An Impressive List of Writers
In addition to the writers below, other notable writers who have appeared on campus include Edward Albee, Craig Arnold, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, John Knowles, Stephen Spender, Joseph Heller, Alice McDermott, James Baldwin, Cokie Roberts, Nikki Giovanni, Clive Barker, John Barth, Denise Levertov, Ellen Gilchrist, Jay McInerney, Gore Vidal, Tillie Olsen, Jamaica Kincaid, Peter Shaffer, Larry Brown, Jan DeBlieu, Lee Smith, Tobias Wolff, John Gardner, Nora Ephron, and Stanley Plumley.
Writers-in-Residence and Guest Readers:
Spring 2017 Thornton Reader
Rajia Hassib, Spring Thornton Reader, read from her work March 2, followed by a reception and book signing.
Rajia Hassib was born in Egypt and moved to the United States when she was twenty-three. Her debut novel In the Language of Miracles was a 2015 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her writing appears in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker online, Upstreet, Border Crossing and other magazines. She holds an MA in creative writing from Marshall University and lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with her husband and two children. For more information, please visit her website http://www.rajiahassib.com.
Joy Harjo, Fall Thornton Reader, read from her work November 9, followed by a reception and book signing.
Joy Harjo’s eight books of poetry include Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry; a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. In 2014 she was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
A renowned musician, Harjo performs with hr saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She has five award-winning CDs of music including the award-winning album Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears and Winding Through the Milky Way, which won a Native American Music Award for Best Female Artist of the Year in 2009. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lauren Alleyne, Fall Thornton Reader, read from her work October 13, followed by a reception and book signing.
Lauren K. Alleyne hails from the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds an MFA in Poetry and a graduate certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University. Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including Black Arts Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, The Crab Orchard Review, Belleview Literary Review, The Banyan Review, among others.
A Cave Canem graduate, her work has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2010 Small Axe Literary Prize, a 2012 Lyrical Iowa Award, an Atlantic Monthly Student Poetry Prize, an International Publication Prize from The Atlanta Review, and honorable mention in the 2009 Reginald Shepherd Memorial Poetry Prize and the 2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is the Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and Associate Professor of English at James Madison University.
Patrick Ryan Frank is the author of How the Losers Love What’s Lost, which won the 2010 Intro Prize from Four Way Books; and The Opposite of People, to be published by Four Way Books in 2015. He was recently a Fulbright Fellow to Iceland.
Spring 2014 Thornton Reader
Maud Casey is the author of the novels The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book; Genealogy; The Man Who Walked Away; and a collection of stories, Drastic. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches at the University of Maryland and in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson.
Fall 2013 Thornton Readers
CM Burroughs was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. She serves as Assistant Professor of Poetry and Literature at Columbia College Chicago. She is an associate poetry editor of Court Green and Tupelo Quarterly literary journals. Her debut collection of poetry, The Vital System, is available from Tupelo Press.
Olga Broumas has published seven collections of poetry. In the year 2000, Copper Canyon released a CD of readings from her poetry collection Rave and her Elytis translation Eros, Eros, entitled: Olga Broumas, A Listener’s Companion. Broumas is from the island of Syros in Greece. Since 1995 she has been a poet-in-residence and director of Creative Writing Brandeis University in Boston. She has run the Freehand Center for Women Artists on Cape Cod since the 1980s.
Philip Burnham is a free-lance journalist/historian based on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Burnham has published in American Heritage, The Washington Post, MHQ, Transition, Emerge, The Columbia Journalism Review, and Indian Country Today. Burnham has taught college-level writing, literature, and history at the University of New Mexico, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Sinte Gleska College, Johns Hopkins University, and, as a Fulbright fellow, at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. He is currently a Term Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Joshua Kryah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he was a Schaeffer Fellow in poetry. He is the author of We Are Starved (2011) and Glean (2007). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Shenandoah, among other journals. He teaches at UNLV where he is the poetry editor of Witness.
Spring 2013 Guest Reader
Christopher Bakken, Spring Guest Reader, will read from his work Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 8 p.m., Sydnor Performance Hall. Reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 434.544.8820.
Christopher Bakken is the author of two books of poetry, Goat Funeral (2006) and After Greece (2001), and a culinary memoir called Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table. He also co-translated The Lions’ Gate: Selected Poems of Titos Patrikios. He has been awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry, the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and he served as a Fulbright Fellow in American Studies at the University of Bucharest. He teaches at Allegheny College.
Fall 2012 Thornton Writer-in-Residence
Sara Pritchard is the author of Crackpots (2003), a novel-in-stories; Lately (2007), a linked-story collection; and Help Wanted: Female (Etruscan Press, 2012), a story collection. Sara won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2003 with Crackpots, which went on to become a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Other literary awards include a 2008 Pushcart Prize for her story “Two Studies in Entropy,” originally published in New Letters.
Her stories and essays appear in numerous literary magazines, and she teaches in the Low-Residency Creating Writing Programs at Wilkes University and West Virginia Wesleyan.
Fall 2012 Guest Reader
Anne Panning, Fall Thornton Reader, read from her work Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing.
Anne Panning’s short story collection, Super America, won The 2006 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. She has also published a book of short stories, The Price of Eggs, as well as short fiction and nonfiction in places such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, The Florida Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, The Greensboro Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kalliope, Quarterly West, The Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, Five Points, The Hawaii Review, Cimarron Review, West Branch and Brevity. Four of her essays have received notable citations in The Best American Essays series. Her novel, Butter, will be published in October 2012 by Switchgrass Books. She is currently at work on a memoir, Dragonfly Notes: A Memoir of Motherhood and Loss.
She lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children, and teaches creative writing at SUNY-Brockport.