Spring 2015 Reading Series

Check back for additions and changes to the calendar throughout the year.  Alum readings sponsored by other entities are also included in this calendar.

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

Harvey is the author of five volumes of poetry, including Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000), Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004), Modern Life (2007), which won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and If The Tabloids Are True What Are You? She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
A CONVERSATION WITH PHILIPP MEYER & DON GRAHAM
7:00 pm, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum Auditorium, 1800 Congress Avenue • Austin

2008 MCW alum and Pulitzer Prize finalist Philipp Meyer discusses his epic Texas novel, The Son, with Don Graham, the always lively and provocative scholar of Texas literature, and J. Frank Dobie Professor of American and English Literature at UT Austin.  Their talk will explore how Meyer researched his captivating saga of one family on the Texas frontier in the 1800s through the oil boom of the 20th century.  Part of the Bullock Museum’s Texas Art and Culture Series.

Thursday, March 26, 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 2, 2015
FIONA MCFARLANE & MICHAEL MCGRIFF
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

MCW alums McFarlane (2012) and McGriff (2006) are visiting professors in Spring 2015, McFarlane in English and McGriff at MCW.  McFarlane’s debut novel The Night Guest won Australia’s Voss Literary Prize, its Miles Franklin Literary Award, and shared the Barbara Jefferis Award, and was shortlisted for several other top Australian prizes as well as the London Guardian and the LA Times First Book prizes.  McGriff’s two award-winning poetry collections are Dismantling the Hills (U Pittsburgh) and Home Burial (Copper Canyon).  He has most recently collaborated with J.M. Tyree on Our Secret Life in the Movies, named by National Public Radio as a top book of 2014.

Friday, April 10, 2015
JAMES HANNAHAM
7:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE, 6th and Lamar in Austin

2006 alum James Hannaham reads from and signs his second novel, Delicious Foods.  “Hannaham reinvents the Southern gothic with prose at once brutal and lyrical and drop-dead gorgeous,” Dave Eggers writes of the book, “This is a hell of a novel.”  Hannaham is also the author of God Says No (McSweeney’s, 2009) and a former staff writer at Salon.com; he teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
GEOFF 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.