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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 2018-19. For questions about this year’s events, please contact Dr. Lewis Freedman at

Fall 2018

September 27, 2018

Peter Gizzi will visit Carthage in 2018-19 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Peter Gizzi will visit Carthage on Thursday, Sept. 27, to meet with students and read from his works. 

At 12:30 p.m., there will be an informal conversation about the process of poetic composition; this event will take place in Room 99 of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences.

At 6 p.m., Prof. Gizzi will give a poetry reading in the Niemann Media Theater.

Prof. Gizzi is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently, Archeophonics (finalist for the 2016 National Book Award), In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems 1987-2011, and Threshold Songs. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, a Howard Foundation Grant, and the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellowship in Poetry at Cambridge University. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Oct. 18, 2018

Lauren Russell and Soham Patel will read from their works and give a talk at Carthage at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

Lauren Russell will visit Carthage in 2018-19 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Prof. Russell is the author of What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta, 2017). She was the 2014-2015 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the 2016 VIDA Fellow to the Home School, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow in poetry, and the 2018 Cave Canem Fellow to The Rose O’Neill Literary House. Her chapbook Dream-Clung, Gone came out from Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012, and her work has appeared in boundary 2, The Brooklyn Rail, jubilat, and Bettering American Poetry 2015, among others. She is a research assistant professor and is assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Soham Patel will visit Carthage in 2018-19 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Dr. Patel is a Kundiman fellow and an assistant editor at Fence and The Georgia Review. Her chapbooks include and nevermind the storm (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2013) New Weather Drafts (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2016), and in airplane and other poems (oxeye, 2018). She is the author also of the full-length collections to afar from afar (Writ Large, 2018) and ever really hear it (Subito, 2018).


Nov. 29, 2018

Daniel Owen and Anna Vitale will give a reading at Carthage at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

Daniel Owen will visit Carthage as part of the 2018-2019 Visiting Writers Series.

Mr. Owen is the author of Toot Sweet (United Artists Books), Restaurant Samsara (Furniture Press Books), and the chapbook Authentic Other Landscape (Diez). His translation of Afrizal Malna’s Document Shredding Machine is forthcoming from Reading Sideways Press. His writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, The Fanzine, Vestiges, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. He lives between Brooklyn and Yogyakarta and is a member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective.

Anna Vitale will visit Carthage as part of the 2018-2019 Visiting Writers Series.

Dr. Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit and Different Worlds, and several chapbooks including Unknown Pleasures. She wrote a dissertation on how to read suicidal fantasy as a means of imagining survival. Recent work has been published in Frédéric Neyrat’s Alienocene and David Brazil’s Paradise Now. An essay on David Wojnarowicz’s “Arthur Rimbaud in New York” photographs is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse. She teaches writing in New York.


Spring 2019

March 19, 2019

Sara Larsen and David Brazil read from their works and give a talk at Carthage at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

David Brazil and Sara Larsen will visit Carthage in 2018-19 as part of the Visiting Writers Serie...

Ms. Larsen is a poet living in Oakland. She is the author of Merry Hell (Atelos, 2016). Her previous book is All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). She is also the author of chapbooks Riot Cops en route Troy and The Hallucinated, among others. From 2008-2011, she co-edited TRY magazine.

Mr. Brazil is a pastor, poet, editor, and translator. He is the author of many books including The Ordinary (Compline), and antisocial patience (Roof). His most recent book is Holy Ghost (City Lights). He is the editor of The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater. He lives in
Oakland, California. 

March 26, 2019

Julie (“She Who Cries”) Ezelle-Patton will visit Carthage at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

Julie Patton will visit Carthage on March 26, 2019, as part of the Visiting Writers series.

Julie (“She Who Cries”) Ezelle-Patton’s visual, literary, and sonic poetics consists of print and design, botanical specimen, ephemeral installations, drawing, collage, curating, cooking up a storm, improvising, music, and speech. Julie plays with Cloud Flowers, her long-standing duo with Paul Van Curen. She Who Cries has presented her work in literature, art, poetry, and visual art venues in the USA and abroad and her work has been widely anthologized. Visual literary installations include Notes for Some (Nominally) Awake (Portable Press @Yo Yo Labs), and A Garden Per Verse (or What Else do You Expect from Dirt?) [Hat]. She Who Cries is a recipient of many awards including the Foundation for Contemporary Art 2015 Artists Award and a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and has taught at New York University, Cooper Union, and Case Western Reserve University.

April 9, 2019

Richard Meier and Jordan Dunn will host a book-making workshop with seniors and read from their works at 6 p.m. in Niemann Media Theater.

Richard Meier will read and speak at Carthage in 2018-19 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Prof. Meier is writer-in-residence at Carthage College and on sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year. He is the author of four books of poetry, most recently February March April April (Oxeye Press) and In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary (Omnidawn). He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jordan Dunn will visit Carthage in 2018-19 as part of the Visiting Writers Series.

Mr. Dunn is a poet and printmaker. He is the author of the chapbooks The Greek Herbal of Dioscorides (Oxeye Press), The Land of Little Rain (Well-Greased Press), and Form 32 (Cannot Exist), as well as numerous pamphlets and broadsides. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he edits Oxeye Press and co-curates the reading series Oscar Presents.

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