Visiting Writers Series
The University of the Arts' new Visiting Writers Series will feature six acclaimed contemporary writers who will visit campus each year. These distinguished poets, novelists and short story writers 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.
The Series launched on September 24, 2013, with a reading, Q&A session and book signing by National Book Award winner and bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates. Read more >>
Thursday, October 24
Cole Swensen is the author of 14 books of poetry and a volume of critical essays. Her work has been a finalist for the National Book Award and twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and has won the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award and the National Poetry Series. Co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, she is also a translator of contemporary French poetry and art criticism and the founding editor of La Presse, a nano-press specializing in translation. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, she teaches in the Literary Arts Department at Brown University.
Thursday, December 5
Laura van den Berg’s first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, longlisted for the Story Prize and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second book of stories, The Isle of Youth, just published in November by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, was named one of Amazon's Ten Best Story Collections of 2013 and dubbed a "wonderful collection" by The New York Times.
Friday, April 4
This lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Art, Media & Design.
Scott McCloud has been writing, drawing and examining comics since 1984. His first series, Zot!, garnered multiple nominations in the prestigious Harvey and Eisner awards. His book Understanding Comics was a New York Times Notable book for 1994 and has since been translated into over 16 languages. Frank Miller (Sin City, 300) has described McCloud as "just about the smartest guy in comics" and Locus magazine called him "arguably, the most important cartoonist alive."