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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 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.


Poetry & Fiction Reading
    ►September 2, 2016; 4:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library


Michelle Y. Burke is the author of the poetry collection Animal Purpose, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Hopkins Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She’s received prizes from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and American Literary Review, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, the writer Douglas Watson, and their daughter.

Lisa Williams

Nancy Reisman is the author of the novels Trompe L’Oeil and The First Desire, and the short story collection House Fires. Her short fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Tin House, Narrative, Five Points, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Subtropics, Best American Short Stories 2001, and O.Henry Prize Stories 2005. She’s received awards and fellowships from the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Tennessee Commission for the Arts, among others. Reisman grew up in Western New York and has lived in the Great Lakes Midwest, in New England, and in Gainesville, Florida. For many years she's lived in Nashville, TN where she teaches creative writing at Vanderbilt University.


Literary Nonfiction Reading & Taft Hispanic Lecture
Presented in partnership with the Department of Romance Languages, the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Fellows of the Graduate School, the Taft Research Center, and the Mercantile Library
    ►September 28, 2016; 7:00 p.m.    
    ►Tangeman University Center 220 (MainStreet Cinema)

Claire Messud

Photo by Alan Goldfarb

Sandra Cisneros’s books include The House on Mango Street, which is required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country. It has sold over five million copies in the United States since its initial publication and is still selling strongly. Cisneros is the author of many other books, including Caramelo, which was awarded the Premio Napoli and was shortlisted for the Dublin International IMPAC Award; Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, which was awarded the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction of 1991, the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award; and Loose Woman, which won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers' Award. Her latest book, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life, published in October 2015, is a collection of non-fiction pieces that together form an autobiographical memoir of important moments in her life. Cisneros’s numerous awards include the MacArthur Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Texas Medal of the Arts. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages. She is also the president and founder of the Macondo Foundation, an association of socially-engaged writers working to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor our communities; and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, a grant-giving institution serving Texas writers. Cisneros lives in Mexico.


Fiction Reading
    ►October 18, 2016; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Tangeman University Center 417

Ted Kooser

Sarah Domet’s debut novel, The Guineveres, is forthcoming from Flatiron Books in October 2016. She’s also the author of 90 Days to Your Novel (Writers Digest Books, 2010). She holds a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati where she once served as the associate editor of The Cincinnati Review. Her short work has appeared in numerous journals, including Burrow Press Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Potomac Review, Blue Stem, New Delta Review, Juked, Hobart, Talking Writing, and other places. In addition, her work has been anthologized in Sundress Publications Best of the Net 2015, New Delta Review Best of the Net 2010-2013, and Main Street Rag’s forthcoming Suspense Anthology. Originally from Ohio and still a Midwesterner at heart, she now lives in Savannah, Georgia.


Poetry Reading
    ►November 9, 2016; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library


A. E. Stallings is an American poet who studied Classics at the University of Georgia and Oxford. She has published three collections of poetry, Archaic SmileHapax, and Olives, and a verse translation (in rhyming fourteeners!) of Lucretius, The Nature of Things. She has received a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Having studied in Athens, Georgia, she now lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, the journalist, John Psaropoulos, and their two argonauts, Jason and Atalanta.


Readers included Becky Adnot-Haynes, Paul Beatty, Tom Drury, Claudia Keelan, Rebecca Lindenberg, Maurice Manning, Lee Martin, James McMichael, Ander Monson, Tomas Q. Morin, Jenny Offill, Carl Phillips, Julie Schumacher, and Lisa Williams.


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. 


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.