Visiting Writers Series

The English Department’s Visiting Writers Series has provided exceptional literary arts programming that is free and open to the public. Every year, our series aims to connect students, faculty, staff, and the greater Asheville community with established authors to hear their work, and the stories behind their work. Our visiting writers have engaged with students in the classroom, over meals, and during informal presentations. Recent visiting writers include Claudia Rankine, Jericho Brown, Wally Lamb, David Ebershoff, and C.J. Hauser.

Our series is funded in large part by patrons of the series. Please consider supporting this series by making a tax-deductible contribution.


Spring 2022

Dinty Moore

Monday, February 7 at 7:00 PM in Sherrill Center’s Mountain View Room (SHE 417)

Dinty W. Moore is author of the memoirs Between Panic & Desire, and To Hell With It, the writing guides The Story Cure, Crafting the Personal Essay, and The Mindful Writer, among other books. He has published essays and stories in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Southern ReviewThe Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He is founding editor of Brevity, the journal of flash nonfiction, and teaches master classes and workshops across the United States as well as in Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, and Mexico. He is deathly afraid of polar bears.

Masks are required of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


Natanya Ann Pulley

Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 PM in Highsmith Union’s Mountain Suites (HIG 225/226)

Natanya Ann Pulley is a Diné writer of fiction and non-fiction. Her clans are Kinyaa’áani (Towering House People) and Táchii’nii (Red Running into Water People). She’s published work in numerous journals including Split LipThe OffingWaxwing, and As/Us. Anthologized essays can be found in Counternarratives from Women of Color Academics#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, Women Write Resistance, Shapes of Native Nonfiction and most recently The Diné Reader.


Nadia Owusu

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 PM in Karpen Hall’s Laurel Forum (KAR 139)

Nadia Owusu is a Ghanaian and Armenian-American writer and urbanist. She was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and raised in Italy, Ethiopia, England, Ghana, and Uganda. Her first book, Aftershocks, A Memoir, topped many most-anticipated and best book of the year lists, including The New York TimesThe Oprah MagazineVogueTIMEVulture, and the BBC. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.



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Visitor Parking

Visitors may park in faculty/staff and non-resident lots from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends, holidays, and campus breaks. Visitors are not permitted to park in resident student lots at any time.


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