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Visiting Writers Series

Tickets may be obtained by calling 828.328.7206 or going to the box office in PE Monroe Auditorium on LR's campus. All events are free and open to the public.

2016-17 Schedule

Alina “Tita” M. Ramirez - September 8, 2016
Anna Lena Phillips Bell - September 8, 2016
Julie Funderburk - September 8, 2016
William Stribling - September 22, 2016
Marlon James - October 13, 2016
Sarah Vowell - October 27, 2016
Leslie Rindoks - January 19, 2017
Denise Kiernan - February 9, 2017
Reginald Dwayne Betts - February 23, 2017
Erik Larson - March 9, 2017
The Little Read Featuring Dan Santat - April 1, 2017

Every year, for the past twenty-five years, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) has provided outstanding literary arts programming that is free and open to the public. Many communities have arts festivals or even more specifically literary festivals, but very few have literary arts series.

Every year, VWS invites authors to tell the stories behind their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world.

We hope that you will join the hundreds of other supporters to continue to bring world-class writers to our community by becoming a 2016-2017 Patron of the Series. A contribution at any level guarantees you two tickets for Sarah Vowell and Erik Larson. Patrons at the $500+ level will also be invited to all VIP receptions throughout the year as well as being invited to special Series events. You may make a donation online or call 828.328.7321 (or 1.800.361.2704). Please consider designating your contribution to the Writers Series Endowment Fund.

Contact VWS

Dr. Rand Brandes

Titles: Martin Luther Stevens Professor of English, Director of the Visiting Writers Series, Director of the Lineberger Center
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7077

Lisa Hart

Titles: Program Consultant, Lineberger Center, Program Consultant, The Little Read, Program Consultant, Visiting Writers Series
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 828.328.7502

Purpose

The primary purpose of the Writers Series is to provide exceptional cultural opportunities for our students and at the same time to improve the quality of life in Western North Carolina.

The Writers Series’ mission is “to build a community of readers” because we believe that a community that reads is a more creative, open, and tolerant community. The Series is particularly committed to collaborating with local and regional arts and civic organizations as well as non-profits that serve our diverse communities. We need to be reminded, by reading and hearing a variety of accents and stories, that our African-American, Latino, and Asian neighbors among others are members of cultures with rich artistic traditions and important experiences to share.

Mission Statement

The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University believes that reading is an essential element in the creation of vibrant communities. We invite authors to read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world. Children's writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word. We believe that a community of readers is a better community.

Previous Authors

2015-2016

Jaki Shelton Green
Jeff Hobbs
Chuck Klosterman
Garrison Keillor
Anne Lamott
Paul Muldoon
Will & Mary Pope Osborne

2014-2015

George Saunders
Joshua Bennett
Rebecca Skloot
Colum McCann
Jesmyn Ward
Katherine Howe
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Joyce Hostetter

2013-2014

Jon Meacham
Martin Marty
James Dodson
Junot Diaz
A.S. Byatt
Lou Berney
Belle Boggs
Isabel Wilkerson
Joseph Bathanti
Sherman Alexie
Mary Pope Osborne

2012-2013

Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Carr
Bernice L. McFadden
Marie Howe
John Burnham Schwartz
Sandra Beasley
Philip Schultz
Cynthia Lord

2011-2012

Wes Moore
Natasha Trethewey
Edward P. Jones
Isaac Anderson
Judy Goldman
Sandra Cisneros
Lynne Cherry
Alexander McCall Smith

2010-2011

John Feinstein
Cathy Smith Bowers
Joan McBreen
Rhett Iseman Trull
A. J. Jacobs
Luis Alberto Urrea
John Granger
W. S. Merwin
Amina McIntyre
Kevin Young
David Baldacci
Deborah Wiles

2009-2010

Richard Rodriguez
Marisha Pessl
Tess Gallagher
Paula Meehan
Jeannette Walls
Paula Vogel
Mitchell Gold
Abigail DeWitt
Julia Alvarez

THE SPIRIT OF BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE:
Ted Pope
Lee Ann Brown
Lisa Jarnot
Thomas Meyer
Jeff Davis
Michael Rumaker
Thomas Rain Crowe


2008-2009

Galway Kinnell
Anna Quindlen
Jonathan Kozol
Terry McMillan
Julie Fay
Geraldine Brooks
Bruce Lansky

2007-2008

Thomas Rain Crowe
Duchess of Abercorn
Walter Isaacson
Frank McCourt
Tracy Kidder
Mark Powell
Jane Smiley
Jon Scieszka

2006-2007

James Bradley
John Updike
Anthony S. Abbott, Davidson College -- Visiting Writer in Residence
Nikkey Finney, U. Kentucky
Gary Snyder, U. California, Davis
James McBride
Christopher Paul Curtis

2005-2006

le thi diem thuy, Smith College
Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, NPR
Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton U.
Kelly Link, Northhampton MA
Naomi Shihab Nye, San Antonio, TX
Tim O'Brien, Southwest Texas State U.

2004-2005

Ron Whitehead, U. of Louisville
Anne Fadiman, Yale U.
Jonathan Lethem, New York
Thomas Lynch, Milford, Michigan
Sharon Olds, NYU
Bob Inman, Charlotte, NC
Alice Walker, Northern California
Adrian Rice, Lenoir-Rhyne College
Dale Bailey, Lenoir-Rhyne College

2003-2004

Billy Collins, Lehman College, NYC
Joan McBreen, Sligo, Ireland
Kathy Reichs, UNC-Charlotte and Quebec, Canda
Richard Ford, New Orleans, LA and Montana
Michael Knight, U. Tennessee-Knoxville
Karen Joy Fowler
Martin Espanda, U. Off Massachusetts-Amherst

2002-2003

Coleman Barks, U. of Georgia
Seamus Heaney, Harvard U.
Bill Bryson, New Hampshire
Marilyn Nelson, U. of Connecticut
Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Howard U.
Mary Hood, Georgia
Saleem Peeradina, India, Wake Forest U.

2001-2002

Richard Chess, UNC-Asheville
Robert Conley, Tahlequah, OK
Nicolae Dabija, Moldova
Bret Lott, C. of Charleston
Josephine Humphreys, Charleston, SC
John Stone, M.D., Emory U., Alanta GA
Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
R. T. Smith, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA
Kyle Gann, Bard College, Annadal-on-Hudson, NY
Leroy Quintana, El Cajon, California

2000-2001

Carolyn Kizer, San Francisco, CA -- Pulitzer Prize Winner
Ernest Suarez, Catholic U., Washington, D.C.
Pat Conroy, SC
Eavan Boland, Stanford U.
Joe Connelly, NYC
Afaa M. Weaver, Simmons College, Boston
Ron Rash, Clemson, SC
Michael Strickland, New Jersey City U.
Lucinda Roy, Virginia Tech
Benjamin Alire Saenz, U. of Texas, El Paso

1999-2000

Yusef Komunyakaa, Princeton U.
Linda Beatrice Brown, N. Carolina
Donald Hall, New Hampshire
Adrian Rice, Northern Ireland
Nathalie Anderson, Swarthmore College
Jill Jones, N. Carolina
Robert Morgan, Cornell U.
Sue Ellen Bridgers, N. Carolina
Luis Rodriguez, Chicago, IL
Orson Scott Card, N. Carolina
Joseph Bathanti, N. Carolina
Leslie Marmon Silko, Tuscon, AZ
Connie Briscoe, Maryland

1998-1999

Lee Smith, N. Carolina
Lee Eric Shackleford, Alabama
Lewis Nordan, Pennsylvania
E. Ethelbert Miller, Howard U.
Jan Karon, Blowing Rock, NC
Jorge Velasco Mackenzie, Equador
Jade Ngoc Quang Huynh, Appalachian State U.
Shelby Foote, Mississippi
John Shelton Reed, UNC-Chapel Hill
Kathryn Stripling Byer

1997-1998

Jill McCorkle, Boston, MA
Billy Collins, NYC
Paul Muldoon, Princeton U.
Dori Sanders, S. Carolina
Robert Inman, Charlotte, NC
Saleem Peeradina, Siena Heights C.
Ernest J. Gaines, Louisianna
J. California Cooper, San Francisco, CA
Todd McEwen, New York

1996-1997

Michael Longley, Belfast, N. Ireland
Clyde Edgerton, N. Carolina
Wilma Dykeman, N. Carolina
Eleanora E. Tate, N. Carolina
Terry Gifford, England
Ron Whitehead, U. of Louisville
Peter Fallon, Ireland
James Welch, Missoula, MT
Nigel Jenkins, Wales
Menna Elfyn, Wales
Iwan Llwyd, Wales

1995-1996

Steven Yount, N. Carolina
Kathryn Stripling Byer, Western Carolina U.
Julie Kate Howard, CCC&TI
Betty Adcock, Meredith C.
Kate Gibbons, N. Carolina
Mark & Gail Mathabane, South Africa
Todd McEwen, New York
Marie Heaney, Ireland
Ruthanne Lum McCunn, California

1994-1995

Ellen Gilchrist, Arkansas
Scott Owens, Charlotte, NC
Bret Lott, C. of Charleston
Kate Daniels, Wake Forest U.
Dannye Romine Powell, N. Carolina
Ciaran Carson, Belfast, N. Ireland
R. S. Gwynn, Lamar U. Beaumont, Texas
Terry Gifford, Bretton Hall C. Sheffield, England
Billy Collins, City U. of NY-NYC

1993-1994

Reynolds Price, Duke U.
James Applewhite, Duke U.
Deborah Pope, Duke U.
Susan Ludvigson, Winthrop U.
Linda Lightsey Rice, U.T. Knoxville
Donald Davis, N. Carolina

1992-1993

Lee Smith, NC State U.
Gerald Barrax, NC State U.
Chuck Sullivan, N. Carolina
Fiona Cheong, Howard U.
Fred Chappell, UNC-Greensboro
Linda Lightsey Rice, U.T. Knoxville
John Montague, Ireland

1991-1992

Michael Yeats, Ireland
Declan Kiberd, University C., Dublin
Dori Sanders, SC
Sarah Gilbert, Columbia, S. Carolina
Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Ireland
Nola Richardson, Tennessee
Betty Adcock, Meredith C.
Seamus Heaney, Harvard U.

1990-1991

Derek Mahon, New York U.
Helen Vendler, Harvard U.
Eamon Grennan, Vassar C.
David Bottoms, Georgia State U.
Olga Broumas, Boston C.
Charles Simic, U. of New Hampshire
Donald Seacrest, U. of Iowa
Linda Lightsey Rice, U.T. Knoxville
Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Trinity College, Dublin
John Skoyles, Warren Wilson C.
Linda Brown Bragg, Guilford C.
Betty Adcock, Meredith C.
Richard Murphy, Dublin

1989-1990

Robert Hedin, Wake Forest U.
Nathalie Anderson, Swarthmore C.
Michael Waters, Sweet Briar C.
Jennifer Jordan, Howard U.

1988

Paul Muldoon, Princeton U.

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Celebrating twenty-five years of outstanding literary programming, the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University would not be possible without the generosity of our patrons and sponsors. Your support will help keep VWS events free and open to the public.

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