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.

Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul Johnson (poet)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6 p.m.
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts
Amaud Jamaul Johnson is a native son of Compton, Calif. Educated at Howard University and Cornell University, he is the author of two poetry collections, Darktown Follies (Tupelo 2013) and Red Summer (2006). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, Robert Frost Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Cave Canem Fellow, his honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Edna Meudt Book Award, the Dorset Prize, and a nomination for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and directs the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.


Sarah Braunstein

Sarah Braunstein (fiction writer)

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6 p.m.
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Sarah Braunstein is the author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2012 Maine Book Award for Fiction. The novel was a finalist for the 2011 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick of the Month. In 2010 Sarah was named one of “5 Under 35” fiction writers by the National Book Foundation, and she received a 2007 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, AGNI, Ploughshares, The Sun, Nylon Magazine, Maine Magazine, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A play she co-wrote, String Theory: Three Greek Myths Woven Together, was produced in New York City in 2009 and at Vassar College in 2010. Sarah is currently a visiting professor at Bowdoin College, and she is on the fiction faculty at the Stonecoast MFA at the University of Southern Maine. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work.

Mary Hickman


Mary Hickman (poet) and Robert Fernandez (poet)

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6 p.m.
Elder Gallery, Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts

Mary Hickman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she received an Iowa Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Boston Review, Colorado Review and jubilat. Her first book will be published by Ahsahta Press this spring.


Robert Fernandez

Robert Fernandez is the author of the poetry books We Are Pharaoh (2011) and Pink Reef (2013), both from Canarium books. With Blake Bronson-Bartlett, he is the translator of Azure, poems of Stéphane Mallarmé (forthcoming Wesleyan, fall 2015). He is the recipient of a New American Poet Award and has been an editor for the PEN Poetry Series. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Conjunctions, Poetry, A Public Space, and elsewhere.


Bradford Tice (poet) and Erik Campbell (poet)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6 p.m.
Alabaster Lounge, Old Main Bradford Tice

Bradford Tice is the author of two books of poetry: Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013), which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project and a 2014 Debut-litzer finalist, and What the Night Numbered (forthcoming from Trio House Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, The American Scholar, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Epoch, as well as in Best American Short Stories 2008. His poetry was also selected as the winner of Prairie Schooner’s 2009 Edward Stanley Award. He currently teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Erik Campbell

Erik Campbell’s poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in New Letters, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Rattle, and other literary journals. His first poetry collection, Arguments for Stillness (Curbstone Press 2006), was named by Book Sense as one of the top ten poetry collections for 2007. A high school English teacher for many years, he is currently an adjunct professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University.



Past Visiting Writers

Year Writers
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