Janice N. Harrington
Wednesday, September 2nd @2pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus

Janice N. Harrington

Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children’s books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings, especially rural Alabama, figure largely in her writing. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book of poetry, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home, came out in 2011. She is also the winner of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for emerging women writers. Her children’s books, The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County (2007) and Going North (2004), both from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, have won many awards and citations, including a listing among TIME Magazine’s top 10 children’s books of 2007 and the Ezra Jack Keats Award from the New York Public Library in 2005. Harrington’s poetry appears regularly in American literary magazines. She has worked as a public librarian and as a professional storyteller, telling stories at festivals around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. She now teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Illinois.

  Michael Kardos & Catherine Pierce
Friday, October 16th @ 4pm
Gallery of Art and Design on UCM Campus
Michael Kardos

Michael Kardos is the author of the novels Before He Finds Her (2015) and The Three-Day Affair, an Esquire best book of 2012, as well as the story collection One Last Good Time, which won the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for fiction, and the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Writer’s Guide. His short stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewCrazyhorse,  Harvard Review, and many other magazines and anthologies, have won a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and were cited several times as notable stories in Best American Short Stories. Michael grew up on the Jersey Shore, received a degree in music from Princeton University, and played the drums professionally for a number of years. He has an M.F.A. in fiction from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where he is an associate professor of English and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. He was named by Library Journal as a Big Breakout Author for February 2015.

Catherine Pierce

Catherine Pierce is the author of three books of poetry: The Tornado is the World (forthcoming, Saturnalia 2016), The Girls of Peculiar (Saturnalia 2012), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize, and Famous Last Words (Saturnalia 2008), winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her chapbook Animals of Habit (Kent State University Press) was published in 2004. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Slate, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, FIELD, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Catherine grew up in Delaware, then earned her B.A. from Susquehanna University, her M.F.A. from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. She now lives in Starkville, Mississippi, where she is an associate professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.


Announcing the CWIPs (Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies) Conference:
CWIPS The Creative Writing & Innovative Pedagogies conference will be held on October 16-17, and will feature Keynote speakers Michael Kardos & Catherine Pierce, co-directors of the creative writing program at Mississippi State University. For more informationon the connference, click here.
Elizabeth Svoboda
Thursday, November 12th @11am
Hendricks Hall on the UCM Campus

Elizabeth Svoboda

Elizabeth Svoboda writes about the science behind what motivates people in a variety of situations. Svoboda has contributed to publications like Discover, Popular Science, Psychology Today, and the New York Times, and my first book, What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness, was released in 2013. The subjects she has covered include creationist biology classes in Galapagos schools, suffering-inspired selflessness, and the relationship between helping and life satisfaction. 

What Makes a Hero?

Tod Marshall
Monday, November 16th @3 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design

Tod Marshall is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Bugle, as well as the editor of Range of the Possible and Range of Voices.He was born in Buffalo, New York.  He grew up in Wichita, Kansas.  He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas.  He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University where is the Richard and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.  He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent.




Trudy Lewis & Michael Czyzniejewski
Thursday, January 28 @ 2 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design
Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of three collections of stories:Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012). In 2010, he received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction. He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University and Managing Editor of Moon City Review. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his family.
Trudy Lewis is the author of the novel The Empire Rolls (Moon City Press, 2014), the short story collection,The Bones of Garbo (Ohio State University Press, 2003), for which she was awarded the Sandstone Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel, Private Correspondences (Northwestern University Press, 1994), winner of the William Goyen Award for Fiction. Lewis's work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Best American Short Stories, Chelsea, Fence, Five Points, Iris, Meridian, New England Review, New Stories from the South, Third Coast, Witness, and others. Her story "Geographic Tongue" received the Lawrence Foundation Award from Prairie Schooner. Trudy is currently at work on a historical novel about 19th century factory operatives in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Deborah A. Miranda
Thursday, February 4 @ 2 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design

An enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, author Deborah Miranda was born in Los Angeles to an Esselen/Chumash father and a mother of French ancestry. She grew up in Washington State, earning a BS in teaching moderate special-needs children from Wheelock College in 1983 and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Washington. Her mixed-genre collection Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (2013) won a Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher's Association and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Award. Miranda’s collections of poetry includeIndian Cartography: Poems (1999), winner of the Diane Decorah Memorial First Book Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas; and The Zen of La Llorona (2005), nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Miranda also received the 2000 Writer of the Year Award for Poetry from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Adrian C. Louis & Bianca Stone
Wednesday March 2 @ 2 pm
UCM Gallery of Art & Design

Adrian C. Louis was born and raised in northern Nevada and is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe. He is a graduate of Brown University where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. From 1984-97, Louis taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. Prior to that, he edited four Native newspapers including The Lakota Times and later Indian Country Today and was a co-founder of the Native American Journalists Association. 

Louis was Professor of English at the Minnesota State University in Marshall from 1999 to his retirement in 2014. He has written ten books of poems, including Logorrhea, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, along with two works of fiction: Wild Indians & Other Creatures, short stories, and Skins, a novel. Skins was produced as a feature film directed by Chris Eyre. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and had its theatrical release in 2002.


His most recent book, Random Exorcisms, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd poetry prize and will be published by Pleiades Press in Spring 2016.


Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently I Saw The Devil With His Needlework (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Her first full-length collection is Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (2014). Her selected poetry comics, Poetry Comics from the Book of Hours, will be published by Pleiades Press in 2016.

Stone is the editor of Monk Books, a small press that publishes limited-edition chapbooks of poetry and art, and is also a regular contributor for The The Poetry Blog. Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. Stone collaborated with Anne Carson Antigonick (2012), a new kind of comic book and translation.

Seth Brady Tucker & The 2016 David Baker Award Winners

Friday, April 15 @ 4pm

JCK Library, Performance Corner

   Seth Brady Tucker (S. Brady Tucker) is a poet and fiction writer originally from Lander, Wyoming.  His poetry manuscript Mormon Boy (2012) won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Prize, and was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award.  Seth’s second book, We Deserve The Gods We Ask For  (2014) won the Gival Press Poetry Prize, was the runner-up for the London Book Festival Poetry Award, the Florida Book Festival Prize, and won the Eric Hoffer Book Award.  Seth’s poetry and fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in theIowa Review, Chautauqua, Pleiades, Asheville Poetry Review,  Poetry Northwest, storySouth, North American Review, Witness, Chattahoochee Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, and in many other fine magazines, journals, and anthologies.  He has received the Bevel Summers Fiction Award, the Literal Latte Flash Award, and he has served as the Carol Houck Smith poetry scholar at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Tennessee Williams fiction scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference.

Seth is the judge for fiction and poetry for the 2016 David Baker Awards, and will read at UCM alongside the David Baker Awards winners.