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 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 local and state agencies such as the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Recent visiting fiction writers and poets include M. NourbeSe Philip, Hannah Gamble, Oni Buchanan, Jon Woodward, 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.

Recent authors co-sponsored by the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series include poet and filmmaker Abigail Child and Irish novelist Kevin Berry.

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.

For more information about the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, contact the Co-Directors of the Reading Series, Amy Catanzano and Joanna Ruocco.

Fall 2014

TaraShea Nesbit (Fiction): Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a book signing and reception. Nesbit will be reading from her debut novel, The Wives of Los Alamos (Bloomsbury, 2014), which gives collective voice to the wives of the scientists who built the atomic bomb. Praised for both its lucidity and lyricism, The Wives of Los Alamos was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, an Indie Next Pick, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. TaraShea’s poetry and prose have been featured in The Guardian, Iowa Review, Quarterly West, The Collagist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the M.F.A. program at Washington University in St. Louis, TaraShea is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature at the University of Denver. 

TaraShea Nesbit












Related Fall 2014 Events

The Library Lecture Series at Wake Forest University presents a fiction and poetry reading with Assistant Professors Joanna Ruocco and Amy Catanzano on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. A limited-edition broadside of their work is being made by Craig Fansler on the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Letterpress in commemoration of the event. The reading will be followed by a book signing and reception. This event is free and open to the public.










Spring 2015

Bhanu Kapil (Poetry and Prose): Wednesday, January 28, 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery

George Quasha (Poetry): date and time to be announced

Brian Evenson (Fiction): Monday, April 6, 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center

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