Edward Hirsch

Kristina Stahl Visiting Writer-in-Residence

Edward Hirsch, a MacArthur Fellow, has published nine books of poems, most recently Gabriel: A Poem (2014), a book-length elegy, and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010), which brings together thirty-five years of work. He has also published five prose books, among them A Poet’s Glossary (2014), a complete compendium, and How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), a national bestseller. He is President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

October 24, 2016: 4:00 PM, Robinson Room, Miller Library

Lecture: ‘Reading Poetry: In the Beginning is the Relation”

A discussion about reading poetry and the interchange between the writer, the poem, and the reader.

October 25, 2016: 7:00 PM, Robinson Room, Miller Library, Poetry Reading


Kirstin Valdez Quade

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

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, which received the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. It was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a Best Book of 2015 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Library Association. Kirstin is the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, Guernica, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Sanford University, where she also taught as a Jones Lecturer. She’s been on the faculty in the MFA programs at University of Michigan and Warren Wilson,  and is an Assistant Professor at Princeton.

November 8, 2016: 7:00 PM, Robinson Room, Miller Library, Fiction Reading

Cate Marvin

Cate Marvin’s first book, World’s Tallest Disaster, was chosen by Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize. She co-edited with poet Michael Dumanis the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, for which she received a Whiting Award, was published by Sarabande in 2007. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Erin Belieu. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, her third book of poems, Oracle, was released from W.W. Norton & Co. in March 2015.

February 21, 2017: 7:00 PM, Robinson Room, Miller Library, Poetry Reading


Charles D’Ambrosio

Ed Kenney Memorial Reading

Charles D’Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories, The Point, and The Dead Fish Museum, which was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and two essay collections, Orphans and Loitering. He’s been the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and a Lannan Fellowship, among other honors. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, as well as in Tin House, The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space. He teaches fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

March 14, 2017: 7:00 PM, Robinson Room, Miller Library, Creative Nonfiction Reading




Debra Spark

Debra Spark is the author of six books of fiction, including, most recently, Unknown Caller, The Pretty Girl, Good for the Jews, and the recently reissued novel Coconuts for the Saint. Other books include Curious Attractions: Essays on Fiction Writing and the anthology Twenty Under Thirty. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Food and Wine, the New York Times, Narrative, Ploughshares, salon.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. Spark has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Bunting Institute fellowship from Radcliffe College, a Wisconsin Institute Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and the John Zacharis/Ploughshares award for Best First Book. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she is a professor  at Colby College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

April 11, 2017: 7:00 PM, Robinson Room, Miller Library, Fiction Reading