Thursday, September 12
Gregory Orr is the author of numerous poetry collections including "The River Inside the River" (2013); a nonfiction work, "Poetry as Survival"; and "The Blessing," a widely acclaimed nonfiction memoir that addresses the transformation of trauma into art. His many honors include the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA fellowships.
“Orr’s new book is a wonder, exploring such weighty themes as the sources of love, the sources of mourning, the working of redemption and memory, the ways in which these give rise to poetic utterance ... all in language as light as airborne thistledown." -- Albert Goldbarth
“[E]very poem is a house, and every house a poem.”
-- Gregory Orr
Friday, October 4
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Fiction Reading
Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels including "Someone" (2013) and "Charming Billy," winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction and the American Book Award. Her second novel "That Night" was nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, PEN/Faulkner Award and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Two of her other novels, "At Weddings and Wakes" and "After This," have been Pulitzer finalists as well. Book Magazine named McDermott’s "Child of My Heart" one of the 2002 Ten Best Novels, while the Book-of-the-Month Club named it a main selection.
The New York Times review of her “luminous and affecting” novel "Charming Billy" describes the “wisdom and grace” of McDermott’s writing, observing how she refuses “to sentimentalize her characters, even as she forces us to recognize their decency and goodness.” This reading is presented by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Watermark Books & Café. After the reading, Alice McDermott will be available to sign copies of her new novel Someone, as well as her previous titles. Signing line numbers and books are available at Watermark Books & Café after August 26 and the evening of the reading.
“The aim of literature ... is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.”
-- Donald Barthelme
Friday, October 25
Kevin Brockmeier is the author of short stories which have been included in the Best American Short Stories series and have won some of the most prestigious awards given to short fiction: three O. Henry Prizes, the Nelson Algren Award and the Italo Calvino Short Fiction Award. Described as a writer of fantasy and literary fiction, he’s written three novels for adults: "The Truth About Celia," "The Brief History of the Dead" and "The Illumination" as well as two children’s novels, "City of Names" and "Grooves: A Kind of Mystery."
"Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree."
-- Ezra Pound
Thursday, November 14
Peter Behrens’s novel "The Law of Dreams" won the Governor-General’s Award, Canada’s most prestigious book prize. He’s the author of a second novel, "The O’Briens," and the story collection "Nightdriving." His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, Brick, Best Canadian Stories and many anthologies. He is the Fall 2013 Wichita State Visiting Distinguished Fiction Writer.
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
-- Cassandra Clare
Thursday, April 10
Ed Skoog, the Spring 2014 WSU Visiting Distinguished Poet, is the author of two poetry collections, "Mister Skylight" and the 2013 collection "Rough Day." He’s been awarded the 2005 Marble Faun Prize in Poetry and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of American. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, NO: a Journal of the Arts, Sonora Review, Barrow Street, Willow Springs, New Orleans Review and Ploughshares.
"Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me."
-- Sigmund Freud
Sunday, April 27
Fiction & Poetry Reading
2013 MFA Graduates
As it celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Wichita State MFA program celebrates the accomplishments of the class of 2014, a group of poets and fiction writers drawn from all over the country.
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
-- F.Scott Fitzgerald