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.


Peter Gizzi (Poet)

Peter Gizzi (Poet) Visiting Writers Series
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Elder Gallery

Peter Gizzi is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Archeophonics, In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011, and Threshold Songs. He has also published several limited-edition chapbooks, folios, and artist books. His honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets, and fellowships in poetry from The Fund for Poetry, The Rex Foundation, The Howard Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and The Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at Cambridge University. Archeophonics was just long-listed for the National Book Award.


Claudia Rankine, Visiting Writers Series

Claudia Rankine (Poet)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
6:30 p.m.

O’Donnell Auditorium

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.


Lucy Ives (Poet)

Lucy Ives (Poet)

Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:30 p.m.

Elder Gallery

Lucy Ives is the author of five books of poetry and prose, most recently The Hermit (Song Cave, 2016), a collection of aphorisms and extremely short stories. Her criticism has appeared in numerous publications, including Artforum,, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2017, Penguin Press will release her first full-length novel, Impossible Views of the World.


Past Visiting Writers

Fall 2016Peter Gizzi
Claudia Rankine
Lucy Ives
Spring 2016Porochista Khakpour
Michael Knight
Shane McCrae
Fall 2015Dagoberto Gilb
J.D. Schraffenberger
Kit Yan
Spring 2015Sarah Braunstein
Erik Campbell
Robert Fernandez
Mary Hickman
Amaud Jamaul Johnson
Bradford Tice
Fall 2014Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.
Travis Mossotti
David James Poissant
Christine Sneed
Spring 2014Trey Moody
Joshua Robbins
Mary Helen Stefaniak
Fall 2013Tricia Currans-Sheehan
Jeanne Emmons
Kristi Maxwell
Bradford Tice
Laura van den Berg
Spring 2013Oni Buchanan
Charlotte Pence
Adam Prince
John Walker
Jon Woodward
Fall 2012Chi Tak Chan
Chun Ying Lin
Caryl Pagel
Lysley Tenorio
Stephanie Ye
Spring 2012Suzanne Buffam
Jennifer S. Davis
David Philip Mullins
Srikanth Reddy
Fall 2011Margaret Lazarus Dean
Hye-Kyung Lee
Dorothy Tse
Susan Wheeler
Yueran Zhang
Spring 2011Jessica Savitz
Willy Vlautin
Fall 2010Meg Kearney
Ed Roberson
Robert Wrigley
Spring 2010Arthur Smith
Hannah Tinti
Fall 2009Marcia Douglas
John McManus
Spring 2009Mary Jo Bang
Brian Evenson
Sheila Heti
Gary Lutz
Fall 2008Joanna Klink
Timothy Liu
Spring 2008Chris Bachelder
William Henry Lewis
Ben Marcus
Selah Saterstrom
Fall 2007Erik Campbell
Graham Foust
Christian Hawkey
Harryette Mullen
Sawako Nakayasu
Spring 2007Cary Holladay
Josip Novakovich
Julie Orringer
Bapsi Sidhwa
Fall 2006Grace Bauer
Anthony Hawley
Jeffrey McDaniel
Robyn Schiff
Spring 2006Chris Offutt
Z.Z. Packer
Fall 2005John D’Agata
Denise Duhamel
Dean Young

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