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.
Upcoming visiting fiction writers and poets include Bhanu Kapil, George Quasha, and Brian Evenson. Recent visiting fiction writers and poets include TaraShea Nesbit, M. NourbeSe Philip, Hannah Gamble, Oni Buchanan, and Jon Woodward. Recent authors co-sponsored by the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series include poet and filmmaker Abigail Child and Irish novelist 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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George Quasha: Two performances co-sponsored by Wake Forest University’s Department of English, The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, the Divisions of Liberal Arts and Filmmaking at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Poetry Reading: Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University. The reading will be followed by a book signing and reception.
Axial Musical Performance with soprano Laura Ingram Semilian and composer and electro acoustic artist Samuel Allen Taylor: Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m., Academic House, 1904 Sunnyside Ave., University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
George Quasha’s collections of poetry include Somapoetics (1973), Giving the Lily Back Her Hands (1979), Ainu Dreams with Chie Hasegawa (1999), and Verbal Paradise (2011). His sculptures are documented in Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (2006). Quasha has edited a number of groundbreaking anthologies including America: A Prophecy with Jerome Rothenberg (1973), Open Poetry with Ronald Gross (1973), and The Station Hill Blanchot Reader with Charles Stein (1999). He has translated poetry by French poet Robert Desnos, Spanish poet Nicanor Parra, and German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, among others. His art, which has been exhibited internationally, draws from across mediums to explore common principles within language, sculpture, sound, installation, and performance. His awards and honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Since the 1970s, Quasha and his wife Susan Quasha have run the Station Hill Press of Barrytown, an independent press based in New York’s Hudson Valley that is committed to publishing innovative writing.
Bhanu Kapil: Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a book signing and reception. Kapil teaches in Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics as well as in Goddard College’s low-residency MFA Program. She is the author of The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2014).