|Clockwise from Upper Left to Right: Sarah Schulman; Manuel Muñoz;
Jordy Rosenberg; K. Tyler Christensen
This spring, students in Professor Robert McRuer’s English 3840W, “Contemporary LGBT Writing,” will have four “live” visits from some of the authors they are reading, and after a class visit, the authors themselves will be virtually on campus for an evening event that is free and open to the GW public. These events will be discussions of recent work and reading of work-in-progress. Based on the success of Professor Emerita Faye Moskowitz’s long-running course Jewish Literature Live, GW English is piloting “Contemporary LGBT Writing Live” as an innovative way to bring living writers into contact with GW students, even in and through the pandemic.
Watch this space and GW English’s Facebook page for details on how to access the public events! We will post information here about how to join us via Zoom, a few weeks before each event, and that posting will come with even more biographical information about the writers.
The first writer who is joining us will be joined in turn for the evening event by a colleague with whom she co-produced United in Anger, a documentary about the history of AIDS activism in the 1980s and 1990s. The four events are:
March 10 at 7 PM: Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman will engage the community in a roundtable discussion of United in Anger. Members of the GW community are encouraged to access the documentary in advance using this link. Students will be reading Schulman’s 1990 novel, People in Trouble.
March 31 at 7 PM: Manuel Muñoz will present work-in-progress, after engaging with students in class about his 2003 collection of stories, Zigzagger.
April 26 at 7 PM: Jordy Rosenberg will present work-in-progress, after engaging with students in class about his 2018 novel, Confessions of the Fox.
April 28 at 7 PM: GW English’s own K. Tyler Christensen will present work-in-progress, after engaging with students in class about his 2020 collection of poetry, That Boy from Idaho.