BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — The sound of children talking becomes deadly in Ben Marcus’s just-released novel, The Flame Alphabet. He’ll explore the question, “What is left of civilization when we lose the ability to communicate with those we love?” as the newest speaker for the Walt Whitman Writers Series at St. Francis College on Thursday, March 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture and Education.
Marcus, who also wrote Notable American Women, The Father Costume and The Age of Wire and String, is a professor at the MFA writing program at Columbia University. He was also on the jury of the first St. Francis College Literary Award, which awarded the $50,000 first prize to Aleksandar Hemon for his book, Love and Obstacles.
His stories, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including: Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times and Salon. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and for several years he was the fiction editor of Fence.
Marcus is the seventh writer to visit St. Francis for the Walt Whitman Series, which continues to bring top contemporary authors to Brooklyn Heights to share their work and writing experiences with students, faculty and the entire Brooklyn community.
Previous participating authors include Dinaw Mengestu, Kate Christensen, Julie Orringer, Jonathan Lethem, Darcey Steinke and Rick Moody.
St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights. Since its founding, the college has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.