Visiting Writers Series
The Visiting Writers Series brings renowned writers to read from their work and meet with students.
Philip Metres, Poetry
7pm Wednesday, September 21, Centennial Room, Kansas Union, Visiting Writers Series
Metres is the author, most recently, of the books Pictures at an Exhibition: A Petersburg Album (Akron Series in Poetry, 2016) and Sand Opera (Alice James, 2015). His work has garnered two NEA fellowships, two Arab-American Book Awards, and many other accolades. He is Professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Melissa Buzzeo, Poetry
7:30pm Wednesday, November 2, The Commons at Spooner Hall, Visiting Writers Series
Melissa Buzzeo's recent book The Devastation (Nightboat 2015) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist in Poetry. She is also the author of For Want and Sound (Les figues 2013), Face (Bookthug 2009), and What Began Us ( Leon Works 2007). She is working on a new book---a simple kind of memoir, a history of sexuality and something else opening or shutting it. It is called “Writing." She lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing, feminism, and poetics of healing at Pratt Institute.
Terrance Hayes, Poetry
7:30pm Thursday, November 17, Lied Center, Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series
Poet Terrance Hayes will deliver an annotated poetry reading and discussion of his newest work, How to Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), considering themes of popular culture, race, music, and masculinity. Hayes is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. His previous collection, Lighthead (Penguin 2010), was winner of the 2010 National Book Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Hurston-Wright award. Hayes’ other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a profile in The New York Times Magazine. His first book, Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999) won both a Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His second book, Hip Logic (Penguin 2002), was a National Poetry Series selection and a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Wind In a Box (Penguin 2006), a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award finalist, was named one of the best books of 2006 by Publishers Weekly.
Zadie Smith, Fiction
7:30pm Thursday, December 1, Kansas Union Ballroom, Hall Center Humanities Lecture Series
Zadie Smith is the celebrated author of White Teeth (2000), The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), NW (2012), and the upcoming Swing Time (2016). At 21, Smith submitted some 80 pages of what would become White Teeth to an agent, and the book was published a few years later to rave reviews, winning numerous awards, including the Whitbread First Novel Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her third novel, On Beauty, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and won the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction. In this lecture, Smith will explore what it is to write, and why writing remains important. What is the purpose of writing 'creatively'? Have the reasons changed over time? What can aspiring writers do to convince themselves that serious writing - in a world full of distractions - is still worth doing? What kind of writing is needed in the 21st century? She will also read from and explore parts of her upcoming novel Swing Time, described as “dazzlingly energetic and deeply human” and eagerly anticipated by fans and critics.
Past Visiting Writers
Margaret Atwood, Carmen Giménez Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Joy Castro, Lacy M. Johnson, Patricia Lockwood, Tony Trigilio, Edwidge Danticat, Fred Moten, Nikky Finney, Lyn Hejinian, CA Conrad, Kate Greenstreet, Michael Martone, Marilynne Robinson, China Mieville, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Michael Chabon