Founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI English Department chair Rufus Reiberg and his wife Louise, the series annually brings national and regional writers to the IUPUI campus to present their work. Past visiting writers have included Jane Smiley, Helen Prejean, Maxine Hong Kingston, Patricia Hampl, Richard Jones, Edward Hirsch, and Martin Espada.
Fiction writer and essayist Jacinda Townsend reads
Jacinda Townsend grew up in Southcentral Kentucky. She left at the age of sixteen, when she went to Harvard, where she took her first creative writing class. While at Duke Law School she cross-registered in the English department, where she took her next few formative writing workshops, and in 1999, went to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Since receiving her M.F.A. she has been a Fulbright fellow to Côte d’Ivoire, a Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin, and a Hurston-Wright Award finalist. She has published short fiction in literary magazines such as African Voices, Carve Magazine, The Maryland Review, Obsidian II, Passages North, Phoebe, and Xavier Review, and her work has been anthologized in such publications as Surreal South and Telling Stories: Fiction by Kentucky Feminists. Her nonfiction has been published in two different series of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She teaches at Indiana University and lives in Bloomington with her two young children.
International Women’s Day Celebration
Poet Richard Blanco reads
Richard Blanco was born in Madrid in 1968, immigrating as an infant with his Cuban-exile family to the United States. He was raised and educated in Miami, earning a B.S. in civil engineering and a M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. Blanco has been a practicing engineer, writer and poet since 1991. He has taught at Georgetown University, American University, Writer’s Center and Central Connecticut State University. Blanco currently resides in the tranquil mountains of Bethel, Maine. His books include City of a Hundred Fires (1998), Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), One Today (2013), Boston Strong (2013), and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013). In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps as such great writers as Robert Frost and Maya Angelou. Blanco performed "One Today," an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor.
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as part of IUPUI’s Research Day 2014.
All readings are free and open to the public. IUPUI’s University Library is located at 755 W. Michigan St. The Herron School of Art and Design is located at 735 W. New York St. Visitor parking is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St. and the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont Street. For parking information on the IUPUI campus, visit https://www.parking.iupui.edu/visitors.do. For more information about the series, contact Terry Kirts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 274-8929.
The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg Family; the Etheridge Knight Festival of the Arts; the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; the Office of Multicultural Outreach; the Office of Academic Affairs; University College; University Library; the Women’s Studies Program; the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute; the IUPUI Office for Women; the IUPUI Office of Housing and Residence Life; the Office of Student Involvement, and the Rebecca Pitts Fund.