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Tess Gallagher inspires creativity and resilience in writing

Kaitlin Cho, A&E Reporter

October 9, 2019

On Thursday, Oct. 3, poet Tess Gallagher came onto the Kimball Theatre stage to read numerous poems from her most recent book, "Is, Is Not", and speak about her inspirations, travels and personal stories.  “It was incredible,” sophomore Miller Hammond said. “There was someone during the Q&A...

Visiting Writers, Lasting Lessons

Visiting Writers, Lasting Lessons

Megan Hearst, Staff Writer

October 7, 2015

The upcoming VWRS events will span many different disciplines.

Visiting writer tries to reconcile Mormonism, personal history

Geoffrey Leach

November 13, 2014

On Thursday, Nov. 13, Shawn Vestal will give a talk as part of Whitman's Visiting Writers Reading Series. Vestal will talk about his writing which includes a collection of short stories named "Godforsaken Idaho" and his memoir "A.K.A. Charles Abbott." According to Vestal, his upbringing in the Mormon...

Brenda Shaughnessy Lights Up Kimball Theatre

Brenda Shaughnessy Lights Up Kimball Theatre

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...

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...

David Chariandy brings powerful cultural perspectives to campus

David Chariandy brings powerful cultural perspectives to campus

Kyle Howe

September 15, 2011

On Monday, Whitman students had a chance to hear acclaimed Canadian writer David Chariandy read the first chapter of his novel, "Soucouyant." Chariandy, who teaches at Simon Fraser University, was nominated for numerous prestigious awards with the novel's publication, including the 2009 International...

Visiting writer Lydia Davis comes to Whitman

Visiting writer Lydia Davis comes to Whitman


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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