Visiting Writers Series

Nebraska Wesleyan University's Visiting Writers Series brings prominent national and international writers to campus. In addition to giving public readings, our visiting writers meet with students to discuss the craft of writing. The mission of this series remains the promotion of literary experiences with contemporary writers meant to enliven and to educate young writers here at NWU.

All readings are free and open to the public.

Mary Helen Stefaniak (fiction writer)

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:00pm
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Mary Helen Stefaniak’s most recent novel—The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia (W.W. Norton)—received the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction. For 79 years, Anisfield-Wolf awards have recognized books that make important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation for the rich diversity of human cultures. The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia was also selected by independent booksellers as an Indie-Next “Great Read.” Her previous novel, The Turk and My Mother (W. W. Norton), received the 2005 John Gardner Fiction Award and has been translated into several languages. It was named a Chicago Tribune “Best Book” of 2004. Self Storage and Other Stories (New Rivers Press), won the Wisconsin Library Association’s 1998 Banta Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many publications, including AGNI, Antioch Review, Bound Off, Epoch, The Iowa Review, The Yale Review, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best (Algonquin), and A Different Plain (University of Nebraska Press). A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Mary Helen Stefaniak teaches at Creighton University and Pacific University.

Trey Moody (poet)

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00pm
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts
Trey Moody is the author of Thought That Nature (Sarabande Books, 2014), selected for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2009, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, and Washington Square. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Slope Editions Chapbook Prize, and a Presidential Graduate Fellowship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Marcos, Texas.

Joshua Robbins (poet)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 6:00pm
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts
Joshua Robbins is the author of Praise Nothing (University of Arkansas Press, 2013). His recognitions include the James Wright Poetry Award, the New South Prize, selection for the Best New Poets anthology, multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in poetry from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His work regularly appears in journals such as Mid-American Review, Third Coast, Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Tennessee. He is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at University of the Incarnate Word. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.


Past Visiting Writers

Spring 2014

Trey Moody
Joshua Robbins
Mary Helen Stefaniak

Fall 2013

Tricia Currans-Sheehan
Jeanne Emmons
Kristi Maxwell
Bradford Tice
Laura van den Berg

Spring 2013

Charlotte Pence
Adam Prince
Oni Buchanan
Jon Woodward
John Walker

Fall 2012

Chun Ying Lin
Chi Tak Chan
Stephanie Ye
Lysley Tenorio
Caryl Pagel

Spring 2012 Jennifer S. Davis
Suzanne Buffam
Srikanth Reddy
David Philip Mullins
Fall 2011

Margaret Lazarus Dean
Hye-Kyung Lee
Yueran Zhang
Dorothy Tse
Susan Wheeler

Spring 2011 Jessica Savitz
Willy Vlautin
Fall 2010

Ed Roberson
Robert Wrigley
Meg Kearney

Spring 2010

Hannah Tinti
Arthur Smith

Fall 2009

John McManus
Marcia Douglas

Spring 2009

Mary Jo Bang
Brian Evenson
Sheila Heti
Gary Lutz

Fall 2008

Joanna Klink
Timothy Liu

Spring 2008

Chris Bachelder
William Henry Lewis
Selah Saterstrom
Ben Marcus

Fall 2007

Sawako Nakayasu
Erik Campbell
Graham Foust
Harryette Mullen
Christian Hawkey

Spring 2007

Josip Novakovich
Bapsi Sidhwa
Cary Holladay
Julie Orringer

Fall 2006

Jeffrey McDaniel
Robyn Schiff
Grace Bauer
Anthony Hawley

Spring 2006

Z.Z. Packer
Chris Offutt

Fall 2005

John D’Agata
Denise Duhamel
Dean Young