Wednesdsay, September 16, 2015
Paul Robeson Library

AsaliAsali Solomon received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for the stories later collected in Get Down, her first book, which was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. In 2007, she was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.” Solomon teaches English literature and creative writing at Haverford College. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons.

Ross GayRoss Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. Gay is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Radcliff Institute. Gay teaches at Indiana University.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Penn 401, Paul Robeson Library

Matthew SalessesMatthew Salesses is the author of The Hundred-Year Flood, from Little A/Amazon Publishing. His other books include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (a novel in flash, Civil Coping Mechanisms), The Last Repatriate (a novella, Nouvella), Different Racisms (essays, Thought Catalog Books), and Our Island of Epidemics (a chapbook, [PANK] Little Books). In November 2015, Gazillion Strong will serialize his illustrated Korean drama/novel, Marked, which can be supported on Patreon.

Lee HerrickLee Herrick is the Fresno Poet Laureate (2015–2017) and the author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead (WordTech Editions, 2012) and This Many Miles from Desire (WordTech Editions, 2007). His poems have been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, including The Bloomsbury Review, ZZYZYVA, Berkeley Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Penn 401, Paul Robeson Library

Aimee NezhukumatathilAimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Lucky Fish, winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano; and Miracle Fruit. Poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, New England Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Slate, and others. She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship in poetry, the Glenna Luschia Prize from Prairie Schooner, and the Angoff Award from The Literary Review. She teaches at the State University of New York-Fredonia.

Lynne BarrettLynne Barrett is the author of the story collections Magpies (Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards), The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. She has received the Edgar Award for best mystery story and an NEA fellowship, and her work can be found in Trouble in the Heartland: Stories Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen, Fifteen Views of Miami, One Year to a Writing Life, Wraparound South, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, and many other journals and anthologies. Originally from New Jersey, she teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University and is editor of The Florida Book Review.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Black Box Theater, Fine Arts Building

Shelly OriaShelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel. Her short story collection, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, came out from FSG and Random House Canada in 2014. Shelly’s fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, fivechapters, and Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading among other places, and won the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, a Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria, and the LMCC Workspace Residency among other awards. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and teaches fiction at Pratt Institute, where she also co-directs the Writers’ Forum.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Multipurpose Room, Campus Center

MDJacketPhotoJuly2015Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. A Los Angeles Times opinion columnist for more than a decade, she has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and Vogue, and was the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

PaulLisickybyStarBlackPaul Lisicky is the author of five books including Famous BuilderUnbuilt Projects, and The Narrow Door, just published by Graywolf Press. His work has appeared in ConjunctionsFenceThe Iowa ReviewThe OffingPloughsharesTin House, and many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Henfield Foundation, and Yaddo. He has twice been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. He is an assistant professor in the English Department and MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden, where he serves as editor of StoryQuarterly.

Domenica Alloto, Julie Barer and Lisa Lucas

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Stedman Gallery

DA3Domenica Alioto is a Senior Editor at Crown/Penguin Random House where she has edited numerous critically acclaimed or bestselling non-fiction books, including Saima Wahab’s In My Father’s Country, Sean Carroll’s Brave Genius, Jim Al-Khalili’s Life on the Edge, and Tara Clancy’s The Clancys of Queens. She is also the editor of forthcoming books by Stephen Fried, former U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen, and Pulitzer-Prize winner Tom Reiss, among others.

JB publicity photo (1)Julie Barer is a partner at The Book Group, a full-service literary agency that represents a wide range of distinguished authors, including critically acclaimed and bestselling novelists, memoirists and journalists. Julie’s list is focused especially on fiction, and her clients include Joshua Ferris, Paula McLain, Lily King, and Celeste Ng. Writing by her clients has received numerous awards and honors, including the PEN/Hemingway Award, the National Book Award Finalist medal, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Dylan Thomas prize, the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and the Orange Prize.

LisaLisa Lucas is the publisher of Guernica, an online magazine of art & politics. She also serves as nonfiction co-chair for the Brooklyn Book Festival and a National Book Foundation advisory council member. Before joining Guernica, Lisa served as the director of education at Tribeca Film Institute and consulted for various non-profit arts and cultural organizations, including Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco Film Society, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Stedman Gallery

Karen-Russell-Author-Photo-Credit-Michael-LionstarKaren Russell is the author of the story collections St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, the novella Sleep Donation, and the novel Swamplandia!, which was named one of the five best fiction books of 2011 by the New York Times Book Review and honored as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a graduate of the Columbia MFA program (SOA ’06), a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. She loves nerding out about books with the Rutgers MFA.