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Carr Visiting Author Series: Alumni Reading

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Creative Writing and the Department of English
Illini Union Bookstore: Authors Corner
Feb 15, 2024   4:30 pm  
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James Lowell Brunton is a writer and scholar of film and media studies, critical theory, and LGBT studies. James’ scholarship and pedagogy are focused on the study of film through transgender, queer, feminist, critical race, and psychoanalytic theoretical lenses. He is particularly interested in and committed to studying contemporary and historical film and video made by (rather than simply “about”) transgender and queer people. His scholarship appears in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies; Quarterly Review of Film and Video; Literature/Film Quarterly; and Journal of Modern Literature. He is the co-editor (with Dr. Kristi Carter) of TransNarratives: Scholarly and Creative Works on Transgender Experience (Canadian Scholars & Women’s Press, 2021).

James is also the author of a full-length experimental writing collection Opera on TV (The Operating System Press, 2019) and a poetry chapbook, The Future Is a Faint Song (2014, co-authored with Russell Evatt). His creative non-fiction and poetry appears in New South, Ninth Letter, Denver Quarterly, Cincinnati Review, and many other journals. You can find out more about James and his work at jameslowellbrunton.com 

Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China, and writes both in English and Chinese. He received his bachelor of science degree at the University of Illinois’ Civil & Environmental Engineering program. A graduate from Michener Center for Writers, he is a recipient of  the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Award and the Wallace Stegner fellowship from Stanford University. His works appeared in The Nation, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, The Best American Poetry, The Best of Net, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Forward Book of Poetry Anthology. The author of the poetry collection, Burying the Mountain (Copper Canyon Press, 2021), he is an Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. You can find out more at https://www.coppercanyonpress.org/authors/shangyang-fang/ 

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