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Wallace Shawn with Michael Silverblatt, 15 April 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 15, 2015.

Wallace Shawn with Michael Silverblatt

Wallace Shawn, along with Deborah Eisenberg, read from his play, The Designated Mourner, and then joined in conversation with Michael Silverblatt. This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Wallace Shawn, playwright, actor, screenwriter, and essayist has said, “I don’t know about you, but I only have one life, and I don’t want to spend it in a sewer of injustice.” Best known for his roles in My Dinner with André and as Vizzini in The Princess Bride, Shawn also has had an illustrious career in theater, both as an actor and writer. His plays include Grasses of a Thousand Colors and The Designated Mourner, described by The Times (London) as “…highly unconventional, much concerned with matters of politics, culture and human significance.”

Shawn has written on subjects such as war, money, sex, and aesthetics. In his collection entitled Essays: Wallace Shawn, he writes, “Every once in a while, though, I like to take a break from fantasy land, and I go off to the place called Reality for a brief vacation.”

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Ta-Nehisi Coates with Michele Norris, 8 April 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 8, 2015.

Ta-Nehisi Coates with Michele Norris

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer, journalist, and educator, is also a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. His recent piece titled The Case for Reparations intricately and provocatively traces the history of racism in the United States from slavery to recent examples of housing discrimination. The much-lauded piece set a single-day traffic record for a magazine article on The Atlantic’s web site, and the attention it has garnered has given Coates a greater forum to wrestle with questions of identity — both blackness and whiteness. The event was followed by a talk with Michele Norris.

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writer, journalist, and educator is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is also a former writer for The Village Voice and a contributor to Time, O, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to The New York Times and The Washington Post and has appeared on Democracy Now! and Moyers & Company.

In 2008 he published a memoir, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood. His recent piece published in The Atlantic, titled The Case for Reparations intricately and provocatively traces the history of racism in the United States from slavery to recent examples of housing discrimination. The much-lauded piece set a single-day traffic record for a magazine article on The Atlantic’s web site, and the attention it has garnered has given Coates a greater forum to wrestle with questions of identity — both blackness and whiteness.

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Noam Chomsky with David Barsamian, 18 March 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 18, 2015.

Noam Chomsky with David Barsamian

Noam Chomsky is internationally recognized for his writing, lecturing, and teaching on linguistics, philosophy, contemporary issues, intellectual history, international affairs, and U.S. foreign policy. This event was followed by a talk with David Barsamian.

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

Noam Chomsky is internationally recognized for his writing, lecturing, and teaching on linguistics, philosophy, contemporary issues, intellectual history, international affairs, and U.S. foreign policy. Born in 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he studied linguistics, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his PhD in linguistics. He taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 50 years and is now Institute Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.

He has published leagues of work, including numerous best-selling political books, which have been translated into scores of languages worldwide, most notably among them: Hopes and Prospects, The Essential Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival, For Reasons of State, Occupy, and Fateful Triangle (new edition forthcoming from Haymarket Books).

The New York Times Book Review says, “Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.”

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Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky, 4 March 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 6, 2015.

Kevin Barry with Ethan Nosowsky

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Kevin Barry described his home in his native Ireland by saying, “I myself live in County Sligo in what seem like the perfect conditions for a writer–a room looking out on a swampy lake, all very atmospheric, ethereal mists, yadda yadda, and there’s nothing to f—–g do but write.” Barry’s recent story collection, Dark Lies The Island, includes tales of unreformed criminals, awkward youth in love, and middle aged women on a road trip making plans for a kidnapping. Of his original and fresh writing, The Paris Review writes, “Barry’s language drags you into a strange, darkly lyrical world, enacting his own definition of literature as a mode of transport.”

Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane, appeared in the UK in 2011 and went on to win the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was described by The New Yorker as, “A grizzled piece of futuristic Irish noir with strong ties to the classic gang epics of yore.”

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Nguyen Phan Que Mai with Bruce Weigl, 1 March 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 1, 2015, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai read from her work along with translator and poet Bruce Weigl, and then took questions from the audience.

Born in a small North Vietnamese village, Nguyen Phan Que Mai has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (UK) and is the author of four books of poems. She has been translated and published in English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Uzbek, and Bengali. Que Mai won some of the top literary awards of Vietnam including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hanoi Writers Association as well as the Capital’s Literature & Arts Award. Her latest poetry collection The Secret of Hoa Sen, translated by Bruce Weigl and published by BOA Editions, is said to build new bridges between Vietnam and America – two cultures bound together by war and destruction.

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The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute, 11 February 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 11, 2015.

The Fire This Time: A James Baldwin Tribute

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. — James Baldwin

James Baldwin (1924-1987) the great American novelist, poet, essayist, playwright, and social critic is celebrated in an evening of readings by poets and writers Amy Bloom, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, and Kevin Young.

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

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Michael Lawler Performs The Fever, 11 May 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on May 11, 2014.

Michael Lawler

Actor Mike Lawler performed Wallace Shawn’s The Fever, a 90-minute monologue about a person who becomes ill while struggling to find morality in the face of an unjust society.

Michael Lawler’s many theatrical credits include The Importance of Being Earnest, To Kill a Mockingbird, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arizona Theatre Company); Our Town, Noises Off, Company, Will Rogers Follies, Cabaret (ariZoni Award), Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy (Phoenix Theatre); A Christmas Carol, Burning in the Night- A Hobo’s Song (World Premiere, Theater Works); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Actors Theatre); The Fever (Theatre In My Basement); Talley’s Folly (Canyon Moon Theatre); and Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Immigrant, Vilna’s Got a Golem (Arizona Jewish Theatre Co.).

Television credits include a co-leading role in the BBC mini-series Spies, Lies, and the Superbomb as well as the Lifetime mini-series Maneater. Michael was a visiting instructor of theatre at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO where he directed productions of Our Town and Fortinbras. He is thrilled to be a member of Phoenix Theatre’s Partners That Heal, bringing story theatre and entertainment to children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

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Ann Jones with Andrew Bacevich, 12 November 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 12, 2014.

Ann Jones with Andrew Bacevich

This event was part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series.

Ann Jones is a journalist, photographer, and the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Women Who Kill, Kabul in Winter, and War Is Not Over When It’s Over. Since 2001, she has worked intermittently as a humanitarian volunteer in conflict and post-conflict countries in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and Central and South Asia. Jones has reported from Afghanistan and the Middle East on the impact of war on civilians, and has embedded with American forces in Afghanistan to report on war’s impact on soldiers.

Jones writes for The Nation, The Guardian, and TomDispatch.com. Her most recent work is They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars – The Untold Story.

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Adrian Matejka with Dana Levin, 5 October 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 5, 2014, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Adrian Matejka

Poet Adrian Matejka read from his work after an introduction by poet Dana Levin, and then took questions from the audience.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a winner of the Julia Peterkin Award and recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner among other journals and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

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Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt, 22 October 2014 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 22, 2014.

Alice McDermott with Michael Silverblatt

This event was part of the Lannan Literary series.

Alice McDermott has, in the words of The New York Times, “staked an impressive claim on a subject matter and a turf–Irish American Catholic families congregated, for the most part, in New York City and its suburbs on Long Island.” Her seven works of fiction include At Weddings and Wakes, Charming Billy, and Child of My Heart: A Novel. Her most recent book, Someone, follows the everyday rhythms in the life of Marie, an ordinary Irish-American girl from Brooklyn in the 1930s, of which she said, “Setting the story there–not in the literal, geographical Brooklyn but in the one of memory, of romanticized recollection–is my way of visiting a place that I suspect never really existed.”

McDermott currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University as the Richard A. Macksey Professor of Humanities.

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