Past Readings

2019-2020

  • Danez Smith
  • Keah Brown and Lyz Lenz
  • Charles Baxter
  • Kaveh Akbar
  • Carlos Gamerro
  • Eileen Pollack
  • Connelly Lecture: Rob Nixon
  • Eleanor Glewwe
  • Garth Greenwell and Brandon Taylor
  • Ed Pavlic

2018–19

  • Adrienne Celt ’06
  • Jamel Brinkley
  • Samantha Irby
  • Michael Perry
  • Solmaz Sharif
  • Celebration of Global Writing with Alisa Ganieva, Salah Badis, Adriana Borja Enriquez, and Rasha Khayat
  • Ralph Savarese
  • John Garrison
  • Christopher Castellani; Margot Livesey; Samantha Chang
  • Hai-Dang Phan
  • Tyehimba Jess
  • Wil Haygood
  • Aimee Nezhukamathil

2017–18

  • Benjamin Percy
  • Roy Scranton
  • Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  • Kiese Laymon and R. Dwayne Betts
  • Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah
  • Louis Jenkins
  • Carmen Machado and Alissa Nutting
  • Lynn Powell
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Thisbe Nissen and Jay Baron Nicorvo
  • Mark Montgomery and Irene “Tinker” Powell
  • Ocean Vuong
  • Marlon James
  • Roxane Gay
  • Stephen Kuusisto
  • Hugo Hamilton
  • Deborah Whaley
  • The Grinnell Review

2016–17

  • Hai-Dang Phan with Rick Barot
  • Chris Martin
  • Kazim Ali
  • Dan Chaon and Lynda Barry
  • Connelly Lecture: Rey Chow
  • Hugo Hamilton, Irish novelist
  • Gabrielle Calvocoressi
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Junot Diaz
  • Nichelle Tramble
  • Dale Maharidge with Michael Williamson
  • James McBride and The Good Lord Bird Band
  • Bennett Sims
  • The Grinnell Review

2015–16

  • Dean Bakopoulos
  • Kiese Laymon
  • Jami Attenberg
  • Ed Hirsch
  • Antonya Nelson
  • Richard Russo
  • Jeffrey Harrison
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Stephanie Ford
  • Roxane Gay (cancelled)
  • Rob Spillman
  • Alissa Nutting
  • The Grinnell Review

2014–15

  • Kazim Ali
  • Tom Rayfiel
  • Mary Szybist
  • Jess Row
  • T. Geronimo Johnson
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Nami Mun
  • Brian Turner
  • Alison Bechdel
  • Daphne Kalotay
  • The Grinnell Review

2013–14

  • Reading by Grinnell College faculty members:
    • George Barlow
    • Dean Bakopoulos
    • Mike Cavanagh
    • Hai-Dang Phan
    • Paula Smith
    • Ralph Savarese
  • Joy Castro
  • Nathan Hoks and Roger Reeves
  • Camille Dungy.
  • Julie Kane
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Elizabeth Graver
  • Eduardo Coral
  • Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • The Grinnell Review

2012–13

  • Natalie Bakopoulos
  • Sam Tanenhaus
  • Charles Baxter
  • May-lee Chai ’89
  • Ron Wallace
  • Davy and Peter Rothbart of FOUND Magazine
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Reading from Randa Jarrar
  • Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Katha Politt
  • Madeleine Thein
  • The Grinnell Review

2011–12

  • Dean Bakopoulos
  • Nell Regan
  • Ed Pavlic
  • Susanne Antonetta
  • Bruce Whiteman
  • Jeff Porter
  • Jane Bernstein
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Marty Dobrow
  • Kevin Brockmeier
  • Jennifer Finney Boylan
  • Mark Doty
  • In Acting Shakespeare
  • Ralph Savarese and Mike Cavanagh
  • The Grinnell Review

2010–11

  • Jeremy Jackson
  • Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Barry Lopez
  • Patricia Hampl
  • J. Harley McIlrath
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Mark Montgomery and Ira Strauber
  • Richard Kenney
  • Dorothy Allison
  • Ilya Kaminsky and Gary Shteyngart
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • The Grinnell Review

2009–10

  • Reading by Grinnell faculty members David Campbell and Josh Emmons
  • Floyd Skloot
  • Sam Tanenhaus ’77
  • Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Mary Swander
  • Tomaz Salamun
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Talk by Hal Wert
  • Faculty reading by George Barlow and Kesho Scott
  • Deborah Ager
  • Leslie Marmon Silko
  • Edward P. Jones
  • Edward Hirsch ’72
  • Terri Witek and Cyriaco Lopes
  • Paul Harding

2008–09

  • John Domini
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Stephen Kuusisto, Jim Crenner, and David Weiss
  • David Mura’74
  • Francisco Aragon
  • Montserrat Fontes
  • Matt Brennan ’77
  • Jeff Porter
  • Russell Leong
  • Quincy Troupe
  • Michael Hofmann
  • V.V. Ganeshananthan and Saadi Simawe
  • Adina Hoffman
  • Vince Gotera

2007–08

  • Rick Wirick
  • Kevin Kopelson
  • Marvin Bell
  • Peter Cole
  • Judith Tannenbaum
  • Tessa Rumsey
  • Amy Scattergood
  • The Grinnell Review
  • Josh Elder
  • Padget Powell
  • F. D. Reeve
  • F. D. Reeve and Eric Chasalow
  • Steve Andrews and Harley McIlrath
  • Distinguished Author Ana Castillo
  • Steve Kuusisto and Kenny Fries

2006–07

  • Elizabeth Graver
  • Brian Strause ’90
  • Francine Prose
  • Terri Witek
  • Page Coulter
  • Eugene Gloria
  • Molly Peacock
  • David Campbell
  • Geri Doran
  • Stephen Kuusisto
  • Marvin Bell
  • Lan Samantha Chang
  • John Edgar Wideman
  • Ralph Savarese

2005–06

  • Kevin Brockmeier
  • William Logan
  • Margot Livesey
  • Marilyn Chin
  • Dan O’Brien
  • Dominic Smith
  • Joy Castro
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Rebecca Wee
  • Willard Spiegelman
  • Ed Hirsch ’72
  • Emily Wilson

2004–05

  • Slimane Benaissa
  • Steven Sidor ’90
  • Debra Marquart
  • James Hynes
  • Pete Fromm
  • W.S. Merwin

2003–04

  • Taha Muhammad Ali
  • Michael Hoffman
  • Eric Pankey and Jennifer Atkinson
  • Daniel Beachy-Quick
  • Elizabeth McCracken
  • David Lynn
  • Brenda Hillman
  • Margaret McMullan ’82
  • Christopher Merrill
  • Kevin Brockmeier
  • Judith Mitchell
  • Robert Olen Butler

2002–03

  • Erika Krouse ’91
  • Derek Walcott
  • May-Lee Chai ’89
  • F.D. Reeve
  • Chris Offutt
  • David Mura ’74
  • Alex Parsons
  • Sheryl St. Germaine
  • Cole Swensen
  • David Heath ’81
  • Kevin Brockmeier
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt

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