Ed Kenney Memorial Reading

Kathryn Miles is an award-winning journalist and science writer. Miles is the author of four books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, Superstorm, and Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Best American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She currently serves as writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College and as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council.

Reading on September 25th at 5pm, Robinson Room.


Prajwal Parajuly is the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother. The Gurkha’s Daughter, his bestselling collection of short stories, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK and a semi-finalist for the Story Prize in the US. Land Where I Flee, his first novel, was an Independent (London) book of the year and a Kansas City Star best book of 2015. Prajwal is the Clayton B. Ofstad endowed distinguished writer-in-residence at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He also heads the writer-in-residence program at the L’Ancienne Auberge in Puycelsi, France

Reading on October 10th at 5pm, Robinson Room.


Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, the GLCA New Writers Award, and the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work appears in many publications, including Poetry, Tin House, The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Poetry, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the 2018-2020 Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University. He lives with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.

Reading on November 7th at 5pm, Robinson Room.

Craft Talk on November 8th at 4pm, Robinson Room.


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

Arisa White is the author of Perfect on Accident, Black Pearl, Post Pardon, A Penny Saved, and Hurrah’s Nest. Her debut collection Hurrah’s Nest was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards. Her recent collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, was nominated for the 29th Lambda Literary Award and a semifinalist for the Julie Suk Award. The chapbook “Fish Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won Daniel Handler’s inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. She serves on the board of directors for Nomadic Press. Arisa is a Cave Canem graduate fellow.

Reading on March 6 at 5 pm, Robinson Room.


Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels: All This Talk of Love (2013) — a New York Times Editors’ Choice; A Kiss from Maddalena (2003) — winner of the Massachusetts Book Award; and The Saint of Lost Things (2005), a BookSense (IndieBound) Notable Book. His book of essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story, part of Graywolf’s prestigious “Art Of…” series, was published in 2016. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Christopher now lives in Boston, where he works as the artistic director of Grub Street, one of the country’s leading independent creative writing centers. He is also on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He has been recently awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Fellowship, and the Barnes & Noble/Poets & Writers “Writer for Writers” Award in recognition of his contributions to the literary community.

Reading in April 1 at 5 pm, Robinson Room.