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.

2015 - 2016 Visiting Writers

DARIN STRAUSS
Thursday, October 1, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street

Darin Strauss is the author of the memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and three novels: the international bestseller Chang and Eng, The New York Times Notable Book The Real McCoy, and the novel More Than It Hurts You. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing and his work has been translated into 14 languages. Also a screenwriter, Strauss sold the rights to Chang and Eng to Disney and is currently adapting the novel for the screen with the actor Gary Oldman. He teaches writing at New York University.

 

NAOMI GUTTMAN
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street

Naomi Guttman's novella-in-verse, The Banquet of Donny & Ari: Scenes from the Opera, was published by Brick Books in spring 2015. Her previous collections of poems include Wet Apples, White Blood, co-winner of the Adirondack Center for Writers’ Best Book of Poems for 2007, and Reasons for Winter, which won the A.M. Klein Award for Poetry and was shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Guttman teaches English and creative writing at Hamilton College.

 

ALISON BAGNALL
Thursday, November 19, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street

Alison Bagnall burst onto the indie film scene with Buffalo ‘66, which she co-wrote with Vincent Gallo. The film premiered at Sundance in 1998 and went on to an award-winning run at dozens of international festivals, developing an avid cult following that has made a lasting impression on the landscape of independent film. She has since directed the films Piggie and The Dish and the Spoon, a New York Times Critics Pick. Her current film, Funny Bunny, was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and is currently touring the film festival circuit following its premiere at South By Southwest 2015.

 

LIZ MOORE
Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street

Writer and musician Liz Moore wrote most of her debut novel – The Words of Every Song, about a fictional record company – while in college, then released her album Backyards. Her widely acclaimed second novel, Heft, was published in five countries and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Moore is the recipient of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature; her third novel will be published by W.W. Norton in 2016.

 

SIOBHAN VIVIAN
Thursday, March 24, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street

Siobhan Vivian is the author of the popular young adult novels A Little Friendly Advice, Same Difference, Not That Kind of Girl and The List, which has been optioned for television by MTV. Her new YA novel, The Last Boy and Girl in the World, will be published by Simon & Schuster in spring 2016. Vivian graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Writing for Film + Television in 2001.

 

ALICIA JO RABINS
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar. Her book Divinity School won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, 6x6 and Ploughshares. Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, and with her one-woman chamber-rock opera about the intersection of spirituality and finance, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff.

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

 


 

2014 - 2015 Visiting Writers

2013 - 2014 Visiting Writers