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.

Michael Knight

Michael Knight (Fiction Writer)

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6 p.m.
Elder Gallery

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

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 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

Year Writers
Spring 2016 Porochista Khakpour
Michael Knight
Shane McCrae
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 Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.
Travis Mossotti
David James Poissant
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 Oni Buchanan
Charlotte Pence
Adam Prince
John Walker
Jon Woodward
Fall 2012 Chi Tak Chan
Chun Ying Lin
Caryl Pagel
Lysley Tenorio
Stephanie Ye
Spring 2012 Suzanne Buffam
Jennifer S. Davis
David Philip Mullins
Srikanth Reddy
Fall 2011 Margaret Lazarus Dean
Hye-Kyung Lee
Dorothy Tse
Susan Wheeler
Yueran Zhang
Spring 2011 Jessica Savitz
Willy Vlautin
Fall 2010 Meg Kearney
Ed Roberson
Robert Wrigley
Spring 2010 Arthur Smith
Hannah Tinti
Fall 2009 Marcia Douglas
John McManus
Spring 2009 Mary Jo Bang
Brian Evenson
Sheila Heti
Gary Lutz
Fall 2008 Joanna Klink
Timothy Liu
Spring 2008 Chris Bachelder
William Henry Lewis
Ben Marcus
Selah Saterstrom
Fall 2007 Erik Campbell
Graham Foust
Christian Hawkey
Harryette Mullen
Sawako Nakayasu
Spring 2007 Cary Holladay
Josip Novakovich
Julie Orringer
Bapsi Sidhwa
Fall 2006 Grace Bauer
Anthony Hawley
Jeffrey McDaniel
Robyn Schiff
Spring 2006 Chris Offutt
Z.Z. Packer
Fall 2005 John D’Agata
Denise Duhamel
Dean Young