ENGLISH WRITING EVENTS 

Readings in Fiction, Non-fiction and Poetry

Fall 2018 


JOAN JAKOBSON VISITING WRITERS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 | RUSSELL HOUSE | 6:00 P.M.

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OCEAN VUONG is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. Vuong also has two chapbooks: No (YesYes, 2013) and Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010). A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, Ocean has received honors and awards from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize. 

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EMILY PEREZ is the author House of Sugar, House of Stone, the chapbook Backyard Migration Route, and the forthcoming chapbook Made and Unmade. A recipient of grants and scholarships from the Washington State Artist Trust, Jack Straw Writers, Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, Summer Literary Seminars, and Inprint, Houston. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Copper Nickel, Fairy Tale Review, PoetryDiode, Borderlands, and DIAGRAM. She teaches English and Gender Studies in Denver where she lives with her husband and sons.

JACOB JULIEN VISITING WRITER

WEDNESDAY, October 17, 2018 | RUSSELL HOUSE | 6:00 P.M.

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ACHY OBEJAS is the author of the critically acclaimed novels RuinsDays of Awe, and three other books of fiction. She edited and translated (into English) the anthology Havana Noir, and has since translated Junot Díaz, Rita Indiana, Wendy Guerra, and many others. In 2014, she was awarded a USA Ford Fellowship for her writing and translation. She currently serves as the Director of the MFA in Translation program at Mills College in Oakland, California.

MILLETT WRITING FELLOW

WEDNESDAY, November 7, 2018 | RUSSELL HOUSE | 6:00 P.M.

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CAMILLE T. DUNGY is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. Her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is a professor at Colorado State University.

SHAPIRO CENTER VISITING WRITER

MONDAY, November 12, 2018 | DOWNEY LOUNGE | 9:00 P.M.

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JAMES MAGRUDER is a fiction writer, playwright, and translator. His Three French Comedies (Yale University Press), was named an “Outstanding Literary Translation of the Year” by the American Literary Translators Association. Today, his versions of Molière, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Dickens, Hofmannsthal, and Giraudoux have been produced across the country. He also wrote the book for the much-loved Broadway musical Triumph of Love

His stories have appeared in New England Review, The Normal School, The Gettysburg Review, Bloom, Subtropics, and the anthologies Boy Crazy and New Stories from the Midwest, among others. His debut novel, Sugarless (University of Wisconsin Press), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and was shortlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelists Award and the 2010 William Saroyan International Writing Prize. His first story collection, Let Me See It, appeared in June 2014 from TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. (“There are few authors who write with as much sensitivity and tenderness as James Magruder; he has a way of finding something beautiful in the most heartbreaking moments . . . With sharp touches of humor, this is a marvel of a story.”   —Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang)

 James is a four-time fellow of the MacDowell Colony. His writing has also been supported by the New Harmony Project, the Ucross Foundation, the Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Jerome Foundation. In addition to his plays and fiction, he's taught translation and adaptation at the Yale School of Drama for many years.