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.

Collage of photos showing Claudia Rankine, CJ Hauser, and Artress Bethany White.

Spring 2021

Claudia Rankine: Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00 pm

Acclaimed poet, essayist and Guggenheim Fellow, Claudia Rankine, will present a reading and talk via zoom on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM. One of the most prominent voices in literary and critical race studies, Rankine is the author of Just Us: An American Conversation (2020), and six collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March of 2020 at The Shed, NYC, The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/American Repertory Theater) and published by Graywolf Press in 2019, and Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; as well as numerous video collaborations. She is also the co-editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind (FENCE, 2015). In 2016, she co-founded The Racial Imaginary Institute (TRII).


CJ Hauser: Tuesday March 16th, 7:00 pm

CJ Hauser teaches creative writing and literature at Colgate University. Her novel, Family of Origin, was published by Doubleday in 2019. She is also the author of the novel The From-Aways, and her fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Tin HouseNarrative Magazine, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, and The Kenyon Review.


Artress Bethany White: Thursday April 15, at 7:00 pm

Poet, essayist, and literary critic, Artress is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica. Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Tupelo QuarterlyThe Hopkins ReviewPleiadesSolsticePoet LoreEcotone, and The Account. Her new collection of essays, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity, was recently published by New Rivers Press.


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