Visiting Writers

2018-2019

 

Visiting Writer Amy Fusselman

Wednesday, September 12 at 4:30pm at the Wexner Center for the Arts Bookstore

Amy Fusselman-Idiophone

Amy Fusselman is a writer, artist, and publisher based in New York City. She is the author of three books of nonfiction: Savage Park: A Meditation on Play, Space and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted and Afraid to Die (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015); The Pharmacist’s Mate (McSweeney’s, 2013); and 8 (McSweeney’s, 2013). Her new book, Idiophone, was released from Coffee House Press on July 3rd, 2018. Her writing has appeared in ARTnews, Ms., The New York Times, Artnet, The Believer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Atlantic, among other places. Fusselman is the publisher at Ohio Edit, a digital art and literary journal that offers 99-cent downloadable essays  on thought-provoking topics. 

 

 

Visiting Writer Danez Smith

Reading: Friday, September 14 at 4:30pm in 311 Denney Hall.
MFA Student Workshop: Saturday, September 15.

Danez Smith-Don't Call Us Dead

Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award & the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on your knees (2013, Penmanship Books) and black movie (2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez's work has been featured widely including in/on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. 

 

Visiting Writer Alice McDermott

Reading: Friday, September 28 at 4:30pm in 311 Denney Hall.
MFA Student Workshop: Saturday, September 29.

Alice McDermott-The Ninth Hour

Alice McDermott’s first novel, A Bigamists' Daughter, was published to wide acclaim in 1982. That Night (1987), her second novel, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. At Weddings and Wakes (1992), her third novel, became a New York Times bestseller. Charming Billy (1998), won the National Book Award. Ms. McDermott's other books include Child of My Heart and After This.  Ms. McDermott received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Oswego, and her M.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She has taught at the University of California at San Diego and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg and Hollins Colleges in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen. The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, Ms. McDermott is currently writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

 

Visiting Writer Melissa Febos

Reading: Friday, March 1 in 311 Denney Hall. Time TBD.
MFA Student Workshop: Saturday, March 2.

Melissa Febos-Abandon Me

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” and was an Indie Next Pick and named a Best Book of 2017 by Esquire, Book Riot, The Cut, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Bustle, Refinery29, Salon, and The Rumpus. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University. She serves on the Board of Directors of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, the PEN America Membership Committee, and co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for ten years. She curates literary events, teaches workshops, and speaks widely. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn. 

 

 


2017-2018 Visiting Writers

Tommy Pico and Nature Poem

Native Craft Reading Series presents Tommy Pico

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 4:00pm in Denney 311

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor-in-chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press and zine that publishes art and writing. The author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow and a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry and has published poems in BOMB, Guernica, [PANK] and elsewhere. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker.

Visiting Writer Gabe Habash

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 4:00pm in Denney 238Gabe Habash Stephen Florida

Columbus native Gabe Habash comes back to read from his debut novel, Stephen Florida.  Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life, says, "In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he's created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study."  Gabe is currently the fiction reviews editor for Publishers Weekly. He holds an MFA from New York University.

Visiting Writer Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas (creative nonfiction)

Lina Ferreira and Don't Come Back

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 4:00pm in Denney 311
MFA Student Workshop: Saturday, February 24

Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas received a 2016 Writer’s Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Her nonfiction book, Don’t Come Back, was released in 2017 from Mad River Books, an imprint of the Ohio State Press. She has MFA degrees in both creative nonfiction and literary translation, both from the University of Iowa. She is also the author of Drown Sever Sing.

Native Craft Reading Series presents Toni Jensen

Toni Jensen and From the Hilltop

 

Reading:  Monday, November 13, 2017 at 4:30pm in 311 Denney Hall

Toni Jensen’s first story collection, From the Hilltop, was published through the Native Storiers Series at the University of Nebraska Press. Her stories have been published in journals such as EcotoneDenver Quarterly, and Fiction International and have been anthologized in New Stories from the SouthBest of the Southwest, and Best of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. She’s working on a collection-in-progress, called Cowboyistan, about fracking and the sex trafficking of Indigenous women. She teaches in the Programs in Creative Writing and Translation at the University of Arkansas. She is Métis.

Visiting Writer Garth Greenwell (fiction)

Garth Greenwell and What Belongs to You

 

Reading:  Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5:00pm in 311 Denney Hall

MFA Student Workshop:  Saturday, November 4, 2017

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over fifty publications in nine countries, and is being translated into eleven languages. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris ReviewA Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. He lives in Iowa City.

MFA Alumna Molly Patterson

Molly Patterson and Rebellion

Reading:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 4:00pm in 311 Denney Hall

Molly Patterson was born in St. Louis and lived in China for several years. Her work has appeared in several magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly and The Iowa Review. She was the 2012-2013 Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, Rebellion, was published by Harper (HarperCollins) in August 2017.

Visiting Poet Tarfia Faizullah

Tarfia Faizullah and Seam

Reading:  Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:30pm in 311 Denney Hall

MFA Student Workshop:  Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bangladeshi American poet Tarfia Faizullah grew up in Midland, Texas. She earned an MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University program in creative writing. Her first book, Seam (2014), won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Faizullah’s honors and awards include an Associated Writers Program Intro Journals Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Ploughshares’Cohen Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Poetry. A Kundiman fellow, she lives in Detroit where she teaches at the University of Michigan and is an editor for the Asian American Literary Review and Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Series. Her second book is Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press, 2018).

Visiting Writer Camille Dungy

Camille Dungy and book cover

co-sponsored by Project Narrative

Panel Discussion "A Conversation about Camille Dungy's Writing": Tuesday, September 19 at 4:00pm in 311 Denney Hall

Reading:  Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 11:00am in 311 Denney Hall 

Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry: Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006). Her debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017). Dungy’s honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and a California Book Award silver medal. Her poems and essays have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, nearly thirty other anthologies, and over one hundred print and online journals.

 

 

 

2016-2017 Visiting Writers


 

Lia Purpura and books

Lia Purpura
April 7-9, 2017

Lia Purpura is the author of three collections of essays (Rough Likeness, On Looking,and Increase) in addition to a collection of translations and three books of poems. A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (for On Looking), she has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship (Translation, Warsaw, Poland), and three Pushcart Prizes. Lia Purpura is Writer in Residence at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in Baltimore, MD and teaches at the Rainier Writing Workshop  in Tacoma, WA. Recently, she has served as Bedell Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa’s MFA Program in Nonfiction. www.liapurpura.com

 

Carl Phillips and books

Carl Phillips
October 22-23, 2016

Carl Phillips is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Reconnaisance, Silverchest, Double Shadow, Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006, and Riding Westward. His honors include the 2006 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress. Phillips served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2006 to 2012. He is Professor of English and of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches in the Creative Writing Program.

 

Benjamin Percy and books

Benjamin Percy
September 23-25, 2016 

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, the most recent among them The Dead Lands  (Grand Central/Hachette, April 2015), a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of  Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, May 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006).  His craft book — Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction — will be published by Graywolf Press in October of 2016. And his next novel, The Dark Net, is due out in 2017 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics.  His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He is a member of the WGA screenwriters’ guild and has sold scripts to FOX and Starz. He currently has several film and TV projects in development. www.benjaminpercy.com 

2015-2016 Visiting Writers


Stuart Dybek
November 20-22, 2015

Stuart Dybek HeadshotStuart Dybek is the author of three books of fiction:   I Sailed With Magellan, The Coast of Chicago, and Childhood and Other Neighborhoods. Both I Sailed With Magellan and The Coast of Chicago were New York Times Notable Books, and The Coast of Chicago was a One Book One Chicago selection.  Among Dybek’s numerous awards are a PEN/Malamud Prize “for distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, a Whiting Writers Award, an Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, several O.Henry Prizes, and fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. 

Meghan Daum
January 29-31, 2016

Meghan Daum HeadshotMeghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers  on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. Writing Program at Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Natalie Diaz
February 19-21, 2016

Natalie Diaz HeadshotNatalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012). Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works with the last speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program. 

 


2014-2015 Events


BOOKS THAT COOK: The Making of a Literary Meal, A Food Writing Extravaganza

Books that Cook bookcover.Thursday, March 26, 2015, Denney Hall 311

Food Writing Panel at 3:00pm
Reading at 4:00pm
Cooking Class (off-campus) at 6:00pm

(more details below and on this flyer [pdf]...)

Organized like a cookbook, Books that Cook:  The Making of a Literary Meal is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food.  The literary works within each section are an extension of these cookbooks, while the cookbook excerpts in turn become pieces of literature — forms of storytelling and memory-making all their own.  Each section offers a delectable assortment of poetry, prose, and essays, and the selections all include at least one tempting recipe to entice readers to cook this book.    Edited by OSU alumni Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa A. Goldthwaite, and including work by OSU creative writing professor Kathy Fagan.

Food Writing Panel from 3:00pm-4:00pm featuring:

Melissa Goldthwaite, Editor, Books that Cook
Jennifer Cognard-Black, Editor, Books that Cook
Colleen Leonardi, Managing Editor, Edible Columbus
Mike Bierschenk, Food Writer, Optional Kitchen
Nancy Yan, Lecturer, OSU Newark
Jonathan Buehl, Associate Professor, OSU English

Literary Reading from 4:00pm-5:00pm featuring:

Jennifer Cognard-Black, Editor, Books that Cook
Melissa Goldthwaite, Editor, Books that Cook
Kathy Fagan, Poet & Professor, MFA Faculty, OSU

Cooking Class (Hors d'Oeuvres) from 6:00pm-8:00pm

with Sarah Lagrotteria, Cooking Instructor & Recipe Editor for Edible Columbus at The Seasoned Farmhouse Cooking School in Clintonville

Reservation is required for the cooking demonstration and space is limited.  To sign up, please contact Tammy Carl at carl.34@osu.edu -- please include your year and major.  Priority will be given to OSU English majors and English graduate students.

Gail Caldwell

Gail Caldwell.Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:00pm
OSU Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
Event Space, Second Floor
1598 N. High Street

Gail Caldwell was the chief book critic for The Boston Globe and the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Her work was noted for “her insightful observations on contemporary life and literature.” She wrote A Strong West Wind: A Memoir (2006) about her native Texas, and Let's Take the Long Way Home (2010), a memoir of her friendship with author Caroline Knapp. Her latest book, New Life, No Instructions, was released in April 2014.  She has a Samoyed named Tula. www.gailcaldwell.com

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith.Thursday, November 13, 2014
Mershon Auditorium/Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N. High Street
5:00pm

As of 2012, Zadie Smith has published four novels, all of which have received substantial critical praise. In 2003, she was included on Granta's list of 20 best young authors, and was also included in the 2013 list.[ She joined New York University's Creative Writing Program as a tenured professor on September 1, 2010. Smith has won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2006 and her novel White Teeth was included in Time magazine's TIME:  100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 list.

Presented by the President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series, with co-host The Humanities Institute.

Jamaal May

Jamaal May.Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00pm
OSU Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
Event Space, Second Floor
1598 N. High Street

Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and educator from Detroit, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. He is the author of Hum (2013), winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and two poetry chapbooks (The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth). A graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA program for writers, Jamaal teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.  www.jamaalmay.com

Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum

Sarah Shun-Lienn Bynum.Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00pm
OSU Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
Event Space, Second Floor
1598 N. High Street

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award, and Madeleine Is Sleeping, a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship, she was named one of “20 Under 40” fiction writers by the New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design. www.sarahshunlienbynum.com


2013-2014 Events


Dan Chaon

Dan Chaon.January 25, 2014
OSU Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
Event Space, Second Floor
1598 N. High Street
8:00pm

Dan Chaon is the acclaimed author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing. www.danchaon.com

 

Joy Castro

Joy Castro.November 25, 2013
311 Denney Hall
164 W. 17th Avenue
3:00pm

Born in Miami, Joy Castro is the author of the novel Hell or High Water and the memoir The Truth Book.  She teaches literature, creative writing, and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Seneca Review, and The New York Times Magazine. www.joycastro.com

 

Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes.November 16, 2013
OSU Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
Event Space, Second Floor
1598 N. High Street
7:30pm

Terrance Hayes was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1971. He received a BA from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, and an MFA. from the University of Pittsburgh writing program. He is the author of Lighthead (Penguin, 2010), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006); Hip Logic (2002), which won the 2001 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received many honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, three Best American Poetry selections, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is professor of creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. 

 

Terrance Hayes giving a book reading at Barnes and Noble.

Terrance Hayes reads new work at the OSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Hope Edelman

Hope Edelman.October 20, 2013
OSU Bookstore - Barnes & Noble
Event Space, Second Floor
1598 N. High Street
4:00pm

Hope Edelman holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of six nonfiction books: the international bestseller Motherless Daughters (1994), which was published in sixteen countries and translated into eleven languages; Letters from Motherless Daughters (1995), an edited collection of letters from readers; Mother of My Mother (1999), which looks at the depth and influence of the grandmother-granddaughter relationship; Motherless Mothers (2006), about the experience of being a mother when you don't have one; and The Possibility of Everything (2009), her first book-length memoir, set in Topanga Canyon, California, and Belize. In 2012 she collaborated with actors and filmmakers Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez to help them write their father-son memoir, Along the Way.   www.hopeedelman.com

 

A group photo containing Hope Edelman.

Visiting Writer Hope Edelman (back row, third from left) and participants in her intensive weekend-long nonfiction workshop, October 2013.


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