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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. All events are free and open to the public.

MORE Speakers for the 2024-2025 year will be announced soon! 

FALL 2024

Faculty Reading

September 4, 2024, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center. 

Welcome the new school year with an event featuring DePauw's talented English faculty, reading from their own works. More info to come!

Ronit Plank

October 3, 2024, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center. 

Ronit’s short collection HOME IS A MADE-UP PLACE is winner of Hidden River Arts’ Eludia Award and the Page Turner Award for short stories. Her memoir WHEN SHE COMES BACK about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation was Finalist in both the Housatonic Awards Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards and was a Book Riot Best True Crime Book. She received her MFA from Pacific University, is creative nonfiction editor at The Citron Review, and hosts the popular writing podcast Let’s Talk Memoir.


Zoë BossiereZoë Bossiere

February 19, 2025, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center. 

Zoë Bossiere (they/she) is a writer from Tucson, Arizona. They are the managing editor of Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. as well as the coeditor of two anthologies: The Best of Brevity (Rose Metal Press, 2020) and The Lyric Essay as Resistance: Truth from the Margins (Wayne State UP,  2023). 

Bossiere's debut, Cactus Country: A Boyhood Memoir (Abrams Books, May 21 2024), chronicles their experiences growing up as a trans boy in a Tucson, Arizona trailer park.

Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che

April 9, 2025, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center. 

Cathy Linh Che is a Vietnamese American writer and multidisciplinary artist. She is the author of Split (Alice James Books) and co-author, with Kyle Lucia Wu, of the children’s book An Asian American A to Z: a Children’s Guide to Our History (Haymarket Books). She is working on a poetry manuscript, a creative nonfiction manuscript, and a short documentary on her parents’ experiences as refugees who played extras on Apocalypse Now. Her video installation Appocalips is an Open Call commission with The Shed NY. She works as Executive Director at Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing writers and readers of Asian American literature.

Photo credit: Shawn Poynter.

Previous Guests to the Kelly Writers Series:

SPRING 2024:

Lars Horn

April 17, 2024, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center. 

Lars Horn is a writer and translator working in literary and experimental non-fiction. Their first book, VOICE OF THE FISH, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, the 2023 Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and was named an Honor Book for the 2023 Stonewall Israel Fishman Nonfiction Book Award as well as an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection.

They are the recipient of the Tin House Without Borders Residency and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Kenyon Writers Workshops, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Horn’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. 

Photo Credit: Richard Allen

S.A. Cosby 

March 6, 2024, 7:30 pm, Thompson Recital Hall, Green Center for the Performing Arts, 605 S College Ave.

S.A. CosbyS.A. Cosby is aSA Cosbyn Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Razorblade Tears” and “All Sinners Bleed,” which were recommended on Barack Obama’s summer reading list and named a best book of the year by NPR, The Washington Post, Time and more.

Cosby’s short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player. His latest thriller is “All The Sinners Bleed.”  

Faculty Reading: Samuel Autman, Debby Geis, Joe Heithaus, Ivelisse Rodriguez, Greg Schwipps

February 14, 2024, 7:00 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center.

Prize winning novelists and poets, extraordinary dramatists, spoken word artists and musicians, DePauw’s English faculty is rich with professors committed to language, both written and performed. 

FALL 2023:

James Fujinami Moore
November 1, 2023, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center

James Fujinami Moore

James's debut poetry collection is indecent hours (Four Way Books, 2022), winner of the GLCA New Writers Award in Poetry and finalist for the Golden Poppy's Martin Cruz Smith Award & the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asimov's Science Fiction, Barrow Street's 4x2The Brooklyn RailGuesthouseJet Fuel ReviewThe Margins, the Pacifica Literary Review, and Prelude. He has received fellowships from Poets House, Bread Loaf, and the Frost Place, and received his MFA from Hunter College in 2016.

Agata Szczeszak-Brewer

October 4, 2023, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center.

Join us for a reading from Agata Szczeszak-Brewer, DePauw's guest for the evening from Wabash College.

Agata Szczeszak-BrewerAgata came to the United States from Poland as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 2002 and later completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in 2006. She is Professor of English and John P. Collett Chair in Rhetoric at Wabash College, where she teaches courses on South African Literature, Irish Literature, James Joyce, 20th-century British and Irish Literature, and Postcolonial Theory, among others.

She has published two books: Empire and Pilgrimage in Conrad and Joyce (University Press of Florida, 2010) and Critical Approaches to Joseph Conrad (University of South Carolina Press, 2015). Her current book project is a comparative study of Irish and South African literatures.

SPRING 2023:

Camille Dungy

Camille T. Dungy

April 5, 2023, 7:30 pm, Thompson Recital Hall (within the Green Center for the Performing Arts)

Camille's latest book Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden will be published on May 2, 2023.

A University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, Dungy’s further honors include the 2021 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and fellowships from the NEA in both prose and poetry.

Ivelisse Rodriguez
March 22, 2023, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center.

Ivelisse RodriguezWe are thrilled to welcome Ivelisse Rodriguez as a Kelly Writers Series guest and as DePauw's newest member of the English department next fall.

Her debut short story collection Love War Stories was a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. It was noted as a must read or best book of the year in over thirty publications, including O magazine, Women’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, and more. She is a contributing arts editor for the Boston Review, where she acquires fiction. She is a 2022 Letras Boricuas fellow, a Tanne Foundation award winner, a Kimbilio fellow, and a VONA/Voices alum. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

DePauw Faculty Reading
March 1, 2023, 7:00 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center.

Prize winning novelists and poets, extraordinary dramatists, spoken word artists and musicians, DePauw’s English faculty is rich with professors committed to language, both written and performed.

Join us for a night celebrating the work of professors Debby Geis, Eugene Gloria, Joe Heithaus, Greg Schwipps, and Chris White who will be introduced by a talented group of students.


FALL 2022:

Michael X. Wang, September 7, 2022, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center 

The Kelly Writers Series is excited to start the Fall 2022 Semester welcoming Michael X. Wang, winner of the GLCA's New Writers Award for Further News of Defeat.

Michael X. Wang was born in Fenyang, a coal-mining city in China's mountainous Shanxi Province. He immigrated to the United States when he was six, and holds a PhD in Literature from Florida State University and an MFA in Fiction from Purdue. His story collection, Further News of Defeat, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writer Award. It was also a finalist for the CLMP Firecracker Award. His debut novel, Lost in the Long March, comes out November 1st from The Overlook Press. He is currently at work on two novel projects.

Siel Ju '00, October 5, 2022, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center

Siel Ju '00Siel Ju writes the newsletter Love notes from Siel and is the author of Cake Time, winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award. Her stories and poems appear in ZYZZYVA, The Southern Review, Confrontation, and other places. The recipient of residencies from The Anderson Center at Tower View and Vermont Studio Center, Siel is a DePauw class of 2000 alumna and holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California.

Department of English

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