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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


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

Cover by Megan Waddington (Illustration '18)

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.




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

Cover by Peter DiMeo (Illustration '18)

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.



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

Cover by Luke Han (Illustration '18)

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.



Thursday, Feb 15
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall*
7 p.m.

Cover by Loveis Wise (Illustration `18)

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.



Thursday, March 15
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall*
7 p.m.

Joe Gangemi is a novelist, screenwriter, and television producer. He has written the motion pictures “Wind Chill” starring Emily Blunt, “Stonehearst Asylum” starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, and Kate Beckinsale, and “Blackway,” starring Anthony Hopkins. He was recently a co-creator/co-showrunner of the Amazon Studios comedy “Red Oaks,” starring Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, and Jennifer Gray, which premiered its third and final season in the fall of 2017. Among Gangemi’s novels is INAMORATA (Viking, 2004). Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he graduated from Swarthmore College and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife, novelist Leigh Himes, and their two young children.



Tuesday, April 10 [NOTE: Date changed]
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall*
7 p.m.

Illustration by Noa Denmon

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

  • 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