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 authors include 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.

For more information on the Writers Reading Series, contact Co-Directors Joanna Ruocco and Amy Catanzano (on Research Leave, Spring 2016).

Spring 2016:

Ben Lerner, a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, is reading on Tuesday, April 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Porter Byrum Welcome Center at Wake Forest University. Please join us!

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Fall 2015:

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Recent Readings:

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