Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series brings nationally and internationally renowned writers to campus to give public readings.  Please see our calendar for more upcoming events. To receive notices about our upcoming events, please "Like" us on Facebook.

All readings are free and open to the public. Please join us! 

2014 Rilke Prize Winner:

Katie Peterson, The Accounts

April 8, 2014
Campus Events
4:00PM: Q&A, Curry Hall 103
8:00PM: Reading and Book Signing, BLB 180

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Parking avaliable in the Highland Street Garage directly across the street.

April 9, 2014
Dallas Event
at the The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
6:30PM: Reception
7:30PM: Reading 

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Ample parking is avaliable on the street and in the parking lot next door.


Brigit Pegeen Kelly

Feburary 6, 2014
4PM: Q&A, Sage Hall 230
8PM: Reading & Book Signing, BLB 180

Brigit Pegeen Kelly has published three books of poetry: To the Place of Trumpets (Yale University Press, 1988), selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, Song (BOA Editions, Ltd., 1995), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Orchard, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.  Kelly has been awarded a "Discovery" / The Nation award, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, the 2008 Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and literary magazines, including The Nation, The Yale Review, New England Review, Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, five Pushcart Prize volumes, and six volumes of The Best American Poetry. A professor of English at the University of Illinois, Kelly has also taught at the University of California at Irvine, Purdue University, Warren Wilson College, and numerous writers' conferences. In 2002 the University of Illinois awarded her both humanities and campus-wide awards for excellence. 


Steve Almond

February 20, 2014
4PM: Q&A, Curry Hall 103
8PM: Reading & Book Signing, BLB 080

Steve Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, three of which he published himself. His memoir Candyfreak was a New York Times Bestseller. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.

To listen to an audio file of Steve Almond's reading at UNT, click here.

Matt Bell

October 1, 2013
4PM: Q&A, Curry Hall 211
8PM: Reading & Book Signing, BLB 180

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Matt Bell is the author of Cataclysm Baby, a novella, and How They Were Found, a collection of fiction. His debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods was published by Soho Press in June 2013. He is the Senior Editor at Dzanc Books, where he also edits the literary magazine The Collagist and he teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University.

To listen to an audio file of Matt Bell's reading at UNT, click here.


Alan Michael Parker

October 31, 2013
4PM: Q&A, Curry 211
8PM: Reading & Book Signing, BLB 180

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Alan Michael Parker has written three novels, Cry Uncle, Whale Man (WordFarm, 2011) and The Committee on Town Happiness (Dzanc Books, 2014), along with seven collections of poems: Days Like Prose, The Vandals, Love Song with Motor Vehicles, A Peal of Sonnets, Elephants & Butterflies, Ten Days (with painter Herb Jackson), and Long Division (Tupelo Press, June, 2012). He served as Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Pleiades, and The Yale Review, among other magazines, and in 2011 were anthologized in The Best American Poetry as well as The Pushcart Prize; his prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Yorker.

Alan Michael Parker has received numerous awards and fellowships, including three Pushcart Prizes, the Fineline Prize from the Mid-American Review, the 2013 Randall Jarrell Award, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the 2012 North Carolina Book Award for Long Division; his 2011 novel, Whale Man, was a finalist for the 2011 ForeWord Reviews' "Book of the Year Award" in the category of Literary Fiction.

To listen to an audio file of Alan Michael Parker's reading at UNT, click here.


Poe Ballantine

November 13, 2013
4PM: Q&A, LANG 316
8PM: Reading and Book Signing, SAGE 116

Born in Denver, raised in San Diego.  Spent most of my adult life traveling, taking odd jobs, and living on four hundred dollars a month.  I published late, married late, but I still don't feel old.  I've published five books, two of them essay collections, two of them novels, the newest one, a memoir called Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere, is out in September of 2013.  I've won two Best American Essays, the most recent Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel will be out in October of 2013.  In 1998 I won a Best American Short Story award for "Blue Devils of Blue River Avenue."  I live in Chadron, Nebraska (on the Howling Plains of Nowhere), with my wife, Cristina, and my ten-year-old son, Tom.

To listen to an audio file of Poe Ballantine's reading at UNT, click here