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.
Michael Knight (Fiction Writer)
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6 p.m.
Michael Knight is the author of two novels (Divining Rod and The Typist), two collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody) and a book of novellas (The Holiday Season). His most recent novel, The Typist, was selected as a "Best Book of the Year for 2010" by The Huffington Post and The Kansas City Star, among other places. His fiction has appeared in magazines and literary journals like Esquire, The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Saturday Evening Post and The Southern Review and has been included in prize anthologies like Best American Mystery Stories and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. He is the recipient of a Special Citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation (1999) and the Robert Penn Warren Award for fiction (2013). He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.
Shane McCrae (Poet)
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 6 p.m.
Prairie Wolf A & B
Shane McCrae has published four books of poems—most recently, The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015). He teaches at Oberlin College and Spalding University, and has received a Whiting Writer's Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio.
Porochista Khakpour (Novelist)
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6 p.m.
Callen Conference Center
Porochista Khakpour was born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area. She was recently the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing (Prose). Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic, 2007) was a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” Chicago Tribune “Fall’s Best,” and 2007 California Book Award winner. Her second novel, The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014) was named a "best book of 2014" by Kirkus, Buzzfeed, and NPR. In 2014, she was also named one of Dazed’s “Top 10 American Writers You Need to Read This Year.”
Her next project is a children’s book, coming out Fall 2015 on Civil Coping Mechanism’s new imprint WHITE RABBIT, and in 2017, her first memoir Sick will be published by HarperPerennial: a memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery, chronicling the long, arduous discovery of her late-stage Lyme Disease. She is currently Writer in Residence at Bard College.
Past Visiting Writers
Amaud Jamaul Johnson
Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.
David James Poissant
Mary Helen Stefaniak
Laura van den Berg
Chi Tak Chan
Chun Ying Lin
Jennifer S. Davis
David Philip Mullins
Margaret Lazarus Dean
Mary Jo Bang
William Henry Lewis