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

Fall 2020 Visiting Writers

A headshot of Eduardo C. Corral

Thursday, Oct. 8: Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Guillotine (Graywolf Press, 2020), long listed for the 2020 National Book Awards, and Slow Lightning (Yale Series of Younger Poets, 2012), selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets. His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, a 92Y Discovery Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, as well as the Holmes National Poetry Prize and the Hodder Fellowship, both from Princeton University. A CantoMundo fellow, Corral was the Guest Editor for Poem-a-Day in September 2019. He teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and lives in North Carolina.

Visit Corral's website.

A headshot of Alexandra Chang

Thursday, Nov. 12: Alexandra Chang

Alexandra Chang is the author of Days of Distraction. She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their dog and cat.

Visit Chang's website.

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2018-2019 Visiting Writers

  • Carmen Maria Machado
  • Roger Reeves
  • Joe Swanberg
  • Jacob Saenz
  • Carlos Rios
  • Immigrant Voices: p.e. garcia, Nimisha Ladva, and Afaq Mahmoud, moderated by Prof. Rahul Mehta

2017-2018 Visiting Writers

  • Siobhan Fallon
  • Rachel Eliza Griffiths
  • Alex Ross Perry
  • Joe Gangemi
  • Rahul Mehta

2016 - 2017 Visiting Writers

  • Annie Liontas
  • Gregory Pardlo
  • Lesley Arfin
  • Kevin Moffett
  • David Greenberg
  • Heather Tone

2015 - 2016 Visiting Writers

  • Darin Strauss
  • Naomi Guttman
  • Alison Bagnall
  • Liz Moore
  • Siobhan Vivian '01
  • Alicia Jo Rabins

2014 - 2015 Visiting Writers

  • Kazim Ali
  • David Simon
  • Katherine Bode-Lang
  • Asali Solomon
  • Elise Juska

2013 - 2014 Visiting Writers

  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Cole Swensen
  • Laura van den Berg
  • Tomás Q. Morín
  • Zach Savich
  • Scott McCloud