Speakers

2017-2018

Ruth
Friday, September 22, 2017 | 3:00pm | 370/380 Shanks Hall
Ruth Ellen Kocher (Poetry)

The Speakeasy Series presents a poetry reading by Ruth Ellen Kocher, professor of English at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and author of many books of poems including Third Voice, Endling in Planes, and domina Un/blued (winner of the 2014 PEN/Open Book Award). Her poems have appeared in anthologies including Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, and New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. Free and Open to the public.

Cheryl
Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 7:30pm | Moss Arts Center
Cheryl Strayed (Prose)

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild, and Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of her widely popular Dear Sugar advice columns. Her essays have been published in Best American Essays, The New York Times, and Vogue. 

Tim
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 7:30pm | Moss Arts Center, The Cube
Tim Seibles (Poetry)

Tim Seibles, the current Poet Laureate of Virginia, a Professor of English at Old Dominion University, and author of many poetry collections including One Turn Around the Son, Hurdy-Gurdy, and Fast Animal (which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award), will read poems as part of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and the Department of English. Free and open to the public.

Ed Falco
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 7:30pm | Newman Library Multipurpose Room
Ed Falco & Carrie Meadows (Poetry / Book Releases)

As part of the Speakeasy Reading Series, creative writing faculty member and Professor of English Ed Falco will be reading from his new book of poems Wolf Moon Blood Moon (from Louisiana State University Press), alongside MFA alumna Carrie Meadows, who will be reading from her new book of poems from Calypso Editions, Speak, My Tongue. Free and open to the public.

chris
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 7:30pm | Moss Arts Center, The Cube
Chris Bachelder (Prose)

Fiction writer Chris Bachelder will read as part of the Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and the Department of English. Bachelder’s fourth novel, The Throwback Special, was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, and he is also the author of the novels Bear v. Shark, U.S.!, and Abbott Awaits. Free and open to the public.

Rachel
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 7:30pm | Moss Arts Center, The Cube
Rachel B. Glaser (Prose)

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the story collection Pee On Water, the poetry books MOODS and HAIRDO, and the novel Paulina & Fran. In 2017, she was on GRANTA's list of Best of Young American Novelists, and she will be reading fiction as the Visiting Writers Series’ Soniat Reader, sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and the Department of English. Free and open to the public.

Tess
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 7:30pm | Newman Library Multipurpose Room
Tess Taylor (Poetry)

Tess Taylor, poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered and author of Work & Days and The Forage House reads poetry as part of the Speakeasy Reading Series, sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and the Department of English. Free and open to the public.

Natalie

Poet Natalie Diaz, a former professional basketball player, and author of When My Brother Was an Aztec will be reading as part of the Speakeasy Reading Series, sponsored by the MFA program in Creative Writing and the Department of English. She is Mojave, an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian tribe, and she teaches at Arizona State University.