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.


Carolyn Hembree (Poet)

Thursday, February 22, 2018
6 p.m.
Callen Conference Center

Carolyn Hembree was born in Bristol, Tenn.

Carolyn Hembree portrait
Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. In 2016, Trio House Books published her second collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, selected by Neil Shepard for the 2015 Trio Award and by Stephanie Strickland for the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Contrary, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry Daily, and other publications. She has received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. An assistant professor at the University of New Orleans, Carolyn teaches writing and serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. Thanks to an ATLAS grant, she will spend the next year writing.


Sandy Longhorn (Poet)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6 p.m.
Callen Conference Center

Sandy Longhorn portrait
Sandy Longhorn is the 2016 recipient of the Porter Fund Literary Prize and the author of three books of poetry. The Alchemy of My Mortal Form, her latest book, won the 2014 Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press. Her other books are The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths and Blood Almanac. Her poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, diode, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hotel Amerika, The Southeast Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Longhorn holds a BA in English from the College of St. Benedict and an MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas. She teaches in the Arkansas Writers MFA Program at the University of Central Arkansas, where she directs The C. D. Wright Women Writers Conference. In addition, she blogs at Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty.


Julie Schumacher (Author)

Thursday, April 5, 2018
6 p.m.
Callen Conference Center

Julie Schumacher portrait
Julie Schumacher is the author of nine books, including the national bestseller Dear Committee Members, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Schumacher is the only woman to have won the Thurber Prize. Schumacher’s first novel, The Body Is Water, was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle for Higher Education and other publications; most recently, she is the author of Doodling for Academics—a coloring and activity book. She is a professor of English and the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota.



Robyn Schiff (Poet) and Nick Twemlow (Author)

Thursday, April 19, 2018
6 p.m.
Callen Conference Center

Robyn Schiff

Robyn Schiff is the author of three poetry collections, the most recent of which, A Woman of Property, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and named a best book of the year by The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune, and was an Editors’ Choice at the New York Times. In 2016 Schiff was made an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard. She co-edits Canarium Books and teaches poetry at the University of Iowa.




Nick Twemlow
Nick Twemlow's second book. Attributed to the Harrow Painter, was released in November 2017. His first book, Palm Trees, was award the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is a senior editor at the Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books. He teaches at Coe College.



Past Visiting Writers

Year Writers
Fall 2017 Cole Swensen
Carol Guess
Spring 2017 Brenda Shaughnessy
Brian Blanchfield
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

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Old Main, Room 102
Lincoln, NE 68504
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