We have a slew of readings. The Distinguished Visiting Writer program brings three nationally recognized authors to campus for an intimate week-long workshop with our MFA students. The distinguished visiting writer also conducts a public reading.
We also bring in 3-5 additional visiting writers per year for public readings. These writers, most of them hugely successful, occasionally lecture or meet with MFA students.
We're greatly honored each year to host the PEN-Hemingway award winner. This award is presented to an American writer in honor of her/his first novel or short story collection. The author reads during the annual Hemingway Festival.
Finally, MFA students have a chance to read their own work at the highly festive, and reader-friendly, Symposium Reading Series, held in faculty living rooms 6-8 times per year. Students may also want to read in the Occasional Reading Series, a community event that brings together writers, artists and musicians.
Distinguished Visiting Writers
Gabrielle Calvocoressi (poetry): Nov 7, 2012, 7:30pm, U of Idaho Law School Courtroom
Rebecca Solnit (nonfiction): Jan 30, 2013, 7:30pm, U of Idaho Law School Courtroom
Adam Johnson (fiction): April 10, 2013, 7:30pm, U of Idaho Law School Courtroom
PEN-Hemingway Award Winner
Teju Cole: Sept 4-6, Kenworthy Theater
Daniel Orozco: Sept 26, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Brandon Schrand: Mar 20, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Robert Wrigley: Apr 1, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Ronald McFarland: May 1, 7:30 pm, BookPeople
Symposium (Student readings)
Saturday, September 22 at Christa Teston's home, 7:00 pm
Eric Hayes (Nonfiction)
Kate Cobb (Nonfiction)
Saturday, October 13 at Jan Johnson's home, 7:00 pm
Karina Borges (Fiction)
Katie Ellison (Nonfiction)
Saturday, December 1 at Alexandra Teague's home, 6:00 pm
Eric Greenwell (Poetry)
Eric Severn (Fiction)
Lloyd Siegel (Fiction)
Saturday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m.
Sarah Barrett (Fiction)
Shannon Spies (Poetry)
Amelia Brubaker (Poetry)
Saturday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Ashley Peel (Nonfiction)
Brian Scullion (Fiction)
Shawn Rubenfield (Fiction)
Saturday, March 23
Megan Mills-Ritman (Fiction)
Wendy Silva (Poetry)