Paul Maliszewski – 16 April 7:30pm

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Paul Maliszewski

Paul Maliszewski

The MFA Residency Series is delighted to welcome back our first returning Resident, Paul Maliszewski. Paul was an MFA Resident in 2009 and is now a part of the 2013 MFA Residency Series as well. He is the author of Fakers, a book of essays, and Prayer and Parable, a collection of stories. His stories, criticism and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies, including Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Bomb, Bookforum and The Baffler. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes. He has also edited an issue of McSweeney’s (2002), Paper Placemats (2004), two issues of Denver Quarterly about real and imagined places (2004) and J&L Illustrated #3 (2012).

Paul earned his MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University and has taught at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University’s M.A. in Writing program. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their two sons.

 

Paul will be reading at 7:30pm on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 in JG 3003, Kingston University, Penrhyn Road. This is a free reading and open to the public.

 

Paul’s Suggested Reading List:

Here are some books that are either new-ish or new to me. Readers wanting more of a greatest-of-all-time selection can check out the list I sent for my first visit.

The Talented Mr. Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

The Letters of William Gaddis, edited by Steven Moore [I reviewed this book and am including it here as a way of sneaking in a gentle reminder: Everyone should read Gaddis’s novel J R.]

Mawrdew Czgowchwz, by James McCourt [I’ve been thinking a lot about the semicolon lately. Apology, a new magazine, which I also recommend, asked me to moderate a discussion on the semicolon, to determine whether it’s an endangered species. I invited some writers, including James McCourt, to contribute short pieces about their use of (or disdain for) the semicolon. There are some beautifully deployed semicolons in Mawrdew Czgowchwz (pronounced “Mardu Gorgeous”) and wonderful writing throughout.]

Collected Body, by Valzhyna Mort [Excellent poems. Her first book, Factory of Tears, is super, too.]

His Wife Leaves Him, by Stephen Dixon [Out soon from Fantagraphics Books. I helped proofread the novel, which I considered an education in storytelling. Dixon is just so quick at starting and stopping his stories, and so artful without seeming the least bit artful. This book is Dixon’s masterpiece.]

An interview with Paul Maliszewski may be found here, on The Paris Review website.

The poet James Wagner recently asked a bunch of writers, “Why do you write?” I responded, or tried, anyway, and so did others.

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What is the MFA Residency Series?

As we begin our new semester there are some exciting events coming up for second year MFA students and the wider community through the MFA Residency Series. But what is this series and how can you get involved?

The MFA Residency Series is a knowledge and teaching exchange set up by our course leader, Dr. Scott Bradfield, to enhance the writing and teaching education for MFAs. As many of you will already know, the MFA in Creative Writing is considered a “terminal degree”, which means that it is a qualification for teaching at the university level. In the second semester of course’s the second year students take a module called “Teaching and Writing Workshop.” In this class we have a weekly workshop, run by a variety of instructors who also speak about their teaching experience and strategies. It is designed to give students hands-on experience with different workshopping styles and methods that they can then implement in their own teaching.

The MFA Residents are select, outstanding writers who also have extensive teaching experience. They hail from various countries and often fly in specifically to be a part of this series. In addition to running a workshop, these writers and teachers also do private tutorials with all second year MFA students.

But what does this mean for you if you’re not a second year MFA? Good news: they also do readings that are open to the public. We encourage everyone to come meet these leading writers and hear them read from their work.

In the past, Dr. Bradfield has brought in writers including Fiona Sampson, former editor of Poetry Review, J. Robert Lennon, head of the MFA at Cornell University, and Brian Evenson, head of Brown University’s MFA program. And this year’s list is no less impressive with the following authors participating:

* Lamar Herrin, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University’s MFA program and author of novels, short stories, poetry and, most recently, a memoir entitled Romancing Spain.

* Wendy Cope OBE, Writer in Residence at Kingston University and poet renowned for her wit. Recent collections include Family Values and Two Cures for Love.

* Paul Maliszewski, editor and author of criticism, short stories, essays and poetry including the short story collection, Prayer and Parable, and the essay collection, Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders. It is our great pleasure to welcome Paul back for the second time as an MFA Resident.

* Christopher Priest, prolific author of everything from children’s non-fiction to novels and biographies. The film adaptation of his 1995 novel, The Prestige, was directed by Christopher Nolan and received two Academy Award nominations.

The dates for the public readings are as follows:

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 – Lamar Herrin at 7:30pm at Penrhyn Road Campus in John Galsworthy room 3003

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 – Paul Maliszewski at 7:30pm

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 – Christopher Priest at 7:30pm

Locations along with author information will be posted on this site before each reading. We hope to have the profile of Lamar Herrin up very shortly so check back with us or follow this blog for updates via email (see box in at the top of the column on the right-hand-side of this page). Please come to the readings and enjoy the work of these fine writers from both sides of the Atlantic.

Paul Maliszewski – Reading List

Paul Maliszewski

PAUL MALISZEWSKI is a writer of short stories, criticism, and essays. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, and The Pushcart Prize anthologies; as well as in Granta, One Story, BOMB and The Baffler.

Paul Maliszewski also edited an issue of McSweeney’s (2002), Paper Placemats (2004), and two issues of Denver Quarterly about real and imagined places (2004), as well as a forthcoming issue of J&L Illustrated. He is currently working on a book with photographer Steve Featherstone about New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell.

Paul lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son, whom he drives crazy, and his old cat, who drives him crazy, not that that evens it out.

Bibliography

Fiction –

Prayer and Parable (2011) – short stories

Non-fiction –

Fakers: Hoaxers, Con Artists, Counterfeiters, and Other Great Pretenders, (2009) – a collection of essays

Paul Maliszewski was one of the first residents at Kingston University’s MFA program in 2009, with Lynne Tillman and Steve Erickson.

Paul’s Recommended Reading

‘Some books, in the order of how I thought of them:’

 

Fiction

William Gaddis, JR

Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Melanie Rae Thon, In This Light

Flann O’Brien, The Third Policeman

Robert Walser, Microscripts

Grace Paley, The Little Disturbances of Man

David Markson, Wittgenstein’s Mistress

Tibor Fischer, The Thought Gang

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Aleksandar Hemon, The Question of Bruno

 

Essays

Nicholson Baker, The Size of Thoughts

Renata Adler, Canaries in the Mineshaft

William Gass, Fiction and the Figures of Life

André Schiffrin, The Business of Books

Michael Martone, Racing in Place

 

Poetry

David Berman, Actual Air

Laura Sims, Stranger

An interview with Paul Maliszewski: http://wordswithwriters.com/2011/04/23/paul-maliszewski/

Another interview, with Scott Bradfield participating:

http://airportdoughnut.tumblr.com/post/7930030207/eight-writers-vs-paul-maliszewski

A third interview, marred only by its complete lack of participation by Scott Bradfield:

http://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=story&story_id=77

An annotated playlist of music inspired by Scott Bradfield: 

http://www.largeheartedboy.com/blog/archive/2011/10/book_notes_paul_8.html



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