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Visiting Writers Series

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, Danielle Evans, Padma Viswanathan, Geoffrey Brock, Lisa Fishman, Julie Carr, Jared Stanley, and Catherine Theis.

Here are the writers visiting Carthage in 2019-20. For questions about this year’s events, please contact Professor Richard Meier at


Spring 2020

Feb. 18, 2020 – Andrea Rexilius

Andrea Rexilius will visit Carthage at 2:30 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

The Visiting Writers Series welcomes Andrea Rexilius in 2019.

Andrea Rexilius is the author of “Sister Urn” (Sidebrow, 2019), “New Organism: Essais” (Letter Machine, 2014), “Half of What They Carried Flew Away” (Letter Machine, 2012), and “To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation” (Rescue Press, 2011). She is core faculty in poetry, and program coordinator for the Low-Residency Mile-High MFA in Creative Writing at Regis University. She also teaches in the Poetry Collective at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.

March 24, 2020 – Steve Timm and Andy Gricevich

Steve Timm and Andy Gricevich will visit Carthage at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

The Visiting Writers Series welcomes Andy Gricevich in 2020.

Andy Gricevich writes:
“I’ve usually let the Third Person write my bios. This time I’ll speak for myself, rather than once again mimic an individualistic professionalism with which I’ve never felt any connection. Everything I care deeply for — and poetry is no exception — is fundamentally shared. The poems published in “A Book of Music” were written out of a deep sense of shared listening with the composers of the works I heard as I wrote them. The work — both typed verse and semi-legible “writing drawings” — to appear in “Against the Principles of its Disappearance” owes its existence both to great friendships with fellow poets, and to a connection with the first humans to scratch a mark in wood or stone, amazed at the weird radiance that came through. When I gather wild food or preserve plants through fermentation (for instance, under the business name of What Got Gathered), I’m sharing that activity with the lineage of all the humans for whom those activities have been a central part of their lifeways, and with the people who walk with me in the forests and prairies, and with whom I share meals and the celebration of our ecologies. My decade of performing music and theater with the Prince Myshkins and the Nonsense Company was all about shared social visions and the experience of being bodies together in a room. Community-making has been central to the projects of publishing “Cannot Exist” and co-organizing the Oscar Presents series in Madison. How much more sustaining than the pursuit of a “career” is the making of art in so many contexts of connection. Reading with Steve, collaborator and friend, is one instance of poetry as part of a whole life, full of the presence of the Second Person, singular and plural.”

The Visiting Writers Series will welcome Steve Timm in 2019.

Steve Timm writes what might be called parasemic poetry. He has three books of poetry (“This’s That,” “Unstoria,” and “Disparity”) and one work-seeking-publication, “Rule of Composition,” an “auralphrastic” rendering of the Cecil Taylor Feel Trio’s 10-CD set. He has published widely online and in print. Correlatively, he teaches English as a second language at UW-Madison.

April 21, 2020 – David Abel

David Abel will visit Carthage at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

The Visiting Writers Series welcomes David Abel in 2020.Photo credit: Alan Bernheimer

David Abel is a poet and editor, and the proprietor of Passages Bookshop & Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His recent publications include “Selected Durations,” an artist’s book published by the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno; “XIV Eclipses,” a collection of performance texts from Couch Press in Portland; and “Equifinality,” a chapbook of poems, just out from Crane’s Bill in Albuquerque.

Since moving to Portland in 1997 he has published twenty-five issues of the free poetry and art broadside series Envelope and devised more than thirty performance, film, theater, and intermedia projects, both solo and with a wide range of collaborators.

In addition to curating regular changing exhibits at Passages, he organized the exhibitions Chax Press: Publishing Poetics for the Pacific NW College of Art and Object Poems for 23 Sandy Gallery. He is a founding member of the Spare Room reading series, now in its sixteenth year, and was an inaugural Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art.

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