University of Redlands

Visiting Writer Series

Visiting Writers Series

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.

This Season



Annual senior student reading and celebration and student-led journal publication party                                      

On Thursday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Hall of Letters 100  the 2024 Senior Portfolio Creative Writing Students read from their work in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. The editorial staff of the student-created REDLANDS REVIEW presented the 2024 edition, which is now available for sale.



Recent Events

TRANSMISSIONS: Conversations Across Languages, Cultures, Borders & Communities

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, AsymptoteBennington ReviewConjunctionsGhost Proposal, The Georgia ReviewGreen 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.

Past Events

Visiting Writer Series events range from presentations by notable authors, poets, and playwrights to public readings of works created by our faculty and students.

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Bird on a Wire

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.