As if there isn’t already a ton of good shit going on tonight, the English department will be hosting a joint poetry/fiction reading featuring Skidmore English Professor Jay Rogoff and critically-acclaimed fiction writer Anthony Wallace in Davis Auditorium at 8:00pm.
English Professor Jay Rogoff has published five books of poetry, including The Cutoff: A Sequence, which won the Washington Prize for Poetry. Venera, his latest book of poems, was published back in February, and has praise such as the following: “Drawing on the natural world, personal intimacy, and the imagination as evoked in visual art and biblical narrative, Rogoff’s poems detail our drive to both acts of veneration and submission to Venus’s sensuous power.” Jay Rogoff will be starting off the evening with a selection from the collection. You can listen to an interview in which he talks about the book here, and you can read a poem from the collection entitled “The Table” here.
Word on the street is that they’ll be selling copies of the book for pretty dope cheap, too.
Published in 2013, Wallace’s debut short story collection, The Old Priest, was a finalist for the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and has been praised by critics and Amazon users alike. The description on Amazon sells it pretty well:
Through wry, ironic prose—and what feels like firsthand experience—Wallace describes a comic and often misguided search for self-knowledge in the most unlikely locations—like the Emerald City, a low-rent gambling den where a cocktail waitress dressed as an X-rated Dorothy offers gamblers more than a Scotch on the rocks; or the Bastille Hotel-Casino, where a dealer dressed as an eighteenth century footman deals five-dollar blackjack to a reminiscing Holocaust survivor. Occasionally a real demon appears, but the collection is mostly about personal demons and the possibility of exorcising them.
If that doesn’t sell you, you can read the title short-story from the collection here. I’m no literary critic, but it’s pretty fucking good.
The event starts at 8:00pm in Davis Auditorium (on the second floor of Bolton) and probably won’t last more than an hour-and-a-half (if that), so if you want to get a bit of intellectual stimuli before the weekend hits, swing by and and hear the type of writing you’d probably find in The New Yorker, but at half the effort.