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 literary 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 other universities in the area and local and state agencies such as the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Recent visiting authors include Chris Abani, Gabriel Blackwell, Anne Waldman, Alejandro Zambra, Ben Lerner, 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.
The family of Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick ’50 recently gave $10,000 to the Wake Forest University English Department in support of the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series and the department’s Creative Writing program. This generous gift honors Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick’s lifelong love of literature and learning. After graduating from… Continue Reading: Creative Writing program receives $10,000 gift from the family of Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick
Students and faculty in the English Department and Creative Writing Minor, please join us! Reavey will discuss the craft of writing poetry, literary nonfiction, and memoir. This event will take place on Thursday, September 21st at 2:30pm in Ammons Lounge (A107 Tribble Hall). Amanda Ngoho Reavey is a poet and… Continue Reading: Writer’s chat with award-winning author Amanda Ngoho Reavey offered on Thurs., Sept. 21
Tracie Morris is a poet and vocalist who works in multiple media. She has performed extensively around the world. Her sound installations have been presented at numerous institutions such as the Drawing Center, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument presented by Dia Art Foundation, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Dia:… Continue Reading: Tracie Morris to give poetry reading on Oct. 26
Gabriel Blackwell is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Madeleine E., a commonplace book that arranges passages from critics considering Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, along with fragments of memoir and fiction. The Fanzine has called the book “creative criticism of the highest order,” while 3 A.M. hailed… Continue Reading: Gabriel Blackwell to give reading on Apr. 11
Chris Abani’s books of fiction include The Secret History of Las Vegas, Song For Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, Graceland, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Sanctificum, There Are No Names for Red, Feed Me The Sun: Collected Long Poems, Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne’s Lot, and Kalakuta… Continue Reading: Chris Abani to give reading on Mar. 20