to read a complete work of short prose. Those that go over the time limit are whistled off stage.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Debra Di Blasi presents “Publishing as Mashup,” a discussion of Jaded Ibis Press’s "full-spectrum book editions, its writer-friendly royalty structure, and forward-thinking business model including an eco-friendly mission—with words, music, and sound images from the company’s multimedia sphere."
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Bob Shacochis, National Book Award winner, is one of those living writers I most admire.
February 3, 2011 - 7:15pm
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, reads here from her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
February 3, 2011 - 4:30am
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today—you can and should enter once each day!) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title these secret words: Day Two Raffle *** The Prizes:
February 1, 2011 - 11:15pm
Eugene Alper is a talented cat. Translator (Anton Chekhov: A Brother's Memoir, by Mikhail Chekhov), actor (catch him on Law & Order: LA), and musician, here he reads his translations of poet Tatiana Kuzovleva then performs hauntingly beautiful music he wrote to her Russian lyrics.

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