Creative Writers Reading Series

Smith 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. Presented with the support of the Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fund. 

Corey Zeller, Alumni Poet

February 4 – Corey Zeller, Alumni Poet

Corey Zeller is the author of Man vs. Sky (YesYes Books) and You and Other Pieces (Civil Coping Mechanisms). His work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, The Colorado Review, The Kenyon Review, Salt Hill, West Branch, Third Coast, BOMB Magazine, The Literary Review, PEN America, The Journal, Verse Daily and Bat City Review, among others. He’s an alum of Behrend’s BFA program.

February 25 – Annual Behrend Reads!

Please join us as members of our faculty and staff read from their own creative work, published or otherwise. Be amazed and enchanted by the works of our talented faculty and feel free to also enjoy a laugh at their expense. Participants will be announced soon.

Al Maginnes, Poet

March 24 – Al Maginnes, Poetry Reading

Al Maginnes is the author of ten collections or chapbooks of poems, most recently Music From Small Towns (Jacar Press, 2014), winner of the annual Jacar Press contest, and Inventing Constellations (Cherry Grove Collections, 2012). His poems have appeared in many journals including Poetry, Georgia Review, New England Review, and Southern Review. He lives with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College.

Wendell Mayo, Fiction Writer

April 7 – Wendell Mayo, Fiction Reading

Wendell Mayo’s most recent story collection, The Cucumber King of Kėdainiai, won the 2012 Subito Press Award for Innovative Fiction sponsored by the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is author of three more collections: Centaur of the North (Arte Público Press), B. Horror and Other Stories (Livingston Press), and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood (White Pine Press). His short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, Prism International, Threepenny Review, Indiana Review, and Chicago Review. His awards include a Master Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission, an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, and the Harper Collins Fellowship. He teaches at Bowling Green University.

April 14 – John Gallaher, Poetry Reading

John Gallaher is the author of five poetry collections, Gentlemen in Turbans, Ladies in Cauls (Spuyten Duyvil, 2001), The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007), Map of the Folded World (University of Akron Press, 2009), and most recently, Your Father on the Train of Ghosts with G.C. Waldrep (2011) and In a Landscape (2014), both from BOA Editions. His poetry has been published in the Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Ploughshares and in the 2008 volume of The Best American Poetry. He teaches at Northwest Missouri State University, where he edits The Laurel Review.

Sweet Sorrow Reading Series
Please join us sending a goodbye with good luck to our graduating seniors as they read from their penultimate thesis projects.

Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 pm

Thursday, April 28 at 6:00 pm


Previous Visiting Authors:

Previous visiting authors have recently included: Lia Purpura, Paisley Rekdal, Caitlin Horrocks, Robert Michael Pyle, Alice Friman, John Minichillo, Laura Kaschsiske, Thom Conroy, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Heather Slomski, Elizabeth Kadetsky, Katie Ford, Michael Byers, Charles Baxter, and many more.