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 Brian Evenson, George Quasha, Bhanu Kapil, TaraShea Nesbit, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Hannah Gamble. Recent authors co-sponsored by the Writers 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.
The Writers Reading Series is pleased to be sponsoring readings with poet and critic MICHAEL LEONG on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium, Tribble Hall, and fiction and cross-genre writers RENEE GLADMAN and JOANNA HOWARD on Thursday, Nov. 5 (time/location TBA). The Writers Reading Series is also pleased to be co-sponsoring a reading with Irish poet and Wake Forest University Press author CIARAN CARSON on Wednesday, Nov. 4 (time/location TBA).