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 2021

Diamond Forde

Thursday, September 9 at 7:00 pm in the Laurel Forum

The English Department’s Provost Fellow for Diversity, Diamond Forde’s debut collection, Mother Body, is the winner of the 2019 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. She has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Pink Poetry Prize, the Furious Flower Poetry Prize, and CLA’s Margaret Walker Memorial Prize, and placed in the Frontier Poetry’s New Poets Award. She is a Callaloo and Tin House fellow, whose work has appeared in Massachusetts ReviewNinth LetterNELLE, Tupelo Quarterly and more.

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



Wiley Cash Book Launch: When Ghosts Come Home

Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm in Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

New York Times bestselling author and UNC Asheville Alumni Author-in-Residence Wiley Cash will celebrate the publication of his newest novel, When Ghosts Come Home, on Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena. The evening will feature music and conversation by Graham Sharp of the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe.

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


The Katherine Min Memorial Reading with UNCA Alumnus Mason Currey

Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm on Zoom

Currey is the author of Daily Rituals, and Daily Rituals: Women at Work (both published by Knopf) featuring brief profiles of the day-to-day working lives of more than 300 great creative minds.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required:


Lee Ann Roripaugh

Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm in the Mountain View Room

A Wyoming native and second-generation Japanese American, Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of five volumes of poetry: tsunami vs. the fukushima 50 (Milkweed), Dandarians (Milkweed), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin Books). From 2015-2019, she served as South Dakota State Poet Laureate.

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



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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.


Past Events