Speakers

2016-2017

ocean vuong
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:30pm - Moss Arts Center, The Cube
OCEAN VUONG

Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from Poets House, The Academy of American Poets, and a 2014 Pushcart Prize. His writings have been featured in The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

Lynda Barry
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:30pm - Moss Arts Center (ticketed event)
LYNDA BARRY

Lynda Barry is a cartoonist and writer living in rural southern Wisconsin. She's authored 19 books and received numerous awards and honors for her work including two William Eisner awards, the American Library Association's Alex Award, the Washington State Governor's Award, the Wisconsin Library Associations RR Donnelly Award, and the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award. She is assistant professor in interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stuart Dybek
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 7:30pm - Moss Arts Center, The Cube
STUART DYBEK

Stuart Dybek’s most recent book, The Selected Stories of Stuart Dybek, was published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in 2016.  He is the author of five previous books of fiction and two books of poetry. Dybek’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Poetry, Granta, and elsewhere.  Among his numerous awards are a PEN/Malamud Prize; a Lannan Award; a Whiting Writers Award; several O. Henry Prizes; and fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Northwestern.

 

Carmen Gimenez
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 7:30pm - Moss Arts Center, The Cube
CARMEN GIMÉNEZ SMITH

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections—including Milk and Filth, finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. With John Chavez, she edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing published by Counterpath Press. A CantoMundo Fellow, she teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the publisher of Noemi Press.

 

Beth and Tom
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:30pm - Moss Arts Center, Grand Lobby
BETH ANN FENNELLY (poetry) & TOM FRANKLIN (prose), with Emily Morrison Prize Ceremony

Beth Ann Fennelly directs the MFA Program at Ole Miss where she was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year. She’s won grants from the NEA, United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil.  Fennelly has published three books of poetry and one of nonfiction, all with W. W. Norton, and a novel co-authored with her husband, Tom Franklin.  They live in Oxford with their three children.  She’s currently finishing a collection of micro-memoirs.  

Tom Franklin, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, is the author of a collection of stories, Poachers, which won the Edgar Award for its title novella. He has written three novels, Hell at the Breech, Smonk and Crooked Letter, which won the Willie Morris Prize in Southern Fiction, the LA Times Book Award for Mystery/Thriller and the UK's Golden Dagger Award for Best Novel. Most recently, he co-wrote The Tilted World, a novel, with his wife, Beth Ann Fennelly. He teaches in the University of MIssissippi's MFA program.