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September 28, 2017: Jeff Guinn is the winner of the 2016 TCU Texas Book Award and the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Silver City, Buffalo Trail, Glorious, Manson, The Last Gunfight, Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. The former books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and an award-winning investigative journalist, he is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
October 26: Homecoming: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets. CM Burroughs has been a fellow of Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and Cave Canem Foundation. Her debut book of poems is The Vital System. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. Cindy Arrieu-King has received the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in Poetry from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. A former Kundiman Fellow, Arrieu-King is the author of People Are Tiny in Paintings of China, and Manifest. She coauthored Unlikely Conditionswith the late Hillary Gravendyk. Brandon Som is the author of The Tribute Horse, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Babel’s Moon, winner of the Snowbound Prize. A former fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, he is Assistant Professor in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego. Stacey Waite has published four collections of poetry, including: Choke, winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize, Love Poem to Androgyny, Butch Geography, and, most recently, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing. She is is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. 7pm, William Pitt Union, Kurtzman Room, 3959 Fifth Avenue.
November 9: Victor LaValle has received numerous awards including a Whiting Writers’ Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens. He is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling, and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons and The Ballad of Black Tom. 8:30pm, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Auditorium.
November 14: Maggie Anderson’s awards include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, and the Ohioana Library Award for contributions to the literary arts in Ohio. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Windfall: New and Selected Poems, and, most recently, Dear All. She is the founder of the Wick Poetry Center and the Wick Poetry Series at Kent State University. Judith Vollmer has been awarded poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition, and an award from the Center for Book Arts. She is the author of five books of poetry, including The Apollonia Poems, winner of the Four Lakes Poetry Prize of the University of Wisconsin Press. 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
Feb. 15: Hannah Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of the literary journal One Story for which she received the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing and the AWP Award for Best Small Press. A recipient of the Alex Award from the American Library Association, The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Voices Award for her novel The Good Thief, she is also the author of the short story collectionAnimal Crackers and the novel The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
March 22: Award-winning journalist Margo Jefferson is a former theater critic and book reviewer for The New York Times, where she received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she is the author of several books, including Negroland: A Memoir, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.
April 5: A Homecoming: Pitt MFA Alumni Poets. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Paper Pavilion a recipient of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the New England Poetry Club’s Sheila Motton Book Award, Notes from a Missing Person, and the forthcoming Interrogation Room. She has received grants from the Daesan Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and Minnesota State Arts Board. Currently co-editing an anthology of auto-critical writing, Kwon Dobbs is associate professor of English and program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. Jonathan Moody, a Cave Canem graduate fellow, is the author of The Doomy Poems and Olympic Butter Gold, which won the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. Kristin Naca’s collection, Bird Eating Bird, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Publisher’s Triangle Awards. She has been awarded fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and Bread Loaf. She teaches in the Macondo Writers Workshop, founded by Sandra Cisneros. Aaron Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, Appetite, a finalist for Paterson Poetry Prize and an NPR Best Book, and Primer. His chapbooks are Men in Groups and What’s Required, winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize. A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, he is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Studio and the New York Foundation for the Arts. 8:30pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium.