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Small press author and publisher Renee Gladman, a Vassar alumna, to discuss urban fiction. Thursday, March 27, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The distinguished small press author and publisher Renee Gladman, an Assistant Professor in Literary Arts at Brown University, will discuss the urban experience of language on Thursday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., in Sanders Classroom Auditorium (Room 212). This event is free and open to the public.

"I see the sentence as this thing you are moving through," explained Gladman, a 1993 Vassar graduate. "You encounter words and punctuation the same way you would see a building or turn onto a street."

Best known for her works of globally conscious fiction, Gladman's 2003 novel The Activist was lauded as "a haunting and hilarious mix of dreams, news reports, confessions, and internal monologues" by The Review of Contemporary Fiction Gladman's latest novel, Newcomer Can't Swim, was released in December 2007, and she previously authored A Picture-feeling (2005) and Juice (2000).

Since 2004, Gladman has also been the editor and publisher of Leon Works, a perfect-bound series of experimental prose books. Previously, she founded the Leroy chapbook series, where she edited and published ten chapbooks of poetry and prose by emerging writers.

Gladman earned her B.A. in philosophy from Vassar, and her M.A. in poetics from New College of California. Prior to Brown, she taught at the Pratt Institute, the Naropa University Summer Writing Program, and University of California-San Diego.

The Department of English, Office of the Dean of Faculty, program in American Culture, and departments of Philosophy, Media Studies, Africana Studies, and Urban Studies are all co-sponsors of this event.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, March 24, 2008