Delillo NYC 2017


joseph salvatore

Joseph Salvatore

Conference Chair

Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume a Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011), as well as the co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar (Pearson, 2015). In addition to being the Books editor at The Brooklyn Rail, he is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Sunday Book Review. His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier, Epiphany, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, and Willow Springs, among others. His criticism and nonfiction has appeared in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latino/Latina Writing (ed. Carmen Gimenez Smith); The Believer LoggerLitHubRain TaxiThe Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture; and The Scofield. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at The New School, where he was the founding editor of the literary journal LIT, in 1999.

m.c. armstrong

M. C. Armstrong

speaker: "Back in the USSR: Returning to History in Don DeLillo's Zero K."

Armstrong was embedded with JSOF in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He published extensively on the Iraq war through The Winchester Star. The winner of a Pushcart Prize, he’s published fiction and non-fiction in Esquire, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Mayday, Monkeybicycle, Epiphany, The Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Viva la Muerte. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with Yorick, his corgi, whose interruptions to his writing are frequent but welcome.

matt bell

Matt Bell

speaker: "The Departure from the Departure: On DeLillo's Prologues"

Bell is the author most recently of the collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall and the novel Scrapper, a Michigan Notable Book for 2016. His previous novel, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two collections of fiction and a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Olivia kate cerrone

Olivia Kate Cerrone

speaker: “The Unraveling of America: Don DeLillo in an Age of Post-Truth, Violence and the Media”

Cerrone is the author of The Hunger Saint (Bordighera Press 2017). Her Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction won the Jack Dyer Prize from the Crab Orchard Review, the Mason's Road Literary Award, and first place in Italian Americana's “Festivals” contest. She is also the recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, where she was awarded a "Distinguished Fellowship" from the National Endowment for the Arts. A member of the PEN American Center, she is currently at work on Displaced, a Boston-based novel absorbed with the lives of refugees and undocumented immigrants.

scott cheshire

Scott Cheshire

Conference Assistant

speaker: "Don DeLillo's Gods: A Taxonomy"

Cheshire is the author of the novel High as the Horses' Bridles, a Washington Post Best Book of 2014. His work has been published in AGNI, Brooklyn Rail, Electric Literature, Guernica, Harper’s, One Story, and the Picador Book of Men. He is a managing editor at The Scofield and lives in New York City.

Anne Margaret Daniel

Anne Margaret Daniel

speaker: "Pafko and the Wall: On Liberty" 

Daniel teaches literature at the New School University. Her articles, essays, notes, and reviews, covering topics from Oscar Wilde's trials to Bob Dylan and contemporary music, have appeared for the past twenty years in books, critical editions, magazines, and journals from The New York Times to Hot Press to The Times Literary Supplement. Her edition of the last unpublished short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald, I'd Die for You and Other Lost Stories, was just published from Scribner in 2017. Anne Margaret lives in Manhattan and upstate New York.

John domini

John Domini

Conference assistant

speaker: “Up the Aisle Through a Thousand Beating Hearts: DeLillo’s Reinvention of New York”

Domini recently published a selection of his criticism, The Sea-God’s Herb (2014), with work that had appeared everywhere from The New York Times to Rain Taxi. He has won awards in all genres, with fiction in Paris Review and personal essays in GQ. J.C. Hallman, in The Millions, called his latest book, MOVIEOLA!, “a new shriek for a new century.” Grants include an NEA Fellowship, and he has taught at Harvard and elsewhere.

fred gardaphe

Fred Gardaphe

speaker: “Masquerade Americana: Don DeLillo's Italianitá in a Minor Key”

Gardaphe is Distinguished Professor of English and Italian American studies at Queens College/CUNY and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.  His books include Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative, Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer, Moustache Pete is Dead, Leaving Little Italy, From Wiseguys to Wise Men, and The Art of Reading Italian Americana.

John r. keene

John R. Keene

speaker: “The Underworld of Underworld: Race and DeLillo’s Urban Topos”

Keene was born in St. Louis in 1965. He graduated from the St. Louis Priory School, Harvard College, and New York University, where he was a New York Times Fellow. In 1989, Mr. Keene joined the Dark Room Writers Collective, and is a Graduate Fellow of the Cave Canem Writers Workshops. He is the author of Annotations, and Counternarratives, both published by New Directions, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. He teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.

Carolyn Kellogg

Carolyn Kellogg

speaker: “Ratner’s Star: Math is Hard”

Kellogg is the book editor of the Los Angeles Times. Her writing has been widely published. She has discussed books and publishing on CNN, C-Span and NPR. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh; her undergraduate degree, in English with honors, is from the University of Southern California.

Randy Laist

Randy Laist

speaker: “TrumpLillo: American Misshapens”

Laist is an associate professor of English at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT.  He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo's Novels and Cinema of Simulation: Hyperreal Hollywood in the Long 1990s.  He has also edited several volumes, including Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series, Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies, and College in the Movies: Representations of Higher Education in Popular Cinema.

Tyler Malone