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Visiting Writers Series--Spring 2016

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


Tarfia Faizullah


Fiction Writer

David James Poissant

February 24, 2016**

7:30 pm

Peeler Art Center Auditorium 

David James Poissant is this year's  GLCA New Writers Award Winner for Fiction.

Writer Karen Russell calls Poissant’s debut novel, The Heaven of Animals, “a Venn diagram of the miraculous and absurd…. Poissant can spoon-bend reality.”  His stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Playboy, and the New York Times.  


Tarfia Faizullah is this year's GLCA New Writers Award Winner for poetry.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey calls Faizullah’s debut collection, Seam,  “gorgeous and harrowing…. we confront the past and its aftermath in the lives of women interrupted by violence and brutality and loss…. a poet of brave and unflinching vision.  She has won a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright Fellowship.  Her poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry Magazine, Oxford American, and Ploughshares.” 

 ** Please note, because of the weather, Tarfia was unable to join us in February.   She'll be here April 10, 2016 in Peeler Auditorium at 7:30.


Poet Adrian Matejka

March 9, 2016

7:30 pm

Union Building Ballroom


Adrian Matjeka is this year’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Winner and author of The Devil’s Garden (2002), Mixology (2008), and The Big Smoke (2013), which poetically explores the life of boxer Jack Johnson and won the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa writes of The Big Smoke: “This poet’s Jack Johnson is made of sweat, blood, and vulnerability.”  



March 30, 2016, Faculty Reading, 7:30 pm in Thompson Recital Hall (GCPA) 

Come hear the English Department faculty read from their latest works in this annual Kelly Writers Series event. 



Fiction Writer

Sarah Gerkensmeyer

April 3, 2016

7:30 pm

Peeler Art Center Auditorium 


Sarah Gerkensmeyer is the winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer. Gerkensmeyer’s first story collection What You Are Now Enjoying approaches the familiar in unfamiliar ways.  Writer Stewart O’Nan calls her “a sneaky sorceress of a story teller.”  Her stories and poems have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, and the Massachusetts Review.  Sarah is a DePauw ’01 alum.




Angela Pelster

April 20

7:30 pm

Peeler Art Center Auditorium

Angela Pelster is this year's GLCA New Writers Award Winner for nonfiction.

Pelster’s Limber charts the world’s history through its trees.  Her essays reach across time and space from the skinny poplars of her youth in Canada to a desert in the Niger.  Publishers Weekly calls her essay collection “nimble and curious.”  Pelster’s work has appeared in journals such as Granta and The Gettysburg Review.