Award-Winning Author to Kick-Off Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series
Events and Lectures

Franklin College will welcome award-winning author Nafissa Thompson-Spires to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 2, as part of its 2019-20 Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series.  “An Evening with Nafissa Thompson-Spires,” will take place at 7 p.m. in Hamilton Auditorium in B.F. Hamilton Library.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thompson-Squires currently works as an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois. Her first book, Heads of the Colored People, was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award for fiction, the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Award, and the Aspen Words Literary Prize; was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction; and has won the PEN Open Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and an Audie Award. She is also the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award.

This series is made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The college recently renamed the series – previously known as the Creative Writing Reading Series – to honor two retired English professors, Kathy Carlson and Emily Stauffer.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Sep 18, 2019