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English and Comparative Literature

English and Comparative Literature

Visiting Writers Series

The Creative Writing Program's Visiting Writers Series brings a number of distinguished authors to campus each semester. Visitors often conduct a colloquium with creative writing students in addition to giving a public reading.

Each year, through the Elliston Poet-in-Residence Program, a distinguished poet comes to campus to give public lectures and readings, and to conduct poetry seminars and workshops. The biennial Emerging Fiction Writers Festival brings four writers to campus for two days of readings and panels.

Past visiting writers have included Nicholson Baker, Charles Baxter, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Alice Fulton, Terrance Hayes, Denis Johnson, Lorrie Moore, Antoyna Nelson, Robert Pinsky, Tracy K. Smith, and Colson Whitehead.

SPRING 2015

Sponsored by the Elliston Poetry Fund and the Robert and Adele Schiff Fund for Contemporary Fiction

All readings are free and open to the public. Book signings follow each reading.

MARY SZYBIST

Master Class
    ►January 13, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Poetry Reading
    ►January 16, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Szybist

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and two Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her first book, Granted, won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

SONJA LIVINGSTON & JAMAAL MAY

Creative Nonfiction & Poetry Reading
    ►January 30, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Michael Knight

Sonja Livingston's latest book, Queen of the Fall (forthcoming, March 2015), combines myth and memory to explore the various models of femininity in the culture. Her first book, Ghostbread, also a memoir, won the AWP Book Prize for Creative Nonfiction and has been adopted by classrooms and reading groups around the nation. A third book, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, is forthcoming next year. Livingston’s essays appear in journals such as Arts & Letters, the Iowa Review, AGNI, Bellingham Review, Brevity, and Creative Nonfiction. Her literary nonfiction has been honored with an Iowa Review Award, an Arts & Letters Essay Prize, as well as fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the Deming Fund for Women. She splits her time between New York State and Tennessee, where she teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Memphis.

Roger Reeves

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, MI, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Silver Medal, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and was named one The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013. In 2014 he received several honors including the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, as well as fellowships from Rose O’Neil Literary House, Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears inThe New Republic, Poetry DailyPloughshares, and NYTimes.com. His poems have also been anthologized in Please Excuse this Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation, the 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry 2014, and elsewhere. May is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Tarfia Faizullah. 


MARY SZYBIST

Lecture: "Repetition & Resonance" (co-sponsored by the Taft Research Center) 
    ►February 27, 2015; 4:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Claire Messud

Mary Szybist is most recently the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and two Pushcart Prize anthologies. Her first book, Granted, won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she now lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Lewis & Clark College.

EMERGING FICTION WRITERS FESTIVAL
Featuring Molly Antopol, Dean Bakopoulos, Alissa Nutting, and Ed Park

Fiction Reading
    ►March 11, 2015; 7:00 pm
    ►McMicken 127

Panel Discussion
    ►March 12, 2015; 11:00 am 
    ►Tangeman University Center, Room 400B

Fiction Reading
    ►March 12, 2015; 7:00 pm
    ►McMicken 127

Panel Discussion
    ►March 13, 2015; 10:00 am
    ►Tangeman University Center, Room 400B

Marianne Boruch

Molly Antopol’s debut story collection, The UnAmericans (W.W. Norton), was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Award and received a 5 Under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming on NPR’s This American Life and All Things Considered, online at The New Yorker, and in many periodicals, including The New Republic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Elle, Ecotone, Oxford American, One Story, and American Short Fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow, and is at work on a novel. She lives in San Francisco.

Dean Bakopoulos

Dean Bakopoulos is the author of the novels Please Don't Come Back from the Moon and My American Unhappiness, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. His new novel, Summerlong, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in June 2015. The winner of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, he is writer-in-residence at Grinnell College and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting is the author of the novel Tampa and the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence, the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, and other venues. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at John Carroll University.

Ed Park

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and other honors, and was named one of the top 10 fiction books of the year by Time. He was a founding editor of The Believer, the editor of the Voice Literary Supplement, and an editor at The Poetry Foundation and Little A. His recently completed collection includes stories first published in The New Yorker and Vice. From 2008 to 2011, he taught in Columbia's M.F.A. program. He is currently executive editor at Penguin Press.


KRISTEN IVERSEN

Creative Nonfiction Reading
    ►April 3, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Ted Kooser

Kristen Iversen is the author of Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Reading the West Book Award, and chosen one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews, the American Library Association, and Mother Jones Magazine, and 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic. Selected by more than a dozen universities across the country for their First Year Experience/Common Read programs, Full Body Burden was also a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Recently Full Body Burden was published in China and it is forthcoming in Japan.

Iversen is also the author of  Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, winner of the Colorado Book Award and the Barbara Sudler Award for Nonfiction, and a textbook, Shadow Boxing: Art and Craft in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Nation, Reader’s DigestFourth Genre, and many other publications. She has appeared on C-Span, NPR’s Fresh Air, and BBC World Outlook, and worked extensively with A&E Biography, The History Channel, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 2014 was the recipient of the award for Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts from the University of Memphis. She holds a PhD from the University of Denver, and currently heads the PhD program in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Cincinnati. She has lectured widely across the U.S. and abroad.


FALL 2014

Readers included Marianne Boruch, Amity Gaige, Michael Knight, Ted Kooser, Claire Messud, and Roger Reeves. 

2013-14

Readers included Sarah Arvio, Jami Attenberg, Joseph Campana, Marisa Crawford, Denise Duhamel, Yona Harvey, Cathy Park Hong, Shara Lessley, Dana Levin, Colum McCann, Erin McGraw, Collier Nogues, Jack Pendarvis, Jamie Quatro, Nathaniel Perry, Marcus Wicker, and C. K. Williams.

2012-2013                                                       

Readers included Charles Baxter, Matt Bell, Jedediah Berry, Jennifer Clarvoe, Ron Currie, Jr., Claudia Emerson, Danielle Evans, Lauren Groff, Caitlin Horrocks, Julia Johnson, James Longenbach, Ben Loory, Gregory Orr, Steve Scafidi, and Tracy K. Smith.

2011-2012

Readers included Cynthia Arrieu-King, Mark Doty, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Terrance Hayes, Linda Hogan, Gary Leising, Brian Leung, Sinead Morrissey, Meghan O'Rourke, Kelcey Parker, Sarah Perrier, Martha Southgate, Anne Stevenson, Colson Whitehead, Caki Wilkinson, and Carolyne Wright.