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

Spring 2023

Tuesday, Feb. 14: Adam Ross

6 p.m., Niemann Theater, Fiction Reading

Adam Ross
Adam Ross debut novel, “Mr. Peanut,” a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist. “Ladies and Gentlemen,” his short story collection, included the story, “In the Basement,” a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize. He was the Mary Ellen von der Heyden fellow in fiction at the American Academy in Berlin, as well as a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. His current novel, “Playworld,” will be released in 2024. He is the editor of the Sewanee Review.

Tuesday, April 4: Lisa Fishman and Jordan Dunn

6 p.m., Niemann Theater, Fiction/Poetry/Essay/Natural History

Lisa Fisherman
Lisa Fishman is a dual U. S./Canadian writer whose debut fiction collection, “World Naked Bike Ride,” has just been released on Gaspereau Press (Nova Scotia). Her seven books of poetry include “Mad World, Mad Kings, Mad Composition” (Wave Books, 2020), “24 Pages and other poems” (Wave, 2015), and “The Happiness Experiment” (Ahsahta Press). She has new work in Granta and is anthologized in Best American Experimental Poetry and elsewhere. A PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize nominee and Pushcart nominee, Fishman currently directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Jordan Dunn
Jordan Dunn is the author of “Physical Geography as Modified by Human Action” (Partly Press) as well as various chapbooks and ephemeral prints, including “Common Names,” “Reactor Woods,” and “Cedar Lake: August 2, 2017.” He lives with his family in Madison, WI, where he edits and publishes Oxeye Press.

Thursday, April 13: Dalleo and Quiles

6 p.m., Niemann Theater

Raphael Dalleo
Raphael Dalleo is a professor of English at Bucknell University. His most recent book, “American Imperialism’s Undead: The Occupation of Haiti and the Rise of Caribbean Anticolonialism,” won the Caribbean Studies Association’s Gordon K. and Sibyl Lewis Award. He teaches courses on world literature, human rights, and environmental justice and is currently working on how Caribbean writers and thinkers push us to think differently about the human.
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Daniel Quiles is an associate professor and chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His academic research has focused on Argentinean Conceptualism as well as broader questions related to new media and politics in Latinx and Latin American art, and includes the book “Jaime Davidovich in Conversation with Daniel R. Quiles,” published by the Cisneros Foundation in 2017. He is also an art critic whose work has appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Mousse, DIS Magazine, and other publications. This spring, he has organized the public screening series “Gore Capitalism” at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, with examples of recent global cinema accompanied by lectures every Tuesday night through May 9.

Monday, May 1: Caldwell

6 p.m., TWC, Jockey Room A

Professor Caldwell
Professor Caldwell’s research focuses on how Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights addressed economic issues surrounding citizenship in early modern England. Caldwell is also interested in how these economic aspects of citizenship, including employment, poverty, and urban power, often intersected with social issues related to gender, sexuality, nationality, and race. Caldwell holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Northwestern University, an MFA in directing from the Shakespeare and Performance Program at Mary Baldwin University in partnership with the American Shakespeare Center, and an MA in philosophy from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He earned his BA in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. Caldwell has also worked at several professional theaters and theater programs, including Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, Austin Shakespeare, the American Shakespeare Center, Chicago Shakespeare, and Shakespeare at Winedale.

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