Fall 2018

The 2018-2019 Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents author Mary Leader on Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium, Room 140, on the Purdue campus. Mary Leader began writing poems in the midst of a career as a lawyer in her home state of Oklahoma. She holds a PhD in literature from Brandeis University and is currently Professor Emerita at Purdue University. Winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series, Leader has just published her fourth book of poems, She Lives There Still (Shearsman Books, May 2018). Q&A to be held on campus at 4:30pm in BRNG 2290. This event is free and open to the public.

The 2018-2019 Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents author Whitney Terrell on Thursday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium, Room 140, on the Purdue campus. Whitney Terrell’s novel, The Good Lieutenant (FSG) was selected as a best book of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Refinery 29. It was long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He is also the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, and NPR. His nonfiction has additionally appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, and The New Republic. He is the co-host of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast at Literary Hub and teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Q&A to be held on campus at 4:30pm in WALC B093. This event is free and open to the public.

The 2018-2019 Purdue University Literary Reading Series presents poet Natalie Diaz on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium, Room 140, on the Purdue campus. Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. She teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. Q&A to be held in BRNG 2290 at 4:30pm.  Event sponsors include the Purdue Native American Educational and Cultural Center and the Purdue LGBTQ Center. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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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