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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.

FALL 2014

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.


Fiction & Poetry Reading
    ►September 8, 2014, 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Michael Knight

Michael Knight is the author of two novels, Divining Rod and The Typist, two collections of short stories, Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody, and a book of novellas, The Holiday Season, all currently in print from Grove/Atlantic. His most recent novel, The Typist, was selected as a Best Book of the Year for 2010 by The Huffington Post and Kansas City Star, among other places. His fiction has appeared in magazines and journals like The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review, Ploughshares and The Southern Review and has been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. He is a recipient of a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation and the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. He lives with his wife, Jill, and his two daughters, Mary and Helen, in Knoxville where he teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

Roger Reeves

Awarded a 2013-2014 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, and a 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Roger Reeves has published poems in Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Tin House, and 2014 Pushcart Prize. King Me, his first book of poems, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013. He is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Fiction Reading
    ►September 17, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    ►Main Street Cinema, Tangeman University Center (TUC), room 220

Claire Messud

Copyright Derek Shapton

Claire Messud was born in the United States in 1966 to a French father and a Canadian mother, and was raised in Sydney, Australia, and Toronto, Canada, before returning to the States in 1980. Educated at Yale and Cambridge universities, she lived in London until 1995, where she was deputy editor of The Guardian‘s Women’s Page. Messud is the author of four books, including The Emperor’s Children, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post Best Book of the Year. Her first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Editor’s Choice at The Village Voice. All three were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her most recent novel, The Woman Upstairs, was on several best books of the year lists, including the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Goodreads, Washington Post, and the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and the Straus Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children.


Lecture on Memoir Writing & Poetry Reading
    ►September 26, 2014; 2:00 pm (lecture)
        and 4:00 pm (poetry reading)
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch's eight poetry collections include Cadaver, Speak (2014) and The Book of Hours (2011), a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner, both from Copper Canyon Press. She's also the author of two essay collections, In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity, 2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan, 1993), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011) about hitchhiking in the early 70s. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, London Review of Books, American Poetry Review, The Nation and elsewhere. She's been awarded fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as artist residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, and at Isle Royale, our most isolated national park. A Fulbright/Visiting Professor in 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, she was the founding Director of Purdue University's MFA program where she still teaches, and since 1988, she's been on faculty at the low residency Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


Lecture on Memoir Writing & Poetry Reading
    ►October 31, 2014; 2:00 pm (lecture)
        and 4:00 pm (poetry reading)
    ►Main Street Cinema, Tangeman University Center (TUC), room 220

Ted Kooser

Two-time United States Poet Laureate (2004-2006), the highly regarded Nebraskan poet Ted Kooser was the first poet from the Great Plains to hold the position. A professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he is the author of eleven full-length collections of poetry, including Delights and Shadows, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Kooser’s writing is known for its clarity, precision, and accessibility; and his poems are included in textbooks and anthologies used in both secondary schools and college classrooms across the country. In addition to poetry, Kooser has written in a variety of forms including plays, fiction, personal essays, literary criticism, and children's books. His first book of prose, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003. His other prose works include The Poetry Home Repair Manual and Lights on a Ground of Darkness, a memoir of family stories. Born in Ames, Iowa in 1939, Kooser earned a BS at Iowa State University in 1962 and an MA at the University of Nebraska in 1968. He is a former vice-president of the Lincoln Benefit Life, where he worked as an insurance representative for many years. He lives on an acreage near the town of Garland, Nebraska with his wife, Kathleen Rutledge, the editor of the Lincoln Journal Star.


Fiction Reading
    ►November 3, 2014; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Amity Gaige

Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My Darling (2005), The Folded World (2007), and Schroder, which was shortlisted for The Folio Prize. In the years 2013-14, Schroder will be published in eighteen countries. Schroder was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus, The Women's National Book Association, Cosmopolitan, Denver Post, The Buffalo News, The,, and Publishers Weekly, among others. Gaige has won many awards for her previous novels, such as Foreword Book of the Year Award for 2007, and in 2006, she was recognized as one of the “5 Under 35” outstanding emerging writers by the National Book Foundation. She is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, and a Baltic Writing Residency. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, O Magazine, The Yale Review, One Story, and elsewhere. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and is the current Visiting Writer at Amherst College.


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.


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.


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.