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Featuring finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and winners of the Pushcart and Holmes National Poetry prizes, Colby College’s Visiting Writers Series once again brings acclaimed fiction writers, poets, and essayists to Waterville. Each reading takes place in the Robinson Room, Miller Library, with a book signing and reception following each evening event. Admission is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Courtesy of Maurice Manning

Courtesy of Maurice Manning

Maurice Manning
Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, 4 p.m. (craft talk)
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 7 p.m. (reading)

A former Guggenheim Fellow, poet Maurice Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2013 he published his fifth collection of poems, The Gone and the Going Away, and he coedited a collection, The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, with Eleanor Wilner. He teaches at Transylvania University and in the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Photo by Ulf Andersen

Photo by Ulf Andersen

Dan Chaon
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 7 p.m. (reading)

Dan Chaon’s most recent short story collection, Stay Awake, was a finalist for the Story Prize, and his national bestselling Await Your Reply was named one of the 10 best books of 2009 by Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times, among others. He is also the author of the short story collection Among the Missing, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. A finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches creative writing and literature at Oberlin College.

Courtesy of Andrew Altschul

Courtesy of Andrew Altschul

Andrew Altschul
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, 6 p.m. (craft talk and reading)

Andrew Altschul is the author of the novels Deus Ex Machina and Lady Lazarus. His stories and essays have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best New American Voices, and publications including Esquire, Ploughshares, McSweeney’s, and One Story. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, he was the founding books editor of The Rumpus and is currently a contributing editor at Zyzzyva and director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University.

Courtesy of Evie Shockley

Courtesy of Evie Shockley

Evie Shockley
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, 7 p.m. (reading)

Evie Shockley is the author of two books of poetry—the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry, and a half-red sea. She also wrote the critical study Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry. Shockley’s honors include the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Currently serving as creative writing editor for Feminist Studies, she is associate professor of English at Rutgers University.

Courtesy of Laura van den Berg

Courtesy of Laura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 7 p.m. (reading)

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection and a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Award, and The Isle of Youth, which received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named one of the best books of 2013 by more than a dozen media outlets including NPR, the Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her first novel, Find Me, is forthcoming from FSG in February.

Courtesy of Beth Ann Fennelly

Courtesy of Beth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 7 p.m. (reading)

Beth Ann Fennelly has published three books of poetry—Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables—and a nonfiction book, Great with Child. With her husband she cowrote the novel The Tilted World. She also writes essays on travel, culture, and design for Country Living, Southern LivingThe Oxford American, and other publications. Her work has won a Pushcart Prize and three times been included in the Best American Poetry series. Fennelly directs the M.F.A. program at the University of Mississippi.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by Colby’s Creative Writing Program, with additional support from the Anthropology and English departments.