Fall 2011 Schedule

  September 22 — Mei-Mei Bersenbrugge
  October 20 — Lidia Yuknavitch and Brad Morrow
  November 10 — D.A. Powell at Flying Object in Hadley
  November 17 — Peter Gizzi
  December 8 — Michael Martone and Sam Michel

For nearly fifty years, the Visiting Writers Series has brought outstanding renowned and emerging poets and writers to the university campus for public readings of new work. All readings are on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall except where noted. All are free and open to the public. Information about past readers can be found at the Visiting Writers Series website:

The Visting Writers Series is sponsored by the MFA Program for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the University of Massachusetts Arts Council, the Vice Provost of Research & Engagement, the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, and the English Department.
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing and grew up in Massachusetts. She is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Empathy, Nest, and I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems. Internal Security, her fourth collaboration with artist Kiki Smith, is forthcoming. She lives in northern New Mexico and New York City.
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the memoir The Chronology of Water, three books of short experimental fictions, a critical book on war and narrative, and the forthcoming debut novel Dora: A Head Case. Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Western Humanities Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere, and is widely anthologized. She is Editor of Chiasmus Press, and lives in Oregon with her husband/filmmaker Andy Mingo and their son, Miles.
Bradford Morrow is author of six novels including Come Sunday, Giovanni’s Gift, and most recently The Diviner’s Tale, published in January 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the U.S. and Grove Atlantic/Corvus in England. His awards include an O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into a dozen languages. He founded and edits the acclaimed literary journal Conjunctions at Bard College, where he is Professor of Literature and Bard Center Fellow.
D. A. Powell's collections include Cocktails and Chronic, both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard, Powell has taught at Columbia University, University of Iowa, New England College and Davidson College. Powell's honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the California Book Award. He lives in San Francisco.
Peter Gizzi's new book Threshold Songs is out this fall. Other books include The Outernationale, Some Values of Landscape and Weather, Artificial Heart, and Periplum. His work has been translated into numerous languages, and his honors include the Lavan Younger Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and fellowships in poetry from the Howard Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He served as Poetry Editor for The Nation from 2007 to 2011.
Michael Martone's most recent books are Four for a Quarter: Fictions, and Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins. Other books include Michael Martone, a memoir in contributor's notes; The Blue Guide to Indiana, a travel book; and The Thoughts of Dan Quayle. He most recently edited the anthology Not Normal, Illinois. He teaches at the University of Alabama.
Sam Michel is the author of a short story collection, Under the Light, and a novel, Big Dogs and Flyboys. His new novel Strange Cowboy: Lincoln Dahl Turns Five is out this fall. He lives in Montana and in Massachusetts.


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