Jo Ann Beard, photographed by Jennifer MayJo Ann Beard

Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence

Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays, and In Zanesville, a novel.  Her work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, including The New Yorker, Tin House, and Best American Essays.  She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in nonfiction, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Whiting Award.




Oct 20, 2015, 4:00 PM, talk, “The Craft of the Personal Essay,” Robinson Room, Miller Library

Oct 21, 2015, 7:00 PM, fiction reading, Robinson Room, Miller Library



Erika Meitner

Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011), and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry series winner. Her fourth book of poems, Copia, is due out from BOA Editions in 2014. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared most recently in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, The New Republic, and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.

Nov 11, 2015, 7:00 PM, poetry reading, Robinson Room, Miller Library


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J.C. Hallman

Ed Kenney Memorial Reading

J.C. Hallman is the author of The Chess Artist (2003, St. Martin’s Press), The Devil is a Gentleman (2006, Random House), The Hospital for Bad Poets (2009, Milkweed Editions), In Utopia (2010, St. Martin’s Press), Wm & H’ry (2013, University of Iowa Press), and B & Me (2015, Simon & Schuster).  His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including the Pushcart Prize XXXIV and The 2010 Best American Travel Writing.  He was the recipient of a 2009 McKnight Artist Fellowship for his fiction, and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in the general nonfiction category.

Feb 23, 2016, 7:00 PM, prose reading, Robinson Room, Miller Library



Richard Ford

Sponsored by the Bullock-Clark-Donnelley Fund for Visiting Writers

Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and is the author of eleven books of fiction, including the novels The Sportswriter, Independence Day, Canada, and Let Me Be Frank With You and the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins.  His fiction has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Carnegie Gold Medal for Fiction. The PEN-Faulkner Award, and the Prix Femina Etrangere in France.  His stories have been widely anthologized, and he writes often on politics and culture for newspapers in Europe, including La Repubblica, La Nouvelle Observateur, and the Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung.  He lives in Boothbay, Maine and New Orleans with his wife Kristina Ford.  He is Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York City.

March 29, 2016, 7:00 PM, fiction reading, Parker-Reed Room, Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center (SSWAC)




Diane Seuss

Diane Seuss’s most recent collection is Four-Legged Girl from Graywolf Press. Her second book, Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open, won the Juniper Prize and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. Her first collection, It Blows You Hollow, was published by New Issues Poetry and Prose in 1998. She has received a Pushcart Prize, and a poem originally published in The Missouri Review appeared in The Best American Poetry 2014. Her poetry and brief prose have appeared in many literary magazines, including Poetry, The Iowa Review, Brevity, Black Warrior Review, and The New Yorker. Her work has received awards from Indiana Review, Quarter After Eight, Mid-American Review, and the Summer Literary Seminars contest. Seuss is Writer in Residence at Kalamazoo College.

April 19, 2016, 6:00 PM, poetry reading