Visiting Writers Program


2018-2019 Lineup


NICOLE WALKER: Thursday, September 20th, 2018 in Jamrich 1318 at 7:30pm.

Nicole WalkerNICOLE WALKER is the author of two forthcoming books Sustainability: A Love Story and A Survival Guide for Life in the RuinsHer previous books include Where the Tiny Things AreEggMicrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. Her work has been published in Orion, Boston Review, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Normal School and other places. She curated, with Rebecca Campbell, 7 Artists, 7 Rings—an Artist’s Game of Telephone for the Huffington Post. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a notable essayist in Best American 2008, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and nonfiction winner of Best of the Net in 2013 and 2014, she’s nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.




AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL & DUSTIN PARSONS: Thursday, October 11th, 2018 in Jamrich 1318 at 7:30pm.


Aimee Nezhukumatathil

AIMEE NEZHUKUMATATHIL is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. Her newest collection of poems, OCEANIC, is forthcoming with Copper Canyon Press in April 2018. She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, WORLD OF WONDER (2019, Milkweed), and three previous poetry collections: LUCKY FISH (2011), AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO(2007), and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003)–all from Tupelo Press.  Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE, a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House. Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize.


DUSTIN PARSONS is the author of Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams (University of Georgia Press 2018). He has an MA from Kansas StateDustin Parsons University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. He has previously served as the non-fiction editor of The Mid-American Review. Awards for his writing include an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant in creative non-fiction, the 2013 American Literary Review Prize in fiction, the 2014 fiction prize from The Laurel Review and a "notable" in the 2014 Best American Essays. He was awarded a residency fellowship at Wyoming's Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts. He teaches  creative writing workshops and courses in American literature at University of Mississippi. He lives in Oxford with his wife, the poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and their two wily boys. 






FRANCINE J. HARRIS & MARCUS WICKER: Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 7:30pm in Jamrich 1322.

francine j. harris


FRANCINE J. HARRIS is a 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellow whose first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Award. Originally from Detroit, she is also Cave Canem fellow who has lived in several cities before returning to Michigan. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, and currently teaches writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts.


Macus Wicker

MARCUS WICKER is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker's poems have appeared in The NationPoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewOxford American, and Boston Review. His second book, Silencer—also an Image Award finalist—was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and won the Society of Midland Authors Award, as well as the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices. Marcus teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and he is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.





CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 7:30pm in Jamrich 1322. 

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO's debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the World Fantasy Award, Carmen Maria Machadothe Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesGrantaTin HouseVQRMcSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The BelieverGuernicaBest American Science Fiction & Fantasy, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Michener-Copernicus Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.



Director of the Visiting Writers Program: Rachel May,


Past Visiting Writers

Danez Smith
Joy Harjo
Robert Fanning
Kwame Dawes
Randa Jarrar

Matt Bell
Tarfia Faizullah
Jamaal May
Jenny Boully
Elena Passarello
Rigoberto Gonzalez

Leslie Jamison
Eula Biss
Tiphanie Yanique 
Kazim Ali
Robin Sloan (One Book, One Community book author)
Steven Church
Jennifer Percy

Mike Madonick
Monica McFawn
Charlie LeDuff (One Book, One Community book author)
Todd Kaneko
Lindsey Hunter

Jonathan Johnson
Karen Thompson Walker (One Book, One Community book author)
Joseph Bates

Nahid Rachlin
Jack Driscoll
Elena Gorokhova (One Book, One Community book author)
Matt Bell
Kwame Dawes