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.
In addition to reading from new and oftentimes unpublished work, writers visit classes and meet with students. All readings are proceeded by a Q&A and are free and open to the public.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 4:10 p.m. in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library
Hailed by critics as a “calculating, improvisatory, essential poet” and as “the
foremost poet-critic of our time,” Charles Bernstein will read from his
acclaimed works on Tuesday, March 29th at Ohio Wesleyan University.
During his visit, Bernstein also will receive an honorary Ohio Wesleyan
Doctor of Literature degree–the university’s highest honor–and participate in
a book signing. The events will tentatively be held in the Bayley Room of
Beeghly Library beginning at 4:10pm. Ohio Wesleyan professor and poet
David Caplan nominated Bernstein for the OWU honorary degree.
Fall 2021 Visiting Writers
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center
Torrey Peters is our distinguished 2021-2022 Michael C. Quinn Memorial Fiction Writer. Peters is author of the bestselling novel Detransition, Baby (Random House, 2021), which was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and was a Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club Pick. She is also the author of the novellas Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones and The Masker. Peters holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth. She splits her time between Brooklyn and an off-grid cabin in Vermont.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 from 4:10-5:10 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library
Professor Mark Allison is our distinguished 2021-2023 Benjamin T. Spencer Lecturer. Mark Allison specializes in the literature and culture of nineteenth-century Britain. His research interests include utopian literature and theory; socialism, working-class political culture, and Marxism; and the British novel. His current book project, Imagining Socialism: Aesthetics, Anti-Politics, and Literature, 1817–1917, explores the intersections of socialism and literature in the long nineteenth century, with special emphasis on their shared antipathy to institutional politics.
Amy Butcher & David Caplan
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 4:10-5:10 p.m. in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library
Please join Professor Amy Butcher and Professor David Caplan for a joint reading and Meet The Creative Writing Faculty at Ohio Wesleyan event. Both authors will share new work from their recently published books and join in conversation with new and current students about the new Creative Writing curriculum and upcoming opportunities at Ohio Wesleyan University. Amy Butcher is the Director of Creative Writing, an essayist with work in Granta and The New York Times, among others, and the author of two books including, most recently, Mothertrucker. David Caplan is the Charles M. Weis Professor of English and the Associate Director of Creative Writing. His scholarly interests include poetics and contemporary poetry and he is the author of seven books including, most recently, Into My Garden.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 4:10-5:10 p.m. in the Benes Rooms in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center
Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, formerly the Soviet Union, in 1977 and arrived to the United States in 1993, when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Deaf Republic (Graywolf Press) and Dancing In Odessa (Tupelo Press) and co-editor and co-translated many other books, including Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins) and Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva (Alice James Books). Deaf Republic was The New York Times’ Notable Book for 2019, and was also named Best Book of 2019 by dozens of other publications, including Washington Post, Times Literary Supplement, The Telegraph, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian, Irish Times, Vanity Fair, Lithub, Library Journal, and New Statesman.
Past Visiting Writers
These writers have included Nobel prize laureates, Pulitzer prize winners, United States poets laureates, and other major authors such as: Leslie Jamison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Seamus Heaney, Terese Marie Mailhot, John D'Agata, Natasha Trethewey, Ted Kooser, Kurt Vonnegut, and Derek Walcott.
- T. Kira Madden (2020-2021)
- Charles Bernstein (2020-2021)
- Ben Lerner (2019-2020)
- Molly McCully Brown (2019-2020)
- Hanif Abdurraqib (2019-2020)
- Martha Park (2019-2020)
- 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)
- Thrity Umrigar (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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