The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, named after the founder of Wake Forest University Press, brings to campus established and emerging fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction each year to give literary readings and visit creative-writing workshops in the Creative Writing Minor and other courses at Wake Forest. The literary readings are followed by a book signing and reception. Readings are often coordinated in conjunction with other departments at Wake Forest as well as with other universities in the area and local and state agencies such as the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Recent visiting authors include Tracie Morris, Chris Abani, Gabriel Blackwell, Anne Waldman, Alejandro Zambra, Ben Lerner, Renee Gladman, Joanna Howard, Michael Leong, Brian Evenson, George Quasha, Bhanu Kapil, TaraShea Nesbit, M. NourbeSe Philip, Jon Woodward, Oni Buchanan, and Hannah Gamble. Recent visiting authors co-sponsored by the Writers Reading Series include Ciaran Carson, Abigail Child, Jacqueline Osherow, and Kevin Berry. Additional readers over the years have included Maya Angelou, W.S. Merwin, Evie Shockley, Stuart Dybek, Natasha Trethewey, Heather McHugh, Harryette Mullen, Reginald McKnight, C.K. Williams, Julianna Baggott, Carl Phillips, Simon Armitage, Dan Chaon, Owen King, Kelly Braffet, Wilton Barnhardt, Martin Clark, Quinn Dalton, and Adam Zagajewski, among many others.
The readings are open to all Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff as well as to the general public and have become popular events in the university’s calendar. Please see maps and parking information as well as driving directions to Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus, where the readings are held.
Naima Coster, author and Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Writing, will read from her new novel, Halsey Street, for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series on Wednesday, February 28. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. in Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center and be followed… Continue Reading: Professor Naima Coster to read from her new novel Halsey Street on Feb. 28
Poet and Essayist Lia Purpura to give a reading on April 12 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
Poet and essayist Lia Purpura will give a reading of her work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in Hanes Art Gallery, as part of the Dillon Johnston Writer Reading Series. A reception will follow. This free event is open to the campus community and the wider public. Learn… Continue Reading: Poet and Essayist Lia Purpura to give a reading on April 12 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
The first speaker for 2018’s Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series will be poet Jerome Rothenberg, who will give a reading of his work at 6 p.m. in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery of Scales Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. A reception will follow. This event… Continue Reading: Poet Jerome Rothenberg to give a reading on March 27 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
Former English Department Writer in Residence John McNally will return to Wake Forest University on November 16 to give a reading as part of the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series. The reading will take place at 6 p.m. in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery within Scales Fine Arts… Continue Reading: Writer John McNally to give a reading in Hanes Art Gallery November 16
The family of Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick ’50 recently gave $10,000 to the Wake Forest University English Department in support of the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series and the department’s Creative Writing program. This generous gift honors Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick’s lifelong love of literature and learning. After graduating from… Continue Reading: Creative Writing program receives $10,000 gift from the family of Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick