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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 2016

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.

MAURICE MANNING & LEE MARTIN

Poetry & Literary Nonfiction Reading
    ►January 15, 2016; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Szybist

Maurice Manning’s most recent books are The Gone and the Going Away and The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, co-edited with Eleanor Wilner. His fourth book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His first book, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Kentucky with his family.

Lisa Williams

Lee Martin is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; and Break the Skin. He has also published three memoirs,  From Our House, Turning Bones, and Such a Life. His first book was the short story collection The Least You Need to Know. He is the co-editor of Passing the Word: Writers on Their Mentors. A new novel, Late One Night, and a new story collection, The Mutual UFO Network, are forthcoming. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as Harper's, Ms., Creative Nonfiction, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train. He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. He teaches in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where he is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of English and a past winner of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

CARL PHILLIPS

Master Class
    ►January 26, 2016; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Poetry Reading
    ►January 29, 2016; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Michael Knight

Carl Phillips is the author of thirteen books of poems, most recently Reconnaissance (F SG, 2015). Phillips has also published two books of prose, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry; and has translated Sophocles’s Philoctetes. His awards include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Kingsley Tufts Award, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. Currently the judge for the Yale Younger Poets Series, Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

ANDER MONSON

Literary Nonfiction Reading
    ►February 12, 2016; 4:00 p.m.    
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Claire Messud

Ander Monson is the author of six books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including Vanishing Point, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, Other Electricities, a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize, and most recently Letter to a Future Lover (Graywolf, 2015). The editor of the New Michigan Press, the magazine DIAGRAM, and Essay Daily, he teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona.

TOM DRURY

Fiction Reading
    ►March 15, 2016; 7:00 pm
    ►Tangeman University Center 400 B

Ted Kooser

Tom Drury’s novels include The End of Vandalism, The Black Brook, Hunts in Dreams, The Driftless Area, and Pacific. The End of Vandalism was cited as one of the best American novels of the past 45 years by GQ Magazine, and Pacific was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2013. Drury’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Granta, and The New York Times Magazine. A short-film adaptation of “Path Lights” (2009), a short story published in The New Yorker in 2005, premiered on David Lynch Foundation TV and was an official selection of the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, among many others. A feature film adaptation of The Driftless Area premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. Drury co-wrote both films with the director Zachary Sluser.

CARL PHILLIPS

Lecture: "The Politics of Mere Being"
    ►April 8, 2016; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Schumacher

Carl Phillips is the author of thirteen books of poems, most recently Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015). Phillips has also published two books of prose, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination, and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry; and has translated Sophocles’s Philoctetes. His awards include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Kingsley Tufts Award, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. Currently the judge for the Yale Younger Poets Series, Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

PAUL BEATTY

Fiction Reading
    ►April 11, 2016; 7:00 pm
    ►Tangeman University Center 400 A

Schumacher

Paul Beatty is the author of four novels—The Sellout, Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle—and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. He lives in New York City.

CHRIS BACHELDER & LEAH STEWART

Fiction Reading
    ►April 22, 2016; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Schumacher

Chris Bachelder is the author of Bear v. Shark, U.S.!, Abbott Awaits, and, most recently, The Throwback Special, which is currently being serialized in The Paris Review. His short fiction and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Believer, Harper’s, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, and elsewhere. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

Schumacher

Leah Stewart is the author of five novels: The New Neighbor, The History of Us, Husband and Wife, The Myth of You and Me, and Body of a Girl. The recipient of a Sachs Fund Prize and a NEA Literature Fellowship, she teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati.

Fall 2015

Readers included Becky Adnot-Haynes, Claudia Keelan, Rebecca Lindenberg, James McMichael, Tomas Q. Morin, Jenny Offill, Julie Schumacher, and Lisa Williams.

2014-15

Readers included Dean Bakopoulos, Marianne Boruch, Amity Gaige, Michael Knight, Ted Kooser, Sonja Livingston, Jamaal May, Claire Messud, Alissa Nutting, Ed Park, Roger Reeves, Nelly Reifler, and Mary Szybist. 

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.

2012-13                                                       

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.

2011-12

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.