MFA in Writing announces public events during Winter 2018 residency

Visiting writers for the December 28 – January 8 residency include a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a bestselling novelist, an award-winning fiction writer from Puerto Rico, and a nonfiction writer who graduated from the MFA in Writing program.

The free, public readings will be held in the Chapel at College Hall. 

TyehimbaDecember 29, 8 p.m.: Visiting Poet Tyehimba Jess

Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly (2005) and Olio (2016). Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. See more here.


CheeJanuary 1, 7:30 p.m.: Visiting Fiction Writer Alexander Chee

Chee is the bestselling author of the novels Edinburgh (2001) and The Queen of the Night (2016). His essay collection, How To Write An Autobiographical Novel, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April of 2018. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, an editor at large at VQR, and a critic at large at the Los Angeles Times. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, and Best American Essays 2016, among others. See more at here.


DavilaJanuary 2, 7 p.m.: Visiting Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Writer Tere Dávila

Dávila, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, has written two short story collections in Spanish and won National Prizes for her fiction. She has published children’s books, books on Puerto Rican culture, and her short story “El fondillo maravilloso” was adapted into an award-winning short film. Her stories have appeared in national and international anthologies and have been translated into English in San Juan Noir (2016) and Palabras: Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra (2013). See more at here.


MarkhamJanuary 3, 7 p.m.: Visiting Alumna Creative Nonfiction Writer Lauren Markham

Markham, a 2010 graduate in Creative Nonfiction, is author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, picked by New York Times Critics as a Top Book of 2017. Her fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Guernica, The American Literary Review, Narrative, The New York Times, Orion, Harper's, and VQR, where she is a contributing editor. In addition to writing, she works at a school for immigrant youth in Oakland, California, and coordinates VCFA's annual Slovenia residency. See more at here