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The Malone University Writers Series brings authors of distinction and promise to campus for public readings as well as to work with students as part of our creative writing major.

Writers Series events, with the exception of the Benefit Dinner, are open to the public free of charge. For information about any Writers Series event or the Creative Writing Program at Malone, contact John Estes, program director, at 330-471-8365. See below for a complete list of past visiting writers.

Fall Semester 2015

Poetry Reading
Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m., Cattell Library
Mark Halliday and Jill Allyn Rosser

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Mark Halliday is a Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio University. He is author of six books of poetry including  Jab (University of Chicago, 2002) and Thresherphobe (University of Chicago Press, 2013). He co-authored with Allen Grossman a book on poetics, The Sighted Singer (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) and has published essays on more than twenty contemporary poets since 1996.

J. Allyn Rosser’s fourth book, Mimi’s Trapeze, appeared in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her previous collection of poems, Foiled Again, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize in 2007.  She has received numerous awards for her work, among them the Peter I.B. Lavan Award for Younger Poets from the Academy of American Poets, a Pushcart Prize, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize and the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio State Arts Council.


Stafford Lecture Series
About The Stafford Lectures: The Stafford Lectures honor the legacy of poet William Stafford, whose Quaker roots informed a deep appreciation for the sacred, interdependent work of conscience and art as well as his commitment to a life of peace. The lecture series invites to Malone acclaimed writers who, like Stafford, explore ideas of consequence through the passion of conviction—concerns ranging from poetics to teaching, nature and place to the nature of justice, from the joys of private experience to our shared burden of discovering “this dream the world is having about itself.”


Friday October 2, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Center Chapel
David Griffith
"Pyramid Scheme: Making Art and Being Broke in America”
Griffith will discuss the ways that the role of the artist in American culture is changing and how this change is connected to large-scale shifts in ethics, morality, and the economy.

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David Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America.  As a writer, teacher, and arts administrator, he is concerned with the intersection of religion and culture, art as a partner to achieving social justice, and building nurturing and inclusive creative communities. He is currently a Mullin Fellow at the University of Southern California's Institute for Advanced Catholic Study and directs the creative writing program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.


Tuesday, October 27, 7 p.m. Johnson Center Chapel
Sharona Muir
"Aesop for the Age of Extinction: Invisible Beasts and the Contemporary Bestiary."
Sharona Muir will read from her book, Invisible Beasts, and discuss how ancient and modern narrative traditions, from the animal fable to the scientific description, combine to revive the bestiary as a crucial and vital literary form for our time.

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Sharona Muir is the author of a book of poems, The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father’s Lives, and a scholarly monograph, The Artificial Paradise : Science Fiction and American Reality. The recipient of a Hodder Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, her writing has appeared in Granta, Orion, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is a Professor of Creative Writing and English at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Invisible Beasts is her first novel.



Fiction Reading
Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m. Cattell Library
Jo Walton

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Jo Walton is a Welsh-Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer and poet. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002 and the World Fantasy award for her novel Tooth and Claw in 2004. Her novel Ha'penny was a co-winner of the 2008 Prometheus Award. Her novel Lifelode won the 2010 Mythopoeic Award. Her novel Among Others won the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and is one of only seven novels to have been nominated for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and World Fantasy Award. 

Spring Semester 2016

Second Annual Benefit Dinner
Tuesday, January 26, 6 p.m., Johnson Center Chapel ($50/person)
Steve Almond
"This Eager Violence of the Heart: The Beauty and the Dark Side of Football”

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Steve Almond is the author, most recently, of the NYT bestseller Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto, as well as seven other books of fiction and non-fiction. His short stories have appeared in the Best American and Pushcart anthologies. His most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction and was short-listed for The Story Prize. His journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.

See the Benefit Dinner for More Information and to Purchase Tickets


First Friday Poetry Reading
Friday February 5, 7 p.m., The Hub Art Factory, 336 6th St., Canton
Meg Johnson, Mary Biddinger, Elise Goldbach, Robert Miltner, Molly Fuller

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Meg Johnson is the author of the poetry collection Inappropriate Sleepover (The National Poetry Review Press, 2014) which was a NewPages Editor's Pick. Her second book,The Crimes of Clara Turlington, won the 2015 Vignette Collection Award and is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press. She is the editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal and received her MFA in creative writing from the NEOMFA Program. She has taught writing at Iowa State University and University of Akron.


Sixth Annual Graduate Student Reading
Tuesday, February 16, 7 p.m., Cattell Library
James Miranda, Maggie Messitt, Patrick Swaney - Ohio University


Poetry Reading and Gallery Talk
Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m., Malone Art Gallery, Johnson Center
Danielle Vogel

“Ceremonies for a Book”

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Danielle Vogel is an artist and cross-genre writer. She is the author of Between Grammars (Noemi 2015) and the artist book Narrative & Nest (Abecedarian Gallery 2012). Her installations, which investigate the archives of memory stored within language, have been exhibited most recently at RISD Museum, The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, Temple University, Pace University, and Abecedarian Gallery. She teaches at Wesleyan University. 

"Ceremonies for a Book": Tracing the writer-artist’s thinking over the last decade, this exhibit covers the breadth of Danielle Vogel's practice and highlights the hidden histories embedded within a finished manuscript. What does it take to write a book? What goes unrecorded? The works on display will not interested in answering these questions; instead, the artist will aim to celebrate, slow, and bring into focus the complex, often solitary, gestures of reading and writing. Illustrating the art of archiving and the conductive power of language, the installation will feature works in ceramics, paper, photography, metal, natural debris, sound, textile, and wood. Work by art and creative writing students will be displayed alongside Danielle’s.


Non-Fiction Reading
Wednesday April 6, 7 p.m., Cattell Library
Mary Norris

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Mary Norris began working at The New Yorker in 1978, where she currently works as a  copy editor or, as they call her, a “prose goddess” where she’s worked with such celebrated writers as Philip Roth, Pauline Kael, and George Saunders. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she lives in New York. BETWEEN YOU & ME: Confessions of a Comma Queen is her first book, and has been described as a "a hilarious, down-to-earth manual for untangling the most vexing spelling, punctuation, and usage quandaries in English."


Past Visiting Writers at Malone University

Doug Hunt

Amy Frykholm

Richard Smith

Sarah Green

David Wanczyk

Mike Carson

Mary Grimm

Mary Biddinger

Dale Brown

G.C. Waldrep

John Gallaher

Jane Piirto

Meg Johnson

Michael Goroff

Eliese Goldbach

Scott Cairns

Gina Oschner

Amanda Flower

Carolina Ebeid

Jamaal May

Scott Russell Sanders

Brett Foster

Brett Beach

Nicole Butler

Matt Sumpter

 Erin McGraw

Julia Spicher Kasdorf

Alyssa Nutting

Philip Metres

Pattiann Rogers

William Lychack

Michael Olin-Hitt

Aaron Belz

Todd Davis

Angie Estes

Varley O’Connor

Jeffrey Pethybridge

David Giffels

Gregory Dunne

Miho Nonaka

Celeste Ng

David Hinton

Robert Miltner

Gene Luen Yang

Emily Maloney

Kelly Andrews

Morgan Kayser

Michael Dirda

Kimberly Johnson

Jay Hopler

L.S. Klatt