no images were foundUM MFA students are provided opportunities to get involved with visiting writers beyond simply sitting in the audience. Lunches, interviews, individual conferences–all these are part of our students’ experiences. When poet Anne Carson visited with her partner, Robert Currie, MFAs were involved in their dance/poetry hybrid performance.
Photos provided by Gaetano Catelli.
Denis Johnson, fiction writer, Wed. Sept. 25 , 8pm Bondurant Auditorium
Denis Johnson (born 1949) is an American author who is known for his short-story collection Jesus’ Son (1992) and his novel Tree of Smoke (2007), which won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction. He also writes plays, poetry, and non-fiction. “Train Dreams”, a novella originally published in The Paris Review in 2002, was published as a novel in 2011 and was a finalist for that year’s Pulitzer Prize.
Patricia Smith, poet, Mon. Oct 14, 7pm Bond Auditorium
Patricia Smith (born 1955) is an American poet, spoken-word performer, playwright, author, writing teacher, and formerjournalist. She is also a 2008 National Book Award finalist, winner of the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, the National Poetry Series award, the Patterson poetry award two Pushcart prizes, and the Rattle poetry prize.
Laraine Newman, Tues. Oct. 29, 6pm, Overby Center. Panel with Jack Pendarvis (co-sponsored by Gender Studies)– A Guy and a Gal Walk into a Panel: What’s so Funny About Gender.
Laraine Newman (born 1952) is an American comedienne, actress, and writer, and was part of the original Saturday Night Live cast. Newman also works as a writer and editor. She is a contributing editor for the online magazine One For The Table, and she is an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post. She has contributed articles for the Los Angeles Times,The Believer, and McSweeney’s.
Pat Conroy, Fri. Nov. 1, 7pm, Fulton Chapel
Pat Conroy will read on campus from his new novel, *The Death of Santini,* as part of an event sponsored by Square Books, the English department, and the University. The reading will be in Fulton Chapel, and tickets are free but required. Tickets are available in the English Department and Square Books.
Joseph Fasano , poet, Feb. 10
Joseph Fasano (born 1982) is an American poet. Fasano’s poems have appeared in the Yale Review, the Southern Review,FIELD, Tin House, Boston Review, Measure, Passages North, and other publications. In 2011, Fasano’s first book, Fugue for Other Hands, won the Cider Press Review Book Award.
Tobias Wolff, Mon Apr. 7
Tobias Jonathan Ansell Wolff (born June 19, 1945) is an American author. He is known for his memoirs, particularly This Boy’s Life (1989), and his short stories. He has also written two novels. Wolff is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, where he has taught classes in English andcreative writing since 1997.
The Visiting Writers Series, made possible by the generosity of the Grisham fund, allows us to bring in some of the most accomplished writers working today. Our featured writers in past years have included: