The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
The Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, named after the founder of Wake Forest University Press, brings to campus established and emerging fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction each year to give literary readings and visit creative-writing workshops in the Creative Writing Minor and other courses at Wake Forest. The literary readings are often followed by a book signing and reception. Readings are sometimes coordinated in conjunction with other departments at Wake Forest as well as with other universities in the area and local and state agencies such as the North Carolina Humanities Council.
Recent visiting authors include Carmen Giménez Smith, Jerome Rothenberg, Lia Purpura, Tracie Morris, Chris Abani, Gabriel Blackwell, Anne Waldman, Alejandro Zambra, Ben Lerner, Renee Gladman, Joanna Howard, Michael Leong, Brian Evenson, George Quasha, Bhanu Kapil, TaraShea Nesbit, and M. NourbeSe Philip. Recent visiting authors co-sponsored by the Writers Reading Series include Ciaran Carson, Abigail Child, Jacqueline Osherow, and Kevin Berry. Additional readers over the years have included Maya Angelou, W.S. Merwin, Evie Shockley, Stuart Dybek, Natasha Trethewey, Heather McHugh, Harryette Mullen, Reginald McKnight, C.K. Williams, Julianna Baggott, Carl Phillips, Simon Armitage, Dan Chaon, Owen King, Kelly Braffet, Wilton Barnhardt, Martin Clark, Quinn Dalton, and Adam Zagajewski, among many others.
The readings are open to all Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff as well as to the general public and have become popular events in the university’s calendar. Please see maps and parking information as well as driving directions to Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus, where the readings are held.
George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo and recipient of the 2017 Man Booker Prize, will give a reading on Wake Forest University’s campus on April 10, 2019. His visit is made possible by a generous gift from the family of alumna Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick ’50 to the… Continue Reading: George Saunders to speak on campus April 10
We’ve compiled an end-of-summer reading list featuring some of the exciting literary scholars and writers who are coming to Wake Forest this year. You can learn more about these speakers and other English department events on our events calendar. Fall 2018 Literary Events: An End-of-Summer Reading List A. R. Ammons “About… Continue Reading: Get to know this year’s visiting speakers and writers with our end-of-summer reading list
Carmen Giménez Smith will give a poetry reading on October 18 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
The Wake Forest University Creative Writing program’s Dillon Johnston Writer Reading Series presents an evening with poet Carmen Giménez Smith on Thursday, October 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a reception and a book signing. This… Continue Reading: Carmen Giménez Smith will give a poetry reading on October 18 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
Author John Crowley will give a reading on September 26 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
The Wake Forest University Creative Writing program’s Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series presents an evening with author John Crowley on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center. The reading will be followed by a reception and a book signing. This… Continue Reading: Author John Crowley will give a reading on September 26 for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series
Naima Coster, author and Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing and Writing, will read from her new novel, Halsey Street, for the Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series on Wednesday, February 28. The reading will begin at 6 p.m. in Hanes Art Gallery in Scales Fine Arts Center and be followed… Continue Reading: Professor Naima Coster to read from her new novel Halsey Street on Feb. 28