Percival Everett

April 9, 2014
South ABC Conference Room, Campus Center

Fiction Workshop: Percival Everett 3:00-4:30pm, Armitage 109

Percival EverettPercival Everett is the author of more than twenty novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry. Among his novels, all published by Graywolf, are Percival Everett by Virgil Russell(2013), Assumption (2011), I Am Not Sidney Poitier (2009), The Water Cure (2008), Wounded,Glyph, Erasure, ZulusWatershed, and God’s Country. His poetry collections are Swimming Swimmers Swimming (2011) and re: f(gesture), both published by Red Hen Press.  He is the recipient of the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from an American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, The Believer Book Award, The Vallombrosa Von Rezzori Prize, the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, and a New American Writing Award.

Spring 2014 Publishing Panel

Dan Conaway and Rebecca Saletan

March 12, 2014
Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center

Query Letter Workshop: Dan Conaway 3:00-4:30pm, Armitage Hall, Room 205

Don ConwayDan Conaway, before joining Writers House as a literary agent four years ago, worked as Executive Editor at Putnam, Executive Editor at HarperCollins, and Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Films. He also wrote about publishing under the pseudonym “Mad Max Perkins” at the blog BookAngst 101.

Rebecca SaletanRebecca Saletan is Vice President and Editorial Director of Riverhead Books. Prior to coming to Riverhead in 2009 she was Editor in Chief, then Publisher, of the adult trade group at Harcourt, and subsequently at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Over the course of three decades in publishing, Ms. Saletan has acquired and edited a range of award-winning and bestselling books. In fiction, her authors include Mohsin Hamid, Junot Díaz, Ivan Doig, and Claire Vaye Watkins. The nonfiction writers she has worked with include Hanna Rosin, Masha Gessen, Diane McWhorter, Rory Stewart, Peter Matthiessen, William Langewiesche, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Saletan began in publishing at Yale University Press and has also held editorial positions at Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she was editorial director of North Point Press.

Jessica Hagedorn & Rachel Pastan

February 19, 2014
Black Box Theater, Fine Arts Building

Conversation on Craft: Jessica Hagedorn & Pat Rosal 3:00-4:30pm, Armitage Hall 109

Jessica HagedonJessica Hagedorn’s most recent novel is Toxicology. She is also the author of the novels Dogeaters, which was a National Book Award finalist, The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty. A former Guggenheim fellow, she edited the Asian American literary anthology Charlie Chan is Dead. She currently directs the MFA program at Long Island University. 

Rachel PastanRachel Pastan is the author of the novels Lady of the Snakes (Harcourt) and This Side of Married(Viking). A member of the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she is also Editor-at-Large for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where she writes the blog Miranda. Her new novel, Alena, will be published in January.

Chris Ware

January 29, 2014
Multi-Purpose Room, Campus Center

Chris WareChris Ware is one of the leading cartoonists and graphic novelists working today. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Ware was the cartoonist chosen to inaugurate the New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” section in late 2005. His most recent book, Building Stories, was a New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year, and was also, amongst other honors, awarded four Eisner Awards. He is currently at work on a long-form graphic novel, Rusty Brown.