2014-2015 Reading Series

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
IAN MCEWAN
7:00 pm Jessen Auditorium, on campus.
Priority seating for MCW fellows and Ransom Center members who arrive by 6:20.  Doors open to general public at 6:30.

In partnership with the UT Ransom Center, who recently acquired McEwan’s archive, MCW hosts a reading by the acclaimed English author of Atonement, Amsterdam, On Chesil Beach, and Solar. A six-time nominee and once recipient of the distinguished Man Booker prize, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded a CBE in 2000.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
RACHEL KUSHNER

7:30 pm BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART/Edgar Smith Auditorium on campus

Kushner’s second novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize, and a New York Times bestseller and Top 10 Book. Her debut, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO

7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Poet Brock-Broido is the author of three collections, Trouble in Mind, The Master Letters, and A Hunger.  Her honors include the Witter-Bynner Prize of Poetry from the Academy of American Arts and Letters, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship.  She directs the poetry program at Columbia.


Thursday, December 4, 2014
NAOMI SHIHAB NYE & CRISTINA GARCIA
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Fall 2014 visiting professors.  Nye is the author of over 25 prize-winning books of poetry and prose.  Garcia is the acclaimed author of six novels: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador’s Hotel, and most recently The King of Cuba.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
MATTHEA HARVEY
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Harvey is the author of three volumes of poetry to date:  Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000), Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004), and Modern Life (2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a New York Times Notable Book of 2008, and the winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Thursday, March 25, 2015
ALAN CHEUSE
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Alan Cheuse, the “voice of books” on NPR, is the author of nearly a dozen volumes of fiction and nonfiction, including The Light Possessed, The Tennessee Waltz and Other Stories, Lost and Old Rivers, Fall Out of Heaven (a memoir), and most recently An Authentic Captain Marvel Ring and Other Stories.   He teaches at George Mason’s program in writing and at Squaw Valley.


Thursday, April 16, 2015
GEOFFREY DYER
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

English author Dyer’s work includes four novels; two collections of essays ; and six genre-defying titles, including Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It. His collected essays, Otherwise Known as the Human Condition, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His latest is Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush.  He is visiting professor at MCW in Spring 2015.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Spring 2015 Graduating MFA Class
7:00 pm (opening reception, with 7:30 reading), Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

The graduating MFA class of fiction writers, poets, playwrights and screenwriters will read from their work: Megan Freitag, Taya Kitaysky, Travis Klunick, Kelly Luce, Karan Mahajan, Catherine Palmer, Maya Perez, Adam Sturtevant, Diana Small and Eva Suter.