The Visiting Writers Series brings to campus acclaimed writers of diverse backgrounds and approaches to share their work and interact with students, faculty, and the larger university and Redlands communities.
At the regularly scheduled, public events, authors read from their work and then participate in open discussion with the audience. A reception and book signing typically follows. Earlier in the day, visiting writers often meet with seminar and workshop students to discuss their work and careers and to engage with faculty in conversations about creative writing.
The Creative Writing Department of the University of Redlands is pleased to announce a Visiting Writers Series event for Spring Semester 2024.
Anna Maria Hong & Christine Hume - Editors of TRAVERSALS: A Folio on Walking, featured in the Summer 2023 edition of The Hopkins Review.
Please join us on Thursday, February 22nd at 5:30 p.m. in Hall of Letters
100 for a discussion of this project, including readings from the editors as well as University of Redlands faculty poet, Youna Kwak.
Join us before the event at 5:00pm for a food and drink reception, where you can meet the authors and explore their work.
For an added experience, please sign up to join the “walkshop” starting at 4:00 p.m. The editors of Traversals will be introducing and inspiring a walking and writing adventure. (If walking is not an option for you on this afternoon, you are welcome to join us—we have alternative ideas for you!). If you are interested in attending, please sign up in Hall of Letters 311 or email email@example.com with WALKSHOP in the Subject line.
Anna Maria Hong is the author of the poetry collections Age of Glass, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, and Fablesque, winner of Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize, and the novella H & G, winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize. A recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation, she is an Associate Professor at Mount Holyoke College.
Christine Hume’s fifth book, Everything I Never Wanted to Know, explores two hated subjects in America, sex offenders and women’s bodies, (Ohio State University Press, 21st Century Essays Series, 2023). Her collaborative book with 2023 Guggenheim Photo Fellow Laura Larson, All the Women I Know, is coming out with Saint Lucy Books in 2025. She is a professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University.
The Creative Writing Department of the University of Redlands presented a special Visiting Writers Series event on March 22, 2022, featuring a reading and discussion about creative work in translation by a panel of distinguished guests: Brent Armendinger, Olivia C. Harrison, Adnan Mahmutović, and Teresa Villa-Ignacio
The invited authors and translators read from their work before joining in a conversation about the challenges and rewards of translation; the powers and limits of language at the borders of communities, identities, and nations; and the creative potential of cultural transmissions.
This event was made possible from the support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Edith R. White Endowment and its Endowed Chair.
Brent Armendinger is the author of Street Gloss (The Operating System, 2019), a work of site-specific poetry and experimental translation, and The Ghost in Us Was Multiplying (Noemi Press, 2015), both of which were finalists for the California Book Award in Poetry. He is also the author of two chapbooks, Undetectable (New Michigan Press, 2009) and Archipelago (Noemi Press, 2009). Brent’s poems and translations have recently appeared in Anomaly, Asymptote, Bennington Review, Conjunctions, Ghost Proposal, The Georgia Review, Green Mountain Review, Interim, and Tinfish. He has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Mineral School, Blue Mountain Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Community of Writers. Brent teaches creative writing at Pitzer College and lives in Los Angeles.
Olivia C. Harrison is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on postcolonial North African, Middle Eastern, and French literature and film, with a particular emphasis on transcolonial affiliations between writers and intellectuals from the Global South. She is the author of Transcolonial Maghreb: Imagining Palestine in the Era of Decolonization (Stanford University Press, 2016) and, with Teresa Villa-Ignacio, coeditor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford University Press, 2016) and co-translator of Hocine Tandjaoui’s Clamor (Litmus Press, 2021). Her translations include essays and poems by Abdelkebir Khatibi, Jacques Hassoun, Abdellatif Laâbi, and Abraham Serfaty.
Adnan Mahmutović is a Bosnian-Swedish writer and Lecturer in English literature at Stockholm University. He came to Sweden as a refugee of war in the 1990s. His major works include Thinner than a Hair (2010), How to Fare Well and Stay Fair (2012), At the Feet of Mothers (2020),Ways of Being Free (2012), Craft of Editing (2018), Future in Comics (2017), and Claiming Space (2021).
Teresa Villa-Ignacio is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Stonehill College. Her writing explores contemporary poetic and translational interventions in ethical philosophy, postcolonial liberation movements, and social justice activism. With Olivia Harrison, she is the co-translator of Hocine Tandjaoui’s Clamor (Litmus Press, 2021) and co-editor of Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics (Stanford UP, 2016). She has contributed translations to For an Ineffable Metrics of the Desert, the selected work of Moroccan poet Mostafa Nissabouri (Otis Books/Seismicity, 2018), and she is completing a monograph entitled Translational Poethics: Postlyric French-American Communities Since World War II.
Visiting Writer Series events range from presentations by notable authors, poets, and playwrights to public readings of works created by our faculty and students.
Read from and discussed her much-lauded nonfiction-poetry hybrid Citizen, a finalist for the National Book Award.
Author of The Moor’s Account, a winner of the American Book Award for the Novel and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, read from her novel and also spoke on Islamophobia.
A two-time finalist for the National Book Award for her novels Stone Arabia and Eat the Document
A novelist and nonfiction author, whose books include Little and Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life
Photo Credit: University of Southern California
Bird on a Wire brings students together to share their written work, ranging from poetry, prose, and quotations to journal entries and cross-genre pieces. Sponsored by the University of Redlands Creative Writing department, the student-led program aims to build a creative community of both writers and readers.