Upcoming lecture at CVAR: “The City In-Between: Competing visions for the image of Limassol”

As my last big initiative in Cyprus this year, I’ll be giving a presentation on some of my Fulbright research at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 16 in the CVAR museum in the old city of Nicosia.

The lecture is titled, “The City In-Between: Competing visions for the image of Limassol,” and consists of a narrative collage about the Cypriot city which has rapidly transformed from a sleepy seaside village into the “Dubai of the Mediterranean.” The lecture is co-organized by the CVAR, the Cyprus Institute, and held with the support of the Active Citizens Fund. If you’re in Cyprus, I hope to see you there! 

Learn more about the event, including RSVP information, here.

Join us on the 4th of May for the “Delivering Views #29: Trio” launch event in Nicosia

Even in a time of transitions, we can still strive for deeper literary and artistic connection with our surroundings.

Janan Alexandra, Caroline Sager, and I—the three of us Fulbright fellows in Cyprus—are proud to present “Trio,” a chapbook featuring Janan’s poetry, Caroline’s photographs, and my short story “Silent G” (the last in English and in Greek translation) as part of the 29th volume in the “Delivering Views” series brought to you by Phaneromenis70, a cultural center in Nicosia, Cyprus.

Delivering Views is a series that publishes the thoughts and creative work of people who come from outside Cyprus and consider the island’s unique situation.

If you are able, join us at 6 pm on the 4th of May at Phaneromenis70 in the old city of Nicosia for our launch event. After the event, the publication will be available for sale online and in person at the cultural center. The book and its associated postcards—crafted from Caroline Sager’s singular 35 mm film photographs—will be on display at the center until the 18th of May.

More details can be found here, on the Facebook event.

We are so grateful for this collaboration with Phaneromenis70 and the opportunity to share our work with the city we have called home for the past eight months. We’d love to see you there!

Announcing the writing workshop, “Propulsive: Crafting the Opening Scene” at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia

Due to popular demand, I have decided to teach a second writing workshop at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia, Cyprus, this time on “Crafting the Opening Scene” in fiction. The workshop will be held on 21 May 2022.

Learn more and register at this link.

Looking forward to seeing some Cyprus-based friends there and hope to make some new ones!

Sign up for a workshop at the Home for Cooperation in the UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be co-teaching a one-day creative writing workshop with the extraordinary Janan Alexandra on March 26, 2022 at the Home for Cooperation in the UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia. As two writers in the Cypriot capital on Fulbrights, we are excited to share our passion for storytelling with the many communities on Cyprus.

The workshop is available to anyone in Cyprus. There is limited capacity; sign up now!

Special thanks to Princeton University’s Office of International Programs

It was a pleasure and an honor to be featured as a panelist on the Princeton University Office of International Programs’ Fulbright Alumni Panel last week alongside fellow Tiger alumni Cecilia Hsu ’20 and Winston Lie ’20.

I am grateful to Princeton OIP for all the advice they gave me during my undergraduate career and I am very happy to return the favor. I hope my experiences can be helpful to current students who are thinking of applying to the Fulbright program.

Reflecting on the 2021 AHRA Conference: “Region”

I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to present my paper, “Southwestern Fantasy: The Strange Case of Pueblo Revival Architecture in New Mexico,” for the 2021 Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) conference “Region” at Loughborough University, UK.

Though the conference was virtual, I’m very glad for being able to “attend” and learn from so many exciting scholars in the field of architecture and urban studies. You can browse from a list of the conference’s abstracts here.

“Bodies!” Reading at Nevada Humanities’ Literary Crawl

I’m excited to announce I’ll be reading at the 6th Annual Nevada Humanities’ Literary Crawl held in Downtown Reno on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

I’ll be part of a group of UNR MFA students reading from 1:30 – 2:15 PM at Washoe Public House on the subject of “Bodies!”

Looking forward to being part of this great literary event in the Biggest Little City of the World!

Learn more about Litcrawl at their website, and read the full program of events here.

Watch “The Visionary in the Marsh,” lecture at Benaki Museum on blod.gr

On September 15, 2018 I had the extraordinary opportunity of giving a talk at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, where I discussed the 1960 plans of architect Constantinos Doxiadis for Eastwick, Philadelphia, featuring some ‘cameo’ appearances from Robert Kennedy and Kevin Bacon. You can watch the talk here, courtesy the Bodossakis Foundation. Many thanks to Simon Richards and Mantha Zarmakoupi of the Delos Network for inviting me and allowing me to speak on this subject, one that has occupied my globetrotting research for the past three years.

The Delos Network is an initiative sponsored by the UK Arts & Humanities Council, with academic support from University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, and the University of Pennsylvania. This was the second of three conferences to discuss the work of global architect and urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis (1913-1975), the first such conferences in over a decade.

Thanks to the Delos Network and the University of Nevada, Reno, for financially supporting my visit.