The Visiting Writers Series has announced its fall schedule of
author appearances. Noted poets and prose-writers from around
the nation and West Virginia will be reading from new work at
various locations on the Huntington campus.
Series Coordinator Prof. Art Stringer calls this fall’s calendar “our most ambitious yet.” The five events will offer a rich variety of fiction and poetry.
Poets Carrie Oeding and Kent Shaw kick off the series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Corbly Hall 105. Oeding’s first book, Our List of Solutions, won the Lester Wolfson Prize and is the premiere book of a new poetry series out of Indiana University South Bend. She currently teaches writing at Marshall.
Shaw is the author of Calenture, published by University of Tampa Press in 2008. It is a lyric meditation on his experience in the Navy. He currently teaches at West Virginia State University.
Craig Johnson will appear at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre, located inside the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. He is the author of seven novels. The Dark Horse received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and was named one of Publisher's Weekly's best books of 2009. Junkyard Dogs and Hell is Empty were recently released by Viking.
A television series based on Johnson’s protagonist, Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire, is in development with A&E. He will be on campus as part of several events sponsored by the College of Fine Arts. He has served as a board member of the Mystery Writers of America and lives in Ucross, Wyo., population 25.
Poets Chad Davidson and Greg Fraser read together at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center. Davidson is the author of The Last Predicta, winner of the 2008 Crab Orchard Prize in Poetry. He co-edited with Fraser the popular textbook Writing Poetry: Creative and Critical Approaches to Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Fraser is the author of two books of poems, Answering the Ruins (Northwestern University Press) and Strange Pietà (Texas Tech University Press). Both teach writing at the University of West Georgia.
National Book Critics Circle Award nominee M. Glenn Taylor will read in the Shawkey Room at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Taylor is the author of two novels, most recently The Marrowbone Marble Company. His first novel, The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart, also published by Ecco Press, has received a wealth of critical attention and praise. It prominently features Huntington locations in much of its action. Taylor teaches English and fiction writing at West Virginia University.
And, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Drinko Library Atrium, An Evening with the MU Creative Writing Faculty will feature a sampling of new work.
Visiting Writers Series readings are free and open to the public. The series is supported by the Marshall English Department, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Fine Arts, the Marshall Foundation, the law firm of Jenkins-Fenstermaker and the West Virginia Humanities Council.
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