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.

Kit Yan

Kit Yan (slam poet)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 8 p.m.
Cochran Woods Library

Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit performs theatrical slam poetry pieces about his life as a queer, transgender, and Asian American through stories about family, love, and social justice. Kit has been seen on television programs such as HBO’s Asian Aloud, PBS’ Asian America and MYX TV. His recent performances include headliner at the True Colors Youth Conference, headliner at the New England Queer People of Color Conference, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Kit’s poetry has been reviewed in New York Magazine, Bitch, Curve, and Hyphen. His poetry has been taught all over the world and he has been seen on the SF Pride mainstage, National Equality March stage, and numerous international slam poetry stages.


Dagoberto Gilb

Dagoberto Gilb (fiction writer)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6 p.m.
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Dagoberto Gilb is the author of Before the End, After the Beginning, The Flowers, Woodcuts of Women, Gritos, The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and The Magic of Blood. He also edited the canonical Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature and, due out, Mexican American Literature: A Portable Anthology.

A high-rise, union carpenter for over a decade, as a writer his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a range of magazines, both regional and national, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Zyzzyva, and Texas Monthly, as well as anthologies such as The Best American Essays and The O’Henry Prize Stories. His work is reprinted widely. Among his honors are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He won the PEN/Hemingway Award and has been a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Award.

A native of Los Angeles, a longtime resident of El Paso, Gilb makes his home in Austin, Texas, and he is the executive director of CentroVictoria, a center for Mexican American literature and culture at the University of Houston-Victoria, where he is the founding editor of the literary magazine, Huizache.


J.D. Schraffenberger

J.D. Schraffenberger (poet)

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6 p.m.
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

J. D. Schraffenberger is editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poetry, Saint Joe's Passion (Etruscan Press) and The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters Press), and his other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.



Past Visiting Writers

Year Writers
Fall 2015 Dagoberto Gilb
J.D. Schraffenberger
Kit Yan
Spring 2015 Sarah Braunstein
Erik Campbell
Robert Fernandez
Mary Hickman
Amaud Jamaul Johnson
Bradford Tice
Fall 2014 David James Poissant
Travis Mossotti
Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.
Christine Sneed
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