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.


Fall 2022

The Katherine Min Memorial Reading with UNC Asheville Alumna Sarah Addison Allen

Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 pm in Highsmith Union’s Blue Ridge Room

Join UNC Asheville Alumna and New York Times Bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen for the launch of her latest novel, Other Birds.

With millions of books now in print and translated into more than 30 languages, Sarah continues to serve heaping helpings of the fantastic and the familiar in fiction she describes as “”Southern-fried magic realism.”” Her books to date are: Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Peach Keeper, Lost Lake, First Frost, and now, Other Birds. This annual reading by a graduate of UNC Asheville is held in honor of Katherine Min, the late writer and faculty member who was a mentor to many budding writers at UNC Asheville. She died in March 2019 after a long battle with cancer.


An Evening with Poet torrin a. greathouse

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM in Highsmith Union’s Blue Ridge Room

UNC Asheville welcomes transgender punk poet and essayist torrin a. greathouse for an evening of poetry.

torrin received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been featured in Poetry Magazine, The Rumpus, The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and The Kenyon Review. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Zoeglossia, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Her debut poetry collection, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed Editions, 2020), was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, CLMP Firecracker Award, and winner of the 2022 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.


An Evening with Award-Winning Essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan

Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM in Highsmith Union’s Blue Ridge Room

Sullivan is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, and the southern editor of The Paris Review. He writes for GQHarper’s Magazine, and Oxford American, and is the author of Blood Horses, Pulphead, and The Prime Minister of Paradise.


Coming next semester:


Poet Laureate Ada Limón (March 20)

Fiction Writer, Jamel Brinkley (April 6)



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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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