Richard Siken is a poet, painter, filmmaker, and an editor at Spork Press. He is a recipient of two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan
Residency Fellowships, and a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. Luise Glück calls his debut collection, Crush, winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, “the best example I can presently give of profound wildness that is also completely intelligible.” Richard Siken’s new collection, War of the Foxes, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press.
The Emerging Writers Series (EWS) will bring four early career poets and fiction writers each year to the campuses of UNLV and UNR to present public readings and student-centered craft talks.
In partnership with UNR’s Department of English, BMI will select four writers -- two poets and two fiction writers -- each year to read from their creative work and to present a brown bag lunch seminar on a craft topic of their choosing. The readings will be free and open to the public and the craft colloquia will be limited to students and faculty in the humanities at their respective hosting campuses. The goals of EWS are to build community through public exchange and dialogue, to foster critical thinking and reflection about current events and the creative process, and to enhance the literary offerings in our state’s two most populous counties.