Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

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 Jerome Rothenberg, Lia Purpura, Tracie Morris, Chris Abani, Gabriel Blackwell, Anne Waldman, Alejandro Zambra, Ben Lerner, Renee Gladman, Joanna Howard, Michael Leong, Brian Evenson, George Quasha, Bhanu Kapil, TaraShea Nesbit, and M. NourbeSe Philip. 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 the co-directors: Eric G. Wilson, Amy Catanzano, and Joanna Ruocco.


Events:

Get to know this year’s visiting speakers and writers with our end-of-summer reading list

We’ve compiled an end-of-summer reading list featuring some of the exciting literary scholars and writers who are coming to Wake Forest this year. You can learn more about these speakers and other English department events on our events calendar. Fall 2018 Literary Events: An End-of-Summer Reading List   A. R. Ammons “About… Continue Reading: Get to know this year’s visiting speakers and writers with our end-of-summer reading list

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Carmen Giménez Smith will give a poetry reading on October 18 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

The Wake Forest University Creative Writing program’s Dillon Johnston Writer Reading Series presents an evening with poet Carmen Giménez Smith on Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a reception and a book signing. This… Continue Reading: Carmen Giménez Smith will give a poetry reading on October 18 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

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Author John Crowley will give a reading on September 26 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

The Wake Forest University Creative Writing program’s Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series presents an evening with author John Crowley on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a reception and a book signing. This… Continue Reading: Author John Crowley will give a reading on September 26 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

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Professor Naima Coster to read from her new novel Halsey Street on Feb. 28

Naima Coster, author and Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Writing, will read from her new novel, Halsey Street, for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series on Wednesday, February 28. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. in Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center and be followed… Continue Reading: Professor Naima Coster to read from her new novel Halsey Street on Feb. 28

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Poet and Essayist Lia Purpura to give a reading on April 12 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

Poet and essayist Lia Purpura will give a reading of her work at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in Hanes Art Gallery, as part of the Dillon Johnston Writer Reading Series. A reception will follow. This free event is open to the campus community and the wider public.  Learn… Continue Reading: Poet and Essayist Lia Purpura to give a reading on April 12 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series

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