Suzanne Gardinier—Taste and power: writers and the state

Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre

Open to the public

/ Tuesday


This talk will focus on questions of power surrounding what it means to be a writer in the United States, now & over the past 50-or-so years. How did the MFA program originate? What are the complex forces that form any reader's or writer's taste, & the complex forces that frame literary contests & publication & reputation? What are the complexities of a writer's connection to the state(s) in which s/he writes?all aimed at what Raymond Williams called "unlearning the inherent dominative mode."

 Suzanne Gardinier is the author of 12 books, most recently Amérika: The Post-Election Malas (2017), Notes from Havana (2016), & Atlas (2015). She's taught writing at Sarah Lawrence since 1994 & lives in Manhattan.