2017-18 Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series


George Saunders

Thursday, September 21, 2017, Colwell Playhouse, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

In addition to his most recent book, the novel Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders is the author of four short story collections, a novella, a book of essays, and an award-winning children's book. The recipient of a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, he teaches in the MFA program at Syracuse University. This event is co-sponsored by the Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series, Ninth Letter, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the University Library, and the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures.


Margaret Luongo

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 4:30 p.m., Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Margaret Luongo is the author of the story collections History of Art and If the Heart is Lean, both published by Louisiana State University Press. Her stories have appeared in Tin House, Cincinnati Review, FENCE, and other journals. She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Chen Chen

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 4:30 p.m., Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, the New York Times Magazine, Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, among other places. Visit his web site: chenchenwrites.com


Donika Kelly

Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:30 p.m., Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Donika Kelly's debut poetry collection, Bestiary (Graywolf Press), was selected by Nikki Finny for the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and a June Fellow of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, Donika is an assistant professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches creative writing.


Jenny Offill

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 4:30 p.m., Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Jenny Offill's second novel, Dept. of Speculation, shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen/Faulkner Award, and the L.A. Times Fiction Award. Her first novel, Last Things, was a New York Times Notable book and a finalisted for the L.A. Times First Book Award. She is also the author of several children's books and co-editor with Elissa Schappell of two anthologies of essays.




About the Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series

The Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series is made possible by a generous gift from benefactors Robert J. and Katherin Carr. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

Other recent visiting writers and poets in the series have included James Hannaham, Crystal Wilkinson, Andre Dubus III, Traci Brimhall, Richard Hoffman, Ladan Osman, Roger Reeves, and Kara Candito.


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