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Visiting Scholars and Writers

Connect with the writers you study when they visit campus and join your class

 Scholars and Writers


Sophie Kerr Events Spring 2021

Writers as Editors

Co-Sponsored with the Literary House. Visit Lit House Events Page for registration Info 

See our 2020-2021 Literary Events Calendar for more details

  • February 4, 6 pm: Lily Hoang
    • The author of five books, including Changing and the novel The Evolutionary Revolution, the editor of Jaded Ibis Press, and the Program Director of the MFA in Writing at UC San Diego
  • March 9, 5.30 pm: Kathryn Nuernberger, 2020 Mary Wood Fellow
    • Her newest book of nonfiction is The Witch of the Eye (2021) and her third poetry collection is Rue (2020). She teaches in the MFA Profram at University of Minnesota.
    • March 10, 5.30 pm: join Kathryn Nuernberger for a craft talk, "Writing as Ritual Act."
  • April 20, 5.30 pm: Rick Barot
    • Rick has published 4 books of poetry, most recently The Galleons (Milkweed Editions, 2020). He is poetry editor of New England Review and the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University
    • April 21, 5.30 pm: Join Rick Barot for a Generative Poetry Workshop


Sophie Kerr Events Fall 2020  

  • October 1, 2020: Elaine Weiss and Casey Cep in Conversation
  • October 19, 2020: Dr. Scott Newstok, "How to Think Like Shakespeare"
  • November 10, 2020: A Conversation on the Writer's Life with Philip Brady and Tim Seibles, moderated by Professor Bob Mooney

Living Writers: Nonfiction

As if that weren't enough, don't forget the Living Writers Series this Fall at the Rose O'Neill Literary House, co-sponsored with Sophie Kerr. All events will be virtual and begin at 6 PM. Visit the Lit House to register and get more information.

  • September 8 and 9: Sarah Manguso
  • October 8: Melissa Febos
  • November 17: Hanif Abdurraqib

Coming Spring 2021: Writers as Editors series (co-sponsored with the Literary House): Lily Hoang, Kathryn Nuernberger, Rick Barot


Past Sophie Kerr Events

A sampling of the many scholars and writers who have visited with our students at Washignton College just in the last few years:

  • 2019-2020
    • Jason Fagone, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Casey Cep
  • 2018-2019
    • Ericka Sánchez, Lucy Corin, Edward P. Jones, Lidia Yuknavitch, Rion Amilcar Scott, Gene Demby
  •  2017-2018
    • Maureen Corrigan, Craig Steven Wilder, Lia Purpura, Terence Hayes, Natalie Diaz, Kim Zarins, Phil Sickler
  • 2016-2017
    • Jericho Brown, Denise Duhamel, Cathy Linh Che, Timothy Donnelly, Phyllis Rackin
  • And going farther back in time
    • Maggie Nelson, Andrew Delbanco, Nick Flynn, Claudia Rankine, Mark Doty, Tim O'Brien, Colum McCann, Toni Morrison, Allen Ginsburg, Katherine Anne Porter....
    • Intrigued? See this comprehensive listing of Sophie Kerr Scholars and Writer who have come to Washington College through the years.