2013-2014 Reading Series

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

Thursday, September 19, 2013
COLM TOIBIN
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Irish author Toibin, thrice shortlisted for the distinguished Booker Prize for The Master, Blackwater Lightship, and now The Testament of Mary, is also the author of Brooklyn (2009 Costa Novel of the Year) and The Empty Family, a collection of stories. He is Michener Residency Author for September 2013.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
SARAH RUHL

7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Sarah Ruhl is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright of In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, also nominated for a Tony for best new play, and The Clean House, winner of the 2004 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.  Other works include Passion Play, a cycle, PEN American Award winner; Dead Man’s Cell Phone, winner of the Helen Hayes Award; Eurydice; Orlando; and most recently, Stage Kiss.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ROGER REEVES

7:00 pm Joynes Reading Room, Carothers Hall, 2501 Whitis Avenue, on campus

Poet Roger Reeves is an alum of the UT Department of English PhD program as well as the Michener Center’s MFA program.  His work has been published in American Poetry Review, Tin House, Boston Review, Best American 2009, Poetry, and Ploughshares, among others.  He has been recognized with fellowships and support from the NEA, The Ruth Lilly Foundation, Bread Loaf, Cave Canum, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.  His debut collection, KING ME, comes out from Copper Canyon Press in fall 2013.

Saturday, October 26-Sunday October 27, 2013
FIONA MCFARLANE, JENNY BROWNE, KELLY LUCE, DOMENICA RUTA, MAYA PEREZ and others
Texas Book Festival

Check out the full schedule of Texas Book Festival Events for appearances by MCW 2012 alum Fiona McFarlane (The Night Guest), current fellow Kelly Luce (Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail), 2008 alum Domenica Ruta (With or Without You), 2007 alum poet Jenny Browne (Dear Stranger), and current fellow Maya Perez (co-editor of On Story: Screenwriters & Their Craft) as well as faculty members James Magnuson, Stephen Harrigan, H.W. Brands, and others.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, CARRIE FOUNTAIN & MICHAEL MCGRIFF
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Fall 2013 visiting professors read in a poetry triple header.  Nye is the author of over 25 prize-winning books of poetry and prose; she returns to teach MCW’s first-year seminar.  MCW Alum Carrie Fountain is the National Poetry Series winner for her debut Burn Lake and a faculty member of the creative writing program at Austin’s St Edward’s University; she will teach a graduate seminar on poetry for the UT Department of English.  McGriff, also an MCW alum, is the author of two volumes of poems, Dismantling the Hills and Home Burial. His work has been recognized with fellowships from Stanford University, the Ruth Lilly Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and others.  He teaches the graduate poetry workshop for MCW in fall.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
JAMES MAGNUSON
7:o0 pm Bullock Texas State History Museum

MCW Director James Magnuson will read from his newest novel, Famous Writers I Have Known, set—where else?—in a prestigious MFA program, where a scam artist poses as a notoriously reclusive writer and sets his sights on bilking the program’s wealthy benefactor of his last millions.  Co-sponsored by the Bullock Museum’s “Texas Artist Series,” the Texas Book Festival, and Texas Monthly.  Signing and hot cocoa & s’mores reception to follow.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
SARAH CORNWELL & MARY MILLER
7:00 pm Bookpeople, corner of W. 6th and N. Lamar

MCW alumnae Sarah Cornwell and Mary Miller read from their debut novels:   Cornwell’s What I Had Before I Had You, from Harper Collins, and Miller’s The Last Days of California, published by Liveright/W.W. Norton.  Both books received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
D.A. POWELL
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Poet D.A. Powell’s books include the AIDS trilogy Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails; Chronic; and The Useless Landscape, or a Guide to Boys. His honors and awards include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013, as well as support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and others.  He is Michener Residency Author in Jan/Feb 2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014
ZADIE SMITH
7:30 pm BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART/Edgar Smith Auditorium on campus

Novelist Zadie Smith, born in London to an English father and Jamaican mother, is the author of White Teeth, a stunning debut which won the Guardian and Whitbread First Book awards, among others; Autograph ManOn Beauty, winner of the 2006 Orange Prize; and NW, named one of the New York Times Best Books of 2012.  She teaches at New York University.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
DENIS JOHNSON
7:30 pm Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302 on campus

Denis Johnson’s award-winning fiction includes the novels Tree of Smoke, winner of the 2007 National Book Award; Train Dreams, shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize; Angels, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, Already Dead, and The Name of the World. Other work includes the now-canonical story collection Jesus’ Son; plays (Hellhound on My Trail, Shoppers, Soul of  Whore and Purvis); and nonfiction (Seek:  Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond).  He teaches a fiction workshop for the MCW in spring 2014.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
ELIZABETH MCCRACKEN
7:00 pm Bookpeople, corner of W. 6th and N. Lamar

MCW fiction chair Elizabeth McCracken will read from her new story collection, ThunderstruckPublishers Weekly’s recent starred review says “[her] short stories are like no others. . . .  Her mix of mordant humor and tenderness, her sense of life’s ironies, and the jolt of electricity at the end of each tale make her work arresting and memorable.”

Friday, May 2, 2014
Spring 2014 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: Flynn Berry, Karim Dimechkie, Taylor Flory Ogletree, Alen Hamza, Reina Hardy, Laurel Hunt, Abe Koogler, Corey Miller, Iheoma Nwachukwu, Ben Philippe, and Courtney Thomas Vance.