Visiting Writers Series

Each year, the Department of English brings visiting writers across genres for readings and master classes with students, hosted by our Writer-in-Residence, Wiley Cash. In recent years, the department has hosted several award-winning writers, including Ben Fountain, Camille Dungy, David Ebershoff, Chrystal Hana Kim, Frank X Walker, and many others.  Upcoming writers are listed below.

Fall 2020 Events

  • Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 @ 7:30 pm: The Katherine Min Memorial Reading

with UNCA graduates Zefyr Lisowski and Jesse Rice-Evans

         Zefyr Lisowski is a trans and queer writer, artist, and North Carolinian currently living in NYC. She is the author of Blood Box, winner of the Black River Editor’s Choice Award from Black Lawrence Press.

         Jesse Rice-Evans, author of the poetry collection, The Uninhabitable (Sibling Rivalry Press), is a disabled queer Southerner, poet & rhetorician. She is working on her Ph.D. in English, Composition and Rhetoric at the CUNY Graduate Center.

         Katherine Min, the late writer and UNC Asheville faculty member, was a mentor to many budding writers at the university. She died in March 2019 after a long battle with cancer.

  • Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 @ 7:30 pm: Sharon Harrigan

Memoir and Fiction Writer Sharon Harrigan, author of the novel Half (University of Wisconsin, 2020) and the memoir Playing with Dynamite. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Narrative.

  • Wednesday, September 23rd@ 7:30 pm: Angela Morales

Creative Nonfiction Writer Angela Morales, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Harvard ReviewThe Southern ReviewThe Southwest ReviewThe Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, and others. Her book is the 2017 winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.

  • Wednesday, October 7th@ 7:30 pm: Luke Hankins and Sebastian Matthews

Local Poets/Writers Luke Hankins and Sebastian Matthews.

         Luke Hankins’ second poetry collection, Radiant Obstacles was released in 2020. He is also the author of the collection Weak Devotions and a book of essays, The Work of Creation, and is the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. Hankins is the founder and Editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press.

         Sebastian Matthews is the author, most recently, of Beyond Repair: Living in a Fractured State (Red Hen Press, 2020), the memoir In My Father’s Footsteps (W.W. Norton & Co.), as well as three collections of poetry: We Generous and Miracle DayBeginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, all published by Red Hen Press. His poetry and prose have appeared in, among others, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The Sun, and Tin House.

  • Tuesday, October 20th@ 7:00 pm: Xhenet Aliu

Xhenet Aliu: Aliu’s novel, Brass, was awarded the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year First Novel Prize, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection. Her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeGlimmer TrainHobart, American Short FictionLennyLitHubBuzzfeed, and elsewhere.

  • Tuesday, October 27th@ 7:00 pm: Melissa Range

Melissa Range: Range is the author of Scriptorium, a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series (Beacon Press, 2016), and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010). She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Past Events