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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.*


The Conversation comes to Oxford on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th

The Conversation Literary Festival comes to Oxford. Second year MFA student Aziza Barnes is co-directing this inaugural southern literary festival featuring some of the country’s most celebrated African American writers. The Conversation comes to Oxford on Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th.  Please click here for more details about the festival.





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Melissa Ginsburg

thumbnail_p1012473Melissa Ginsburg
M.F.A., Poetry, University of Iowa
Teaches Creative Writing courses in poetry and fiction as well as poetry and American literature courses.
Office: C218 Bondurant Hall

Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Brevity, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and the Best American Poetry anthology. Her honors include the Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For fifteen years, she taught at State University of New York at Fredonia. She was the Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program and has twice served as a faculty member for Kundiman, the Asian American writers’ retreat. She serves as poetry editor for Orion Magazine.
•   M.F.A., English, The Ohio State University (poetry & creative non-fiction), 2000.
•   B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1996
Teaching and Research Interests:
•   poetry writing
•   creative non-fiction writing
•   environmental literature
•   nature writing
•   Asian American literature
•   contemporary poetry
•   World of Wonder [essays] (Milkweed Editions, 2018)
•   Oceanic [poems] (Copper Canyon Press, 2018)
•   Lace & Pyrite [poetry chapbook w/ Ross Gay] (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)
•   Lucky Fish [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2011)
•   At the Drive-in Volcano [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2007)
•   Miracle Fruit [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2003)

W111 Bondurant Hall