Monthly events, host by the Department of English, feature regional and national writers sharing their newest work
GARY, Ind. — The Dunes Literary Series, hosted by the Department of English at Indiana University Northwest, resumes with writers from a range of genres and backgrounds. The monthly reading series will feature writers from Northwest Indiana, Chicago and beyond.
Here are the upcoming events:
October 4: Max Lawton
Translator extraordinaire, Max Lawton has translated and placed eight books by Russian novelist and short fiction writer Vladimir Sorokin, including Tellruia and Their Four Hearts, as well as the forthcoming Blue Lard, Red Pyramid and Other Stories and Dispatches from the District Committee.
Lawton is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on phenomenology and the 20th Century novel at Columbia University, where he also teaches Russian.
October 25: Kass Fleisher Memorial Reading
Kass Fleisher, a writer who passed away in 2023, will be remembered with a reading and discussion on her life. Those participating include Laura Mullen, Michael Joyce, Mary Ann Cain, Carla Harryman, Cole Swenson, Steve Tomasula, Andrew Levy and Caitlin Marie Alvarez.
Fleisher was the author of five books: the novel Dead Woman Hollow; Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman; the documentary nonfiction work, The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History; and two prose works that trouble the divide between fiction and memoir, The Adventurous and Accidental Species: A Reproduction.
November 15: Peggy Shinner and Jesse Rifkin
Peggy Shinner is the author of You Feel So Mortal/Essays on the Body, which was long-listed for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
Her essays have appeared in The Paris Review, BOMB, LitHub, Colorado Review, Salon, The Rumpus and others. Her next collection, Wound Weapon Warning Virtue, is forthcoming, and an essay from that collection, “The Rest is History,” won Fourth Genre’s 2022 Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest.
Jesse Rifkin’s This Must Be the Place: Music, Community, and Vanished Spaces in New York City explores the history of back-block music clubs that have disappeared amidst the city’s gentrification. As a historian, he also operates Walk on the Wild Side Tours in New York.
- January 24: Featured translators: Mark Tardi and Nate West
- February 21: Aryanil Mukherjee and Guest
- March 20: Rachel Galvin and Guest
- April 24: IU Northwest Creative Writing Student Night
All events will take place via Zoom and begin at 6:30 p.m. Please register for each event. Registrations for events taking place in 2024 are forthcoming.