Archive for ‘Faculty’

January 24, 2011

Knocking on Doors

An interesting insight from SLS Montreal panelist and guest lecturer Steve Almond on his first experience of capitalism and his   work today as a writer.

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June 2, 2010

AIMEE BENDER IN WALL STREET JOURNAL

Former SLS faculty member and friend of the program Aimee Bender released The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake yesterday.  You can read about the book and Bender’s writing process in this interview by the Wall Street Journal.

May 26, 2010

SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK WRITER?

The always reliable Pop Matters has asked nearly every music critic they could get their hands on to share their tips for aspiring journalists, reviewers, and feature writers.  Among the host of participants is SLS Montreal faculty member Chuck Klosterman, whose advice is sage, sober, and practical (“Clarity is extremely important, unless you honestly don’t care about how people interpret your ideas.”)  Check out the article here (Chuck is at the bottom of the page).

May 24, 2010

CANTY LAUNCHES WEBSITE, DOZEN STORIES

SLS Montreal faculty member Kevin Canty has recently launched a new website in support of his forthcoming novel, Everything. Canty has taken on the herculean task of completing and posting a new short story every month for the next year; you can read the first installment, “King of the Elephants,” here.

May 11, 2010

GARY SHTEYNGART HAS BAD NEWS FOR YOU

SLS Montreal special guest Gary Shteyngart was recently interviewed by the folks at The Days of Yore, who asked him about his pre-publication life as an aspiring writer.  For those seeking asylum in graduate programs: behold your future.

May 4, 2010

Martin Espada in the Huffington Post

SLS Montreal poetry faculty member Martin Espada has a poem featured in the Huffington Post.  Enjoy it here.

April 30, 2010

POPMATTERS REVIEWS COOVER’S NOIR

Take a gander at Popmatters’ review of SLS friend and special guest Robert Coover’s new crime novel, Noir, wherein the point is made that, unlike certain other A-list authors who have recently dabbled in crime, Coover’s novel is utterly unfilmable–and that’s a good thing.

April 28, 2010

WELLMAN WOWS AUSTIN

“The Difficulty of Crossing a Field,” the titular opera from SLS Montreal faculty member Mac Wellman’s 2008 collection of plays, recently opened at the University of Texas’ B. Iden Payne Theatre in Austin.  The Austin-American Statesman’s Jeanna Claire van Ryzin was wowed by Wellman’s adaptation of Ambrose Bierce’s 1888 short story, praising it for its enigmatic take on the historical legacy of the American Civil War.  Wellman has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

April 21, 2010

KEITH GESSEN: BIG THINKER

If you haven’t cruised by Big Think’s website, give it a try.  As you might have put together from their name, they’re dedicated to sharing and discussing of ideas, and have put together quite a panel of thinkers, writers, artists, scientists, and others to discuss whatever happens to be important to those panelists.  SLS Montreal special guest Keith Gessen has his own Big Think page, where you can watch him read from his novel (All the Sad Young Literary Men) or discuss the political role of fiction.  He makes a good case for the humanitarian value of writing, saying, “Fiction still has a real role to play in changing the way that people live,” in its ability to act as something of a mirror for its readers.

April 19, 2010

COOVER ON THE END OF BOOKS

SLS Montreal special guest Robert Coover wrote prophetically about the future of hypertext and the end of printed books way back in 1992, when the rest of us were still listening to Nirvana and most of us were accessing Prodigy on our dialup connections.  Some of hypertext’s innovations as seen by Coover–the incorporation of statistics charts, song lyrics, newspaper articles, and dictionary entries–have made it into the world of print, and David Foster Wallace would employ almost all of them in Infinite Jest several years later.  Coover ran a hypertext-based writing workshop at Brown back in ’92 and here talks about the good and creative work that came out of that class.  Things have certainly changed since then–Coover’s class was working on Apple 7.0!–but it’s not hard to read his article with contemporary ears.  What he’s calling (and is still called) hypertext, we might simply call the internet.  Indeed, some of the problems Coover presents remain; namely, how to maintain unity, narrative integrity, and voice in an amorphous and community-composed text.  As sampling becomes more accepted by the mainstream, how do these concerns and others affect what we consider art?

With all of the current talk about the possible demise of printed books, it’s interesting to hear a writer as artistically minded as Coover talk about the possibilities inherent in a post-print book world.

(via Understanding Sociology of New Media)