The spring Visiting Writers Series continues with Jillian Weise, a poet, performance artist and disability rights activist.
Her first book, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was reissued in a 10th anniversary edition with a new preface. The Book of Goodbyes won the 2013 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2013 Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Her speculative novel, The Colony, features Darwin, James Watson and Peter Singer. Weise’s essays have appeared in A Public Space, Granta, The New York Times and Tin House. Her work is anthologized in About Us, The Writers Presence, The Manifesto Project, Disability Studies Reader, Please Excuse this Poem and elsewhere. She’s been awarded residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Fulbright Program and the Lannan Foundation. She worked in editorial at The Paris Review and The Iowa Review. She performs as Tipsy Tullivan across social media. Her fourth book is Cyborg Detective (BOA, 2019).
Weise's free reading will be held in Callen Conference Center, located on the lower level of the Smith-Curtis Administration Building.