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Thursday, November 17
Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Ave, Alley 1
Evanston, IL 60201
Reginald Gibbons' new collection of poetry, LAST LAKE, will be released by University of Chicago Press on October 31. We will be hosting him for a reading from this new work Thursday evening, November 17. Gibbons, whose collection CREATURES OF A DAY was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, is a member of Northwestern's English and Classics departments and the founder and outgoing director of the MA/MFA in Creative Writing in Northwestern's School of Professional Studies.
The reading will be accompanied by Mabel Kwan on the clavichord. This Chicago-based, Austin-born pianist has been praised by the Chicago Classical Review for “stunning virtuosity, musicality and resourcefulness that was almost as enjoyable to watch as to hear." She is a pianist for Ensemble Dal Niente and the trio Pesedjet.
Writers in Residence
Winter Quarter 2017- Writer in Residence ALEX KOTLOWITZ
Spring Quarter 2017 Visiting Writer in Residence DRISS KSIKES teaching The Art of Playwriting
Driss Ksikes is professor at HEM Business School (Morocco) of media, culture and creative writing..Previously editor of TelQuel, he is since 2007 managing Director of the CESEM (HEM Business School’s research center) and editor of Economia, its main electronic review journal. Literary critic, he is playwright, novelist and essay writer, co-author of “Le métier d’intellectuel” (Presses de l’Université Citoyenne, Ed. En toutes lettres, 2014), for which he has been awarded Grand Atlas Prize in 2015. His theatre writings comprise Pas de mémoire, mémoire de pas (1998), Le saint des incertains (2000), Il (2008), 180 degrés (2010), N'enterrez pas trop vite Big Brother (2013). He was selected by National Studio Theatre in London in 2012 among six best african playwrights, and nominated in 2014 as the best francophone playwright. Culturally active, he is the co-founder of Averroes encounters in Rabat since 2009 and initiator of citizen theatrical experiences.