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
Jericho Brown and Katie Peterson: 3:30 p.m on Thursday, March 3, 2016 (University of Mississippi Museum)
Oxford Conference for the Book 2016: Of Rivers: Poetic Responses to Langston Hughes + the Art of Youngsuk Suh. Introductions by Chiyuma Elliott, with Derrick Harriell, Jericho Brown, and Katie Peterson
Jericho Brown is an NEA recipient, professor of English and Creative Writing, and author of 2 collections of poetry, Please (2008) and The New Testament (2014)
Katie Peterson is the author of the poetry collections This One Tree (2006), which was awarded the New Issues Poetry Prize by judge William Olson, Permission (2013), and The Accounts (2013), which won the Rilke Prize.
Charles Baxter at 7p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, Hannah-Ford Room for Writers (Bondurant C208). Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota. Baxter is the author of 5 novels, 5 collections of short stories, 3 collections of poems, 2 collections of essays on fiction and is the editor of other works.
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.
Danez Smith: 7pm on Thursday, April 7, 2016 (The Depot)
Baine Lecture Series: Poet Danez Smith reads. Smith is the author of [insert] boy (2014, YesYes Books), winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His second collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017.
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!
and click HERE to check out our Broken English MFA Student Reading Series schedule!