2014-2015 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.

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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
BRIAN HART

7:o0 pm BARNES & NOBLE ARBORETUM, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.

2008 alum Brian Hart reads and signs from his second novel, The Bully of Order, released September 2 from HarperCollins.  “Think the brutal realities of McCarthy’s Blood Meridian set among the primeval forests of the Pacific Northwest frontier,” says Kirkus‘s starred review.  Brian’s first novel was Then Came the Evening.

Thurday, October 2, 2014
CARRIE FOUNTAIN

7:30 pm Mabee Ballroom, St. Edward’s Univ, 3000 S. Congress, Austin.

2004 alum Carrie Fountain reads and signs from her second poetry collection, Instant Winner, released this fall from Penguin.  Her first collection, Burn Lake, won the National Poetry Series. She is currently writer-in-residence at St Edwards University.

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, November 6, 2014
AUGUST KLEINZAHLER

7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Poet Kleinzahler is the author of numerous collections including most recently The Hotel Oneira, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City, and The Strange Hours Travelers Keep, as well as essays, collected in Cutty, One Rock and appearing regularly in the London Review of Books, among other places.  His honors include a Lannan Literary Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Berlin Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
MALACHI BLACK

7:o0 pm Joynes Reading Room, CRD 007, on campus

2010 MCW alum Black reads as part of the Joynes Reading Room series of the College of Liberal Arts from his debut collection, Storm Toward Morning, out from Copper Canyon Press.  Black is assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at University of San Diego.

Monday, December 1, 2014   !! NOTE DATE CHANGE !!
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.


tentatively: 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 was named a Sydney Morning Herald “Best Young Australian Novelist” for her 2013 debut The Night Guest, which was a finalist for the LA Times First Book Prize.  McGriff’s two award-winning poetry collections are Dismantling the Hills and Home Burial.  He has most recently collaborated with J.M. Tyree on Our Secret Life in the Movies, coming out this fall from A Strange Object.

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.