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.

2017 - 2018 Visiting Writers

SIOBHAN FALLON
Thursday, September 21
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
6:30 p.m.

Siobhan Fallon is the author of You Know When the Men Are Gone, which won the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award, the 2012 Texas Institute of Letters Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Public Library, and Janet Maslin of The New York Times. Her first novel, The Confusion of Languages, about two American women navigating the Middle East during the Arab Spring, was published in Summer 2017. Fallon and her family currently live in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

RACHEL ELIZA GRIFFITHS
Thursday, October 26
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
6:30 p.m.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her most recent collection of poetry, Lighting the Shadow, was published by Four Way Books in 2015. Her visual and literary work have been widely published in places including The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Poetry Review, LitHub, and Guernica, and she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Kimbilio, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo. Griffiths is currently working on her first novel. She teaches creative writing at IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) and Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn.

ALEX ROSS PERRY
Thursday, November 16
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
6:30 p.m.

Alex Ross Perry is the writer and director of the independent films Impolex (2009), The Color Wheel (2011), Listen Up Philip (2014), Queen of Earth (2015), and most recently Golden Exits, featuring Chloë Sevigny, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jason Schwartzman. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and worked at Kim’s Video in Manhattan. Originally from Bryn Mawr, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

TYREE DAYE
Thursday, Feb 16
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall*
6:30 p.m.

Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns. Daye is a Ruth Lilly finalist, a Cave Canem fellow, and a longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Nashville Review, Four Way Review and Ploughshares. A graduate of the MFA program at North Carolina State University, Daye recently won the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018 and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for his poems in the Fall 2015 issue.
This event is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review.

SARAH MEGAN THOMAS
Thursday, March 15
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall*
6:30 p.m.

Sarah Megan Thomas co-wrote, produced, and starred in Equity, a female-driven Wall Street thriller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. The film was sold to Sony Pictures Classics, released theatrically nationwide, and named a "Critic's Pick" by The New York Times' A.O. Scott. Thomas shared the 2017 Women’s Image Network award for best original screenplay for her work on Equity, which she is now developing for television. She also wrote and produced the film Backwards, in which she co-starred with James Van Der Beek. Next up, Thomas is producing a spy gender-bending spy drama she wrote based on three inspirational historical women.

RAHUL MEHTA
Thursday, April 12
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall*
6:30 p.m.

Rahul Mehta is the author of a novel, No Other World (Harper 2017), and a short story collection, Quarantine (HarperPerennial 2011), which won a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Epoch, The Sun, Noon, The New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, Marie Claire India, and on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. An Out magazine “Out 100” honoree, Mehta teaches Creative Writing at the University of the Arts and in the low-residency MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

*Location subject to change.


2016 - 2017 Visiting Writers

2015 - 2016 Visiting Writers

2014 - 2015 Visiting Writers

2013 - 2014 Visiting Writers