Recent Guests of the Creative Writing Division

Distinguished visiting writers work closely with the students, and help them understand the world of contemporary writing. Recent guests include:

  • Carolyn Forché, author of four poetry collections including The Country Between Us and Blue Hour.
  • Tony Kushner, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, author of Angels in America.
  • Terance Hayes, 2014 MacArthur fellow and poet. 2010 National Book Award winner for "Lighthead."
  • Kwame Dawes, Emmy-winning Jamaican poet and writer, author of 16 poetry colletions, including Back of Mount Peace and Hope's Hospice
  • Peter Matthiessen, New York Times bestselling author of The Snow Leopard and winner of the National Book Award for Shadow Country
  • Antonya Nelson, author of numerous short story collections and novels including Bound and In the Land of Men
  • Barry Lopez, winner of the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams
  • Brady Udall, author of The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint and Letting Loose the Hounds
  • Dorianne Laux, author of four poetry collections including Facts about the Moon
  • Cornelius Eady, author of six collections of poetry, including The Gathering of My Name, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
  • Lia Purpura, acclaimed author of 3 poetry collections and the essay collections Rough Likeness and On Looking, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • Jeffrey Foucault, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter.