Visiting Writers

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Visiting Writer Series brings interesting and diverse writers of prose and poetry to Reed to enhance our courses with readings and discussions.

To receive details of upcoming readings in your mailbox (electronic or paper), subscribe to our mailing list by emailing vswr@reed.edu or calling the Department at 503-777-7753.

Visiting Writers Series will take place this year in the Eliot Chapel. The readings begin at 6:30pm. Books are sold and refreshments are served!

2017-18 Schedule

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Ronaldo Wilson

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 PM

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Prize, Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010.  His latest books are Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015), finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2017). Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a mixed media artist, dancer and performer. His Off the Dome: Rants, Raps, and Meditations, an online album, exists on The Conversant. His short films “Grey,” “White,” “Blue,” “Red,” “Green,” “Brown,” “Pink,” “Black,” can also be found online at the Center for Art and Thought. Wilson is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, serving on the core faculty of the Creative Critical PhD Program, and co-directing the Creative Writing Program.  He splits his time between Santa Cruz, CA and Long Island, New York.

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Margaret Malone

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, September 21, 6:30 PM

Margaret Malone is the author of the story collection PEOPLE LIKE YOU, Finalist for the 2016 PEN Hemingway Award, Winner of the 2016 Balcones Fiction Prize, and selected as a Best Book by Powell's Books, The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, and elsewhere. Stories and non-fiction have appeared in Missouri Review, The Masters Review, Swink, and Propeller Quarterly, among others. Her work has been supported by grants, fellowships and residencies from the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Soapstone and the UCross Foundation. A co-host of the artist and literary gathering SHARE Margaret lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband filmmaker Brian Padian and their two children.

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Diane Williams

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, October 5, 6:30 PM

Diane Williams is the author of eight books of fiction Her most recent book is Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine (McSweeney's, 2016). In 2018, Soho Press will bring out The  Collected Stories of Diane Williams and The Collected Novellas of Diane Williams. Williams is also the founding editor and publisher of NOON, a literary annual. She has taught prose fiction writing at Bard College, Syracuse University and The Center for Fiction.

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Layli Long Soldier

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 PM

Layli Long Soldier holds a BFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, American Indian Journal of Culture and Research, PEN America, The Brooklyn Rail, Eleven Eleven and Mud City, among others. She is a recipient of the NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Fellowship and the Whiting Award. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She resides in Santa Fe, NM.

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francine j. harris

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, February 15, 6:30 PM

francine j. harris is the author of play dead. Her first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Award. Originally from Detroit, she has received fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a Cave Canem poet, and Writer in Residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

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John Keene

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, March 1, 6:30 PM

John Keene’s most recent books include the short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015), which received a 2016 American Book Award, a 2016 Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and in March 2017 the UK's inaugural Republic of Consciousness Prize; the art book GRIND (ITI Press, 2016), an art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner; and the poetry chapbook Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016). He is also the translator of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books / A Bolha Editora, 2014), and other works of fiction and poetry. He chairs the department of African American and African Studies, and also teaches English and creative writing at Rutgers University-Newark.

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Brian Blanchfield

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 PM

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, (Nightboat Books), a book that blends cultural close reading and dicey autobiography, for which he received a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. His collections of poems are Not Even Then (University of California Press) and A Several World (Nightboat Books), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award and was a longlist finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Pratt Institute, University of Montana, Cal Arts, and University of Arizona in Tucson, where he was also creator and host of Speedway and Swan Poetry Radio. He is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Idaho and lives with his partner John in Moscow, Idaho.

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Ada Limón

Reading (Free and open to the public)
Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM

Ada Limón is the author of four books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, and one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the Year by The New York Times. Her other books include Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California. http://adalimon.com/about.html

Recordings of previous readings

Former visiting writers list