Writers@Grinnell readings through the remainder of the year will offer listeners a full range of genre, from prose poems to novels and essays.
Grinnell resident and poet Bruce Whiteman will present his recent collections Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus. Whiteman’s current projects include a book of poems titled “Tablature” and a chapbook of prose poems, “Wretched in This Alone,” to be published this year. In addition to his poetry craft, Whiteman also reviews and translates French and Latin works.
On Oct. 28, Iowa City essayist Jeff Porter will discuss his work in documentary film, literary nonfiction, and digital media. Porter teaches courses on radio and video essays, documentary filmmaking, and history of the essay at the University of Iowa. He has made four films and is currently writing a book on the history, theory, and practice of radio art.
Novelist Jane Bernstein, professor of English and creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University, will read Nov. 3 from works including her “Rachel” memoirs of raising a developmentally disabled daughter. Bernstein’s book, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” was also a Warner Brothers’ screenplay. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, Massachusetts Review, and Glamour.
On Nov. 4, Writers@Grinnell and the Center for the Humanities will co-sponsor a screening of “Rachel Is” by filmmaker Charlotte Glynn. She will lead a discussion following the 4:15 p.m. screening about her career in independent filmmaking. Glynn, who is the daughter of novelist Bernstein, was named one of “10 filmmakers to watch” in 2010 by The Independent. In 2009, “Rachel Is” received accolades for best documentary film at the Thin Line Film Festival.
Writers@Grinnell will close fall semester programming with a Dec. 8 reading by student writers for “The Grinnell Review,” the college’s literary publication.
All Writers@Grinnell events will be held at 8 p.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, 1115 8th Ave. on the Grinnell College campus, unless otherwise noted. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar[at]grinnell[dot]edu.