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Creative Writers Reading Series

Celebrated writers of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction visit campus several times each year to give lectures, readings, discussions, and book signings. Presentations are held at 6:00 p.m. (preceded by receptions at 5:30 p.m.) in the Smith Chapel. All events are free and open to the public.


Spring 2014


February 20, 2014: Behrend Reads


March 20, 2014: Thesis reading



Photo of Laura van den BergThursday, March 27, 2014: Laura van den Berg 

Laura van den Berg earned her M.F.A. at Emerson College. Her stories have or soon will appear in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, One Story, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prize XXIV. Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (2009), was a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, longlisted for The Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award. Her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in November 2013. The recipient of the Emerging Writer Lectureship at Gettysburg College and the Tickner Fellowship at the Gilman School, Laura currently lives in Baltimore and teaches in the creative writing at George Washington University.





Photo of David ShumateThursday, April 3, 2014: David Shumate 


David Shumate’s books include The Floating Bridge (2008), High Water Mark, winner of the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the newest, Kimonos in the Closet (2013).  His work has appeared in North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, and Lake Effect, among other journals.  David Shumate is poet-in-residence at Marian College in Indianapolis, IN.




April 10, 2014: Thesis reading


April 17, 2014: Thesis reading




Photo of Brian DoyleThursday, April 24, 2014: Brian Doyle

Literary Nonfiction

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author of thirteen books of essays, poems, nonfiction, and fiction, including the sprawling Oregon novel Mink River and The Grail: A year ambling & shambling through an Oregon vineyard in pursuit of the best pinot noir wine in the whole wild world, The Wet Engine: Exploring the Mad Wild Miracle of the Heart, and Spirited Men: Story, Soul, and Substance, three collections of literary nonfiction. His work has appeared in such venues as The American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, Orion, Harper’s, and The Georgia Review, and been reprinted several times in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing, and he has received the prestigious  Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts  and Letters.



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