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, including Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leslie Jamison, John D'Agata, Kerry Howley, Alissa Nutting, Donovan Hohn, Maggie Smith, Traci Brimhall, Jennifer Percy, Damien Ober, Maureen McLane, Adrian Matejka, 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 In addition to reading from new and oftentimes unpublished work, writers make classroom visits and sign books for students.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.

Recent Visiting Writers & Lecturers:
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)