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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.

Just a few of the writers who have visited in the recent past include Scott Russell Sanders, Pattiann Rogers, Scott Cairns, Gina Oschner, G.C. Waldrep, John Gallaher, Angie Estes, Erin McGraw, William Lychack, Jamaal May, Aaron Belz, and Julia Kasdorf.

All are welcome at the below events, free of charge. For information about the Writers Series or the Creative Writing Program, contact John Estes at 330-471-8365.

Spring 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 7 p.m.
Cattell Library
Graduate Student Reading - Pitt MFA Students
Emily Maloney, Kelly Andrews,Morgan Kayser

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Emily Maloney is an emergency medical technician, an MFA candidate in nonfiction, an MA candidate in bioethics, and a teacher of writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has most recently appeared in Ploughshares online, the American Journal of Nursing, North American Review, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, and Word Riot.

Kelly Andrews's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PANK, IDK Magazine, Uppagus, Weave Magazine, Pear Noir, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Mule Skinner is forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press, 2014. She also coedits the online journal Pretty Owl Poetry and has a hand in creating B.E. Quarterly, a sometimes-quarterly zine.

Morgan Kayser spends her academic year as a composition instructor and MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Pittsburgh and her summers working with high schoolers at the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Yeti and Molotov Cocktail.

Wednesday, February 18
"The Game Is Always Afoot!:
Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Baker Street Irregulars"

Benefit Reading: Johnson Center Chapel, 6:30 p.m.
featuring Michael Dirda

michael dirda
Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book and Classics for Pleasure. His latest book, On Conan Doyle, received a 2012 Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, and a columnist for the online Barnes and Noble Review. In 1993 he received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism.

Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.
Cattell Library
Kimberly Johnson & Jay Hopler

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Kimberly Johnson is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Uncommon Prayer, and of a translation of Virgil's Georgics: A Poem of the Land. Her poems, translations, and scholarly essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, and Milton Quarterly, among other publications. With her husband, the poet Jay Hopler, she edited Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, which was published by Yale University Press in 2013. Recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, Johnson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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Jay Hopler’s first book of poems, Green Squall (Yale University Press, 2006), was chosen by Louise Glück for the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Other books include The Killing Spirit: An Anthology of Murder-for-Hire, and most recently, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (edited with Kimberly Johnson). He lives in Tampa and is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida. See more about Jay's work at jayhopler.com.

Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Cattell Library
L.S. Klatt

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New poems from L. S. Klatt have appeared in VOLT, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, American Letters & Commentary, and The Common. His first volume of poetry, Interloper, won the Juniper Prize. Cloud of Ink, his second collection, was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize. A third book, Sunshine Wound, is due out in December from Free Verse Editions (Parlor Press). He teaches at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where he was recently named the city’s Poet Laureate for 2014-2017.

Here's who we hosted in Fall of 2014
The fall series lineup featured literature by Asian and Asian-American writers while exploring the intersection between Eastern and Western traditions through translation and history as well. 

Thursday, September 18, 7 p.m.
Cattell Library
Gregory Dunne & Miho Nonaka

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Gregory Dunne is the author of two collections of poetry: Home Test (Adastra Press) and Fistful of Lotus. His nonfiction book, Quiet Accomplishment, Remembering Cid Corman, is forthcoming from Ekstasis Editions in September of 2014. He lives in Japan and teaches in the Faculty of Comparative Culture at Miyazaki International College.

miho nonaka
Miho Nonaka is a bilingual poet from Tokyo, Japan.  Her poems and essays have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, American Letters & Commentary, Iowa Review, Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House and American Odysseys: Writings by New American (Dalkey Archive Press).  She teaches Creative Writing at Wheaton College.

Monday, October 6, 7 p.m.
Cattell Library
Celeste Ng

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Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere.  She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. See more at celesteng.com.

David Hinton

Stafford Lecture
Tuesday, October 28, 7 p.m.
"The Spiritual Ecology of Ancient China"
Johnson Center Dining Room (Rm. 106)

Wednesday, October 29, 4 p.m.
Cattell Library
Poetry Reading

david hinton

David Hinton is a poet, essayist, and translator who has produced a body of work exploring the weave of consciousness and landscape. This exploration is informed throughout by the insights of ancient Chinese culture; and it has primarily taken the form of translation, which he uses as a way to make contemporary poetry that operates outside the limitations of self-identity and the Western intellectual tradition. Awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, multiple NEA and NEH Fellowships, and Thornton Wilder Translation Prize (Lifetime Achievement) (American Academy of Arts and Letters). See more at davidhinton.net.

About The Stafford Lecture: 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.”

Wednesday, November 19, 4 p.m. (via Skype)
"Asian Stories, American Comics"
Silk Auditorium, Mitchell Hall
Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Luen Yang began making comic books in the fifth grade. His 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was nominated for both the National Book Award and the LA Times Book Award. The Shadow Hero, his recent comic book series with Sonny Liew, revives the Green Turtle, an obscure 1940s character who is arguably the first Asian American superhero. Yang teaches at Hamline University as part of their MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. See more about him and his work at geneyang.com.