The Department of English at Ohio Wesleyan University has a longstanding tradition of inviting nationally and internationally recognized writers to campus for the purpose of engaging, inspiring, and stimulating thoughtful discussion. Recent guests include New York Times bestselling authors, National Book Award winners, Guggenheim Foundation recipients, National Endowment for the Arts recipients, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipients Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leslie Jamison, John D'Agata, Kiese Laymon, Terese Marie Mailhot, Kerry Howley, Alissa Nutting, Donovan Hohn, Kristen Radtke, Lucas Mann, Elena Passarello, Maggie Smith, Traci Brimhall, Jennifer Percy, Damien Ober, Maureen McLane, Adrian Matejka, Lucas Mann, Kelly Sundberg, and Poet Laureate of the U.K. Carol Ann Duffy. In addition to reading from new and oftentimes unpublished work, writers make classroom visits and sign books for students. All readings are proceeded by a Q&A and are free and open to the public.

Upcoming & Recent Visiting Writers:
Kristen Radtke (2018-2019)
Terese Marie Mailhot (2018-2019)
Kiese Laymon (2018-2019)
Dave Lucas (2018-2019)
Scott Laughlin (2018-2019)
Kelly Sundberg (2017-2018)
Elena Passarello (2017-2018)
Lucas Mann (2017-2018)
Maggie Smith (2016-2017)
John D'Agata (2016-2017)
Kerry Howley (2016-2017)
Carol Ann Duffy (2016-2017)
Maureen McLane (2016-2017)
Damien Ober (2016-2017)
Leslie Jamison (2015-2016)
Maggie Smith (2015-2016)
Denise Duhamel (2015-2016)
Ta-Nehisi Coates (2014-2015)
Alissa Nutting (2014-2015)
Donovan Hohn (2014-2015)
Traci Brimhall (2014-2015)
Jennifer Percy (2014-2015)
Adrian Matejka (2014-2015)

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Director of Creative Writing: Robert Olmstead