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! 

Fall 2014

Jo Ann Beard

September 25, 2014
4PM: Q&A, Curry 204
8PM: Reading and book signing, BLB 180

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Jo Ann Beard is the author of The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays and In Zanesville, a novel. Ms. Beard received the Whiting Writers’ Award in 1997, was a Guggenheim Fellow, and her work has appeared in The Best American Essays of 1997, The Best American Essays of 2007, Tin House and The New Yorker. Her essay “The Fourth State of Matter” has been widely anthologized.   


Dan Beachy-Quick

October 7, 2014
4PM: Q&A, Willis Library Forum
8PM: Reading and book signing, Life Science A117

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Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of five books of poetry, Circle’s Apprentice, North True South Bright, Spell, Mulberry, and This Nest, Swift Passerine, five chapbooks, Apology for the Book of Creatures, Overtakelesness, Heroisms, Canto, and Mobius Crowns (the latter two both written in collaboration with the poet Srikanth Reddy),  a book of interlinked essays on Moby-Dick, A Whaler’s Dictionary, as well as a collection of essays, meditations and tales, Wonderful Investigations. Reddy and Beachy-Quick’s collaboration has recently been released as a full-length collection, Conversities, and he has also collaborated with the essayist and performance artist Matthew Goulish on Work From Memory. In 2013, University of Iowa Press published a monograph on John Keats in their Muse Series (editor Richard Roberston) titled A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work, and Coffee House Press published his first novel, An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky. He is a contributing editor for the journals A Public Space, Dear Navigator, and West Branch as well as serving on the board for Squircle Press. After graduating from the University of Denver, he attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has taught at Grinnell College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University. His work has been a winner of the Colorado Book Award, and has been a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Prize, and the PEN/USA Literary Award in Poetry. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation residency, and taught as Visiting Faculty at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in spring 2010. He is currently one of two Monfort Professors at CSU for 2013-2015.


Aleksandar Hemon 

November 5, 2014
4PM: Q&A, Willis Library Forum
8PM: Reading and book signing, BLB 180

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Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, as well as The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles and The Book of My Lives. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was visiting, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home.

Aleksandar Hemon has worked as a waiter, canvasser, bookseller, bike messenger, as well as asupervisor at a literacy center, a writer for Radio-Sarajevo Youth Program and a teacher of English as a second language. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, The New York Times, Playboy, McSweeney’s, TriQuarterly, The Baffler, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Paris Review, among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/ W.G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughters. 

Spring 2014

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.