Fall 2022 Visiting Writers Reading Series

Visiting Writers Series In-Person Reading with Marianne Boruch
09/08/2022
Reading 7:30 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST (Krannert Auditorium) 

Purdue Departments of Creative Writing and the Institute for a Sustainable Future proudly welcome professor emerita and poet-extraordinaire, Marianne Boruch. We will celebrate Professor Boruch in an on-campus reading from her new book of poems, Bestiary Dark (2021). The reading and book-signing will take place in KRAN140 on Thursday, September 8th, at 7:30pm.  

Boruch founded the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Purdue in 1987, directed it for eighteen years, and taught in it for thirty-one years before finally retiring in 2018. Her oeuvre includes eleven collections of poetry, Bestiary Dark being the most recent, as well as several books of essays and a memoir. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, among many others. Her awards include the 2013 Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award for The Book of Hours; The New Yorker’s “Most Loved books of 2016” for Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing; four Pushcart Prizes for poetry; two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Glick Award for Indiana Writers. She has been a Fulbright Professor, Fulbright Scholar, and an Artist-in-Residence at many institutions, including a few national parks. 

This event is free and open to the public. Masks suggested, but not mandatory. 

Visiting Writers Series In-Person Reading and Q&A with Akil Kumarasamy
09/22/2022
Sycamore Review Q&A 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Stanley Coulter 239)
Reading 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM (Krannert Auditorium) 

Purdue Department of Creative Writing welcomes Akil Kumarasamy to an on-campus visit on Thursday, September 22nd at 7:30 pm. Sycamore Review magazine will host a Q & A session in SC239 at 5:00pm, followed by the reading and book-signing in KRAN140 at 7:30pm.

Kumarasamy’s most recent work is Meet Us by the Roaring Sea (2022), a novel which links into to her story collection, Half Gods (2018). Half Gods was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, awarded the Bard Fiction Prize, the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, American Short Fiction, BOMB, among many others. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program. 

This event is free and open to the public. Masks suggested, but not mandatory. 

 


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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