NHIA Visiting Writers Series - Sven Birkerts

Jennifer Robertson on 09.22.15

Essayist, literary critic, and editor Sven Birkerts will give a reading and answer questions at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on Monday, September 28th, at 6 pm in the French Rotunda, located at 148 Concord Street. The reading is free and open to the public, and the evening will kick off with a wine and cheese reception at 5 pm at the same location.

Birkerts is the author of eight books ranging from poetry, to craft, to essay. His latest is the forthcoming Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, which Graywolf Press will release in early October. He is best known for his now-classic The Gutenberg Elegies, widely acknowledged to be ahead of its time in its examination of the threat to reading brought about by the rise of the Internet. In his new book, Birkerts revisits this issue in light of today’s intensified online media and fragmented attention spans, asking how art might survive--and perhaps be all the more necessary--under such conditions. 

Birkerts is the director for Bennington College’s MFA program, and the editor of the literary journal AGNI. He has received many prestigious awards, including a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN Award for the Best Book of Essays, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The next visiting writers will be two poets, Darcie Dennigan and Franny Choi, who will read on Thursday, October 15th. All readings in the series are free and open to the public.