Upcoming Events


Bryan Washington

October 8, 2020


Bryan Washington is the author of Lot, an award-winning collection of interconnected short stories, several of which appeared first in the New Yorker (in fact, he has a new story in this most recent issue of the New Yorker). National Public Radio called Lot "a stunning work of art" and Barack Obama chose it as one of his favorite books of 2019. His first novel, Memorial, will be published in late October.  Mr. Washington lives in Houston, Texas and is the George Guion Williams Writer in Residence and Scholar in Residence for Racial Justice at Rice University.

Paloma Valenzuela

October 21, 2020


Paloma Valenzuela is a Dominican-American writer, director and actress originally from the city of Boston. In 2010, she started La Gringa Loca Productions a multi-media production operation which has since produced stage plays and audiovisual projects both in Boston and the Dominican Republic: "RANT!" (play, 2008), "Show Up" (play, 2012), and "Queseyocuanto" (play, 2012), "Onomatopeyas Dominicanas" (web series, 2013­-2014), an official commercial for Miss Rizos Salón in Santo Domingo (2015 and 2016), a comedic Boston-based web series “The Pineapple Diaries” (2015-2016) and the official music video for the song "2020" by Dominican artist AcentOh. In 2018 "The Pineapple Diaries" was Official Selection at the New Orleans Film Festival.  In Spring 2021, she will teach “Screenwriting Workshop: Writing and Producing a Short Film” at Brandeis.

2nd Yr PhD Symposium

October 29, 2020

Javier Zamora and Sean Hill: Poets Engaging Travel and Race

November 4, 2020


Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard and has been granted fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Stanford University. Unaccompanied is his first poetry collection. He lives in Harlem where he’s working on a memoir. 

Sean Hill is the author of two poetry collections, Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor. His poems and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, New England Review, Orion, The Oxford American, Poetry, Terrain.org, and numerous other journals, and in several anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. He directs the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference at Bemidji State University and lives in Montana. More information can be found at his website: www.seanhillpoetry.com.

Brandeis Novel Symposium

November 6, 2020

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