Micro-Conference on Contemporary Fiction Writing

As part of the upcoming visit by fiction writers Christina Milletti and Dimitri Anastasopoulos for the Fall New Writing Series, a micro-conference on the current states of fiction writing will take place the first week of November.

In addition to the NWS reading on Thursday (2 November), Anastasopoulos will give a talk Wednesday (1 November) on how fiction can respond to the current mania for non-fiction in our culture. All are invited to a reception at the Kress Place following Dimitri’s presentation. On Thursday, before the reading in Soderberg, Milletti will present a talk on the poetics of fiction and the writings of Gertrude Stein and Christine Brooke-Rose.

Anastasopoulos and Milletti are both consummate stylists and thought-provoking scholars. Besides writing fiction, Milletti’s scholarship examines the intersections of gender, performance, and speech act theory in the work of twentieth century women writers. Anastasopoulos’ work emphasizes the tragicomic nature of botched translations, the development of the novel in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and the evolving properties of fictional language.

For anyone interested in contemporary fiction, experimental and innovative writing, avant-garde aesthetics, literary theory, poetics, gender, and cultural studies, these three events will be engaging, entertaining, stimulating, and most of all, intellectually provocative.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 1

5:00pm—Dimitri Anastasopoulos: “Outside of Fiction: We Live”: Wick’s Room, Neville Hall

7:00pm—Reception: The Old Kress Manse

Thursday, November 2

3:00pm—Christina Milletti: “Innovative Fiction and the Poetics of Power: Gertrude Stein and Christine Brooke-Rose “Do” Language”: Wick’s Room, Neville Hall

4:30pm—NWS Reading: Soderberg Auditorium, Jenness Hall

The Readers
A professor of creative writing at SUNY Buffalo, Christina Milletti’s fiction includes a recently published collection of short stories, The Religious and Other Fictions. Her work has appeared in The Greensboro Review, Harcourt’s Best New American Voices, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops, The Chicago Review, and 13th Moon. Milletti has received a Thayer Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and was granted a residency at the Fundacion Valpariso, an artist colony in Mojcar, Spain.

Dimitri Anastasopoulos teaches creative writing at the University of Rochester and is the author of A Larger Sense of Harvey, a novel, and has published fiction in 3rd Bed, Sudden Stories: An Anthology of Minuscule Fiction, Black Warrior Review, Rafters, and Willow Springs.

For more information, please contact David Kress on First Class or at 3845.

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