Visiting Authors

2018-2019 Visiting Authors

2018 Sister Mariella Gable Award recipient
Jamel Brinkley
In Residence September 9-12, 2018
Public Reading September 11, 7 PM Upper Gorecki

Jamel Brinkley is the 2018 Sister Mariella Gable Award recipient for his debut short story collection, A Lucky Man, published by Graywolf Press and A Public Space Books. A Lucky Man details nine stories of black men and boys whose mistakes threaten their personal relationships, giving light to a world shaped by race, gender and class. 

Tarfia Fauizullah
In Residence November 6-9, 2018
Public Reading November 8, 7 PM Upper Gorecki

Tarfia Fauizullah, author of Seam, winner of a VIDA Award and a Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, will visit our campus with her highly anticipated second collection, Registers of Illuminated Villages, which extends and transforms her powerful accounts of violence, war, and loss into poems of many forms and voices.

Joyce Carol Oates
Public Reading February 19, 2019
7 PM Escher Auditorium, the Benedicta Arts Center at CSB

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of multiple best-selling novels and critically -acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, and a memoir. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 2010, President Obama awarded her the National Humanities Medal.

Spencer Reece
Documentary viewing March 25, 2019
7 PM Upper Gorecki
Poetry Reading March 26, 2019
7 PM Upper Gorecki

Spencer Reece is an ordained Episcopalian priest and currently works as a chaplain in Spain.  His first poetry book, The Clerk’s Tale (2004), was chosen for the Bakeless Poetry Prize by Louise Glück, and later adapted into a short film produced by James Franco.  His poetry collection, The Road to Emmaus (2013), was nominated for the National Book Award.

From 2012-2013 Reece taught poetry in a Honduran orphanage, and compiled and published a book of his students’ poems: Counting Time Like People Count Stars: Poems by the Girls of Little Roses, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (2017). Reece’s experiences with these students was also filmed and produced into a documentary: Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World.