Image’s 14th Annual Denise Levertov Award
Hailed in the Washington Post as “one of the most eloquent and probing public intellectuals in America,” Richard Rodriguez in 1982 published Hunger of Memory, the autobiography of a “scholarship boy,” a widely read memoir that remains controversial today for its objections to affirmative action and bilingual education. His second book, Days of Obligation, an “intellectual travel book” on the moral landscapes of Mexico and the United States, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Brown, his book on racial mixing—the paradox of being brown in black-and-white America—was nominated for a National Book Critics award. His most recent book, Darling, explores the significance of desert landscapes in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, and has been called “a rich tapestry, a persian carpet of a book.” His television essays, broadcast over 18 years on the PBS NewsHour, were awarded a Peabody award. Rodriguez has also worked on documentaries for the BBC and American television. He has been a contributor to magazines and newspapers all over the world.
A lifelong Catholic, he says he was first raised Mexican Catholic by his immigrant parents, then became Irish Catholic by virtue of his beloved Sisters of Mercy. Since the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s he has written openly and candidly about his homosexuality. When Charlie Rose asked if he considered himself a “gay writer,” Rodriguez replied that he considers himself “a morose writer.” In 1992, the federal government honored his work with the Frankel Prize (the award now renamed the National Humanities Medal). At present he is writing a book on why beauty matters.
This event is free and open to the public. Q&A and dessert reception to follow.
“An Ultimate Concern”
The Life & Work of Flannery O’Connor
Thursday, June 1 | 7:00 p.m.
Bannan 102 Auditorium, Bannan Science Building
Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
“The only concern, so far as I see it, is what Tillich calls the ultimate concern. It is what makes the stories spare and what gives them any permanent quality they may have.”
Organized by Crossroads Seattle Cultural Center and featuring Image editor Gregory Wolfe, this multi-media presentation will offer insights into the life and art of American writer Flannery O’Connor.
A collage made up of film and audio clips—including O’Connor’s own voice—dramatic readings, and narrative background, “An Ultimate Concern” will delve into this Southern writer’s enigmatic stories and their provocative use of violence and the grotesque.
This event is an opportunity to encounter Flannery O’Connor through her own words, in order to enter into the heart of her thought, her stories, her personality, and her brief but intensely fulfilled life.
Sponsored by Crossroads Seattle.
Co-sponsored by Image.
This event is free and open to the public. More details here.
Love Nailed to the Doorpost
Monday, June 19 | 7:00 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company
Richard Chess is the author for four books of poetry: Love Nailed to the Doorpost, Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, and Third Temple. His poems have appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing 2005, Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary American Jewish Poetry.
He is an award winning professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville. In recent years, he has become active in the national movement exploring the use of contemplative pedagogy in higher education. At UNC Asheville, he has played a leading role in the contemplative pedagogy and practice initiative which began there in 2011.
On Love Nailed to the Doorpost: “Sweet poems, personal poems, that resonate with the flavor and wistful spirituality of the Jewish people and our long impassioned history. Rick Chess’s poems are quietly honest and real, companions for our own sad journeys, at home or abroad, in these sunset days on earth. A book to savor and contemplate, for its depth and wisdom.” —Norman Fischer, author of What is Zen: Plain Talk For a Beginner’s Mind and any would be if (poems).
This event is free and open to the public. Q&A to follow.
June 19, 2017
Richard Chess Reading at Elliott Bay Books in Seattle
July 30-August 6, 2017