Writers @ Grinnell Events

Showcasing Writers at Grinnell

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. “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.

Schedule of Events

Register for all public Prairie Lights events (via Zoom). All times listed are Central time zone.

Zoom links to the reading and roundtable events will be posted at the beginning of each week in various campus communications and on W@G social media; events will be captioned.

Follow us! @grinnellwriters (Twitter) and writers_at_grinnell (Instagram).

To request additional accessibility accommodations, please email De Dudley at at least 2 days prior to the event.

Hey, it’s 2021! We’re taking this one day at a time. This information is subject to change. Check your email and follow us on social media for updates and additional information.

Thanks to Steven Duong ’19 for the cool graphics work and social media help for our year ahead.

The Writers@Grinnell virtual and in-person line-up for the fall session kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.

Fall 2021

Clare Mao ’14 and Emily Mester ’14

Thursday, Sept. 23, 4:15 p.m. — Roundtable, Humanities & Social Studies Complex Room S1325

Santiago Jose Sanchez and Larissa Pham

Thursday, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. — Grinnell College Museum of Art

Alix Ohlin in Conversation With W@G Director Dean Bakopoulos

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. — Live from Prairie Lights.

John Garrison and Dustin Dixon - Convocation

Tuesday, Oct. 7, Noon — Joe Rosenfield '25 Center Room 101

Melissa Febos and Donika Kelly

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 8 p.m. — Grinnell College Museum of Art

Ralph James Savarese and Tilly Woodward

Thursday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. — Grinnell College Museum of Art

Spring 2022

Jeff Porter

Postponed until fall ’22

Molly McCully Brown

Thursday, Mar. 10, 8 p.m. — Zoom

Riva Lehrer

Postponed until fall '22

Jerald Walker

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 8 p.m.— Zoom

Terrance Hayes - Distinguished Author Reading

Thursday, Apr. 21, 8 p.m. — Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101

Jean Guerrero - Armando (Mando) Montaño '12 Memorial Reading

Tuesday, Apr. 26, 8 p.m. — Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101

Claire Lombardo & Rachel Yoder

Friday, Apr. 29, 4:15 p.m. — Grinnell College Museum of Art

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