Visiting Writers Program

2019-2020 Events


The Hustle: Making it as a Writer
Thursday, Oct. 22, 7-8:30pm
Freelancers & academics will join us to talk about how they sustain their writing lives, from pitching articles to publishing books to applying for residencies and academic jobs and beyond....Please join us for piles of advice, with your questions in mind! Feel free to send questions beforehand to:

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V.V. Ganeshananthan, is the author of the novel Love Marriage, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, named one of Washington Post Book V. V. Ganeshananthan headshotWorld's Best of 2008, and named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pickHer work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Himal Southasian, Sepia Mutiny, and Columbia Journalism Review, among others. A recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Academy in Berlin, she is at work on a second novel, excerpts of which have been published in Granta, Ploughshares, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She teaches fiction and nonfiction writing in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, and has been visiting faculty at the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, of which she is a graduate. She co-hosts the Fiction/Non/Fiction—a show about the intersection of literature and the news—on Literary Hub.
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Hannah Selinger is a freelance writer covering food, wine, travel, real estate, politics, and parenting. Hannah’s work has appeared in The NewYork Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Heated by Bittman, Curbed, Eater, The Independent, The Cut, Good Housekeeping, American Way, Hemispheres, Wine Enthusiast, Thrillist, HuffPost, The Daily Beast, Slate, CNNTravel, Architectural Digest, Glamour, and more. A graduate of Columbia University, Emerson College’s MFA program, and the French Culinary Institute, Hannah is a 2019 nominee for an IACP award in Beverage Writing. In 2016, her 2013 Modern Love column, “Friends Without Benefits,” was selected for as part of NPR/WBUR’s affiliated podcast. She lives with her husband, two toddler sons, two dogs, and two tortoises in East Hampton, New York.


Imani Bashir is a Black American Muslim writer and editor who began her professional career as a sports broadcaster and pivoted her career Imani Bashir headshotinto an international traveler and content creator. As a freelance writer, she has contributed to many publications worldwide including The New York Times, Business Insider, Metro UK, Glamour Magazine, Cosmo, Travel and Leisure, and more. Having lived on four continents in five countries, her passion for travel is also represented in her work. She is the creator of an illustrated children’s book series and coloring book called, “Follow The Takeoff Toddler“—a series devoted to inspiring marginalized children to see the world. She also authored an ebook entitled, “Pack Your Sh*t: The Ultimate Guide To Moving and Adjusting To Life Abroad.” Bashir is the Deputy Editor at Travel Noire, a digital media company serving traveling millennials of the African Diaspora. Having lived in Wuhan, China at the introduction of COVID-19, she has since relocated and is currently based in Mexico with her 3-year-old son and husband.

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Megan Gannon is the author of the poetry collections The Witch's Index and White Nightgown and Cumberland, a novel. New work appears or is forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, The Hudson Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, and Barrow Street. She is an Associate Professor of English at Ripon College. 

Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, the novel Short Girls, and the novel Pioneer Girl, all Beth Nguyen headshotpublished by Viking Penguin. Her work has received honors including an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award, has been published in The New York Times and The Paris Review, and has been featured in numerous anthologies, journals, and university and community reads programs. She has lead workshops and craft talks at conferences including Kundiman, VONA/Voices, Aspen Summer Words, and Centrum. Nguyen received an MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is at work on a collection of linked essays, titled Owner of a Lonely Heart



Rebecca Renner is a freelance journalist based in sunny Florida. Always up for an adventure, she has surfed with sharks, hunted Burmese Rebecca Renner headshotpythons in the Everglades, and sailed the Shipwreck Trail in the Florida Keys. Her other work has appeared in The GuardianThe New York Times, Tin House, and The Paris Review. She’s working on a literary true crime book about our culture’s obsession with alligators and the wild things we do because of them.











Topic: The Hustle: Making it as a Writer

Time: Oct 22, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Please join us for our second Zoom Visiting Writers panel: Thursday, Oct. 1, 7pm

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Danielle Vogel is a poet, lyric essayist, herbalist, and interdisciplinary artist working at the intersections of ecology, somatics, and ceremony. She is the author of Edges & FrayThe Way a Line Hallucinates Its Own Linearity, and Between Grammars. Vogel's work explores the bonds between language and presence, between a reader and a writer, and how a book, as an extended field of a body, might serve as a site of radical transformation. Her installations, or "public ceremonies for language," which are often extensions of her manuscripts, seek to unearth, reroute, and tend to the archives of memory stored within bodies, languages, and landscapes. She teaches at Wesleyan University and makes her home in Connecticut on the ancestral lands of the Hammonassets and Wappinger peoples, with her partner, the writer and artist, Renee Gladman. 

Interdisciplinary artist Avery R. Young is also an award-winning teaching artist who has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago. In the foreword of his most recent book neckbone: visual verses (Northwestern University Press), Theaster Gates called him “one of our greatest living street of the most important thinkers on the Black experience,” Black Grooves referred to his most recent album tubman. (FPE Records) as “brilliant” and “supremely funky.” Young’s poems and essays have been published in Cecil McDonald's In The Company of Black, The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies. His album booker t. soltreyne: a race rekkid engages matters of race, gender, and sexuality in America during the Obama Era. Avery’s work in performance, visual text, and sound design has been featured in several exhibitions and theatre festivals---notably The Hip Hop Theatre Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and American Jazz Museum. He is the featured vocalist on flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (FPE Records) and is 1 of 4 directors of The Floating Museum, co-mentoring Rebirth Youth Poetry Ensemble and performing with his band, de deacon board. 


Franny Choi is a writerof poems, essays, and plays. She is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a 2019 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, and a graduate of the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers Program. A former News Editor at Hyphen Magazine, she co-hosts the podcast VS alongside fellow Dark Noise Collective member Danez Smith. She is a current Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.
Eduardo C. Corral's debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning, won the Yale YoungerPoets Prize in 2011. His work has appeared in Ambit, New England Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Poetry Magazine, and in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Anthologies. He's the recipient of the "Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the Holmes National Poetry Award and Hodder Fellowship, both from Princeton University. He's currently working on his second book of poems, tentatively titled Guillotine. 
Topic: Visiting Writers -- All at NMU & in Marquette Welcome
Time: Oct 1, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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JERICHO BROWN: Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in Jamrich 1100 at 7:30pm.

Jericho BrownJERICHO BROWN is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Jericho Brown book coverNational Endowment for the Arts. Brown’s first book, Please (2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of the collection The Tradition (2019). His poems have appeared in Buzzfeed, The Nation, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Time, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry anthologies. He is an associate professor and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta.

JEN SCAPPETTONE & JUDD MORRISSEY: Thursday, November 21st, 2019, 7:30pm in Ballroom 1 of the Northern Center.  
Co-sponsored with the Math & Computer Science Department and Extended Learning & Community Engagement Office.

Their project, based on archival and site-specific research in the Copper Country, LAMENT; Or, The Mine Has Been Opened Up Wellis an interactive augmented and virtual reality installation comprising poetry, documentary video and sound developed in collaboration with artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan and writer/composer Mark Booth. 

Jennifer ScappettoneJennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of scholarly research, translation, and the literary arts, on the page and off. She is the author of the books Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (2014), From Dame Quickly: Poems (2009), and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (2016). Her most recent publication is SMOKEPENNY LYRICHORD HEAVENBRED: Two Acts (2018), an e-chapbook from The Elephants hailing from a libretto composed for live mixed-reality performance with writer and code artist Judd Morrissey and artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan. Other new work can be found in Asymptote, Boston Review, e-flux, Nuovi argomenti, and in the catalog for the US Pavilion of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Dimensions of Citizenship. She has won fellowships, residencies, and grants from foundations such as the Civitella Ranieri Foundation and the Center for Italian Modern Art, the Bogliasco Foundation, the Getty Research Center, and the Huntington Library, and was a 2010-11 Rome Prize Fellow. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, and a 2018-19 Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. 


Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist who creates poetic systems across a range of platforms incorporating electronic writing, Judd Morrisseyinternet art, live performance, and augmented reality. He is the creator of digital literary works including The Precession: An 80 Foot Long Internet Art Performance Poem (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (Electronic Literature Collection Vol.2, 2011), The Jew’s Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection Vol.1, 2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate Systems, 2002). He is a recipient of a Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, a Fulbright Scholar’s Award in Digital Culture, and a Mellon Foundation Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship. Judd is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology Studies and Writing. His work has been the subject of numerous critical studies and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The New Republic, RAINTAXI, and the Iowa Review.   

JILL OSIER: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 at 7:30pm in Peninsula II of the Northern Center. 

Jill OsierJill Osier is an American poet who was born in Iowa and now lives in Alaska. Her poetry appears in three chapbooks and in such journals as CrazyhorseThe Georgia ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, and The Southern Review. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship, Osier has served as the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Chapbook Fellow at The Frost Place, and the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy. Honors for her work include the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize and Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award.





Director of the Visiting Writers Program: Rachel May,

Past Visiting Writers

Nicole Walker
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Dustin Parsons
Marcus Wicker
Carmen Maria Machado

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