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English and Comparative Literature

English and Comparative Literature

Visiting Writers Series

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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 2017

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.

DENISE DUHAMEL

Master Class
    ►January 25, 2017; 4:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Poetry Reading
    ►January 27, 2017; 4:00 p.m.    
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry, Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her other books include Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of the Crab Orchard Award); and Kinky. Duhamel has also collaborated with the poet Maureen Seaton on several volumes, including Caprise: Collected, Uncollected, & New Collaborations; Little Novels; and Exquisite Politics. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Duhamel is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.

ADA LIMÓN

Poetry Reading
    ►February 23, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Ada Limon

Photo by Jude Domski

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California.

ROBERT AND ADELE SCHIFF FICTION FESTIVAL
Featuring Catherine Lacey, Elizabeth McKenzie, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, and Jung Yun

Fiction Reading: Catherine Lacey & Jung Yun
    ►April 5, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Tangeman University Center 400C

Panel: "The Engines of Fiction"
    ►April 6, 2017; 11:00 a.m.
    ►Tangeman University Center 400A

Fiction Reading: Elizabeth McKenzie & Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
    ►April 6, 2017; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Tangeman University Center 400A

Panel: "The Writer as Reader"
    ►April 7, 2017; 10:00 a.m.
    ►Location TBD

Catherine Lacey

Photo by Willy Somma

Catherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award and a finalist for the NYPL's Young Lions Fiction Award. It has been translated or is forthcoming in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and German. She is currently the 2016 Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana and has won fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Omi International Arts Center, Late Night Library, and Columbia University.  Her second novel, The Answers, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and abroad in June 2017. Her first short story collection, Small Differences, will follow. She was born in Mississippi and is based in Chicago.

Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of The Portable Veblen, published by Penguin Press and 4th Estate. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and has been recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. Her collection, Stop That Girl, was short-listed for The Story Prize, and her novel MacGregor Tells the World was a Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Library Journal Best Book of the year. She is the senior editor of the Chicago Quarterly Review and the managing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho’s debut collection Barefoot Dogs (Scribner) won the Texas Institute of Letters' Jones Award for Best Work of Fiction. Barefoot Dogs was also a Fiction Finalist for the Writers' League of Texas Book Awards, a Kirkus Reviews, San Francisco ChronicleTexas Observer and PRI's The World Best/Recommended Book in 2015, and was published in Spanish translation by himself as Los perros descalzos (Vintage Español). His work has appeared in The New York TimesSalonTexas Monthly, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, he moved to the US at the age of 31 and began to write in English at 35. He earned his M.F.A. from UT Austin's New Writers Project, has been an Elisabet Ney Museum writer-in-residence, and a fellow at the JSK Journalism Program at Stanford, the Dobie Paisano Program, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Yaddo.

Jung Yun

Photo by Stephanie Craig

Jung Yun is the author of Shelter, published by Picador in March of 2016. Her work has appeared in Tin House (the “Emerging Voices” issue); The Best of Tin House: Stories; The Massachusetts Review; and The Atlantic Monthly. She is the recipient of two Artist Fellowships in fiction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and an honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at the George Washington University.

DENISE DUHAMEL

Lecture: "Punch Lines and Line Breaks: Humor in Poetry"
    ►April 14, 2017; 4:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Denise Duhamel

Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry, Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of a 2014 Paterson Poetry Prize. Her other books include Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner (winner of the Crab Orchard Award); and Kinky. Duhamel has also collaborated with the poet Maureen Seaton on several volumes, including Caprise: Collected, Uncollected, & New Collaborations; Little Novels; and Exquisite Politics. The recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Duhamel is a professor at Florida International University in Miami.

Fall 2016

Readers included, Michelle Y. Burke, Sandra Cisneros, Sarah Domet, Nancy Reisman, and A. E. Stallings. 

2015-16

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.

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.