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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 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.


Fiction & Poetry Reading
    ►August 28, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library


Becky Adnot-Haynes is the author of The Year of Perfect Happiness, winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize. She has published short fiction in magazines such as The Missouri Review, The Indiana Review, West Branch, PANK, and Hobart, where she was the winner of the Buffalo Prize for Short Fiction.

Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams is the author of three books of poetry, including her most recent, Gazelle in the House (New Issues, 2014). She teaches at Centre College and is series editor for the University Press of Kentucky New Poetry and Prose literary series.


Poetry Reading and Talk on Her Anthology of Women Troubadour Poets
Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
    ►September 16, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Michael Knight

Claudia Keelan is the author of seven books of poetry, including Utopic (Alice James Books, 2001) Missing Her (New Issues Press, 2009), and the verse-drama O, Heart recently published by Barrow Street in the spring of 2014. Truth of My Songs: The Poems of the Trobairitz is her first book of translations (Omnidawn, 2015). Her honors include the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and the Jerome Shestack prize from the American Poetry Review.  She teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is Director of Creative Writing programs and the editor of Interim (


Poetry Reading and Q & A
    ►September 18, 2015; 3:00 p.m. (Q & A); 4:00 p.m. (Reading)
    ►Elliston Room, 646 Langsam Library

Claire Messud

James McMichael is the author of six collections of poetry, including Capacity, a 2006 National Book Award Finalist, and Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971-1996. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.


Fiction Reading
    ►October 21, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Tangeman University Center 417 B

Ted Kooser

Jenny Offill is the author of the novels Dept. of Speculation (2014), chosen by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2014, and Last Things (1999). She teaches in the writing programs at Queens University and Columbia.


Fiction Reading
    ►October 26, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library


Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and from Cornell University.  Her first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment (“tell a family tale”), was selected by Anne Tyler for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories and essays have been published in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Ms., and Prize Stories The O.Henry Awards: 1990 and 1996.  Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her other books include a short story collection, An Explanation for Chaos, five novels for younger readers, and, most recently, Dear Committee Members, a national best seller and winner of the midwest independent bookseller award. She is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.


Poetry Reading
    ►November 13, 2015; 4:00 pm
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library


Rebecca Lindenberg is the author of Love, an Index (McSweeney's, 2012) and The Logan Notebooks (The Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State, 2014). She's the recipient of a 2013 Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Grant, a 2009-2010 Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as a 2012 residency from the MacDowell Arts Colony. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati in 2015-16.


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.