Writers Harvest Schedule

The Writers Harvest will take place at 7:30 pm, Sept. 24th in the Walter Hall Rotunda. All proceeds from the $5 admission donation go to the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank's Second Harvest.

2013 Writers Harvest


Three renowned local writers will read from their work at a benefit reading hosted by Ohio University’s Program in Creative Writing, at 7:30pm, Tuesday, Sept. 24th in the Walter Hall Rotunda, with a reception following in the lobby outside the theater. The benefit is part of Writers Harvest, the nation’s largest reading series working to help fight hunger.




Joan Connor is a full professor at Ohio University and a former professor in Fairfield University’s and Stonecoast /University of Southern Maine’s low residency MFA programs. She is a recipient of a Barbara Deming Award, the John Gilgun award, a Pushcart Prize, the Ohio Writer award in fiction and nonfiction, the AWP award for her short story collection, History Lessons, and the River Teeth Award for her collection of essays, The World Before Mirrors. Her most recent collection, How to Stop Loving Someone won the Leapfrog Press Award for Adult Fiction and was published in 2011. Her first two collections are: We Who Live Apart and Here On Old Route 7. Her work has appeared in: Glimmer Train, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, Chelsea, Manoa, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, The Journal of Arts & Letters, and Black Warrior, among others. She lives in Athens, Ohio and Belmont, Vermont.


Kristin LeMay is the author of I Told My Soul to Sing: Finding God with Emily Dickinson (Paraclete Press) and the translator of François Bovon’s Last Days of Jesus (Westminster / John Knox Press). Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Harvard Theological Review, Black Warrior Review, The Cresset, and other magazines. She studied at Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and now teaches at Ohio University.


Jill Rosser's collections include Misery Prefigured and Foiled Again. She is the editor of the award-winning New Ohio Review and a poetry professor at OU. Her poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Ninth Letter, and Poetry.



UPDATE: Last year's Writers Harvest raised $1000 for the local food bank and our goal this year is $1200.


All proceeds from the $5 admission donation will go to the Southeastern Ohio Food Bank’s Second Harvest, a food distribution program serving Athens, Hocking, Perry, Lawrence, Vinton, Jackson, Gallia, Meigs, Morgan and Washington counties. Donations will be accepted in various locations throughout the week.

Please direct questions about the event to the Special Programs Office, Bentley Annex 303, 707-3191.

Questions concerning larger donations to the Second Harvest Foodbank can be answered at the following numbers: 800-385-6813 or 740-385-6813.