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MFA English Program
University of Mississippi



John and Renee Grisham Visiting Writers Schedule:

August 20: Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson

September 1: Matt Bondurant and his new novel Oleander City on Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Powerhouse, 6 PM


September 6: Melissa Ginsberg and her new poetry collection, Doll Apollo at Off Square Books, 530 PM

September 12: Deesha Philyaw and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Off Square Books 530pm

September 22: Derrick Harriell and Come Kingdom on Thacker Mountain Radio Hour, Powerhouse, 6 PM

September 27: Sheila Sundar, 2022-23 Visiting Assistant Professor reading, Hannah-Ford Room, 6PM

October 4: Elizabeth Hughey and Lauren Slaughter, 4:30-5:30 lecture by Elizabeth Hughey, followed by poetry reading by Hughey and Slaughter. Co-sponsored by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the College of Liberal Arts

October 17: Georgetown history professor Allison Games delivers the 2022-2023 Savage Lecture in the Renaissance (talk title TBD); co-sponsored by History, 5 PM

November 1: Princeton English and African American Studies professor and book historian Kinohi Nishikawa delivers the belated 2021-2022 Baine Lecture on Black experimental novelist William Melvin Kelley’s debut A Different Drummer


Spring 2023

February 7-9: Ada Limon, Baine Lecture, TBA

March 1-2: Juan Gabriel Vasquez, co-sponsored by Modern Languages.Vasquez is a Colombian writer, journalist and translator. TBA

March 21-22: poets Adam Vines and Jennifer Molberg, TBA

March 30, 4:30 PM Oxford Conference on the Book Poetry Panel at Southside Art Gallery:
reading by poets Mahogany Browne, Tarfia Faizullah, and James Hoch.
March 31, Oxford-Lafayette Public Library, 12:00; Poetry Books n’ Lunch lecture by Mahogany Browne