April 5, 2008- Cole Swensen, Thalia Field

Morandi , 1956

Cole Swensen is the author of twelve books of poetry, including

Ours (New California Poetry, 2008), The Glass Age (Alice James Books, 2007), Goest (Alice James Books 2004). Cole is one of America’s most

astute & prolific translators of French poetry, her latest translation is

You Are the Business by Caroline Dubois (Burning Deck Press, Feb. 2008).

She has won the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, two

Pushcart Prizes, a National Poetry Series selection & the PEN USA Award

in Literary Translation. Cole is on the permanent faculty of The Iowa Writers’

Workshop. She lives & practices her art in Iowa, Washington, DC & Paris.  


Thalia Field has two books published with New Directions: POINT AND LINE (2000) and INCARNATE: STORY MATERIAL (2004). Her new book, ULULU (CLOWN SHRAPNEL) is from Coffee House press in 2007, with film stills by Bill Morrison. Thalia’s writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Chicago Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Theater, Central Park, Chain and Conjunctions, where she served as editor and senior editor from 1995-1999. Performance works and plays include THE POMPEII EXHIBIT, composed by Toshiro Saruya, which was awarded an NEA commission grant in 1992, and HEY-STOP-THAT which was published in Theater magazine and produced at various US venues. Her current stage work is in collaboration with media artist and choreographer Jamie Jewett and includes SEVEN VEILS (Philadelphia and NY 2003) AFTER THE FALL (NY and Boston, 2004) and REST/LESS (NY, Boston, Providence 2005). Thalia serves on the editorial board of Chain, an interdisciplinary arts journal, and Play:A Journal of Plays. Before joining the faculty at Brown, Thalia taught at Bard College and at the Writing and Poetics program at Naropa University.

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