Davidson Reads - Cynthia Lewis and Andrew Rippeon
Cynthia Lewis is Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College, where she has been teaching Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and creative nonfiction since 1980. She has published numerous articles and two books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the latest just out: “The game’s afoot”: A Sports Lover’s Introduction to Shakespeare. Her creative nonfiction ranges in focus from American culture to personal essays and has been published in such venues as The Hudson Review, New Letters, The Antioch Review, Southern Cultures, The Massachusetts Review, and Charlotte Magazine. Four of her essays have been cited as a “Noable Essay” in the Best American Essays series between 2006 and 2016. Her essay “Return Engagement: The Haunting of Hamlet and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.” won Shenandoah’s Thomas Carter Essay Prize for 2016, and another essay, “Body Doubles,” was awarded the 2017 Meringoff Prize for nonfiction by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
Andrew Rippeon is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the College Writing Program at Davidson College, and is the founder of the Davidson College Letterpress Lab. Prior to joining the faculty at Davidson, Rippeon founded and directed the Alexander Hamilton Press at Hamilton College (NY). Rippeon earned his B.A. at the University of Delaware, his M.A. in Humanities at the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in literature at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. In his critical practice, Rippeon works at the intersections between sound studies, print-material culture, and recent and contemporary American literature, with a focus on poetry and poetics. Recent and forthcoming critical works include essays and chapters on the Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite, sound-media and poetics in the early decades of the twentieth century, overlaps between typewriter and Twitter poetics and politics from the late 60s to the present, and the poet Larry Eigner and his audio-visual media consumption. Rippeon's scholarly edition of letters between Larry Eigner and his first major publisher, Jonathan Williams, is forthcoming from the University of Alabama Press in Fall 2019. As a poet and printer, Rippeon is interested in activating the archives of knowledge, text, and experience that flicker just beyond recognition in our daily lives. Formerly the editor of the poetics journal P-Queue and the chapbook series QUEUE (207 - 2011), Rippeon will read work from his books Priest (Punch Press, 2015) and Porches (Delete Press, 2015), Sampler (artist's book, 2019), and his current work-in-progress, Spirit Duplicator.
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Carolina Inn Carolina Inn Lower Level