Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writers Series
Fall 2022 Visiting Writers
Melissa Febos is the author of the national bestseller Girlhood (Bloomsbury, 2021), which won the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism, and Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative (Catapult, 2022).The event is free and open to the public. Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press, 2010) and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury, 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and widely named a Best Book of 2017.
Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her second collection of poems, Fighting Is Like a Wife, was published by Coffee House Press (April 2022). Amezcua's debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón, (Shelterbelt Press, 2018). She earned a BA in English from the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Lindsey J. Cropper Award for Creative Writing in Poetry selected by Ilya Kaminsky. In 2014, she completed the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She's received fellowships & scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Workshop, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, & the NY State Summer Writers Institute.
Tracy K. Smith was born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California. She earned a BA from Harvard University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999 she held a Stegner fellowship at Stanford University. Smith is the author of four books of poetry: The Body's Question (2003), which won the Cave Canem prize for the best first book by an African-American poet; Duende (2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award and the Essense Literary Award; Life on Mars (2011), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; and Wade in the Water (2018). In 2014 she was awarded the Academy of American Poets fellowship. She has also written a memoir, Ordinary Light (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction. In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. poet laureate.
Lan Samantha Chang’s new novel, The Family Chao, was published by W. W. Norton in February 2022. She is the author of two previous novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, and a story collection, Hunger. Her short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and The Best American Short Stories. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. Chang is the director of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives with her husband and daughter in Iowa City, Iowa.
Previous Visiting Writers
The Edelstein-Keller Visiting Writer Series hosts a series of readings on campus throughout the year. Readings are made possible by the Edelstein-Keller Endowment for Creative Writing. The Edelstein-Keller Endowment brings writers to campus for readings, lunches with graduate students, class visits, and manuscript consultations with current MFAs. All of our readings are free and open to the public.
|Margaret Atwood||Robert Boswell||Sandra Benitez||Eula Biss|
|Bonnie Jo Campbell||J.M. Coetzee||Amanda Coplin||Peter Ho Davies|
|Stacey D'Erasmo||Louise Erdritch||Nuruddin Farah||Joy Harjo|
|Anna Journey||Chuck Klosterman||Rattawut Lapcharoensap||
|Jamaal May||Brenda Miller||Naomi Shihab Nye||Alexs Pate|
|DA Powell||Lia Purpura||Claudia Rankine||Jeff Sharlet|
|Charles Simic||C.K. Williams||Jennifer Willoughby||David Wojahn|
|Tobias Wolff||Terese Marie Mailhot||Solmaz Sharif||Kawai Strong Washburn|