Spring 2017

Literary Reading Series

(Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program)

readingS and separate Q&AS BY THE FOLLOWING AUTHORS:


Adrian Matejka, January 30, 4:30 pm BRWN 1154 - Q&A
Adrian Matejka
, January 30, 7:30 pm Krannert Auditorium - Reading
Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1971. His first collection of poems, The Devil's Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for an NAACP Award in literature. His most recent collection, The Big Smoke, centered on the boxer Jack Johnson was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The book was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. His new book, Map to the Stars is forthcoming from Penguin in March 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and United States Artists. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter.

Don Share, February 27, 7:30 pm Krannert Auditorium - Reading
Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Eyewear Publishing), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (Faber and Faber), and Bunting's Persia (Flood Editions). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the TLS Translation Prize, Premio Valle Inclán, and PEN/New England Discovery Award; they were recently published in a new and expanded edition in the NYRB Poets series. With Christian Wiman, he co-edited The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).

Alexander Chee, March 30, 4:30 pm GRIS 103 - Q&A
Alexander Chee
, March 30, 7:30 pm Krannert Auditorium - Reading
Alexander Chee is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in February of 2016. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.

Dana Roeser, April 12, 4:30 pm RAWL 2082 - Q&A
Dana Roeser
, April 12, 7:30 pm Krannert Auditorium - Reading
Dana Roeser is the author of three books of poetry: The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, winner of the Juniper Prize (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), and In the Truth Room (2008) and Beautiful Motion (2004), both winners of the Samuel French Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press/University Press of New England). To purchase any of these titles, click the links at the bottom of this page. She has been the recipient of an NEA fellowship, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Laurel Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Northwest Review, POOL, Shenandoah, Sou’wester, and other journals, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Roeser has received fellowships for residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Le Moulin à Nef (VCCA France), St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (Valletta, Malta) (VCCA International Exchange), and Mary Anderson Center for the Arts

History of Purdue Literary Awards and Visiting Writers

Literary Awards has been an institution at Purdue since 1928. Speakers have included: Sherwood Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder, Eudora Welty, Robert Frost, Katharine Ann Porter, Saul Bellow, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Ashbery, Grace Paley, Adrienne Rich, Edward Albee, Derek Walcott, Louise Erdrich, Russell Banks, Seamus Heaney, Tony Kushner, Charles Wright, Maxine Hong Kingston, Sherman Alexie, Michael Chabon, Rita Dove, Annie Proulx, Charles Simic and Michael Cunningham. For more information about Literary Awards, please visit: http://www.cla.purdue.edu/literary-awards/

Recent Visiting Writers to the MFA program have included: Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Li-Young Lee, Edward P. Jones, Russell Edson, Andre Dubus III, Alicia Ostriker, Quan Barry, Michael Martone, Heather McHugh, Steve Yarbrough, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Denise Duhamel, Charles Baxter, Joyce Carol Oates, Adam Zagajewski, Peter Ho Davies, Jane Hamilton, Lan Samantha Chang, A. Van Jordan, Carl Phillips, Helena María Viramontes, Natasha Trethewey, Dorothy Allison, Dan Chaon, Julie Otsuka, Maurice Manning, Edith Pearlman, Jess Walter, Terrance Hayes and Antonya Nelson.

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