Visiting Writers Series

The University of the Arts' Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing program and features acclaimed contemporary writers who will visit campus each year. These distinguished poets, novelists, short story writers and screenwriters will give readings – all of which are free and open to the public – and meet with students in the Creative Writing major to discuss issues of craft and the writing life.

2014 - 2015 Visiting Writers

Thursday, September 18, 2014
7 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street)

Kazim Ali is the author of many books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including the poetry collection Sky Ward and the memoir Bright Felon. His poems have been featured in Best American Poetry and his collection The Far Mosque won Alice James Books' New England/New York Award. He teaches at Oberlin College and is a founding editor of Nightboat Books.


Thursday, November 13, 2014
7 p.m.
Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall (401 S. Broad Street)

David Simon is a Baltimore-based journalist, author and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the creator of the celebrated HBO series “The Wire,” which depicts the social fissures in an American city. His other credits include the NBC drama “Homicide” and HBO’s “The Corner” and “Generation Kill.” His most recent project, “Treme,” is a drama about post-Katrina New Orleans.

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Film and the College of Art, Media & Design; the College of Performing Arts; the Office of the Provost; and the Office of the President.


Thursday, February 26, 2015
7 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street)

Katherine Bode-Lang is the 2014 winner of The American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; The Reformation will be published this fall. Her chapbook, Spring Melt (Seven Kitchens Press), placed second in the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Contest, and her poems have been published in numerous journals, including The Mid-American Review, Beloit, The Cincinnati Review and Subtropics. Katherine earned her MFA in poetry at Penn State University, where she is now an IT Trainer in the Office of Research Protections. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband, Andrew.

This event is co-sponsored by The American Poetry Review.


Thursday, March 19, 2015
7 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street)

Asali Solomon received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and was selected as a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” for the short stories in her debut collection Get Down, which was also featured as “This Week’s Must Read” on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Her debut novel, Disgruntled, will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in February 2015. Stories and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, and the anthologies Philadelphia Noir, USA Noir: The Best of the Akashic Noir Series, Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives and Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts. She teaches literature and fiction writing at Haverford College.


Thursday, April 16
7 p.m.
Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall (211 S. Broad Street)

Elise Juska's novel The Blessings, published in May 2014, was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and chosen for Entertainment Weekly's "Must List." Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Good Housekeeping, The Hudson Review, and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction from Ploughshares and her work has been cited by the Best American Short Stories. She is the director of the BFA in Creative Writing at the University of the Arts and the recipient of the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

2013 - 2014 Visiting Writers