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07 Apr
Lobby (Wendy and Jerry Labowitz Lounge)
Apr 7, 2022 | 2:00 PM-5:30 PM



Writing Program Marathon Reading

A marathon reading, at which volunteers take turns reading from a long work, relay-style, has been a springtime Writing Program tradition in recent years. This year, instead of reading from a single work, faculty, students, and staff will read excerpts from many texts representing the school's five-decade history, including selections from Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldúa, Tony Kushner, bell hooks, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Cathy Park Hong, and Louise Erdrich, among others. Participants and audience members are encouraged to come and go throughout this three-hour event.

Please see the full schedule below:

2:00: Welcome and Introduction

2:10 - 3:00: 1970s

  • "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-vision" by Adrienne Rich, read by Sharon Friedman
  • The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, read by Cyd Cipolla and XY Zhou
  • “Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror” by John Ashbery, read by Eugene Vydrin and Jenny Mann

3:00 - 3:30: 1980s

  • "Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers" by Gloria Anzaldúa, read by Alejandro Velasco and Ivy Garcia
  • "Here Be Dragons” by James Baldwin, read by Devyn Honbo

3:30 - 4:00: 1990s

  • “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color” by Kimberlé Crenshaw, read by Patricia Kim, Ama Akoto, and Samantha Santana 
  • Angels in America by Tony Kushner, read by Vincent Agnello, Emily Trend, Ben Cresto, and Dagny Edwards

4:00 - 4:30: 2000s

  • Remembered Rapture: Dancing with Words by bell hooks, read by Rae Georges-Navarro
  • "Try To Praise the Mutilated World" by Adam Zagajewski, read by June Foley
  • Dance, Dance Revolution by Cathy Park Hong, read by Yejin Chang

4:30 - 5:15: 2010s 

  • The Undercommons by Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, read by Armaan Ahmed, Allyson Paty, and Aliya Jones
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers, read by Greg Erickson, Lydia Harris, and Lindsey Bomba
  • “Dreams” by Wisława Szymborska, read by Stacy Pies

5:15 - 5:30: 2020s

  • The Sentence by Louise Erdrich, read by Michelle Capone and Corinne Butta


This event is presented as a part of Gallatin’s 50th anniversary events programming.


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