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Johanna Stoberock explores fictional worlds during Visiting Writers Reading Series

Sienna Axe, A&E Reporter

February 13, 2020

It’s a question out of a fairy tale: what if, instead of accumulating in the ocean or in one of the millions of man-made dumps around the world, all of humanity’s trash washed up on one island? And what if it served as food for giant, magical pigs? On Thursday, Feb. 6, Senior Adjunct Assistan...

VWRS Fiction Writer Juan Martinez Visits Campus

Writer and former Whitman Professor, Jaun Martinez, reads exceprts of his book

Cy Burchenal, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2018

New and experienced writers alike had much to learn from the latest Visiting Writers Reading Series talk, featuring fiction writer Juan Martinez in Kimball Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 1. Martinez, the author of award-winning short fiction collections and an upcoming novel, read selections from his s...

Ana Maria Spagna Provides Evening of Nonfiction Reading

Alex Lupton, Staff Reporter

October 21, 2017

Professor Ana Maria Spagna’s stories visibly enraptured audience members as she read aloud selections from her works in Kimball Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19. This reading was part of Whitman’s Visiting Writers Reading Series, which started in 2000 as a desire to bring enthusiastic and diverse w...

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.

Acclaimed Writer Barry Lopez Shares Stories with Whitman

Acclaimed Writer Barry Lopez Shares Stories with Whitman

Hannah Bartman

September 19, 2013

"It's wicked bad out there," said writer Barry Lopez last Thursday night, Sept. 12, in Maxey Auditorium. "All people are coming into one fate because of climate change and the melting of ice caps. We know that stuff is there, but as students you need to do your work, and when you're ready you can step...

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...

The Visiting Writers Reading Series Returns

Jacqueline Rees-Mikula

September 26, 2012

This week marks the return of Whitman's Visiting Writers Reading Series, a tradition inspired by Professor Katrina Roberts. "It seemed to me crucial when I arrived at Whitman over a decade ago to establish a consistent Visiting Writers Reading Series dedicated to bringing active writers (just emer...

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...

Visiting Writers Reading Series welcomes pair of celebrated poets to campus

Alex Hagen

April 12, 2012

On Thursday, April 12, the next installment of Whitman's Visiting Writers Reading Series will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Kimball Auditorium. The event will feature readings from Suzanne Buffam and Srikanth Reddy, both of whom teach at the University of Chicago in addition to writing and publishing poetry...

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...

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