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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. Fall 2019 readings include:

English department faculty reading

February 26 | 7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Join us at this annual event to hear English Department professors reading from their latest works.

Matthew G. Frank

March 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s FoodPreparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks“Preparing the Ghost” was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an NPR Notable Book, and a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For.  “The Mad Feast” was selected as a Staff Pick by The Paris Review, a Best Book of 2015 by PloughsharesThe Millions, and Paste Magazine, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Entertainment Weekly. His forthcoming nonfiction book, A Brief Atmospheric Future, is due out in 2021 from W.W. Norton. His work appears widely in journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Guernica, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Salon, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Normal SchoolThe Best Travel Writing anthologies, The Best Food Writing anthologies, The Poetry Foundation, and as Notable selections in The Best American Essays anthologiesAfter spending 17 years in the restaurant industry, he now teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction/Hybrids Editor of the literary magazine, Passages North.

karen joy fowler

april 22 | 7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

Karen Joy Fowler is the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing during the spring semester of the 19-20 academic year.  She is the author of six novels and three short story collections. Her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, won the Commonwealth medal for best first novel by a Californian, was listed for the Irish Times International Fiction Prize as well as the Bay Area Book Reviewers Prize, and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s short story collection Black Glass won the World Fantasy Award in 1999, and her collection What I Didn’t See won the World Fantasy Award in 2011. Her most recent novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

This event is sponsored by the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professorship, in conjunction with the Kelly Writers Series.

Karen Joy Fowler will also give a craft talk on February 5 at 4:00 pm in Watson Forum, located inside the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media.


Department of English

Kelly Writers Series is hosted by the Department of English. Visit our webpage for more information.

Department of English