Carthage hosts acclaimed writers from across the country in its Visiting Writers Series. Curated by Writer in Residence Richard Meier, in recent semesters the series has welcomed more than a dozen great fiction writers and poets, including Anne Waldman, Danielle Evans, David Trinidad, Kate Greenstreet, Duriel Harris, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley, and Catherine Theis.

The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the English Department, the Division of Arts and Humanities, and Arts at Carthage. For more information, please contact Professor Rick Meier at

Fall 2022

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Toby Altman, Andy Gricevich, and Steve Timm

6:30 p.m., Niemann Media Theater

Toby Altman Toby Altman is the author of two books, “Discipline Park” (Wendys’ Subway, 2022) and “Arcadia, Indiana” (Plays Inverse, 2017). He has held fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, MacDowell, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently the visiting assistant professor of English at Beloit College.



Andy Gricevich Andy Gricevich lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he runs What Got Gathered, an enterprise focused on wild food education, foraged and fermented foods, and the cultivation of community around such things. His book, “Against the Principle of Its Disappearance,” is forthcoming from Oxeye Press.



Steve Timm Steve Timm’s
newest book of poems is “Rule of Composition” (Bananaquit Press, 2022). It was preceded by “This’s That” (There Press, 2016), “Un Storia” (BlazeVOX Books, 2010), and “Disparity” (BlazeVOX Books, 2066). His live performances are known for ending explosively with an improvised sound poem. A native of Kenosha, Mr. Timm now lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Shari Bernstein, and son, Alex, (who finds his poems “interesting”). He teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin.



Wednesday, Oct. 26: Brenda Cardenas, Noah Zanella, Allison Gruber

6:30 p.m., Niemann Media Theater

Brenda Cardenas Brenda Cardenas is the author of “Trace” (forthcoming, Red Hen Press), “Boomerang” (Bilingual Press), and the chapbooks “Bread of the Earth/The Last Colors” with Roberto Harrison; “Achiote Seeds/Semillas de Achiote” with Cristina Garcia, Emmy Perez, and Gabriela Erandi Rico; and “From the Tongues of Brick and Stone.” She also co-edited “Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance” and “Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest.” Ms. Cardenas’ poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including “Latinx Poetics: The Art of Poetry;” TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics; “Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations;” “Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment, and Healing;” “Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Anthology;” POETRY; and “The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry.” She served as the 2010-12 Milwaukee Poet Laureate and currently teaches creative writing and U.S. Latinx literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Allison Gruber Allison Gruber is the author of “You’re Not Edith” (George Braziller, Inc., 2015) and “Transference” (Tolsun Books, Inc., 2022). Her work has appeared in the anthologies “Windy City Queer” and “A Heart Well Traveled.” Her books and essays have been nominated for Pushcarts, Best-of-The-Net Awards, as well as “notable mentions” from Best American Essays and Lambda Literary. Ms. Gruber’s work has also appeared in The Literary Review, Hippocampus, decomP magazinE, Brevity, and The Huffington Post, among others. Having returned from the American southwest, where she spent the past ten years, she is now at work on her first novel.

Noah Zanella Noah Zanella is a Chicago-based writer and musician. He’s trying not to miss it all.