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Creative Writing

The English Department is home to a thriving Creative Writing program. Our faculty have collectively published forty books of fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, and criticism. They have won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Fulbright Program, as well as University-wide awards for outstanding teaching and mentoring. For undergraduates, we offer a track within the English major, as well as a certificate in Creative Writing. For graduate students, we offer an MA and a PhD. Students at all levels focus on either fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction. We are home to an undergraduate journal, Short Vine, and the nationally prominent literary journal The Cincinnati Review. Our PhD program was recently ranked eighth in the country by Poets & Writers.

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Ethics, Aesthetics, and Nonfictionality in Medical Fictions: Lisa Genova's Inside the O'Briens and Ian McEwan's Saturday

Featuring: Dr. James Phelan, Ohio State University
Date: January 26, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Location: McMicken 127

Jamel Brinkley

Fiction Reading

Featuring: Jamel Brinkley
Date: February 1, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

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Feminist Leadership Principles in Higher Education

Featuring: Dr. Amy Koerber, Texas Tech University
Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 4pm
Location: Taft Reserach Center

Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange: Celebrating an Artistic Legacy Through Conversation and Performance
Sponsored by the Weinberger Center for Drama and Playwriting

Featuring: Dr. Shirlene Holmes, Aku Kadogo, RAHBI, the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company, College-Conservatory of Music (Acting), and The School for Creative and Performing Arts
Date: February 15, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Ishion Hutchinson

Poetry Reading

Featuring: Ishion Hutchinson
Date: February 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Mary Ruefle

Lecture

Featuring: Mary Ruefle
Date: March 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Poetry Reading

Featuring: Mary Ruefle
Date: March 8, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Xhenet Aliu

Fiction and Poetry Reading

Featuring: Xhenet Aliu and Timothy O’Keefe
Date: April 11, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Sloane Crosley

Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival Reading

Featuring: Sloane Crosley and Uzodinma Iweala
Date: April 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Uzodinma Iweala

Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival Panel

Featuring: Sloane Crosley, Uzodinma Iweala, Katie Kitamura, and Brendan Mathews
Date: April 18, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Katie Kitamura

Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival Reading

Featuring: Katie Kitamura and and Brendan Mathews
Date: April 18, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library 

Brendan Mathews

Robert and Adele Schiff Fiction Festival Panel

Featuring: Sloane Crosley, Uzodinma Iweala, Katie Kitamura, and Brendan Mathews
Date: April 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library