College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Visiting Writer Series - Fall 2015

Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams

Tuesday, Oct 6th

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams

Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams

5:00 p.m., WSU CUB Auditorium

Known for their naturalist writings advocating for ecological awareness, Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams are a creative nonfiction power couple. Each of them has been recognized individually for their achievements; Terry Tempest Williams has received multiple fellowships and awards and is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. She has authored 14 books, including When Women Were Birds and Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place.  Brooke Williams has published 4 books and dozens of articles, establishing himself as a naturalist voice. Their latest joint project, The Story of My Heart: As Rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams, couples the autobiography of 19th-century British nature writer Richard Jefferies with their own personal essays about their own experiences of nature.   

This event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program, the Charles R. Connor Museum of Natural History, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO), and the Department of English at the University of Idaho.

Stephanie Lenox and Heather K. Hummel

Thursday, Nov 12th

Stephanie Lenox

Stephanie Lenox

Heather K. Hummel

Heather K. Hummel

5:00 p.m., WSU Museum of Art

Stephanie Lenox is a poet and the co-founder of Blood Orange Review.  In her poetry, Lenox says she “write[s] about what obsesses [her].” Her chapbook The Heart That Lies Outside the Body won the 2007 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest, and her forthcoming collection The Business has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Lenox’s first full-length book, Congress of Strange People, was published in 2012 by Airlie Press. The recipient of multiple grants and fellowships, Lenox currently teaches poetry writing at Willamette University.
Heather K. Hummel’s extensive experience in traditional and independent publishing comes from doing a little bit of everything. Besides ghostwriting over a dozen books for a wide range of clients, Hummel has written two novels of her own in the “Journals from the Heart” series and has a forthcoming memoir, Life Doesn’t Apologize. She is writing 5 books on photography for Amherst Media, joining her two careers as a writer and a land and seascape photographer. The recipient of multiple awards for her books, Hummel is also a featured blogger in the Arts & Culture section of the Huffington Post.

This event is co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Provost's Office, the Academic Success and Career Center, and the Certificate in Editing and Publishing.

Professional Editing and Publishing

A weeklong, one-credit workshop (English 358)

Nov 9-12, 2015

Rooms 416 & 418, Center for Undergraduate Education

In this weeklong workshop, students meet with Stephanie Lenox and Heaather K. Hummel, two editors of an online literary magazine that has been at the forefront of digital publishing since 2006. Students will learn to think and read like editors. This workshop will present practical exposure to the tools of the publishing industry and a discussion of the unique challenges of editing for online publications.

Open to students of all majors, the course includes three nights of hands-on workshop/instruction with the editors (Nov. 9-11 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm), followed by an evening presentation and panel discussion on editing and publishing with professionals from throughout the region (Nov 12, see below).

To enroll, contact Leisa McCormick ( in Avery Hall 202.

Editing and Publishing Panel

Thursday, Nov 12th, 12:00 noon
Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall

An associate professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, Sam Ligon is also the editor of EWU’s Willow Springs. This twice-yearly journal publishes contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry along with interviews of notable authors, showcasing writers “from the unknown and up and coming, to U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners,” according to the journal’s website. Ligon has also written two books: Drift and Swerve, a collection of short stories, and Safe in Heaven Dead, a novel. He has a new novel, Among the Dead and Dreaming, coming out in 2016. His stories have appeared in journals across the nation, including New England Review.

Jon Tribble’s poetry has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, including The Jazz Poetry Anthology. He has also selected award winning poetry for publication as the managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and the series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry from Southern Illinois University Press. The 2001 winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize from Sarah Lawrence College and the recipient of a 2003 Artist Fellowship Award in Poetry from the Illinois Arts Council, he currently teaches creative writing and literature at Southern Illinois University.

Stephanie Lenox, co-founding editor of Blood Orange Review

Heather K. Hummel, co-founding editor of Blood Orange Review

Visiting Writer Series - Spring 2016

Justin Torres

Thursday, Feb 25th

Stephanie Lenox

Justin Torres

5:00 p.m., venue TBA

Justin Torres is the author of We the Animals, a novel following three half-Puerto Rican brothers who “tear their way through childhood” in Brooklyn. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other publications, and his nonfiction pieces have appeared in places like The Guardian. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Torres has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. He currently teaches at St. Joseph College’s The Writers’ Foundry MFA Program.

Kevin Willmott

Wednesday, March 23rd

Stephanie Lenox

Kevin Willmott

5:00 p.m., WSU CUB Auditorium

A prolific independent writer and filmmaker, Kevin Willmott is known for his work dealing with the concept of “Living History.” He says, “It’s about the way history makes us feel, not the history that we know.” In this vein, Willmott received critical acclaim for his work on C.S.A.: Confederate States of America, which imagines the impact on America had the South won the Civil War. He has written for television miniseries, as well as adapted books and plays for film. In addition to co-writing screenplays and making films, Willmott has directed for the stage, including Now Let Me Fly, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of segregation in public schools. He currently teaches film studies at Kansas University.

Sean Dougherty

Date TBA

Sean Dougherty

5:00 p.m., Venue TBA

Perhaps best known for his live performances, Sean Dougherty has been called a “master of momentum.” His poems reflect the influences of his working class, interracial upbringing. He has written several books of poetry or mixed-genre literature, including Scything Grace, All I Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994-2014, and Broken Hallelujahs.  Dougherty’s poems have appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, and he has edited several critical collections of poetry as well. He has performed his work across the U.S. and Europe in venues such as the Chicago Lollapalooza Music Festival and the London Poetry Café, as well as hundreds of universities.

Other Creative Writing Events

visiting writers

Students listening to a reading in the WSU Museum of Art.


Our literary journal


English Club

Meets Wednesdays at 5:15 in the Bundy Reading Room, Avery Hall. Everyone welcome!


Open Mic @ Cafe Moro

Look for announcements of upcoming open mics. Everyone welcome!

The WSU Visiting Writer Series brings noted poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction to campus for creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.

For more information about the 2014–2015 series, please contact Linda Russo or Debbie Lee, Visiting Writer Series Co-Directors.



Brenda Hillman

Rick Bass

William Cronon

W. Scott Olson

Rebecca Brown

Cecil Giscombe

Kathleen Flenniken

David Gates

Eileen Myles

Afaa Michael Weaver

Ilya Kaminsky

Donald Revell

Claudia Keelan

Kevin Goodan

Rolf Potts

David Huddle

Galway Kinnell

Anne Waldman

Hoa Nguyen

Kate Greenstreet

Kaia Sand

Marilyn Chin

Xi Chuan

Rusty Morrison

Maryrose Larkin

Willis Barnstone

Ceiridwen Terrill

Ted Tremper

Dinah Lenney

Marcia Parlow

Robert Michael Pyle

Allison Cobb



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