Writers @ Grinnell Events

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.

Fall Schedule of Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Adrienne Celt '06

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., September 6, Rosenfield Center, Room 209
Reading: 8 p.m., September 6, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Jamel Brinkley

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., September 13, Rosenfield Center, Room 209
Reading: 8 p.m., September 13, Faulconer Gallery, BCA

Samantha Irby

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., September 20, Rosenfield Center, Room 209
Reading: 8 p.m., September 20, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Michael Perry

Reading: 8 p.m., September 26, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Solmaz Sharif

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., October 4, Mears Cottage Living Room
Reading: 8 p.m., October 4, Faulconer Gallery, BCA

Celebration of Global Writing -

Reading and reception: 4:15 p.m., October 9, Hotel Grinnell 
By/for participants in the University of Iowa's International Writing Program's Fall residency.

Kaveh Akbar   (CANCELLED)

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., November 1, Rosenfield Center, Room 101
Reading: 8 p.m., November 1, Faulconer Gallery, BCA

Ralph Savarese

Book release celebration and Reading: 8 p.m., November 8, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Spring Schedule of Events - Dates, times, and locations to be determined.

(Additional events will be added as details are finalized.)

All events are free and open to the public.

John Garrison

Book release celebration and Reading: 8:00 p.m., February 7, Faulconer Gallery, BCA

Christopher Castellani; Margot Livesey; Sam Chang

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., February 28, Harris Concert Hall (Tentative location)
Reading: 8 p.m., February 28, Harris Concert Hall (Tentative location)

Hai-Dang Phan

Book release celebration and Reading: 4:15 p.m., March 7, Mears Cottage Living Room

Distinguished Author: Tyehimba Jess

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., April 4, Rosenfield Center, Room 209
Reading: 8 p.m., April 4, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Armando Montaño Memorial Reading: Wil Haygood

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., April 11, Rosenfield Center, Room 209
Reading: 8 p.m., April 11, Rosenfield Center, Room 101

Aimee Nezhukamathil

Roundtable: 4:15 p.m., May 2, Mears Cottage Living Room
Reading: 7:30 p.m., May 2, Hotel Grinnell Ballroom