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 Brian Evenson, George Quasha, Bhanu Kapil, TaraShea Nesbit, M. NourbeSe Philip, Hannah Gamble, Oni Buchanan, and Jon Woodward. Recent authors co-sponsored by the Reading Series include Abigail Child 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.
Bhanu Kapil: Wednesday, January 28 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center
George Quasha: Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center
Brian Evenson: Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center
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