Writers in Residence 2014-2015 Schedule

Resident nonfiction writer, Elena Passarello, will be on campus October 8th-10th. She will give a free public reading in the Walter Hall Rotunda at 7:30pm, Oct. 9th.

Our resident fiction writer, Charles D'Ambrosio, will read in Walter on January 29th at 7:30.

Resident poet, David Rivard, will be on campus February 25th-27th, and he will read at Walter at 7:30 on the 26th.

Writers in Residence 2015

Our visiting poet for 2015-2016 will be William Olsen. Our visiting fiction writer will be Crystal Wilkinson! And our visiting essayist will be Steven Church

Mr. Olsen's reading is scheduled for Thursday, October 8th at 7:30. Ms. Wilkinson's reading is scheduled for Thursday, November 5th at 7:30. Mr. Church's reading will drop on Feb. 18th, 2016. All events will be held in Walter Hall Rotunda.

Charles D'Ambrosio

Charles D'Ambrosio is the author two collections of short stories, The Point (1995) and The Dead Fish Museum (2006). He has also published two collections of essays: Orphans (2005) and Loitering (2014). His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Stranger (newspaper), The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, and A Public Space.

In October 2006, D'Ambrosio was awarded the prestigious Whiting Writers' Award. Among other honors, he has received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and a Rasmuson Fellowship.

David Rivard

David Rivard is the author of five books of poetry: Otherwise Elsewhere, Sugartown, Bewitched Playground, Wise Poison, winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Torque, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Standoff is forthcoming from Graywolf in early 2016. Rivard’s poems and essays appear regularly in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Poetry London, Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, and other magazines and anthologies. Among his awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, as well as the Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review and the O. B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, in recognition of both his writing and teaching. He is currently the director of the MFA Program in Writing at the University of New Hampshire.

See examples of David's work at poetryfoundation.

Elena Passarello's reading--a grand success--was Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 in Walter Hall Rotunda. Pick up her book at Little Professor.

Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello’s essays on pop culture, music, the performing arts, and the natural world have appeared in Slate, Creative Nonfiction, Normal School, Ninth Letter, and the Iowa Review, among other publications. Her debut nonfiction collection, Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande 2012), explores the human voice in popular performance, and she co-wrote a series of devised nonfiction monologues for the 2012 music writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart (Duke University Press). A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art, she received an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and BAs in English and Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. (bio from oregonstate.edu)

See an example of Elena's work at longreads.