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Jonathan Lethem to read on Tuesday, February 13th at 6 PM at the Depot.

Jonathan Lethem, the Roy E. Disney ’51 Professor of Creative Writing at Pomona College, is the author of ten novels, including Girl In Landscape and The Fortress of Solitude. His fifth, Motherless Brooklyn, won the 1999 National Book Critic’s Circle Award. His eleventh, The Feral Detective, will be published in November. His fiction has been translated into over thirty languages, and his stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, The London Review of Books and many other periodicals. In 2005 he was awarded a Macarthur Foundation Fellowship; he was also a 2015 Fellow of The American Academy in Berlin.

The University of Mississippi English Department is proud to announce the 2018 Creative Writing Awards!

Summer Poet-In-Residence Deadline extended to Friday, January 19, 2018.

Summer Poet-In-Residence Deadline extended to Friday, January 19, 2018.  For more information, click HERE.


It is with great joy that we announce the 2018-2019 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Garth Greenwell!

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others.

2017 Baine Lecturer Adrian Matejka with MFA students, Joshua Nguyen, Roseanne Arii, Helene Achanzar, and Julian Randall

2017 Baine Lecturer Adrian Matejka with MFA students, Joshua Nguyen, Roseanne Arii, Helene Achanzar, and Julian Randall

Visiting Writers

Visiting Writers 2017-2018

November 15: Adrian Matejka at the Depot – 6p.m.  Click HERE for more information. 

February 13: Jonathan Lethem – time and location TBA

April 4: Ross Gay – time and location TBA

April 22: Camille Dungy – time and location TBA



UM Summer Poet in Residence, Rose McLarney, will read at Off Square Books on June 29th, at 5:30 p.m.

McLarney will be on campus through July 15 teaching undergraduate classes and working with emerging writers in the Department of English’s Master of Fine Arts program. She also will give a reading at Off Square Books at 5:30 p.m. June 29. A book signing at 5 p.m. will precede the free event.  For more information, click HERE.

Rose McLarney Selected as 2017 Summer Poet in Residence

photo by Nicole McConville Photography

Rose McLarney has published two collections of poems, Its Day Being Gone (Penguin Books, 2014)—winner of the National Poetry Series–and The Always Broken Plates of Mountains (Four Way Books, 2012).  Rose has been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and Warren Wilson College; was most recently the 2016 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at the Frost Place and 2016 winner of the Chaffin Award at Morehead State; and has received other prizes such as Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in publications including The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, The Oxford American, Missouri Review, and many other journals. Rose earned her MFA from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers and has taught at the college, among other institutions. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Auburn University and Co-Editor in Chief and Poetry Editor of The Southern Humanities Review.

It is with great joy that we announce the 2017-2018 Grisham Writer-in-Residence: Catherine Lacey!

Catherine Lacey, 2017-2018 Grisham Writer in Residence.

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 & German.  She has won fellowships and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Omi International Arts Center, Late Night Library and Columbia University and the University of Montana.  Her second novel, THE ANSWERS is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and abroad in June 2017. Her first short story collection, CERTAIN AMERICAN STATES, will follow. She was born in Mississippi and is based in Chicago.

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey, 2017-2018 John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writer in Residence and author of *Nobody is Ever Missing.*