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.

 

Brenda Shaughnessy (Poet)

Poet Brenda Shaughnessy will share her work March 30, 6 pm in Olin A
Thursday, March 30, 2017
6 p.m.
Olin A Lecture Hall

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of four poetry collections, most recently So Much Synth (2016, Copper Canyon Press) and Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, the International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The New York Times, The New Yorker, O Magazine, and Poetry Magazine. Recent collaborative projects include writing a libretto for a Mass commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street for composer Paola Prestini, and a poem-essay for the exhibition catalog for Toba Khedoori’s solo retrospective show at LACMA.

 

 

Brian Blanchfield (Poet)

Poet Brian Blanchfield will share his work April 13, 6 pm in Callen.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
6 p.m.

Callen Conference Center

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies (Nightboat Books, 2016; Picador UK, 2017), which is a collection of essays of cultural close reading and a dicey autobiography, for which he received a 2016 Whiting Award in nonfiction. His second book of poems, A Several World (Nightboat, 2014), was the recipient of The Academy of American Poets’ 2014 James Laughlin Award and a longlist finalist for The National Book Award. His poetry and prose have appeared in Harper’s, The Oxford American, The Nation, and The Paris Review.

 

Past Visiting Writers

Year Writers
Fall 2016 Peter Gizzi
Claudia Rankine
Lucy Ives
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

Contact or visit us

English Department
Stephanie Loos, Staff Assistant
Old Main, Room 102
Lincoln, NE 68504
402.465.2343
sloos [at] nebrwesleyan.edu