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Purdue University Visiting Writers Series, 2013-2014

Sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing, the English Department, the Thomas H. Scholl Fund and the College of Liberal Arts.

Fall 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 4:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Q&A with Chinelo Okparant
Stewart Center, Room 320

Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Fiction Reading with Chinelo Okparanta
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Monday, September 23, 4:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Q&A with Ellen Bryant Voigt
Stewart Center, Room 318

Tuesday, September 24, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Poetry Reading with Ellen Bryant Voigt
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Wednesday, October 2, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Fiction Reading with Michael Martone
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Tuesday, October 22, 4:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Q&A with Paul Harding
Stewart Center, Room 320

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Fiction Reading with Paul Harding
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Wednesday, November 6, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Poetry Reading with Rodney Jones
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Q&A with Karen Kovacik
Stewart Center, Room 214D

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Poetry Reading with Karen Kovacik
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Wednesday, December 4, 4:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Q&A with Robin Romm
Stewart Center, Room 318

Thursday, December 5, 7:30 pm
Visiting Writers Reading Series, Fiction Reading with Robin Romm
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Spring 2014

Numerous Visiting Writer events are in the works for spring, but mark your calendars for April 17, 83rd Annual Literary Awards featuring Edwidge Danticat. More information to follow.

History of Purdue Literary Awards and Visiting Writers

Literary Awards has been an institution at Purdue since 1928. Speakers have included: Sherwood Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, Eudora Welty, Robert Frost, Katharine Ann Porter, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Ashbery, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich, Edward Albee, Derek Walcott, Louise Erdrich, Russell Banks, Seamus Heaney, Tony Kushner, Charles Wright, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sherman Alexie, Michael Chabon, Rita Dove, Annie Proulx, Charles Simic and Michael Cunningham. For more information about Literary Awards, please visit: http://www.cla.purdue.edu/literary-awards/

Recent Visiting Writers to the MFA program have included: Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Li-Young Lee, Edward P. Jones, Russell Edson, Andre Dubus III, Alicia Ostriker, Quan Barry, Michael Martone, Heather McHugh, Steve Yarbrough, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Denise Duhamel, Charles Baxter, Joyce Carol Oates, Adam Zagajewski, Peter Ho Davies, Jane Hamilton, Lan Samantha Chang, A. Van Jordan, Carl Phillips, Helena María Viramontes, Natasha Trethewey, Dorothy Allison, Dan Chaon, Julie Otsuka, Maurice Manning, Edith Pearlman, Jess Walter, Terrance Hayes and Antonya Nelson.

MFA Student Reading Series

These informal readings by current MFA students are held on the occasional evening n Downtown Lafayette. For scheduling information, please contact coordinator Michael Campbell

MFA Thesis Readings

These celebratory readings, by fiction writers Michael Campbell, Tiffany Chiang, Alisha Karabinus, Terrance Manning, and Kelsey Ronan and poets Corey Barracato, Lauren Carpenter, Matt Kilbane, and Elizabeth Peterson will be held at 7:30 pm on April 11 and April 25 at Wells Center, 638 North Street, Downtown Lafayette.

Questions?

For questions regarding the Purdue University Visiting Writers Series, 2013-2014, please contact Reading Series Coordinator Rebecca McKanna.