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.
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
Postponed until fall ’22
Molly McCully Brown
Thursday, Mar. 10, 8 p.m. — Zoom
Postponed until fall '22
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