Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series for 2019-2020 Announced
Events and Lectures

 Franklin College has announced the lineup for the 2019-2020 Carlson-Stauffer Visiting Writer Series.  Each event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., in Hamilton Auditorium in B.F. Hamilton Library: An Evening with Ross Gay.  Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.  His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019.  He is the also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook “Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens,” in addition to being co-author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, “River.”  He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin’, in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press.  Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and the Guggenheim Foundation.  Gay teaches English at Indiana University.  

Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., in Hamilton Auditorium in B.F. Hamilton Library: An Evening with Nafissa Thompson-Spires.  Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeny’s Column“The Organist,” The Paris Review Daily, Dissent, Buzzfeed Books, The White Review, and other publications. Her short story “Heads of the Colored People: For Fancy Sketches, Two Chalk Outlines, and No apology” won StoryQuarterly’s 2016 Fiction Prize, judged by Mat Johnson. Her writing has received support from Callaloo, Tin House and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She 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.

Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., in Hamilton Auditorium in B.F. Hamilton Library: An Evening with Callista Buchen.   

Buchen holds a doctorate in English and creative writing from the University of Kansas, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Art in English literature from the University of Oregon. She is the author of the poetry collection Look Look Look (Black Lawrence Press, 2019), as well as the chapbooks Double-Mouthed (dancing girl press, 2016) and The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poetry, prose, reviews, and collaborative writing have appeared in Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, Bellevue Review, Salt Hill, and other journals. The winner of DIAGRAM’s essay contest and Franklin College’s Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award, she is a frequent presenter at AWP, Creative Writing Studies, and other national conferences. She teaches at Franklin College, where she advises the student literary journal, Apogee.

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 recently retired English professors, Kathy Carlson and Emily Stauffer.

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

POSTED Aug 26, 2019