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Kelly Writers Series

The Kelly Writers Series brings world-renowned poets, playwrights and authors of fiction and nonfiction for readings and discussion to DePauw's campus. Fall 2018 readings include:

chris white

sept. 5 | 7:30 p.m.
thompson recital hall, green center for the performing arts

White is author of The Life of Adrian Mandrick, which was recently named a Best New Book of 2018 by The Chicago Review of Books. “An intense, poignant debut...This engaging, unusual novel successfully combines the best elements of a psychological portrait, a travel adventure, and a suspenseful mystery. —Library Journal. White is professor of English and creative writing at DePauw University. The Life List of Adrian Mandrick is her first novel.


alexander chee

sept. 19 | 7:30 p.m.
Peeler art Center, auditorium

Chee is author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel and best-selling author of the novels The Queen of the Night and Edinburgh. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at Virginia Quarterly Review, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays 2016, The New York Times Magazine and Slate among others. He is associate professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College.


joshua bennett

oct. 3| 7:30 P.M.
PEELER ART CENTER, AUDITORIUM

Bennett is the author of The Sobbing School, a debut collection of poetry, selected by DePauw Professor of English Eugene Gloria, as a winner of the National Poetry Series. The Sobbing School presents songs for the living and the dead that destabilize and de-familiarize representations of black history and contemporary black experience. In 2009, he performed his spoken word poetry for President Obama at the White House. He received his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Bennett will teach in the English and creative writing department at Dartmouth College this fall as an assistant professor. 


tracy k. smith

nov. 28 | 7:30 P.M.
moore theatre, green center for the performing arts

Smith currently serves as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States. She is author of Wade in the Water, Duende, and Life on Mars, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. She is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor of the Humanities, Director, and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University.