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State of Rhode Island, Governor's Office

Colin Channer named Rhode Island Poet Laureate

Governor Dan McKee named Colin Channer as Rhode Island’s 7th Poet Laureate. Colin Channer is associate professor or Literary Arts at Brown University and author, most recently, of Console, a book of poems.

“Colin Channer is an accomplished writer whose talent and work have touched the lives of so many people,” said Governor McKee. “I’m excited to see him continue his craft here in the Ocean State where he will not just be a leader in poetry but serve as a poetry and literary inspiration to Rhode Islanders across our state.”

The announcement was made on Friday, 1 March 2024.

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Brown Alumni News

New book on Michael S. Harper by Brown alumnus

Michael Antonucci ’88 has recently published Understanding Michael S. Harper, an invaluable exploration of Professor Harper's life and poetry. Professor Harper, who died in 2016, served as mentor for generations of Brown students and taught for the Literary Arts department for 43 years.
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“Open again a turn of light,” written by Brown faculty members Eric Nathan and Sawako Nakayasu, will premiere on Saturday, Oct. 21, part of the inaugural public performance at The Lindemann Performing Arts Center.
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Literary Arts congratulates Bhion Achimba, MFA class of 2022, for receiving the prestigious Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. On October 21, 2023, a special event at the Poetry Foundation will bring all five fellows together for the first time for a free public reading to share their poetry and celebrate their accomplishments.
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The New Yorker

The True Margaret by Karan Mahajan

Associate Professor Karan Mahajan's latest work of fiction, The True Margaret, may be read through the New Yorker's online site.
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News from Literary Arts

Keith Waldrop, 1932-2023

Keith Waldrop, recipient of the National Book Award in Poetry, died on 27 July 2023. Keith retired from Brown as Brooke Russell Astor Professor in 2011; a distinguished poet and translator, he was named Chevalier of Arts and Letters from the French government. Keith and his wife, Rosmarie, ran Burning Deck Press for over 50 years and published over 200 books.
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News from Brown

Literary Arts filmmaking course in the news

Laura Colella is leading an intensive filmmaking course foregrounding hands-on collaborative work, giving students a chance to gain experience and confidence.
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Core 77 Design Awards

Alumna part of winning team for design award

Aya Natalia Karpinska, MFA '03, was part of the design team that won the prestigious Core 77 Design Award for Interaction. The team created an augmented reality experience for a gallery of photographs in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
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Poets & Writers

Colin Channer recognized as a Writer for Writers

Colin Channer has been honored by Poets & Writers as recipient of a Writers for Writers award for 2023. The award is given to writers who have been given generously to other writers and to literature more generally. Colin Channer, associate professor in Literary Arts, was recognized for co-founding the Calabash International Literary Festival, and supporting end encouraging writers from the African diaspora, the Americas, Europe and Asia, and helping readers in th Caribbean and worldwide discover an ever-growing body of literature.
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Assistant Professor of Literary Arts Sawako Nakayasu is one of four co-translators awarded the Modern Language Association’s 2021 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of Literary Work for their translation of Yi Sang: Selected Works, published by Wave Books.
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News from Literary Arts

New Publications

Jay Gao MFA '22 reports that his debut poetry collection, Imperium, has been accepted for August 2022 publication by Carcanet Press.
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Erica Hunt, Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice in Poetry, was interviewed in Poets & Writers Magazine about her new poetry collection, Jump the Clock, published in October by Nightboat Books.
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New York Times

Chibuihe Obi Achimba MFA'22 New York Times Op-Ed

“Gay in Nigeria, Black Male in America,” an opinion piece by Chibuihe Obi Achimba MFA ’22, was published in The New York Times on Saturday, Nov. 7. Chibuihe, who is studying poetry in the Literary Arts graduate program, was a 2019 – 2020 Scholar-at-Risk at Harvard University before matriculating at Brown.
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