Events and Readings


Professor Joan Connor’s Recent Publications

Professor Joan Connor has several recent publications: two short stories, "Makeup" and "When You Come upon a Forking Path" have been published in Icon, and Under the Sun has published Connor's essay "in DIngle." read more >>

Spring Literary Festival 2012

This year's Spring Literary Festival is May 9th through the 11th and will feature writers Denise Duhamel, Terrance Hayes, Amy Hempel, Richard Rodriguez, and Susan Orlean. The five visiting writers will be present throughout the festival, lecturing and reading from their work, and books by the authors will be available for purchase after each program and at Little Professor Book Center. For more information, contact David Wanczyk, Spring Literary Festival Coordinator, at . read more >>

Joan Connor’s How to Stop Loving Someone wins the Leapfrog Press Award

Professor Joan Connor's most recent collection, How to Stop Loving Someone, won the Leapfrog Press award for adult fiction. A book signing with will be held at Little Professor on Wednesday, October 5th from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. read more >>

Ohio University’s Creative Writing Program Ranked Third in the Nation

Ohio University’s Creative Writing Ph.D. program was ranked third in the nation for 2012 in the September issue of Poets and Writers, a nationally distributed literary and educational magazine. Read the full Compass story here. read more >>

Faculty Recognition at Spring Commencement

During the recent commencement ceremony, President McDavis bestowed the 2011 Distinguished Professor Award on our own creative writing professor, Mark Halliday. read more >>

Regular Events

The Department of English hosts several readings and presentations that allow our creative writing faculty and students to present their work and to bring in outside writers and scholars to share their experiences.


The Spring Literary Festival

Since 1986, The Spring Literary Festival has featured some of the world's finest, most distinguished writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The three-day festival is held in May on the Ohio University main campus in Athens, Ohio.

Writers in Residence

Each year, the department invites three esteemed writers to visit graduate and undergraduate classes, meet one-on-one with select students, and offer evening readings in the intimate Galbreath Chapel.

The Dogwood Bloom Reading Series

is a graduate-student run forum where second-year graduate students with a creative writing focus present their work to faculty and peers.

Writers' Harvest

Three renowned local writers read from their work yearly at a benefit hosted by Ohio University's Program in Creative Writing. The benefit is part of Writers' Harvest, the nation's largest reading series working to help fight hunger.