2015-2016 Reading Series

Check back for additions and changes to the calendar throughout the year.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
7:30 pm Blanton Auditorium, Edgar Smith Bldg on campus

J Ward thumbWard is the author of the 2011 National Book Award-winning novel, Salvage the Bones, and a 2014 memoir, Men We Reaped, shortlisted for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award.  She teaches at Tulane University.  A discussion of race, poverty, and storytelling in the South will follow.

Thursday, October 15, 2015
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Chas Wright thumbRecent U.S. Poet Laureate Wright has authored over two dozen volumes of poetry, criticism, and translation. He shared the 1983 National Book Award for Country Music and won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Black Zodiac.  Robert Casper, the Head of the Poetry & Literature Center at the Library of Congress, will conduct a Q & A with Wright.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
7:00 pm Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th, Austin

Patrick Ryan Frank headshot2011 MCW alum Patrick Ryan Frank celebrates the release of his second poetry collection from Four Way Books, The Opposite of People, with a reading and signing.  His debut, How the Losers Love What’s Lost, won the 2010 Intro Prize from Four Way.

Monday, October 27, 2015
7:00 pm BookPeople, W. 6th & N. Lamar, Austin

Kirk sm2004 alum and faculty head of playwriting at UT Kirk Lynn reads from his debut novel, Rules for Werewolves.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

TCB thumbThe amazingly prolific Boyle has published 25 award-winning novels and story collections—most recently The Harder They Fall—translated into two dozen languages. In conjunction with the Texas Institute of Textual & Literary Studies (TILTS) symposium this year, he will read a piece of fiction addressing environmentalist themes.  His archive resides at UT’s Ransom Center.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Crace color wiresColor Tony Fall 2015 visiting professors, MCW.  Crace’s ten books to date have received such honors as the Whitbread Novel Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (Being Dead) and been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize (Quarantine, Harvest).  Crace’s archive also resides at the UT Ransom Center.  Anthony Giardina is the author of five novels, a story collection, and numerous plays, most recently City of Conversation, which has its world premier at Lincoln Center last year.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Kasischke thumbKasischke has published nine novels, three made into feature films—The Life Before Her Eyes, Suspicious River, White Bird in a Blizzard—and eight books of poetry, most recently The Infinitesimals.  Her honors include the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry for Space, In Chains and fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus
Annie Baker
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of The Flick will be in residence for two weeks to work with UT grad playwrights. Her other plays include Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation, and The Aliens.


Thursday, March 10, 2016
7:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE, 6th and Lamar, Austin TX

sm VRReeves, a 2012 alum of our MFA program, will be reading from and signing her debut novel, Work Like Any Other.  Her fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
7:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE, 6th and Lamar, Austin TX

sm Mahajan headshotMahajan, a 2015 alum, will be reading from and signing his new novel, The Association of Small Bombs.  His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and published in nine countries. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, NPR’s All Things ConsideredThe New Yorker onlineThe Believer, and The Paris Review Daily.

Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Jane Miller thumbMiller  is the author of Thunderbird, A Palace of Pearls, Wherever You Lay Your Head, Memory at These Speeds: New & Selected Poems, August Zero, and American Odalisque, all from Copper Canyon, as well as essays on poetry, artist collaborations, chapbooks and e-books. On the faculty of University of Arizona, she is visiting professor for the MCW in spring 2016.


Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:30 pm Blanton Auditorium, Edgar Smith Bldg on campus

Dom thumb2003 MCW alum Dominic Smith in conversation with art historian H. Perry Chapman, a 17th c. Dutch specialist, and reading from his latest novel, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos.  Smith’s previous novels are The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, The Beautiful Miscellaneous, and Bright and Distant Shores.


Friday, May 6, 2016
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus (reception at 7:00)

8. May 6 MCW LOGOSpring 2016 graduates read from their work:  Claire Bowman, Lydia Blaisdell, Elizabeth Chao, Abbey Chung, Matt Cutts, Mark Hitz, Rachel Kondo, Bing Li, Tegan McLeod, Sam Sax, Vincent Scarpa, and David Semonchik.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
6:00 pm BOOKPEOPLE, 6th and Lamar, Austin TX

Flynn Berry headshotBerry, a 2013 alum and former Yaddo resident, will be reading from and signing her novel, Under the Harrow.  “Once I started reading Under the Harrow, I couldn’t stop,” says Claire Messud of Berry’s debut fiction, “It’s like Broadchurch written by Elena Ferrante.”