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Spring 2023 Visiting Writers Reading Series

Mark your calendars! Three of the anticipated five Spring 2023 creative writers have been scheduled as below, with the rest of the writers to be scheduled after Winter Break. 


January 24
Please join us in welcoming Mary Leader, a professor emerita at Purdue, and Donald Platt, a current professor of poetry. They will read from their new poetry collections The Distaff Side and Swansdown on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30PM ET. Join us on Zoom OR in person for a watch party in Krannert Auditorium. For Zoom, please remember to register here.

Please consider supporting the authors and indie presses and purchasing Mary Leader’s The Distaff Side and Donald Platt’s Swansdown online.

February 7
Purdue’s Creative Writing Program welcomes Antonya Nelson to an on-campus fiction reading and book-signing on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:30pm in Krannert Auditorium. Sycamore Review magazine will host a Q & A session in HORT117 at 3:30pm. We hope to see you there! 

Antonya Nelson is the author of six collections of short stories, including The Expendables, In the Land of Men, Family Terrorists, Female Trouble, Some Fun, Nothing Right and most recently Funny Once: Stories; and four novels: Talking in Bed, Nobody’s Girl, Living to Tell and Bound. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Redbook, and many other magazines, as well as in anthologies such as Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories. Her books have been The New York Times Notable Books of 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2002. She was named in 1999 by The New Yorker as one of the "twenty young fiction writers for the new millennium." She is the recipient of the 2003 Rea Award for Short Fiction, as well as NEA and Guggenheim Fellowships.  

Born in 1961 and raised in Wichita, she now splits her time between New Mexico, Telluride and the University of Houston, where she teaches in the MFA and Ph.D. programs in Creative Writing. 

This event is free and open to the public.

February 28
Visiting Writers Series presents fiction writer Michael Wang. In person reading from Lost in the Long March (2022). 7:30-8:30 pm. Location TBD.

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:

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.