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Creative Writing Events

Spring 2014

Liz Robbins & Kelly Daniels

Troy Moore Library, February 6, 2014, 7 p.m.

Liz Robbins' Play Button won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, and her chapbook, Girls Turned Like Dials won the 2012 YellowJacket Press Prize. Her poems have appeared in Barn Owl Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Greensboro Review, Harpur Palate, The Journal, Margie, New Ohio Review, Poet Lore, Puerto del Sol, Cortland Review, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, diode, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review, New Madrid, New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, The Pinch, Rattle, and Tar River Poetry, among others. Poems from her first book, Hope, As the World Is a Scorpion Fish (Backwaters Press), were featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and Verse Daily. She holds a PhD from Georgia State.

Kelly Daniels grew up on the road, living for stints with his parents in a Hawaiian commune, a waterless, powerless cabin in the desert, and in an old step-van outfitted with bunks. As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America. Along the way, he picked up odd jobs when he could find them, jobs such as production manager of a furniture factory (Guatemala), newspaper reporter (Mexico), and bartender (all over). His first book, Cloudbreak, California, was published by Owl Canyon Press. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, Sonora Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Clara Review, GSU Review, Orange Coast Review, Eyeshot and other journals. He lives with his wife and son in Rock Island, Illinois, where he teaches creative writing at Augustana College. He earned his MFA at Georgia State.


Christopher Merkner

Troy Moore Library, February 13, 2014, 7 p.m.

Christopher Merkner is the author of The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic: Stories (Coffee House Press). Merkner earned his MFA at the University of Florida and PhD at the University of Denver. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cincinnati Review, CutBank, Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Fairy Tale Review, Laurel Review, New Orleans Review, New South, and The Collagist, and has been included in Best American Mystery Stories. He is the co-director of the creative writing program at West Chester University. He and his wife and children live just outside of Philadelphia.




Fall 2013

Lydia Davis

Kopleff Recital Hall, October 17, 2013, 7 p.m.

Lydia Davis is the 2013 recipient of the Man Booker International Prize, a MacArthur Fellow, and a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. She won the 2011 French-American Foundation Translation Prize for her translation of Madame Bovary and the 2003 French-American Foundation Translation Prize for her translation of Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way. FSG published in 2009 The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, bringing together her seven volumes of award-winning short fiction published between 1976 and 2007. Her novel is The End of the Story.

(Sponsored by CENCIA, the Georgia State University Creative Writing Program, the Deparment of English, and Five Points)

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[All readings take place in the Troy Moore Library (Langdale Hall Room 939) unless otherwise noted. Contact Heather Russel for more information.]


Every year several writers visit GSU to give readings, visit workshops, deliver lectures on the craft of writing, and meet with students one-on-one. Over the years we’ve welcomed many wonderful poets, fiction writers, and essayists, including:

  • Kim Addonizio
  • Steve Almond
  • Nin Andrews
  • Craig Arnold
  • Chris Bakken
  • Coleman Barks
  • John Barth
  • Richard Bausch
  • Elise Blackwell
  • Amy Bloom
  • Don Bogen
  • Karen Brown
  • Christopher Bundy
  • Moya Cannon
  • Thomas Centolella
  • Katie Chaple
  • Allen Cheuse
  • Brock Clarke
  • Wyn Cooper
  • Jim Crace
  • Chad Davidson
  • Mark Doty
  • Ellen Douglas
  • Stuart Dybek
  • Russell Edson
  • Lynn Emanuel
  • Percival Everett
  • B.H. Fairchild
  • Marc Fitten
  • Tom Franklin
  • Greg Fraser
  • Amanda Gable
  • Melissa Faye Greene
  • Michael Griffith
  • Jim Grimsley
  • R.S. Gwynn
  • Barry Hannah
  • Jennifer Haigh
  • Joshua Harmon
  • Jeff Harrison
  • Terrance Hayes
  • Aleksandar Hemon
  • Edward Hirsch
  • Mary Hood
  • Dallas Hudgens
  • Andrew Hudgins
  • Josephine Humphreys
  • Tom Hunley
  • Jamie Iredell
  • Rodney Jones
  • Tayari Jones
  • Heidi Julavits
  • Marilyn Kallet
  • Randall Kenan
  • John Kinsella
  • Philip Levine
  • Paul Lisicky
  • Margot Livesay
  • Thomas Lux
  • David Mason
  • Man Martin
  • Cris Mazza
  • W.S. Merwin
  • Keith Lee Morris
  • Derek Nikitas
  • Lewis Nordan
  • Alissa Nutting
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Tim O'Brien
  • Sharon Olds
  • Paul Otremba
  • ZZ Packer
  • Allan Michael Parker
  • Caryl Phillips
  • Padgett Powell
  • Reynolds Price
  • Calya Reid
  • Marilynne Robinson
  • Pattiann Rogers
  • Hannah Tinti
  • Hugh Sheehy
  • Anya Silver
  • Dave Smith
  • William J. Smith
  • A.E. Stallings
  • Elizabeth Stuckey-French
  • Ned Stuckey-French
  • Melanie Rae Thon
  • Richard Tillinghast
  • Natasha Trethewey
  • Ellen Bryant Voigt
  • Derek Walcott
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Michael Wiegers
  • Richard Willbur
  • C.K. Williams
  • Kevin Wilson
  • Terri Witek
  • Tobias Wolff