Visiting Writers

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He is Diné of the Bįį’bítóó’nii’ Tódi’chii’nii clan and is born for the Tlizilłani’ clan. He is from White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. He reads poetry on Friday, April 7, 7 pm, with Melissa Kwasny in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Strength in What Remains, My Detachment, Mountains Beyond MountainsHome Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, Houseand The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine. Kidder gives a nonfiction craft lecture on Friday, March 3, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, location TBA. He also reads nonfiction that evening, 7 pm, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. 

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), Dorset Prize winner and the 2014 PEN/Open Book Award, One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press, 2003) Green Rose Prize winner, When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press, 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire (Lotus Press 1999) Naomi Long Madgett Prize winner. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies including, Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of Forking Paths, IOU: New Writing On Money, New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Yaddo. She is a Contributing Editor at Poets & Writers Magazine and has taught poetry writing for the University of Missouri, Southern Illinois University, the New England College Low Residency MFA program, the Indiana Summer Writer’s workshop, and Washington University’s Summer Writing program. She teaches Poetry, Poetics, and Literature at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Kocher gives a lecture, "Race and Publishing in the 21st Century," with Carmen Giménez Smith on Friday, October 7, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, in Liberal Arts 103B. They also read poetry that evening, 7 pm, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. 

Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse

Megan Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and her debut novel, Call Me Home, was released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was the recipient of a 2016 PNBA Award, and one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 for 2015. Kruse gives a lecture, "What It Feels Like: Crafting Emotion in Fiction," on Friday, October 14, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, in Liberal Arts 103B. She also reads fiction that evening, 7 pm, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. 

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny

Melissa Kwasny is the author of five collections of poetry: Pictograph, The Nine Senses, and Reading Novalis in Montana, all from Milkweed Editions; Thistle, winner of the Idaho Prize and published by Lost Horse Press; and The Archival Birds from Bear Star Press. Reading Novalis in Montana was named one of the top ten books of 2009 by The Huffington Post. Her collection Earth Recitals: Essays on Image and Vision was published by Lynx House in 2013. She is also the editor of Toward the Open Field: Poets on the Art of Poetry 1800-1950 (Wesleyan University Press) and co-editor, with M.L. Smoker, of I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poets in Defense of Global Human Rights (Lost Horse Press). Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Bellingham Review, Boston Review, Field, Kenyon Review, Orion, and Willow Springs. She lives in the Elkhorn Mountains in southwestern Montana. She reads poetry on Friday, April 7, 7 pm, with Sherwin Bitsui in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.

Catherine Lacey

Catherine Lacey(pc: Lauren Volo)

Catherine Lacey is the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing, a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award and a winner of a 2016 Whiting Award. It has been translated or is forthcoming in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch & German. She was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2012 and has taught in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. She has published work in The New York Times and Oxford American, among others. Her second novel, The Answers, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux and abroad in April 2017. Her first short story collection, Small Differences, will follow. Lacey is the Kittredge Visiting Writer in Prose for Fall Semester. She reads fiction on Friday, November 4, 7 pm, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. 

Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim(pc: Young Suh) 

Sandra Lim is the author of The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), selected by Louise Glück for the 2013 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and a previous collection of poetry, Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). A 2015 Pushcart Prize winner, she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Lim was born in Seoul, Korea and educated at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and lives in Cambridge, MA. Lim is the Hugo Visiting Writer in Poetry for Spring Semester. She reads poetry on Friday, February 3, 7 pm, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall. 

Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo (pc: Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest​ was also shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo joins the faculty of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden in the fall of 2016.  He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Pardlo reads poetry on Friday, September 23, 7 pm at the Wilma Theater. (This event is part of the Montana Book Festival, co-sponsored by Humanities Montana and the Creative Writing Program.)

Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections— including Milk and Filth, finalist for the 2013 NBCC award in poetry. She co-dited  Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing published by Counterpath Press. A CantoMundo Fellow, she teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University, while serving as the publisher of Noemi Press. Smith gives a lecture, "Race and Publishing in the 21st Century," with Ruth Ellen Kocher on Friday, October 7, 12:00 - 12:50 pm, in the Payne Family Native American Center, room 011. They also reads poetry that evening, 7 pm, in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.