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.


Ishmael Klein (Poet/Playwright)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
6 p.m.
Callen Conference Center

Writer Ish KleinIsh Klein's published books are: Consolation and Mirth, Moving Day, and Union! and the chapbook “Every Animal Is Your Mother”. S/he attended the Iowa Writers Workshop for Poetry and Columbia University where she was a student of Kenneth Koch. Her poems have appeared on the Poetry Foundation website, Fence magazine, Epiphany Magazine and Jubilat among others.

Ish is a founding member of the Connecticut River Valley Poets Theater or CRVPT. Her play, “In A Word, Faust” has been performed internationally; it was published by the Cambridge Literary Review. Her play, The Orchids, was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award. She is also the author of the plays The Dee Men, Drummer 41, and The Storm (a play based on the Tempest as told from the point of view of the island). She and her partner Greg Purcell live in Chicago.


Julia Whicker (Novelist)

Thursday, February 21, 2019
Callen Conference Center

>Author Julia WhickerJulia Whicker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she won both the Capote Fellowship and the Teaching-Writing Fellowship. She’s had her poetry and essays published in the Iowa Review, Word Riot and The Millions, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Wonderblood was named one of the best science fiction books for April 2018 by the Washington Post. Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania.


Anjali Sachdeva (Fiction Writer)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
8:30 p.m.
Callen Conference Center

>Writer Anjali SachdevaAnjali Sachdeva’s fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Yale Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Literary Review, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught writing at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She also worked for six years at the Creative Nonfiction Foundation, where she was Director of Educational Programs. She has hiked through the backcountry of Canada, Iceland, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States, and spent much of her childhood reading fantasy novels and waiting to be whisked away to an alternate universe. Instead, she lives in Pittsburgh, which is pretty wonderful as far as places in this universe go.


Past Visiting Writers

Year Writers
Fall 2018 Traci Brimhall
Lisa Wells
Jamel Brinkley
Spring 2018 Carolyn Hembree
Sandy Longhorn
Julie Schumacher
Robyn Schiff
Nick Twemlow
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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Lincoln, NE 68504
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