No service delays! Turnstyle keeps spinning! This month brings us Roger Sedarat (Haji As Puppet: An Orientalist Burlesque, Foot Faults, Dear Regime), Marc Palmieri (Poor Fellas, Carl The Second, Levittown), and Meera Nair (Video: Stories, Maya Saves The Day), along with this bevy of MFA-all stars:
Matthew Caprioli (Hunter)
Heather Archibald (City College)
Ethan Kaplan (Queens College)
Kelly Suprenant (Brooklyn)
Nick Campanella (Queens College)
Starr Davis (City College)
Andrea Stella (City College)
Cynthia Balagatas (City College)
Caits Meissner (City College)
Hope to see you there!
Roger Sedarat is the author of two poetry collections: Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP's 2007 Hollis Summers Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). A recipient of the 2015 Willis Barnstone Prize in Literary Translation, his English renderings of classical and contemporary Persian verse have appeared in Drunken Boat, Brooklyn Rail, Arroyo, Aldus, and World Literature Today. He teaches poetry and translation in the MFA Program at Queens College, CUNY.
Marc Palmieri is an actor, playwright, screenwriter and director in New York City. His plays include Poor Fellas, Carl The Second, Levittown, and The Groundling, all of which premiered in New York and are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Portions of his plays are included in the 2002 and 2007 and 2015 editions of the Smith & Kraus anthologies The Best Stage Scenes and The Best Stage Monologues for Men. The Groundling was workshopped and presented at South Coast Repertory's 2012 NewSCRipts Series and at The Lark Play Development Center, NYC. Marc directed the 2015 world premiere at Axis Co. in NYC. Theatremania called the show "One of the surprise downtown gems of the season."
Meera Nair is the author of Video: Stories and a forthcoming novel from Pantheon, tentatively titled Harvest. Video won the Asian-American Literary Award and was chosen a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and Book magazine. Her stories, articles and essays have also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the National Post, The Threepenny Review, Calyx, Discover as well as in various anthologies and on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. Meera has won fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2004 & 2008) and the MacDowell Artists’ Colony.
The Turnstyle Reading Series is CUNY's literary annual mixer, pairing graduating MFA students with accomplished authors from our faculty. The series is free and open to the public, and is cosponsored by The CUNY MFA Affliation Group & The Office of Academic Affairs.