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Our Visiting Writers Program

Visiting Writers 2004-2006

The Center has an extensive Visiting Writers Series that will bring in 6 to 8 writers for short, intensive stays during the 2004-2005 academic year. These visitors conduct workshops, meet in private conferences with our students, give readings and lectures, do panel discussions on topics of special interest (publishing, for example), and work with the students in a variety of ways to help them improve their work. The visitors for this academic year include Lucie Brock-Broido, Stephen Dobyns, Percival Everett, Tim O'Brien, Francine Prose, Elissa Schappell, Matthew Sharpe, Rob Spillman.
















It is essential for students to meet and interact with, to hear, to have their fiction and poetry workshopped by a variety of practicing writers, and so we have had, for the last two decades, one of the finest visiting writers programs in the nation. While the series is a little erratic (as what is not these days?) we are pleased to have sponsored this slightly erratic series of visiting writers, recently including, recently, Lucie Brock-Broido, Rick Moody, Amy Hempel, Julia Slavin, Dana Gioia, Mary Gaitskill, Frank Bidart, Antonya Nelson, Joy Williams, Padgett Powell, Ellen Douglas, Tom Drury, Thom Jones, W.D. Snodgrass, Francine Prose, Matthew Sharpe, Elissa Schappell, Rob Spillman, Stephen Dobyns, Jennifer Egan, Percival Everett, Tim O'Brien, and others. Click the link above for the current year's visiting series.



The Incomplete List of Visitors

We are working up the full list, but below is a partial list of visitors. The list goes way back. We are not trying to give you the impression that all these people appeared in the last couple of weeks. It is, nonetheless, an interesting and worthy list that gives you some idea of our program's interests.

Lee K. Abbott

Walter Abish

Alice Adams

Max Apple

Toni Cade Bambara

Russell Banks

John Barth

Ann Beattie

Joe David Bellamy

Doris Betts

Frank Bidart

John Biguenet

Lucie Brock-Broido

Michael D. Browne

Robert Olen Butler

Francois Camoin

Angela Carter

Raymond Carver

Fred Chappell

Tony Church

Robert Coover

Gerald Costanzo

C. Michael Curtis

Jim Daniels

J. Madison Davis

Ellen Douglas

Tom Drury

Andre Dubus

John Dufrense

Stephen Dunn

Kenward Elmslie

John Engels

Seymour Epstein

Leslie Fiedler

Casey Finch

Richard Ford

Mary Gaitskill

Tess Gallagher

Brendan Galvin

William Gass

Veronica Geng

Gary Glickman

David Godine

Alvin Greenberg

Barry Hannah

John Hawkes

Amy Hempel

John Holman

Pam Houston

Richard Howard

Lynda Hull

Tama Janowitz

Thom Jones

James Kimbrell

Hugh Kenner

Galway Kinnell

David Kirby

Kenneth Koch

Victoria Lancelotta

Sydney Lea

David Leavitt

Laurence Lieberman

Beverly Lowry

Walt McDonald

W.S. Merwin

Bruce Meyer

Leonard Michaels

Rick Moody

Anatoly Naiman

Antonya Nelson

Edna O’Brien

Molly Peacock

Robert Pawlowski

Jayne Anne Phillips

Padgett Powell

Wyatt Prunty

Bin Ramke

James Robison

Paul Ruffin

Tomaz Salamun

Sherod Santos

Vivian Shipley

Aleda Shirley

Charles Simic

Julia Slavin

W. D. Snodgrass

Gerald Stern

Leon Stokesbury

Mark Strand

Elizabeth Tallent

Derek Walcott

Michael Waters

Roger Weingarten

Joy Williams

Robley Wilson

Tobias Wolff

Charles Wright

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Lisa Zeidner.


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