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Visiting Writers and Speakers, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019


Beverly Lyon Clark

4:00 p.m., Friday, September 21, 2018, Union Flint Hills Room

Beverly Lyon Clark, professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, will speak on "The Littlest Woman? Picturing Alcott's Artistic Amy." Part of the 150th celebration of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. More information at and the K-State news release



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4:00 p.m., Friday, October 5, 2018, Tadtman Boardroom, Alumni Center

Anne Boyd Rioux, professor at the University of New Orleans, will speak on "Why Little Women Still Matters 150 Years Later." Part of the 150th celebration of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. More information at and the K-State news release.





Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy

3:30 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018, Union Wildcat Chamber


CANCELLED due to weather on the East coast. New date will be announced in coming weeks.

Angela Flournoy, a fiction writer, will read from her work. Flournoy is the author of The Turner House, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a New York Times notable book of the year. The novel was also a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and an NAACP Image Award. She is a National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree for 2015. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New York Times, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Flournoy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She has taught at the University of Iowa, The New School, Columbia University and Princeton University. More information at .

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.


 Dustin Parsons and Aimee NDustin Parsons and Aimee Nezhukumatathil

3:30 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2018, Union Wildcat Chamber

A reading by creative nonfiction author Dustin Parsons and poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Dustin Parsons (M.A. 1999) is the author of Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams. He has 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湖北快3玩法技巧. He teaches creative writing workshops and courses in American literature at University of Mississippi.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s M.F.A. program. Her newest collection of poems is Oceanic. She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, Wolrd of Wonder (2019), and three previous poetry collection. She is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry2015 & 2018 series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Tin House湖北快3玩法技巧. Honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize.

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




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Laura Moriarty

3:30 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019, Union Wildcat Chamber

A reading by novelist Laura Moriarty.

Moriarty is the author of five novels, including The Rest of Her Life (2007), The Center of Everything (2009), and The Chaperone (2012), which has been optioned for film by the creators of Downton Abbey. Her most recent novel is American Heart (2018).

Born in Honolulu, Moriarty earned her undergraduate degree in social work and her Master of Arts in English from the University of Kansas. She is currently professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kansas.

More information available at .

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.




Lisa Lowe

Lisa Lowe

4:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019, Leadership Studies Town Hall

Lisa Lowe, Samuel Knight Professor of American Studies at Yale University, will speak on "Metaphors of Migration."

Lowe teaches courses and conducts research on race, immigration, capitalism, colonialism, and globalization. She received a B.A. in History from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Lowe is author of Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (Cornell University Press, 1991) and Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 1996), among numerous books, scholarly essays, and journal articles. Her most recent book is The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke University Press, 2015).

For more information about Lowe's work, visit

Sponsored by the Department of English. Part of the 28th Annual Cultural Studies Symposium.



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Sheila Cavanagh

4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, Union Big 12 Room

Scholar Dr. Sheila Cavanagh (Emory University) will speak on "'What Say You to a Neat's Foot?': Shakespearean Manipulations of Food Practices Among the Elite in Early Modern England."

Cavanagh teaches and conducts research on Renaissance literature and pedagogy. She is the Director of the Emory Women Writers Resource Project and Founding Director of the World Shakespeare Project. More information at .

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Primary Texts Certificate/ "Live Ideas" Lecture Series.



Jamel Brinkley 

Jamel Brinkley

3:30 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019, Union Wildcat Chamber

A reading by fiction writer Jamel Brinkley.

Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press), a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction, the John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and the Story Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, and Tin House, among other places.

Brinkley has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also a Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

More information available at .

Co-sponsored by the Department of English and SGA Fine Arts Fees.





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