Butler announces Spring 2015 Visiting Writers Series

Denis Johnson

Tree of Smoke novelist Denis Johnson and children's author Lois Lowry are on the manifest for Butler University's Spring 2015 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series. The complete list, taken from Butler's news release, follows. All events are free, open to the public and unticketed.

Denis Johnson

February 4, 7:30 p.m.

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

An award-winning novelist, short story writer, and playwright, Denis Johnson is the author of numerous novels, including Fiskadoro (1985); Tree of Smoke, winner of the 2007 National Book Award; and Nobody Move (2009). Jesus’ Son (1992), his collection of short stories, was made into a movie of the same name. Johnson's latest novel, The Laughing Monsters, was released in November.

Maurice Manning

February 10, 7:30 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room

Maurice Manning was born and raised in Kentucky and often writes about the land and culture of his home. His first book of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (2001), was chosen by W.S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award.

NoViolet Bulawayo

February 23, 7:30 p.m.

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

NoViolet Bulawayo is the author of We Need New Names (May 2013), which has been recognized with the LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Pen/Hemingway Award, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the Barnes and Noble Discover Award (second place), as well as been selected for the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” list .

Lois Lowry

March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Newbery Medal winner Lois Lowry writes in many ways about the importance of human connections. A Summer to Die (1977), her first book, is a fictionalized retelling of the early death of her sister and of the effect of such a loss on a family. Number the Stars (1989), set in a different culture and era, tells the story of the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during the Occupation of Denmark in Second World War.

Louise Glück

March 25, 7:30 p.m.

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Louise Glück is the author of nine books of poetry. Her most recent book, Faithful and Virtuous Night, received the 2014 National Book Award. She also has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize (for her 1992 book The Wild Iris), the National Book Critics Circle Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the Bobbitt National Poetry Prize, and the Ambassador’s Award, as well as the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. Her book Vita Nova (2001) won the first New Yorker Readers Award. In 2003-2004, Glück served as the 12th U.S. Poet Laureate.

David Gessner

April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room

David Gessner, winner of the John Burroughs Award for Best Natural History Essay, is the author of nine books, including the forthcoming All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West; Sick of Nature (2003); My Green Manifesto (2011); and The Tarball Chronicles, which won the 2012 Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing in 2011 and 2012.

Catherine Barnett

Ellen Bryant Voigt

April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room

Poet, editor, and teacher Catherine Barnett is the author of two collections of poetry: Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (2004) and The Game of Boxes (2012), which was the recipient of the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her other awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers’ Award. Barnett works as an independent editor and as Writer-in-Residence at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where she teaches writing to mothers in the shelter system. She has been the Visiting Poet at Barnard College and teaches at the New School and New York University.

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