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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.

Spring Semester 2017

February 7: Stafford Lecture with Gilbert King

 gilbert king

2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Devil in the Grove


February 22: Kelly Luce, Novelist


 kelly Luce

 Author of Pull Me Under


March 29: Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

2016 Ohio Poet of the Year

Author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison


April 12: Malone Writers Prize Reading with Dario Sulzman, Nonfiction judge

 Dario Sulzman

 Winner of the 2016 Iron Horse Trifecta Nonfiction Award


Malone University English Department and Writers Series Mission Statement

One of the founding principles of Malone University is that students are called “to witness the truth.” Good literature fundamentally has the same goal -- to help readers experience truth through empathy for those with a different perspective than their own. One goal of the Malone University English Department, then, is to read texts by writers with diverse backgrounds who write texts that reflect the diversity of the human experience -- writers whose works span from experimental to traditional, writers in all different genres of literature, writers who directly engage with or express Christian values and those who do not expressly do so -- so that students can join a community of writers and readers who are pursuing truth.  

In the Gospels Christ calls us to learn from and engage with not only like-minded people, but also those who think differently than us. He did this by example when He dined with Zacchaeus, when He engaged in discourse with Pharisees and Sadducees, when He told the parable of the Good Samaritan, and any time he showed us how to find good in others. Nowhere is the challenge to empathize more present than in literary texts that, like the Bible, ask readers to know and understand experiences different from their own.

Malone’s Visiting Writers Series provides students with the opportunity to engage with diverse texts in classroom discussion, learn craft from professional writers through master classes, and listen to writers’ works and dialogue with those writers in public readings. All of these activities invite direct and healthy dialogue with the authors of these texts while in the context of a Christian University.

Therefore, when the Malone University Writers Series hosts readers who write texts that challenge students’ core beliefs and values, we give our students the chance to reaffirm not only what they believe, but why they believe it. Often these uncomfortable works are powerful reflections of the world around us. Reading these works can spark a call to action and service and ask us grow not only as readers, writers, and scholars, but also as Christians.


Past Visiting Writers at Malone University

Bryan Parys

Lindsay Starck

Blake Lee Pate

Taylor Jacob Pate

Rebecca Hazelton

Mary Norris

Danielle Vogel

Meg Johnson

Steve Almond

Jo Walton

Sharona Muir

David Griffith

Mark Halliday

Jill Allyn Rosser

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