2015-2016 Visiting Writers Schedule
(* indicates part of the John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Series)
All events are open to public EXCEPT the Richard Ford craft classes
Wed. Sept. 9, 7pm John McNally reads in Hannah-Ford Room for Writers. John McNally is the author of three novels: After the Workshop, The Book of Ralph, and America’s Report Card; two story collections, Troublemakers and Ghosts of Chicago; and two nonfiction books: The Creative Writer’s Survival Guide: Advice from an Unrepentant Novelist and Vivid and Continuous: Essays and Exercises for Writing Fiction. His young adult novel Lord of the Ralphs will be published by Lacewing Books in 2015. A screenplay he co-wrote is in development with the producer of Winter’s Bone. He has edited, coedited, or guest edited seven anthologies, and his fiction, book reviews, and nonfiction have appeared in over a hundred magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and textbooks. A collection of personal essays, The Boy Who Really, Really Wanted to Have Sex, will be published in 2016. John is Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Sat. Sept. 19: noon, The Powerhouse. The MFA Program partners with Sarah Isom Center for Gender Studies to present one of the events of Sarahfest, a music and culture festival. Former Grisham Writer-in-Residence Megan Abbott joins former Mekon guitarist Jon Langford for a panel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Langfordhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Langford
Tues. Oct. 13, 7pm doors, 8pm show, Literary Death Match, The Powerhouse Community Arts Center; Matt Bondurant, Kiese Laymon, Derrick Harriell, and Beth Ann Fennelly.
The University of Mississippi English Department is proud to announce a reading by prize-winning poet CLAUDIA RANKINE at 7 p.m. on October 28, 2015, Brevard 134.
Claudia Rankine has published several collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric (2014), a finalist for the National Book Award and the first two-category finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004); and Nothing in Nature is Private (1994), which won the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She has coedited American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (2002), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (2007), and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (2014). Rankine has been awarded fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and in 2014 she received a Lannan Literary Award. She has taught at the University of Houston, Case Western Reserve University, Barnard College, and Pomona College.
Broken English: November 3rd at 9p.m. at Proud Larry’s. Current MFA students, Jan Verberkmoes (poetry) and Reggie Fontenot (fiction) will read their work.
Craig Santos Perez at 7p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, The Depot. Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (2011), and author of three collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (2008) from unincorporated territory [saina] (2010), and from unincorporated territory [guma’] (2014). He has been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize for Poetry and the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award. He is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.
Spring is OCB March 2-4. Readers include Jericho Brown, Richard Katrovas, Morgan Frank, and Caki Wilkinson.
Broken English: December 1st at 9p.m. at Proud Larry’s. Current MFA students, Sarah Sgro (poetry) and Paul Watson (fiction) will read their work.
Andrea Barrett at 7p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Hannah-Ford Room for Writers (Bondurant C208). Andrea Barrett is the author of six novels, most recently The Air We Breathe, and three collections of short fiction, Ship Fever, which received the National Book Award; Servants of the Map, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Archangel, a finalist for the Story Prize. She lives in western Massachusetts and teaches at Williams College.
April 22: Linda Hogan, Chickasaw poet, novelist memoirist, and environmental activist, will deliver the annual Earth Day lecture and reading. Her visit to the University is sponsored by the Environmental Studies minor, the MFA program in English, the English department, the Honors College, and the Lecture Series. Her talk will take place at 7 p.m., place TBA. The talk is free and open to the public.
But that’s not all! Click HERE to check out the upcoming events from the Trobar Ric Reading Series, co-directed by two University of Mississippi MFA grads!