The Common Literary Magazine with Ilan Stavans and Sabina Murray

Celebrate the first issue of the new literary magazine The Common with Ilan Stavans and Sabina Murray.

Finding the extraordinary in the common has long been the mission of literature. Inspired by this mission and the role of the town common, a public gathering place for the display and exchange of ideas, The Common seeks to recapture an old idea. The Common publishes fiction, essays, poetry, documentary vignettes, and images that embody particular times and places both real and imagined; from deserts to teeming ports; from Winnipeg to Beijing; from Earth to the Moon: literature and art powerful enough to reach from there to here. In short, we seek a modern sense of place.

The Common is published in print biannually from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ours is a small community with far-reaching ideas. We’re a place of farmers, professors, immigrants, liberals, conservatives, dairy cows, tobacco plants, strip malls, and Victorian and Brutalist architecture. We have a rich literary history and support a vibrant diversity of artists and authors. The Common fosters regional creative spirit while stitching together a national and international community through publishing literature and art from around the world, bringing readers into a common space.

lan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Profession in Latin American and Latino Culture, Amherst College. An award-winning essayist, translator, columnist, and public television host, he is the author of numerous books, including The Hispanic Condition, What is La  Hispanidad, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Early Years. He also edited The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing, and The FSG Book of 20th Century Latin American Poetry.

Sabina Murray grew up in Australia and the Philippines and is currently a member of the MFA faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Slow Burn, A Carnivore's Inquiry, Forgery, and The Caprices, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
02140 Cambridge