2018-19 Robert J. Carr Visiting Authors Series


Ishion Hutchinson

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 4:30 pm, Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He is the author of two poetry collections, Far District and House of Lords and Commons. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and the Larry Levis Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among others. He teaches in the graduate writing program ad Cornell University and is a contributing editor to the literary journals The Common and Tongue: A Journal of Writing and Art.


Ninth Letter Celebration: Jensen Beach, Rochelle Hurt, and Paige Lewis

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Stage 5, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Jensen Beach is the author of two story collections, most recently Swallowed by the Cold (Graywolf), which was awarded the 2017 Vermont Book Award. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Northern Vermont University - Johnson, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He is also on faculty in the MFA program at New England College. His writing has appeared recently in A Public Space, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker.

Rochelle Hurt is the author of two books of poetry: In Which I Play the Runaway (Barrow Street, 2016), which won the Barrow Street Book Prize, and The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems (White Pine, 2014). She's been awarded prizes and fellowships from Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry International, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, and Yaddo. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Slippery Rock University, and she lives in Pittsburgh.

Paige Lewis is the author of the chapbook Reasons to Wake You (Tupelo Press, 2018). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Best New Poets 2017, and elsewhere.



Brian Evenson

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 4:30 p.m., Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books of fiction, most recently the story collection A Collapse of Horses (Coffee House Press 2016) and the novella The Warren (Tor.com 2016). He has also recently published Windeye (Coffee House Press 2012) and Immobility (Tor 2012), both of which were finalists for a Shirley Jackson Award. His novel Last Days won the American Library Association's award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild Award. Other books include The Wavering Knife (which won the IHG Award for best story collection), Dark Property, and Altmann's Tongue. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes and an NEA fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the Critical Studies Program at CalArts.



Sands Hall

Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 4:30 p.m., Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Sands Hall is the author of a memoir, Flunk. Start. (Counterpoint); the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Penguin/Random House Reader's Circle Selection and a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction; and a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer's Craft (Moving Finger). Her plays include an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, which recently enjoyed its tenth production, and the comic/drama Fair Use. She is currently an associate teaching professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where sh is also the editor of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. She lives in the foothill's of California's Sierra Nevada.


Illinois Alumni Reading: Laura Adamczyk, Michael Don, and Amie Whittemore

Thursday, April 11, 4:30pm, Authors Corner, Illini Union Bookstore

Laura Adamczyk is the author of the story collection Hardly Children (FSG Originals, 2018). Her fiction has won awards from the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation in Chicago and has appeared in Hobart, Chicago Reader, PANK, Salt Hill, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Bellevue Literary Review, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Her story "Girls," published in Guernica, won the 2014 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program Award. She works at The A.V. Club in Chicago.

Michael Don is the author of the story collection Partners and Strangers (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2019). His fiction has appeared in journals such as Washington Square Review, Fiction International, The Cortland Review, Smokelong Quarterly, and The Southampton Review. He co-edits Kikwetu: A Journal of East African Literature and teaches in the English Department at Penn State University. He grew up in Missouri.

Amie Whittemore is a poet, educator, and the author of Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press, 2016). She is also co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series and Associate Editor at Poem of the Week.An instructor at Middle Tennessee State University, she has published poems in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Rattle, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.




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 Jenny Offill, Chen Chen, Donika Kelly, Margaret Luongo, James Hannaham, Crystal Wilkinson, Andre Dubus III, Traci Brimhall, Richard Hoffman, Ladan Osman, Roger Reeves, and Kara Candito.


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