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Visiting Writers, Lasting Lessons

Alex Dimitrov reading at the Visiting Writers Series event at the end of September. Photo by Lone Fullerton.

Megan Hearst, Staff Writer

October 7, 2015

The upcoming VWRS events will span many different disciplines.

Roberta Davidson to Step Down as Whitman English Faculty Member

Roberta Davidson to Step Down as Whitman English Faculty Member

Hannah Bartman

May 15, 2014

Professor of English Roberta Davidson will bring her 26-year career at Whitman to an end at the end of this year in order to move to southern California to write fiction. This year, Davidson has been the most senior faculty member in the English department, but she acknowledges that her passion t...

Creative Voices of Whitman

Sarah Cornett

May 13, 2013

It is no secret that the Whitman community is one full of passionate people. As a prospective student, I decided to come to Whitman for that reason. Whitties are all really interested in something and they pursue these interests passionately and humbly. Whether meeting environmental activists, artists,...

Visiting Writer Matt Bondurant Offers Advice, Sheds Light on Hollywood

Mallory Martin

November 15, 2012

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Whitman Visiting Writers Reading Series continued with a visit from novelist Matt Bondurant, who read from his latest novel, "The Night Swimmer." Currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas, Bondurant is the author of three best-selling novels: "The Third Translation," "The Night Swimmer" and "The Wettest County in the Wor...

Brenda Shaughnessy Lights Up Kimball Theatre

Photos by Allie Felt.

Mallory Martin

October 31, 2012

On Thursday, Oct. 25, Whitman's Visiting Writers Reading Series welcomed poet and Rutgers University professor Brenda Shaughnessy to Kimball Theatre to a small but lively audience. Shaughnessy lit up the room with an incandescent smile and a sense of affability that translated into her reading, even...

Acclaimed writer George Saunders visits campus

Mallory Martin

April 26, 2012

Whitman's Visiting Writers Reading Series welcomes its seventh and final speaker for the year to campus on Thursday, April 26. New York Times bestselling author and columnist George Saunders will share his work for the ultimate reading, after a slight setback and postponement from last month. Currently...

Award-winning writer Camille Dungy visits campus

Mallory Martin

February 9, 2012

On Thursday, Feb. 7, acclaimed author Camille T. Dungy will be visiting Kimball Auditorium in the fourth installment of this year's Visiting Writers Series. "It is a tremendous event that the campus offers and absolutely invaluable to students of creative writing," said junior English major Katie...

Terrance Hayes spellbinds audience in Visiting Writers reading

Alex Hagen

November 10, 2011

Distinguished poet Terrance Hayes was the latest writer to visit campus as part of the Visiting Writers Reading Series, delivering a lively and profound reading of some of his latest work on Thursday, Nov. 3. Hayes, whose visit filled nearly every seat of Olin 130, read poetry from his National Book...

Literary star Carmen Giménez Smith visits campus


October 20, 2011

On certain Thursday nights, students and community members gather to fall under the storyteller's spell. The Visiting Writers Reading Series was created to bring writers and poets to the college. These authors, like Carmen Giménez Smith, coming to campus on Thursday, Oct. 20, are the cream of the literary...

Juan Martinez enthralls in latest Visiting Writers event

Credit: Charlie Li

Alex Hagen

October 6, 2011

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Visiting Assistant Professor of English Juan Martinez graced Kimball Auditorium with an intimate reading of his two new short stories. Martinez, whose work has been published in various journals and anthologies, also took questions from the audience. First, Martinez read "Nort...

Visiting writer Lydia Davis comes to Whitman

Credit: Hubanks


November 2, 2009

As the Visiting Writers series began its second event this year, English department students and faculty alike awaited the arrival of literary figure Lydia Davis. Renowned for her short stories, the influential author and professor read excerpts from her work in Kimball Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 2. ...

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