Creative Writers Reading Series

Creative Writers Reading Series

Smith Creative Writers Reading Series

Celebrated writers of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction visit campus several times each year to give lectures, readings, discussions, and book signings. Visiting author readings are held at 6:00 p.m. (preceded by receptions at 5:30 p.m.) in the Smith Chapel. All events are free and open to the public. Presented with the support of the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund.

 

Jared Yates Sexton, Fiction

Jared Yates Sexton, Fiction

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September 6 – Jared Yates Sexton, Fiction Writer 

Jared Yates Sexton is the author of three collections of fiction, a novel, and The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. His political writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and Politico, and he currently serves as a contributor to Salon. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University.

 

Jen Town, Poet

Jen Town, Poet

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September 20 – Jen Town, Poet

Jen Town's first book, The Light of What Comes After, won the 2017 May Sarton Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, Cimarron Review, Epoch, Third Coast, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lake Effect, The Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She earned her M.F.A. in Poetry from The Ohio State University.

 

 

 

Henrietta Goodman, Poet

Henrietta Goodman, Poet

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October 4 – Henrietta Goodman, Poet

Henrietta Goodman is the author of three books of poetry: All That Held Us, Hungry Moon, and Take What You Want. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, 32 Poems, and other journals. She has an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in English from Texas Tech University. She lives in Missoula, Montana, where she teaches at U.M. and at T.T.U. (online).

 

George Looney, Creative Writing Faculty

George Looney, Creative Writing Faculty

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November 1 – George Looney, Faculty Reading

George Looney, Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Behrend, reads from his new novel, Report from a Place of Burning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Previous Visiting Authors

Previous visiting authors have included: Melissa Fraterrigo, Karen Craigo, Corey Zeller, Al Maginnes, John Gallaher, Wendell Mayo, Lia Purpura, Paisley Rekdal, Caitlin Horrocks, Robert Michael Pyle, Alice Friman, John Minichillo, Laura Kaschsiske, Thom Conroy, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Heather Slomski, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Katie Ford, Michael Byers, Charles Baxter, and many more.