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Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics Series


‌2017-2018 Schedule

This series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake University Center for the Humanities. All events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions regarding Writers & Critics Events, please contact Yasmina Madden at yasmina.madden@drake.edu .

Drake Writers’ Night
Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:00pm
Medbury Lounge, Drake University

Come share your creative writing at an informal gathering of students, faculty, and community members. Please limit your reading to five minutes.


W&C speaker 10-11-17Devoney Looser
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 5:30-7:00pm
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University

Jane Austen scholar, Professor Devoney Looser, will present a talk on her new book, The Making of Jane Austen, and popular culture's fascination with all things Austen. Looser's writing on Austen has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Times Literary Supplement, in addition to numerous scholarly journals. Publishers Weekly recently named The Making of Jane Austen to its Best Books of Summer 2017 list (Nonfiction). Dr. Looser is a professor of English at Arizona State University.


W&C speaker 2-21-18Ocean Vuong
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00-8:15pm
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The AtlanticThe NationNew RepublicThe New YorkerThe New York TimesThe Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen VogueVICEThe Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Vuong immigrated to the US at the age of two as a child refugee. He is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

W&C speaker 3-29-18Casey Plett
Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:00-8:15pm
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University

Casey Plett is the author of the short story collection A Safe Girl To Love and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She has written for The New York Times ArtsBeat, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Plenitude, and Rookie, among others. Winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and recipient of the Honour of Distinction for the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBT Writers, she lives in Windsor, Ontario. She is currently working on a novel.


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