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2014-2015 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

FALL 2014 Visiting Writers Schedule

*Jennifer Egan, Tues. Sept. 16, 7pm in Bondurant Auditorium.  Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the bestsellingThe Keep.  Her new book, A Visit from the Goon Squad, a national bestseller, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the L.A. Times Book Prize.

T Cooper, Friday Oct. 10, noon, Overby Auditorium.  Cooper is the author of four novels, including the bestselling “Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes” and “The Beaufort Diaries” (a graphic novel). His most recent book is the nonfiction “Real Man Adventures” (McSweeney’s), which Vanity Fair has called “brave and hilarious.” Cooper is also co-author of a new four-part Young Adult novel series called “Changers,” the first book of which (“Changers Book One: Drew”) was published earlier this year. Cooper was also co-editor of a politically-minded anthology of original stories called “A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing.” His shorter work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Believer, O: The Oprah Magazine, One Story, Bomb, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Review, among many others. He is currently visiting professor in fiction at Emory University, and sometimes writes for television. For more info: www.t-cooper.com  This event is co-sponsored with The Isom Center for Gender Studies.

Christopher Ricks, Mon. Oct. 13,  6pm in Bondurant Auditorium. British literary scholar and critic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Ricks

*Phong Nguyen, Monday Oct. 20. http://phongvnguyen.com/htdocs/bio.html.  Nguyen’s first story collection, Memory Sickness, won the Elixir Press Fiction Award and was published in 2011. His second story collection, Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, will be published by Queen’s Ferry Press in 2014.  Together with the poet Wayne Miller, he is an editor of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing and Reviews, and he teach fiction-writing and literature at the University of Central Missouri.

*Stephen Dunn, Wed. Oct. 29, The Depot, 7pm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Dunn Stephen Dunn (born 1939) is an American poet and educator. Dunn has written fifteen collections of poetry. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his 2001 collection, Different Hours and has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other awards are three National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Rockefeller Foundations Fellowship. A collection of essays about Dunn’s poetry was published in 2013.

*Jack Pendarvis: Adventures with Adventure Time.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_Time  Tues. Nov. 11, 7pm, Overby Auditorium.  Pendarvis, a writer for the Cartoon Network animated show Adventure Time, will show clips of episodes and discuss writing for the show.  The evening will be moderated by Bill Griffith, and is co-sponsored by Cinema and The Southern Documentary Project.

Southern Sin: True Tales of Women Behaving Badly, 5pm Wed. Nov. 19.  Overby Auditorium.  River Jordan, Elane Johnson, and Sonja Livingston, all essay contributors to the recently published anthology, join anthology editor and moderator Beth Ann Fennelly for this Sarah Isom Center for Gender Studies panel.

SPRING 2015–more info TBA:

*Keetje Kuipers, Feb. 10 http://www.keetjekuipers.com/  Kuipers’ first collection, Beautiful in the Mouth, contains, as The Rumpus put it, “pitch-perfect poems about topics that are expected in a poetry collection, but that are crafted so well that they transcend cliché to flower into these plainly beautiful chunks of text.” Still obsessed with restlessness and isolation, Kuipers second book, The Keys to the Jail, is due out from BOA Editions in April 2014. It contains poems that examine the crimes we commit against ourselves—our acts of faithlessness, and the redemption of returning home to the self we left behind. As Kuipers herself has said, “[Poems] are beautiful, necessary attempts, the same way that standing on top of a mountain and shouting your name into the uninhabited air is an attempt—we must declare ourselves over and over again, and still never really find a way to understand how we exist.”

Tues. Feb. 24, 5pm, Off Square Books: Current MFA, Caroline Williams, and her mother, best-selling author Alice Randall, sign and read from Soul Food Love, Healthy Recipes Inspired by 100 Years of Cooking in a Black Family. http://www.randomhouse.com/book/229118/soul-food-love-by-alice-randall-and-caroline-randall-williams
This event will be sponsored by the MFA Program, the Center for Southern Culture, and the Southern Foodways Association.  

Friday, March 27, 1:15 pm: keynote speaker for the Sarah Isom Center/Oxford Conference for the Book is David Simon. Mr. Simon is a former investigative journalist and the creator of the influential TV shows The Wire, HomicideTreme, Generation Kill and he is a MacArthur Fellow.

Richard Ford, Richard Ford craft classes for MFA students only.  Dates TBA.

Book Conference, Mar. 25-March 27 http://oxfordconferenceforthebook.com/schedule/

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!

 

Madison Smartt Bell
Nick Carbo
Michael Chabon
Lucille Clifton
Billy Collins
Mark Doty
Rita Dove
Denise Duhamel
Jeffrey Eugenides
Carolyn Forche
Richard Ford
Louise Glück
David Halberstam
Robert Hass
Terrence Hayes
Carl Hiaasen
Jane Hirshfield
Andrew Hudgins
Greg Iles
Rodney Jones
Galway Kinnell

Yusef Komunyakaa
John Lane
Philip Levine
J. D. McClatchy
W. S. Merwin
Czeslaw Milosz
Sharon Olds
Alan M. Parker
Robert Pinsky
Wyatt Prunty
Pattiann Rogers
William Jay Smith
W. D. Snodgrass
Robert Stone
Clifton Taulbert
Cecilia Woloch
and many others…

We also bring in agents and editors to conference with our students.  Thank you to Dan Conaway of The Writer's House in NYC, pictured here being interviewed by one of his writers, Megan Abbot, about how writers and agents work together.  Previous years we welcomed Lisa Gallagher of Sanford J. Greenburg and Stella Connell of the Stella Connell Agency.

We also bring in agents and editors to conference with our students. Thank you to Dan Conaway of The Writer’s House in NYC, pictured here being interviewed by one of his writers, Megan Abbot, about how writers and agents work together. Previous years we welcomed Lisa Gallagher of Sanford J. Greenburg and Stella Connell of the Stella Connell Agency.