Writers@Grinnell brings to campus writers of all kinds: poets, novelists, memoirists, essayists, radio essayists, columnists, graphic memoirists, playwrights, and short story writers.

“Interacting with writers, hearing them not only read from their work but also talk about their achievements and struggles, helps us to see that literature is a living tradition,” says Ralph Savarese, professor of English and director of the program. “Writers@Grinnell works its magic in the way that the College does generally: by allowing students to discover and cultivate a passionate commitment to engaged living. Students learn that carefully and beautifully crafted words matter.”

The program is not designed just for student writers. “The program serves interdisciplinary learning by showcasing writers who take up matters of politics or history or science, for example — the latter is a loose but common thread in the work of a number of this year's visitors," Savarese says.

Fall Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Dean Bakopoulos

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Sept. 3, Rosenfield Center 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Sept. 3, Rosenfield Center Room 101

Kiese Laymon

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Sept. 17, Rosenfield Center 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Sept. 17, Rosenfield Center Room 101

Jami Attenberg

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Sept. 22, Rosenfield Center 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Sept. 22, Rosenfield Center 101

Ed Hirsch 

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Oct. 8, Rosenfield Center 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Oct. 8, Faulconer Gallery, BCA 

Antonya Nelson

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Oct. 29, JRC 109

Reading: 8 p.m., Oct. 29, JRC 101

Richard Russo

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Nov. 12, JRC 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Nov. 12, JRC 101

Jeffrey Harrison

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Nov. 18, JRC 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Nov. 18, JRC 101

The Grinnell Review

Reading: 8 p.m., Dec. 10, Rosenfield Center Room 101

The Grinnell Review is the College's mainstream journal of art and literature, published each semester.

Spring Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Edwidge Danticat

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Feb. 25, Rosenfield Center 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Feb. 25, Faulconer Gallery, BCA

Stephanie Ford

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., Mar. 3 Rosenfield Center 209

Reading: 8 p.m., Mar. 3, Rosenfield Center Room 101

The Grinnell Review

Reading: 8 p.m., May 5, Rosenfield Center Room 101

The Grinnell Review is the College's mainstream journal of art and literature, published each semester.