All events held in the Robinson Room of Miller Library with book signing and reception after evening events.  Public welcome.

MauriceManningMaurice Manning

Maurice Manning’s most recent books are The Gone and the Going Away, his fifth collection of poems, and The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry, co-edited with Eleanor Wilner.  A former Guggenheim fellow, Manning has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is a member of The Fellowship of Southern Writers.  He teaches at Transylvania University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  He will be visiting campus for several days as the Stahl Writer-in-Residence, in memory of Kristina Stahl, class of 1999. 

Poetry Craft Talk: September 29, 4:00 pm  

Poetry Reading: September 30,  7:00 pm

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Dan ChaonDan Chaon

Dan Chaon is the author most recently of the short story collection Stay Awake and the national bestseller Await Your Reply.  He is also the author of the short story collections Fitting Ends and Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award, and the novel You Remind Me of Me.  Dan’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and the O. Henry Prize Stories. (Sponsored by the Bullock-Clark-Donnelley Fund for Visiting Writers.)

Fiction Reading: October 7, 7:00 pm


Andrew AltschulAndrew Altschu

Andrew Altschu is the author of the novels Deus Ex Machina and Lady Lazarus.  His stories and essays have appeared in 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.  Co-sponsored with Latin American Studies.

Talk on Politics and Writing: November 10,  6:00 pm


EvieShockleyEvie Shockley

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—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry.  Her honors also 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.  

Poetry Reading: November 11,  7:00 pm


LauravandenBergLaura van den Berg

Laura van der 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 was named a “Best Book of 2013” by over a dozen venues, including NPR, The Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her first novel, Find Me, will be released in February 2015.

Fiction Reading: February 24, 7:00 pm


BethAnnFennelleyBeth Ann Fennelly

Beth Ann Fennelly writes essays on travel, culture, and design for Country Living, Southern Living, AFAR, Garden and Gun, The Oxford American, and others.  Fennelly has published three full-length poetry books (Open House, Tender Hooks, and Unmentionables) and a book of nonfiction (Great with Child). The Tilted World, the novel she co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin, was published in 2013. They live in Oxford with their three children.  (Co-sponsored with English.)

Writers Talk: April 22, 7:00 pm