"Writing: A Life" Events: 


Adam Tavel 

LVC alum (2003) Adam Tavel recently won the 2017 Richard Wilbur Book Award for his third poetry collection, Catafalque, which is forthcoming with the University of Evansville Press. He is also the author of Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize, and The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2017). He is the reviews editor for Plume and a professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During his week-long visit, he will be meeting one-on-one with upper-level creative writing students to discuss their works, in addition to visiting classes and conducting public events. You can learn more on his website.

  • Reading, Q&A, and Signing | Sept. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium | Books will be available for sale at the reading 
  • Generative Workshop: "Your Own Tide: Obsession, Process, and Voice in Creative Writing" | Sept. 12 | 3:30 p.m. | HUM 210
  • Colloquium Talk: "The Artist in the Age of 'Likes': Creative Desire in a Decade of Technology and Political Upheaval" | Sept. 13 | 5–6 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium



Adrian Matejka 

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His new book, Map to the Stars, was released from Penguin in March 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, two grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems, Hearing Damage, and a graphic novel.

  • Reading, Q&A, and Signing | Sept. 25 | 7:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
  • Generative Workshop | Sept. 26 | 3:30–5 p.m. | HUM 210



Tom McAllister

Tom McAllister's debut novel "The Young Widower's Handbook" was included on Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers list for Spring 2017. He is the author of a memoir, "Bury Me in My Jersey," and the forthcoming novel, "How to Be Safe." His shorter work has been published in a number of places, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Black Warrior Review, Hobart, and The Millions. He is the non-fiction editor at Barrelhouse, and co-host of the Book Fight podcast. He lives in New Jersey and teaches at Temple University. 

  • Reading, Q&A, and Signing | March 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
  • Colloquium Talk | March 26 | 4-5 p.m.
  • Generative Workshop | March 27 | 3:30–5 p.m. | HUM 304

 These events are all free and open to the public.


Aracelis Girmay

Aracelis Girmay is the author of three books of poems: the black maria (BOA, 2016), Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007) and Kingdom Animalia (BOA, 2011), the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She is also the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. Current collaborations include an interview with Emmy Pérez and a poetry translation project with visual artist and writer Rosalba Campra. For the last several years, Girmay was on the faculty of Hampshire College's School for Interdisciplinary Arts and before that taught community writing workshops with young people in New York and California. She has received grants, training, and fellowships in support of her projects from the NEA, the Whiting Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Community~Word Project, among other programs. She is a 2017-2018 June Jordan Fellow at Columbia University's Center for Justice. Girmay is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund.

  • Reading, Q&A, and Signing | April 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Bishop Library Atrium
  • Generative Workshop | April 5 | 3:30–5 p.m. | CHA 103

 These events are all free and open to the public.