Writing Now, Reading Now 2017-18

All Writing Now, Reading Now events are hosted on Wichita State's main campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling

5:30 p.m. | Thursday, October 5| Ulrich Museum

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of twenty-seven books, which include JE SUIS L’AUTRE:  ESSAYS & INTERROGATIONS (C&R Press, 2017), DARK HORSE (C&R Press, forthcoming), and THE DISAPPOINTMENT ACTS (C&R Press, forthcoming). Within the past few years, her writing has been honored with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet, as well as a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, three residencies at the American Academy in Rome, and a Visiting Researcher Fellowship from the University of Washington’s Helen R. Whiteley Center. She is the recipient of grants from Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund, the Whiting Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Ora Lerman Trust, the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. A graduate of NYU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and the PhD Program in Literature at SUNY-Buffalo, Kristina currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly. 



Yannick Murphy

5:30 p.m. | Thursday, November 9 | Ulrich Museum

Yannick Murphy

Photo by Paige Hiller

Yannick Murphy writes stories, novels, and sometimes picture books.  She was raised in Greenwich Village, New York and attended Stuyvesant High School where she was lucky enough to have Frank McCourt as a teacher.  She received her BA from Hampshire College, and her MA from New York University.  At Hampshire College, one of her notable teachers was James Baldwin.  At New York University, she studied with Gordon Lish, who was also the editor of her first collection of stories titled, “Stories in Another Language.”  She has three children and lives with her husband in Vermont.

The view from Yannick’s office is of lilacs in the summertime, and of a snow-covered field during the winter.  For short-term fun she vacations with her family and surfs ocean waves.  For long-term fun Yannick teaches writing.  Her husband is a horse doctor and he’s always trying to get her to write a commercial bestseller. Her son is a radioman on a submarine and he’s always trying to get her to write a commercial bestseller.  One of her daughters is attending the U.S. Naval Academy to become an officer and she’d like Yannick to write a commercial bestseller.   Yannick’s youngest daughter dreams of becoming a fighter pilot and has perhaps given up on Yannick writing a commercial bestseller.   Yannick can’t remember the last time she read a commercial bestseller.  Yannick believes that all of her family leads much more interesting lives and they should be the ones writing the bestsellers so they can support her while she just writes what her heart wants her to write, and while every once in a while she just looks out her window at the blooming lilacs and the snow covered field.


Sandra Beasley


5:30 p.m. | Thursday, February 15| Ulrich Museum

Sandra Beasley

 Photo by Milly West


Sandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and three DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.




MFA 2018 Graduation Reading

2 to 4 p.m. | Sunday, April 29 | Ulrich Museum

Please join us for our final reading of the year as we honor Wichita State's 2019 Graduating class of MFA Creative Writing Students. Fiction Writers Matthew Garner, Chance Swaim, Annmarie Woods, and Josh Zimmerer and poets Katherine Amundsen, Nicole Byrne, Toni Loeffler, and Shannon Nakai will read selections from the work they've developed over their tenure at Wichita State.

Thank you to our program partners:
Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Ulrich Museum, and Watermark Books & Cafe