Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

visiting writers

Distinguished Visiting Writers Program

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Program was instituted in 1978 at the University of Idaho. It brings three nationally recognized authors to campus each year to provide graduates and undergraduates with a week of intensive instruction in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction writing. Visiting writers conduct generative workshops with graduate students; writers also lead a lecture and Q&A with both graduate and undergraduate writers. A free public reading usually occurs midweek.

Distinguished Visiting Writers are chosen not only for their talent as teachers and writers, but also for the diversity they bring to students in terms of genre, vision, voice, and background. Among those who have taught in the program are Kathy Acker, Charles Baxter, Ann Beattie, Linda Bierds, Robert Boswell, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Joshua Ferris, Billy Collins, Robert Coover, Samuel R. Delany, Mark Doty, David James Duncan, Stephen Dunn, Tony Earley, Ben Fountain, Raymond Federman, Carolyn Forche, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Ursula Hegi, Robin Hemley, Tony Hoagland, Ann Pancake, Stanley Kunitz, Li-Young Lee, Patricia Hampl, Margot Livesey, Mark Halliday, Beverly Lowry, Carole Maso, Campbell McGrath, Rebecca McClanahan, Heather McHugh, Antonya Nelson, Sharon Olds, Benjamin Percy, Marilynne Robinson, Sonia Sanchez, Natasha Tretheway, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Derek Walcott, and David Foster Wallace.

Our 2014-2015 writers will be:

  • Naomi Shihab Nye (November 11-13, 2014)
  • Alison Hawthorne Deming (March 2-6, 2015)
  • Matt Bell (April 13-17, 2015)

For further information, please contact the Director of Creative Writing, Bret Shepard, at