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Kelly Writers Series, fall 2017

All Kelly Writers Series events are free and open to the public. We hope you will join us!

Randall Horton

Randall Horton, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium

Randall Horton is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the author of The Definition of Place (2006) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009) and Hook (Augury Books 2015). He is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship. His creative and critical work has appeared in the print journals Callaloo, Sou’wester, Caduceus, New Haven Review, and the online journal The Offending Adam. Horton is a fellow of Cave Canem and a member of the Affrilachian Poets, two organizations that support African American poetry; and a member of the Symphony: The House That Etheridge Built, a reading collective named for the poet Etheridge Knight.   (Bio from the Poetry Foundation Website)

Hook book cover


James Magruder

James Magruder, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium

James Magruder is a fiction writer, playwright, and translator. He has a doctorate from the Yale School of Drama in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism. His dissertation, 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.  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 is Let Me See It  was published by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in 2014.  And his most recent novel is Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall  (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2016).  He is a five-time recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and 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. He currently teaches dramaturgy at Swarthmore College. He lives in Baltimore with his partner Stephen Bolton.  (Excerpted from the Magruder Website)

Love Slaves book cover


Natalie Diaz

Natalie Diaz, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.
Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she has worked with the last speakers of Mojave and directed a language revitalization program. In a PBS interview, she spoke of the connection between writing and experience: "for me writing is kind of a way for me to explore why I want things and why I'm afraid of things and why I worry about things. And for me, all of those things represent a kind of hunger that comes with being raised in a place like this.”  (Bio from the Poetry Foundation Website).

When My Brother, book cover


Student Reading, Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium