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Writers 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 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.

Spring 2019

The University of Richmond Writers Series is an annual program designed to expose Richmond students and the wider community to this generation’s most celebrated writers. This year’s events focus on poetry.

Events include:
Poetry Reading: Emily Hunt
Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
Emily Hunt, a 2007 UR graduate, is the programs manager at the Poetry Society of America. Her poetry collection Dark Green was named a “standout debut” by Publishers Weekly and a “must-read poetry debut” by Lit Hub. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, The Iowa Review, The Volta, and the Diagram. Hunt is a winner of the 2012 Iowa Review Poetry Prize and the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award.

Talk on The Imagination: Mary Ruefle
Poetry and Prose Reading: Mary Ruefle
April 2, 7 p.m., and April 3, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
Mary Ruefle is the author of 13 collections of poetry, fiction, and essays, including My Private PropertyThe Most of It, and A Little White Shadow. She has received numerous honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers’ Award and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ruefle is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruefle’s talk on “The Imagination” is April 2, 7 p.m., and her poetry and prose reading is April 3, 7 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown
April 17, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
Jericho Brown is a professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was named by Library Journal as one of the best poetry books of the year. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, Brown has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“These events focus on poets whose work honors human experience and the imagination,” said English professor Brian Henry, who organized these poetry readings. “Although each poet is quite different, they are all brilliant.”

Writers will participate in Q&As and book signings after these events, which are free and open to the public. This event series is sponsored by the Department of English and the School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office. 

Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 Writers Series is coordinated by poet Jennifer Moxley, the English Department's Writer in Residence.

Poetry Reading: Mark McMorris and Elizabeth Willis
Wednesday, October 3, 4:30 p.m.
Carole Weinstein International Center, International Center Commons

Mark McMorrisPoet Mark McMorris is a professor of English at Georgetown University, and former director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including The Black Reeds (1997), which won a Contemporary Poetry Series prize from the University of Georgia Press; The Blaze of the Poui (2003), a finalist for a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Café at Light (2004); Entrepôt (2014); and The Book of Landings (2016), the final volume in a trilogy that examines the legacies of diaspora, language, and lyric. McMorris is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry.

Elizabeth WillisPoet Elizabeth Willis is on the permanent faculty at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of numerous books, including Address (Wesleyan, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), a National Poetry Series selection; and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). Her most recent book, Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age
Dr. Chad Wellmon, University of Virginia
Thursday, October 18, 5 p.m.
Whitehurst Living Room

Chad WellmonChad Wellmon is Professor of German Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author several books, including Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017); Interacting with Print, with the Multigraph Collective (University of Chicago Press, 2018); and the forthcoming Permanent Crisis: The Humanities in a Disenchanted Age, with Paul Ritter (University of Chicago Press, 2019). 

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Moxley
Wednesday, November 7, 4:30 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Jennifer MoxleyPoet Jennifer Moxley is the University of Richmond English Department’s fall 2018 Distinguished Writer in Residence. She is the author of seven books of poetry, a book of essays, a memoir, and three translations from the French. In 2005 she was granted the Lynda Hull Poetry Award from Denver Quarterly. Her poem “Behind the Orbits” was included by Robert Creeley in The Best American Poetry 2002. Her 2014 book, The Open Secret (Flood), won the 2015 William Carlos Williams award, and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts award. Her most recent collection of poems, Druthers (Flood 2018), “elegantly characterizes poetry as a vehicle for immortality” (Publishers Weekly). After her Richmond sojourn, she will return to her home institution, the University of Maine, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics.