Fall Visiting Writers Series Features Poets, Fiction Writer

Slam poet Kit Yan kicks off the fall Visiting Writers Series on September 22 at 8 p.m.
Fiction writer Dagoberto Gilb will give a reading on October 6.
The fall Visiting Writers Series concludes on November 5 with poet J.D. Schraffenberger.

Nebraska Wesleyan University has announced its schedule and featured writers for the fall Visiting Writers Series.

The series begins Tuesday, September 22 at 8 p.m. with Hawaii native and slam poet Kit Yan. A queer, transgender, and Asian American, Yan has endured a lifetime of struggle, and shares his experiences through poems and stories about family, love, and social justice. His poetry has been taught all over the world, and delivered on SF Pride, National Equality March, and numerous other international stages. His performance will be held in the Cochran-Woods Library.

The writers series continues on Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. with fiction writer Dagoberto Gilb. Recipient of the PEN/Hemingway Award, Gilb is widely praised for his many written works, having been featured in The New Yorker and Texas Monthly. Gilb currently resides in Austin, Texas as the executive director of the Mexican American literature and culture center CentroVictoria at the University of Houston-Victoria.

The Visiting Writers Series concludes on Thursday, November 5 at 6 p.m. with poet J.D. Schraffenberger. Schraffenberger is the author of two books in poetry, Saint Joe's Passion and The Waxen Poor, as well as many other written works, and has been featured in literary journals Best Creative Nonfiction and the Notre Dame Review. He currently works as editor of the North American Review and is an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Visiting Writers Series is an annual event held at NWU, and, with the exception of poet Kit Yan's portion of the series, will take place in the Elder Gallery, located in the Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts at 50th Street & Huntington Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.