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.
PEN-Hemingway Award Winnner
Distinguished Visiting Writers
Dinty Moore (nonfiction): Sept 25, 2013, 7:30pm, U of Idaho Law School Courtroom
Tymhimba Jess (poetry): Oct 23, 2013, 7:30pm, U of Idaho Law School Courtroom
Teju Cole (fiction): Nov 13, 2013, 7:30pm, U of Idaho Law School Courtroom
: Feb 12, 2014, 7:30pm, Kenworthy Theater
Joy Passanante: April 3, 2014, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Jonathan Evison (fiction): Sept 11, 2013, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Janisse Ray: Feb 20, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Diane Raptosh: March 12, 7:30pm (tentative)
Chris Howell: Apr 17, 7:30pm, BookPeople
Symposium (Student readings)
January 25, 7:00pm
Erin James’ house
Alex Baldwin (Poetry) and Jeff Pearson (Poetry)
March 29, 6:00pm
Max Ebert’s house
Max Ebert (Fiction), Daniel Iacob (Poetry) and Jennifer Hawk (Nonfiction)
April 19, 7:00pm
Brandon Schrand’s House
Katherine Johnson (Nonfiction) and Gretchen Schulz (Nonfiction)