2014-15 Writers Series

The University of Richmond’s Department of English will bring five writers to campus during the 2013­-14 academic year: three for its annual Writers Series and two for its Lecture Series. The Writers Series is designed to expose Richmond students, the greater university community, and city residents to some of today’s most celebrated writers. Their readings and the talks in the Lecture Series are free and open to the public. Most writers make themselves available, following their appearance, to answer questions from the audience and sign copies of their books.

Susan Stewart – Poet and Critic
Wednesday, Sept. 3 • 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Susan Stewart is both an accomplished poet and a highly regarded critic. Her five books of poetry have been accompanied by six critical volumes on poetry, literature, aesthetics, and folklore. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the MacArthur Foundation. Her fourth book of poetry, Columbarium, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, and her critical book Poetry and the Fate of the Senses received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism as well as the Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa. She teaches poetry and aesthetics at Princeton University and directs its Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

Robert Olen Butler – Novelist and Short Story Writer
Wednesday, Oct. 22  • 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Robert Olen Butler has published 16 novels and six volumes of short fiction, one of which, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.  He has also published a volume of his lectures on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He was the 2013 recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. Among his many other accolades are the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction, and two National Magazine Awards in Fiction. His work has been translated into 21 languages. He teaches creative writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Amy Bloom – Novelist and Short Story Writer
Tuesday, Nov. 11 • 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Amy Bloom is the author of six books of fiction, including three novels — Lucky Us, Away, and Love Invents Us — and three collections of short stories — Come to Me, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, and Where the God of Love Hangs Out.  Her stories have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Short Stories, and The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction, among others, and she has been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in fiction. A practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years, she is also the author of a nonfiction book, Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Crossdressing Cops and Hermaphrodites with Attitudes, now a staple of university sociology and biology courses. She is presently the Kim-Frank Family University Writer-in-Residence at Wesleyan University.