Fall 2018

Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm (location TBA).  Purdue University's Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Whitney Terrell.  A Q&A is also scheduled at 4:30 pm (location TBA).  This event is free and open to the public.

Spring 2018

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. Terese Mailhot, Tecumseh Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of English, will have a reading and reception, a kind of book launch, for her forthcoming memoir, Heart Berries.

The 2017-2018 Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents author Carmen Maria Machado on Tuesday February 13 at 7:30pm in Krannert Auditorium. Machado's book, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Gulf Coast, NPR, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and Best Women’s Erotica. Her memoir House in Indiana is forthcoming in 2019 from Graywolf Press. Q&A to be held at 4:30pm in WALC 1132. This event is free and open to the public.

The 2017-2018 Purdue University Literary Reading series presents poets Vievee Francis and Matthew Olzmann on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30pm in Krannert Auditorium, room 140, on the Purdue campus. Vievee Francis is the author of three books of poetry: Blue-Tail FlyHorse in the Dark, and Forest Primeval. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including PoetryBest American Poetry 201020142017, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She has been a participant in the Cave Canem Workshops, a Poet-in-Residence for the Alice Lloyd Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, and teaches poetry writing in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and in 2010, a Kresge Fellowship. She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor at Dartmouth College. Matthew Olzmann is the author of Contradictions in the Design and Mezzanines, winner of the 2011 Kundiman Poetry Prize. Olzmann has received fellowships from the Kresge Arts Foundation and Kundiman, among others. He teaches at Warren Wilson College. Sycamore Review will host a joint Q&A at 4:30pm in WALC 1132. This event is free and open to the public.

Fall 2017

September 9
Roxane Gay reads from Hunger at Second Flight Books in Lafayette, 7pm

September 14
Sharon Solwitz reads from Once, in Lourdes in Krannert Auditorium, 7:30pm

September 28
Kaveh Akbar reads from his poetry in Krannert Auditorium, 7:30pm

October 19
Maurice Manning Manning reads from his poetry in Krannert Auditorium, 7:30pm (4:30pm Q&A location TBA)

November 2
Deborah Reed reads from her fiction in Krannert Auditorium, 7:30pm (4:30pm Q&A location TBA)


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.

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