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May  28

J.M. Tyree and Michael McGriff Reading

JMTphoto credit: David Newkirk Photography

A Reading with J.M. Tyree and Michael McGriff

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, May 28
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Click for map)


J. M. Tyree is the Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Cinema Program at VCU’s School of the Arts for 2015-2016. He is an associate editor of New England Review and the coauthor (with Michael McGriff) of Our Secret Life in the Movies (A Strange Object), an NPR Best Book of 2014. His writing has appeared in the BFI Film Classics series of books from the British Film Institute, as well as in The Nation, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The Believer. He contributed to Sight & Sound magazine’s Greatest Films Poll 2012 and its Greatest Documentaries Poll 2014. He was a Truman Capote-Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, and a Keasbey Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Michael McGriff is the co-author, with J. M. Tyree, of the linked story collection Our Secret Life in the Movies (A Strange Object, 2014), which was selected as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014. His poetry collections include Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), and the forthcoming volume Early Hour. He is the translator of Tomas Traströmer’s The Sorrow Gondola (Green Integer Books, 2010) and the editor of a volume of David Wevill’s essential writing, To Build My Shadow a Fire (Truman State University Press, 2010). From 2009-2014 he published and edited Tavern Books, a nonprofit literary press dedicated to poetry in translation and the revival of out-of-print books. He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been honored with a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, The Believer, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday and PBS NewsHour.

photo credit: David Newkirk Photography