Visiting Writers Series
The James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series was established in 1998 with gifts from Marilou Morrell Kelly, Class of 1955. Marilou Kelly owned a marvelous bookstore in St. Charles, Illinois, for a number of years. An avid reader and lover of books, she frequently persuaded authors to give readings in the St. Charles community and became friends with a number of them. James J. Kelly, who passed away January 8, 1994, was an executive with Goldman Sachs in Chicago, former chair of the DePauw University Board of Trustees, and former chair of the Sesquicentennial Campaign.
Generous gifts from Professor Emeritus of English J. David Field provide additional support to the James and Marilou Kelly Writers Series.
All Kelly Writers Series events are free and open to the public.
EVENTS FOR SPRING 2014
Poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Wednesday, February 26
Phillips, an associate professor of English and the director of the Poetry Center at Stony Brook University, is the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer award in poetry. In addition, he has won the 2013 Whiting Writers' Award and the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for his collection The Ground. His book of criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, was published in 2010. Phillips is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Brown University.
Memoirist Michael Hainey
Wednesday, April 2
Watson Forum (PCCM)
Michael Hainey is the Deputy Editor of GQ. His novel, After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story (Scribner), was published in 2013 and was a nominee for Goodreads Choice Award for Best Memoir of the Year; the book chronicles Hainey’s decade-long search for the truth about his father’s death. Hainey also hosts a Podcast (The Style Guy and the Other Guy) and previously worked at Spy magazine. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
This event is part of the Kelly Writers Series and is free and open to the public.
Writer, Actor, Photographer and Director
Benjamin Busch, a decorated United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer, is also an award-winning writer, actor, photographer, and director. Busch is the winner of the 2013 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writer award in nonfiction. His memoir about the Iraq War, Dust to Dust (Ecco), was published in 2012 and has won critical acclaim. His written work has appeared in Harper’s and the 2010 Best American Essays anthology, and his photography has been featured in Photography Quarterly and War, Literature, & the Arts. Currently, his three photography exhibits are traveling the country. As a filmmaker, Busch wrote, directed and produced the 40-minute film BRIGHT. Busch, who lives in Michigan with his wife and daughters, appeared on the HBO series The Wire (Officer Anthony Colicchio) and has also appeared in Generation Kill, Homicide, and The West Wing.
Playwright Kris Diaz
Wednesday April 30
Thursday, May 1
Watson Forum (PCCM)
Kristoffer Diaz, who holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, an MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, and an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performing Arts Management program, is an award-winning playwright and educator. In 2011, he won the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, and the OBIE Award for the Best New American Play for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. He also won the inaugural Gail Merrifield Papp Fellowship at New York’s Public Theatre that same year. His work has been performed across the country, and he is currently in residence at New Dramatists.
For a complete list of previous participants, please click here.