Visiting Writers Series

The University of the Arts' Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing program and features acclaimed contemporary writers who will visit campus each year. These distinguished poets, novelists, short story writers and screenwriters will give readings – all of which are free and open to the public – and meet with students in the Creative Writing major to discuss issues of craft and the writing life.

2016 - 2017 Visiting Writers

Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Annie Liontas' debut novel, Let Me Explain You (Scribner), was featured in The New York Times Book Review as Editor's Choice and selected by the American Book Association as a 2015 Indies Introduce Debut and Indies Next title. She is also co-editor of the anthology A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors. Liontas is the 2016 Visiting Writer at UC Davis and, since 2003, has been dedicated to urban education, working with teachers and youth in Newark and Philadelphia.


Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also shortlisted for the 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. Pardlo's other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection, Totem, was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Born in Philadelphia, Pardlo now teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden and lives with his family in Brooklyn.


Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Lesley Arfin began her career with the popular Vice Magazine column "Dear Diary," which eventually became a book of the same name and landed Arfin a writing position on the HBO television series Girls. Arfin has since continued to write for TV shows such as Awkward, Portlandia and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Currently she serves as an executive producer on the Netflix comedy series Love, also co-created by Arfin, along with Judd Apatow and her husband, Paul Rust.

Monday, February 13, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Caplan Recital Hall

Kevin Moffett is the author of two story collections and a collaborative novel, The Silent History, which was first released as an app for mobile devices and is currently in development at AMC. He is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s and his stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Believer, The Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He teaches at Claremont McKenna College and in the low-residency MFA at the University of Tampa.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

UArts faculty member David J. Greenberg's feature-length writing-directing debut, Stomping Ground, premiered at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2016. His numerous writing credits include the indie films What Matters Most (2012), Used to Love Her (2014) and the documentary Bonnie & Clyde: Lovers On the Run (2015). In 2015, David wrote and directed the short film Interrogation, which won a Grand Jury Prize at the L.A. Neo-Noir Festival, and his 1995 short The True Meaning of Cool won an award from the American Film Institute. He teaches screenwriting at the University of the Arts.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

Heather Tone is the winner of the 2016 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript “Likenesses,” chosen by guest judge Nick Flynn. The book will be published in September 2016 and distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium. Tone is also the author of a chapbook, Gestures (The Catenary Press). Her poetry has appeared in The Boston Review, The Colorado Review, Fence and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she currently lives in Florida.

Locations subject to change

This event is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review.

2015 - 2016 Visiting Writers

2014 - 2015 Visiting Writers

2013 - 2014 Visiting Writers