NC State Literary Readings & Events Spring 2018

UPDATE: TED CHIANG (Fiction) Reading has been postponed to September 26

Location details will be announced closer to the event. Please check this page for updates.

UPDATED EVENT: JOHN KESSEL, Fiction (Rescheduled from March 28)
February 21, 7:30 PM Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall (map)
John Kessel’s latest novel is Pride and Prometheus (2018). His previous novel,The Moon and the Other (2017), was included by The Washington Post among its 5 Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels of 2017 and was one of Barnes & Noble’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2017.  His other novels are Good News from Outer Space and Corrupting Dr. Nice and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting in Infinity, The Pure Product, The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories and The Collected Kessel. His fiction has twice received the Nebula Award, in addition to the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, the Locus Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. His play “Faustfeathers” won the Paul Green Playwright's Prize, and his story “A Clean Escape'” was adapted  as an episode of the 2006 ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction.

Kessel has taught American literature and fiction writing at North Carolina State University since 1982, helped found the NCSU MFA program in creative writing, and served twice as its director.

A Staged Reading of The World Only Spins Forward with DAN KOIS
March 20, 7:30 PM Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library (map)
Dan Kois is an editor and writer for Slate's culture department and visiting writer at NC State University's Creative Writing program. In collaboration with NC State's theatre program, Dan will lead a staged reading of sections of his book (co-written with Isaac Butler) The World Only Spins Forward, an oral history of Tony Kushner's award-winning play Angels in America, by student and faculty performers. 

NEW EVENT—Art United: Fostering Equity and Inclusivity through Writing and Art
March 22, 6:00 PM Fishbowl Forum, DH Hill Library (map)
Are you a creative person interested in building a more inclusive and positive campus climate at NC State? Join us as acclaimed poets (and NC State alums) Tyree Daye and Leila Chatti join editor and graphic memoirist Kristen Radtke for Art United, a generative workshop for members of the NC State community who want to open up dialogue about equity and inclusivity on campus. During the workshop, participants will talk about their experiences as NC State students and community members, and will hone their writing and drawing techniques in a supportive, collaborative three-hour workshop.

Poems, graphic memoirs, and poetry-visual art hybrids produced in the workshop will be exhibited at a follow-up gallery show on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Hunt Library’s Teaching and Visualization Lab. Because this is a collaborative workshop, students are encouraged (but not required) to register in artist-writer pairs. This free workshop is open to all NC State students and faculty and is sponsored by the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the Arts United registration page

Presented in partnership with NCSU Libraries.

March 28, 7:30 PM Hatteras-Okracoke Suite, Talley Student Union (map)
Elaine Neil Orr is a trans-Atlantic writer of fiction, memoir, and poetry. Themes of home, country, and spiritual longing run through her writing. Her latest novel, Swimming Between Worlds, is forthcoming from Berkley in 2018. She is the author of the novel A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa (Berkley/Penguin, 2013). Her memoir, Gods of Noonday (Virginia, 2003), was a Top-20 Book Sense selection and a nominee for the Old North State Award as well as a SIBA Book Award. She is associate editor of a collection of essays on international childhoods, Writing Out of Limbo, and the author of two scholarly books. Her short stories and short memoirs have won several Pushcart Prize nominations and competition prizes. She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

She was born in Nigeria to medical missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain forests of that country. She is an award-winning Professor of English at North Carolina State University.

April 10, 7:00 PM Teaching & Visualization Lab, Hunt Library (map)
Gallery showing of poems, graphic memoirs, and poetry-visual art hybrids produced in the Art United workshop on March 22 (see above).

Presented in partnership with NCSU Libraries.


April 12, 7:30 PM Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library (map)
Marianne Boruch’s nine collections of poetry include The Book of Hours (a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner), Cadaver, Speak, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (which was listed on The New Yorker’s "Books We Loved in 2016"), and the forthcoming We Jumped out of a Hole to Stand Here Radiant (all from Copper Canyon Press). She has published three essay collections about poetry--Poetry’s Old Air; In the Blue Pharmacy, and The Little Death of Self (all in the University of Michigan Press’ Poets on Poetry Series--and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana University Press, 2011). Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Field, The New York Review of Books, Poetry London, The Nation, Kenyon Review, Narrative, and elsewhere. The founding director of Purdue University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, Boruch has been a Guggenheim and NEA Fellow, a four-time Pushcart Prize winner, and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Djerrasi, MacDow­ell, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and two national parks (Denali and Isle Royale).

Presented in partnership with NCSU Libraries.

NEW EVENT— Documentary Screening: A Late Style of Fire: Larry Levis, American Poet
April 17, 7:0 PM Hunt Library (map)
Larry Levis has ultimately become one of America’s essential poets, as his work has continued to grow in popularity and influence among a broad range of readers and writers. Featuring an original score by the well-known singer/songwriter Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, A Late Style of Fire celebrates the story of a flawed yet immensely talented writer, capturing the risks and triumphs of a life devoted to making powerfully memorable art.

For more information, visit the event’s Eventbrite page

Presented in partnership with NCSU Libraries.

2018 NC STATE UNIVERSITY MFA GRADUATE READING                                  
April 25, 6:00 PM Duke Energy Hall, Hunt Library (map)
2018 graduates of the NC State University MFA in Creative Writing Program present readings from their work. Past years’ MFA graduates have gone on to win the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, the Nebula Award, the Masters Review Anthology Prize, and the World Science Fiction Award and receive a Provincetown Fellowship, NC Arts Council Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Ron Wallace Poetry Fellowship, among other honors.

Presented in partnership with NCSU Libraries.

Free parking is available for all events:

For events at Talley Student Union: Coliseum Deck (map)

For events at Thompson Hall: Coliseum Deck (map)

For events at DH Hill Library: Dan Allen Deck (map)

For events at Hunt Library: Oval West Parking Deck (map)