Visiting Writers Series

Reisman Audience

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.


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 Reading
    ►January 26, 2018; 4:00 p.m.    
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Master Class
Topic: Poetry's Origins in Play
    ►January 30, 2018; 4:00 p.m.    
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Lecture: "Godsong: A Tour of the Bhagavad Gita"
    ►February 2, 2018; 4:00 p.m.    
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Anne Valente

Amit Majmudar is a novelist, poet, essayist, and diagnostic nuclear radiologist (M.D.). Majmudar is the author of the poetry collections 0˚, 0˚ (2009), which was a finalist for a Poetry Society of America’s Norma Faber First Book Award; Heaven and Earth (2011), which won the Donald Justice prize; and Dothead (2016). Majmudar has also published the novels Partitions (2011) and The Abundance (2013). His poetry has been featured in several anthologies, including Best of the Best American Poetry 1988–2012 (2013, edited by Robert Pinsky) and The Norton Introduction to Literature (2012, 11th edition, edited by Kelly J. Mays). He has also contributed essays to the Kenyon Review blog, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books. He is the first poet laureate of Ohio. Majmudar writes and practices in Dublin, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, twin sons, and baby daughter.


Fiction Reading
    ►February 5, 2018; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Tangeman University Center, 400A

Juan Felipe Herrera

Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her debut novel, The Mothers, was longlisted for the NBCC John Leonard First Novel Prize and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and was a New York Times bestseller. Bennett was named a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation in 2016. Her work is featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.


Literary Nonfiction Reading
    *Co-sponsored by the Taft Research Center
    ►March 21, 2018; 7:00 p.m.    
    ►Taft Research Center, Edwards 1

Charley Henley

David Lazar was a Guggenheim Fellow in Nonfiction for 2015-16. His books include the recently published I’ll Be Your Mirror: Essays and Aphorisms from the University of Nebraska Press; Who's Afraid of Helen of TroyAfter MontaigneOccasional Desire: Essays; The Body of Brooklyn; Truth in NonfictionEssaying the Essay; Powder Town; Michael Powell: Interviews; and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher. Lazar received the first PhD in the United States in nonfiction writing, in 1989. He then created the PhD program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University and directed the creation of the undergraduate and MFA programs in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago where he is Professor of Creative Writing. He is founding editor of the literary magazine Hotel Amerika, now in its seventeenth year, and series editor, with Patrick Madden, of 21st Century Essays, at Ohio State University Press.


Poetry Reading
    ►March 30, 2018; 4:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Holly Goddard Jones

T. R. Hummer’s most recent books of poetry are the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). His book After the Afterlife: Poems is forthcoming from Acre Books. Former editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, the Hanes Poetry Prize, and the Donald Justice Award in Poetry. He lives in Cold Spring, New York.


Fiction Reading
    ►April 5, 2018; 7:00 p.m.
    ►Tangeman University Center, 417

Denise Duhamel

Karan Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. His second novel, The Association of Small Bombs, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Awards and was named one of the "10 Best Books of 2016" by The New York Times. Mahajan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, NPR’s All Things Considered, The San Francisco Chronicle,, Bookforum, Tehelka, and the anthology Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction. He is currently at work on his third novel.


Poetry Reading
    ►April 20, 2018; 4:00 p.m.
    ►Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Denise Duhamel

Allison Pitinii Davis is the author of Line Study of a Motel Clerk (Baobab Press, 2017), which is a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Poetry, and Poppy Seeds (Kent State University Press, 2013), which won the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She holds an MFA from Ohio State University and fellowships from Stanford University's Wallace Stegner program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Severinghaus Beck Fund for Yiddish Study. She’s pursuing her PhD at University of Tennessee.

Denise Duhamel

Kathy Fagan’s latest collection is Sycamore (Milkweed Editions, 2017). She is also the author of the National Poetry Series selection The Raft (Dutton, 1985), the Vassar Miller Prize winner MOVING & ST RAGE (University of North Texas, 1999), The Charm (Zoo, 2002), and Lip (Carnegie Mellon UP, 2009). Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, FIELD, Narrative, The New Republic, The Nation, and Poetry, among other literary magazines, and is widely anthologized. Fagan was named Ohio Poet of the Year for 2017, and is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Frost Place, Ohioana, Greater Columbus Arts Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. The Director of Creative Writing and the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, she is currently Professor of English, Poetry Editor of OSU Press, and Advisor to The Journal.

FALL 2017

Readers included Victoria Chang, Erica Dawson, Charley Henley, Juan Felipe Herrera, Holly Goddard Jones, and Anne Valente.


Readers included Michelle Y. Burke, Sandra Cisneros, Sarah Domet, Denise Duhamel, Catherine Lacey, Ada Limón, Elizabeth McKenzie, Nancy Reisman, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, A. E. Stallings, and Jung Yun. 


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.