The 2016 - 2017 OSU Visiting Writers Series

All our events are free and open to the public, and followed by a Q & A and book-signing. Please check the schedule frequently as changes in the time or venue may occur.

Valerie Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli

Friday, September 30th: Fiction/Nonfiction

7:30 pm in the Valley Library Rotunda

Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City in 1983. In 2010 she published a book of personal essays titled Papeles Falsos (Fake Papers).  Her first novel, Los Ingravidos (Faces in the Crowd) was originally published by Sexto Piso in 2011 and in the UK by Granta in 2012. Her most recent novel, La Historia De Mis Dentes (The Story of my Teeth) was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction in 2016. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Asymptote, McSweeney’s, Granta, Letras Libres, the New York Times, and other magazines and newspapers.  In 2014 the National Book Foundation named her one of the “5 under 35,” a prize recognizing five promising young fiction writers each year.  She has recently completed a PhD in Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Eileen PollackEileen Pollack
Special Event: A Craft Talk On Research and Fiction

Friday, October 21st

7:30 pm MU Journey Ballroom

Eileen Pollack is the author most recently of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still A Boys’ Club and the novel A Perfect Life.  Other books include the novels Breaking and Entering (a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection) and Paradise, New York, as well as two collections of short fiction, an award-winning book of nonfiction, and two creative-nonfiction textbooks. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories. She is a professor on the faculty of the Helen Zell MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. She divides her time between Manhattan and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Ross GayRoss Gay

Friday, March 10th:  Poetry

7:30 pm in the Valley Library Rotunda

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is currently a nominee for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award.  Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches at Indiana University. 

Ellen BassEllen Bass

Friday, April 7th: Poetry

7:30 pm in the Valley Library Rotunda

Ellen Bass’s most recent book of poetry, Like a Beggar, was published in April 2014 by Copper Canyon Press. Her previous poetry books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA Editions), which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday).

Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and The Sun. She was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two Pushcart Prizes.

Her non-fiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth (HarperCollins), I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins), and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (Harper Collins), which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into ten languages.  She currently teaches in the low residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Karen Russell

Karen Russell

Friday, May 19th: Fiction

7:30 pm in the Valley Library Rotunda

Karen Russell is the author of two collections of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, and two novels:  Swamplandia! and Sleep Donation. Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Russell's short stories have been featured in The New Yorker, Conjunctions, Granta, Zoetrope, and The Best American Short Stories. She received her MFA from Columbia University, and was named one of the “5 under 35” young writers by the National Book Foundation.  In 2013 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. Russell was a fellow at the Cullman Center and at the American Academy of Berlin, and she has taught writing and literature at Columbia University, Williams College, Bard College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Rutgers.

Photo by Michael Lionstar
 

Past Visiting Writers Have Included:

Geronimo JohnsonT. Geronimo Johnson

T. Geronimo Johnson was born in New Orleans. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Johnson has taught writing at UC Berkeley, Stanford, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The Prague Summer Program, San Quentin, and elsewhere. His first novel, Hold it ‘til it Hurts, was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award. Welcome to Braggsville, his second novel, follows four UC Berkeley students who stage a protest during a Civil War reenactment in the heart of Georgia. As of summer 2015, Welcome to Braggsville has been longlisted for the National Book Award, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, named one of the ten books all Georgians should read by the Georgia Center for the Book, and recommended by UC Berkeley as summer reading for incoming undergraduates. Visit his website at www.geronimo1.com.


Maggie NelsonMaggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson (Ph.D. in English Literature, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) is the author of five books of nonfiction and four books of poetry. Her most recent book is The Argonauts, a work of "autotheory" about gender, sexuality, sodomitical maternity, queer family, and the limitations and possibilities of language (Graywolf Press, May 2015). Her 2011 book of art and cultural criticism, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning (W. W. Norton), was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Editors’ Choice. Her other nonfiction books include the cult hit Bluets; a critical study of poetry and painting titled Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions, and an autobiographical book about sexual violence and media spectacle titled The Red Parts: A Memoir. Her poetry books include Something Bright, Then Holes; Jane: A Murder; The Latest Winter; and Shiner.  Her poetry has been widely anthologized, including in the Best American Poetry series.


Elizabeth RushElizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush is the author of many books including the recently released Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar Her work chronicles communities being irrevocably changed by late capitalist industrialization, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, Witness, the Huffington Post, Frieze, Nowhere, Asian Geographic, The Dark Mountain Project and others. She is the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College (2015-2017) and the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship. She received her BA in English from Reed College and her MFA in Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University. Her current book project, When the Seas Rise, is an on-the-ground investigation of five North American coastal communities adapting to climate change. Instead of predicting the negative effects of climate change When the Seas Rise focuses on the lived experience, both past and present, of those already dealing with the results of a warming planet.

 

Other Past Visiting Writers:

Nick Flynn

Major Jackson

Joyce Carol Oates

Tobias Wolff

Rita Dove

Aimee Bender

Jane Hirshfield

Kazim Ali

Jenny Boully

Claire Vaye Watkins

David Gessner

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Mary Szybist