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The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series

The Department of English in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Announces
The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series for Fall 2014

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.

Upcoming Events:


Poet Marcus Wicker
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. Wicker’s awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, and many other magazines. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review. He serves as director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop.

The awards ceremony for the 2014 IUPUI Poetry Contest precedes Mr. Wicker’s reading. 


Poet Marianne Boruch
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Emerson Hall Anatomy Lecture Hall
545 Barnhill Drive

Marianne Boruch is the author of eight full-length collections of poetry, including Cadaver, Speak (2014), The Book of Hours (2011); Grace, Fallen from (2008); and Poems: New & Selected (2004) She has also published two books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations (2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (1995), as well as the memoir The Glimpse Traveler (2011). Her poems and essays have been published in such places as The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry London, Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, APR, and Poetry, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry (2009, 2007); Boomer Girls; Poets of the New Century; Poets Reading: The Field Symposia; American Alphabets; Poetry 180, and elsewhere. Her awards include two Pushcart Prizes, the Terrence DePres Award from Parnassus, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Ragdale, The American Academy in Rome, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. Ms. Boruch teaches at Purdue University, where she directed the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing from 1987 until 2005.

This event is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the IU School of Medicine Department of Anatomy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at IUPUI. This program has also been made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Novelist Randa Jarrar
Monday, November 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Herron School of Art & Design Eskanazi Hall Basile Auditorium
735 West New York Street

Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the United States after the first Gulf War. Her novel A Map of Home was published in half a dozen languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, The Oxford American, Ploughshares, Five Chapters, and others. She has received fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Hedgebrook, Caravansarai, and Eastern Frontier, and in 2010 was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.

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This event is part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Symposium and is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute in collaboration with the IUPUI Library.


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 tkirts@iupui.edu or (317) 274-8929.

The Fall 2014 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg Family; the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute; the Office of Academic Affairs; University Library; University College; the IU School of Medicine; and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at IUPUI.