Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Visiting Writers Series

The Visiting Writers Series was introduced to campus in 2005 as a way to connect students with contemporary authors whose works have significantly impacted the world of literature. Founded by Michael P. Thomas, poet and Associate Dean for the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Series has become a celebrated component of the University’s Center for the Arts.

In each installment of the Visiting Writers Series, students and faculty attend a lecture given by the author and are invited to participate in creative discussions and workshops. By fostering organic relationships between the University community and visiting authors, the Series promotes critical thinking and cultural diversity.

The series has included internationally and nationally renowned poets and fiction writers, including:

Joyce Carol Oates, winner of the National Book Award and author of over 40 novels

Mary Karr, bestselling author of The Liars Club and award-winning poet

Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize winner & Poet Laureate

Caryl Phillips Afro-Caribbean writer, essayist, novelist

Brian Turner, US Army Iraqi War Veteran Poet, author of the book, Here, Bullet

Robert Pinsky, former three-time United States Poet Laureate

Colm Toibin. Irish Novelist and author of the recent Broadway production, A Testament of Mary

Nick Flynn, memoirist and poet, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which became the film, Being Flynn, starring Robert DeNiro

Mary Gaitskill, novelist and short story writer, National Book Award finalist

Andrei Codrescu Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio

Richard Blanco, Cuban-American poet, President Obama’s Inauguration poet

Louise Gluck, Pulitzer Prize winner and US Poet Laureate

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Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club – American Dirt

Aug 11 2020

7:30 PM

Visiting Writers

Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club – American Dirt

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is Jeanine Cummins’s American Dirt.

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Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club: James Baldwin’s GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Jun 23 2020

7:30 PM

Visiting Writers

Virtual Tuesday Night Book Club: James Baldwin’s GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! This month’s novel is James Baldwin’s GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN.

Free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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VIRTUAL Tuesday Night Book Club: Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

Apr 21 2020

7:30 PM

Visiting Writers

VIRTUAL Tuesday Night Book Club: Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

Join us for Tuesday Night Book Club! Hosted by Monmouth University’s Ken Womack and Michael Thomas, each month we’ll explore a different novel. All you have to do is Zoom in and join the discussion! Our first selection is Colm Toibin’s celebrated Brooklyn (2009).

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POSTPONED – Jordy Rosenberg

Apr 7 2020

4:30 PM
The Great Hall Auditorium

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POSTPONED – Jordy Rosenberg

Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox – described by The New York Times as “a mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, 18th-century London,” named a New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Publishing Triangle Award. Confessions has been recognized by The New Yorker, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Kirkus Reviews, LitHub, Electric Literature and the Feminist Press as one of the Best Books of 2018.

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Taije Silverman

Nov 18 2019

4:30 PM
The Great Hall Auditorium

Visiting Writers

Taije Silverman

Taije Silverman is the author of Houses Are Fields, a book of poems published in 2009 by Louisiana University Press. Her Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli (translated from the Italian with Marina Della Putta Johnston) will be published by Princeton University Press in fall 2019. Recent poems and translations have been in The Best American Poetry 2017 and The Best American Poetry 2016, Harvard Review, The Nation, Agni, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Her poems are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Five Points, and The Georgia Review. She is the recipient of a 2017 Pushcart Prize, the 2016 Anne Halley Prize for best poem in The Massachusetts Review, a 2011 Fulbright Award, the 2010-11 W.K. Rose Fellowship from Vassar College, and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Houses Are Fields appeared in Italian translation in 2013 (Le Case Sono Campi, trans. Giorgia Pordenoni, Oedipus Edizioni). Silverman previously taught at the University of Bologna, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and at Emory University, where she was the Creative Writing Fellow.

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Alexandra Kleeman

Sep 17 2019

4:30 PM
The Great Hall Auditorium

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Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman is a Staten Island-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection

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Kevin Young

Apr 2 2019

4:30 PM
The Great Hall Auditorium

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Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker.

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