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.

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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