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.

FALL 2018

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.

BROCK CLARKE AND JILLIAN WEISE

Fiction and Poetry Reading
September 7, 2018; 4:00 PM
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

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Brock Clarke is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently a collection of short stories, The Price of the Haircut. His novels include The Happiest People in the World, Exley, and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. His books have been reprinted in a dozen international editions, and have been awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction, the Prairie Schooner Book Series Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and an Ohio Council for the Arts Fellowship, among others. Clarke lives in Portland, Maine and teaches creative writing at Bowdoin College and in The University of Tampa’s low residency MFA program.

Jillian Weise

Jillian Weise is a poet, performance artist and disability rights activist. She is the author of two poetry collections and a novel. Her first book, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was recently reissued in a 10th anniversary edition with a new preface. Her second collection, The Book of Goodbyes, won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her other honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award from BOA Editions. She teaches at Clemson University.

JOAN SILBER

Fiction Reading
October 1, 2018; 7:00 PM
Tangeman University Center 417

Joan Silber

Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction. Her first book, the novel Household Words, won the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her other works of fiction are In the CityIn My Other LifeLucky UsIdeas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize, The Size of the World, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Prize in Fiction, and Fools, longlisted for the National Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Her novel Improvement won The National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. She is the recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

STEPHEN KUUSISTO

Poetry and Literary Nonfiction Reading
October 26, 2018; 4:00 PM
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library

Stephen Kuusisto

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of three memoirs—Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening—as well as two collections of poetry, Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University, where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad.

BLAS FALCONER

Poetry Reading
November 13, 2018; 5:00 PM
Elliston Poetry Room, 646 Langsam Library    

Blas Falconer

Blas Falconer is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Forgive the Body This Failure (Four Way Books, 2018). He is also a co-editor of The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity and Mentor & Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. Falconer’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, a Tennessee Individual Artist Grant, the New Delta Review Eyster Prize for Poetry, and the Barthelme Fellowship. He teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University.

KEVIN WILSON

Fiction Reading
November 26, 2018; 7:00 PM
Tangeman University Center 400C

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller and a best book of the year in Time, People, Salon, and Esquire; and Perfect Little World. His first story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award. His newest book is Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, a collection of stories. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology as well as The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. He teaches fiction at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

The Role of the Literary Agent: A Conversation with Julie Barer and Kevin Wilson

November 27, 2018; 4:00 PM
Tangeman University Center 400C

Julie Barer

Born and raised in New York City, Julie Barer began her career as a bookseller at Shakespeare & Company. Her first job in publishing was at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, and she started her own agency, Barer Literary, in 2004. Julie represents a variety of writers across a literary spectrum, with a special emphasis on fiction. Her clients have been finalists for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics' Circle Award, the Man Booker Prize, and the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and have received numerous prizes including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Rome Prize, the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Orange Prize. Novels by several of her clients have graced the cover of The New York Times Book Review, and have appeared on national and international bestseller lists. Julie is particularly interested in representing a diversity of voices from around the world.

Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson is the author of the novels The Family Fang, a New York Times bestseller and a best book of the year in Time, People, Salon, and Esquire; and Perfect Little World. His first story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, received an Alex Award from the American Library Association and the Shirley Jackson Award. His newest book is Baby, You’re Gonna Be Mine, a collection of stories. His fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, One Story, A Public Space, and elsewhere, and has appeared in four volumes of the New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best anthology as well as The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. He teaches fiction at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

2017-18

Readers included Brit Bennett, Victoria Chang, Allison Pitinii Davis, Erica Dawson, Kathy Fagan, Charley Henley, Juan Felipe Herrera, T. R. Hummer, Holly Goddard Jones, David Lazar, Karan Mahajan, Amit Majmudar, and Anne Valente.

2016-17

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. 

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.