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. The readings are followed by a book signing and a reception. Readings are occasionally coordinated in conjunction with other departments and offices 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, Oni Buchanan, Jon Woodward, Abigail Child, Hannah Gamble, 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 about the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series or Creative Writing at Wake Forest University, contact the Director of the Reading Series and the Creative Writing Program, Amy Catanzano.

Fall 2014

Jordan Scott: Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., Hanes Art Gallery, Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Jordan Scott is the author of three books of poetry, including Blert (Coach House Books, 2008), which explores the poetics of stuttering and was the subject of a short documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada, and Decomp (Coach House Books, 2012), a collaboration with Stephen Collis and the ecosphere of British Columbia. He lives with his wife and two sons in Vancouver.

TaraShea Nesbit: 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.

TaraShea Nesbit grew up in Dayton, Ohio, one of the lesser-known Manhattan Project locations. Her debut novel, 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. Her 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.

Related Events

The Library Lecture Series at Wake Forest University presents a literary reading with Assistant Professor in Fiction Joanna Ruocco and Assistant Professor in Poetry 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.

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