John Keene

Offsite (LIU Kumble Theater):
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 PM
John Keene presents the Paumanok Lecture

The English Department & MFA Creative Writing Program at LIU, in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore, is honored to host John Keene for the annual Paumanok Lecture.  John Keene is a fiction writer exploring the ways in which historical narratives shape contemporary lives while simultaneously re-envisioning these narratives from the perspectives of those whose voices have been suppressed. Through innovations in language and form, he imbues with multifaceted subjectivities those who have been denied nuanced histories within the story of the Americas—primarily people of color and queer people—and exposes the social structures that confine, enslave, or destroy them.  He is the author of Annotations and Counternarratives, both published by New Directions, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer. Keene is the recipient of many awards and fellowships including a MacArthur Genius Award, the Windham-Campbell Prize, and the Whiting Foundation Prize for fiction. Keene will sign books following the lecture.

LIU Brooklyn’s “Starting from Paumanok” lecture series in American culture and literature, hosted by the English Department annually since 1983, takes its name from a Walt Whitman poem that first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass. Its title invokes the Native American word for Long Island and acknowledges the University’s geographic and cultural connection to one of Brooklyn and Long Island’s foremost literary figures.

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The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts is located on the LIU Brooklyn campus, on Flatbush Avenue Extension between DeKalb Avenue & Willoughby Street.  For more information, visit, or call (718) 488-1624.

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

1 University Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Annotations (New Directions Paperbook #809) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811213042
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - October 17th, 1995

Counternarratives Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811225526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - May 17th, 2016

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