reading series

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David Crabb, IUWC ’17 Faculty                                                              Dana Johnson, IUWC ’17 Faculty


All readings take place between 8:00 and 9:00 pm at the Ted Jones Playhouse 107 W 9th St, Bloomington, IN 47404.

These readings feature our incredible IUWC faculty as well as faculty currently teaching at Indiana University.

On Tuesday, June 6th we will host readings from our conference’s very own participants. Whether it’s something you’ve recently written or something you’ve had tucked away, this is the time to share your voice.

Saturday, June 3rd

Samrat Upadhyay


Samrat Upadhyay is a professor of creative writing at IU. He is the first Nepali-born fiction writer writing in English to be published in the West. In 2001, Upadhyay won a Whiting Award for fiction. His books specially portray the current situation in Nepal, which Upadhyay views largely though the lens of contemporary American realist fiction. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Upadhyay is “like a Buddhist Chekhov.”

His latest collection of stories, Mad Country (2017) has been reviewed by the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews.

Adrian Matejka








Adrian Matejka‘s first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden (2003), won the 2002 New York / New England Award. His second collection, Mixology (2009), was a winner of the National Poetry Series. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. The Big Smoke (2013), which focuses on the life of the boxer Jack Johnson, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (2017).

Map to the Stars has been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.

Alexander Weinstein


Alexander Weinstein is the Director of the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016). His fiction and translations have appear in Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Notre-Dame Review, Pleiades, PRISM International, World Literature Today, and other journals. He is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and his fiction has been awarded the Lamar York, Gail Crump, Hamlin Garland, and New Millennium Prize. His stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appear in the anthologies 2013 New Stories from the Midwest, and the 2014 & 2015 Lascaux Prize Stories. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and a freelance editor, and leads fiction workshops in the United States and Europe.

Sunday, June 4th

Samual Autman


There was nothing and no one to tell Samuel Autman who he was to be in the world. He had to discover and tell it himself.  His introduction to public writing was through journalism. He worked as a staff writer for the Tulsa World, The Salt Lake Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The San Diego Union Tribune. Along the way realized his initials are “SA”, and he decided was born to essay. He’s now a creative writing faculty member at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. His essay “Invisible Nails”, won first place in the SLS-DISQUIET 2015 Literary Contest in nonfiction, and comes out in print in June 2017 in KEPT SECRET: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction published by the Michigan State University Press. His essays have appeared in The Chalk Circle: Prizewinning Intercultural Essays, Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call, Ninth Letter, Andrea Reads America, The Common Reader, Under the Gum Tree, The Little Patuxent Review, The Naked Truth Magazine and Brevity.

Rickey Laurentiis

Ricky Laurentiis

Rickey Laurentiis (b. 1989) was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, winner of the 2016 Levis Reading Prize, and named one of the Top 16 Best Poetry Books by Buzzfeed. The recipient of 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, his other honors include fellowships or scholarships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, as well as the Alonzo Davis Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship from Washington University in St Louis, where he received his MFA in Writing. A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Rickey has taught at Washington University in St Louis, the Cooper Union and currently teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Amy Kurzweil


Amy Kurzweil is the author of Flying Couch: a graphic memoir, which the New York Times named an “Editor’s Choice” and one of the “2016 Season’s Best New Graphic Novels.” Her comics appear in The New Yorker and other publications, and her short stories have been published by The Toast, The Awl, Hobart, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and comics at Parsons The New School for Design and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Amy lives in Brooklyn.

Monday, June 5th

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal. Portland, Oregon, February 2012. Scan of negative RS12-008 #4.Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series of fantasy novels. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, and the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’sClarkesworld, and several Year’s Best anthologies. Mary, a professional puppeteer, also performs as a voice actor (SAG/AFTRA), recording fiction for authors such as Seanan McGuire, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters.

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), which was selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize and a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in February 2017. Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She lives with her dog Braeburn in Brooklyn, and works as an Editor for Little A and Day One. She also teaches creative writing and co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series with Tommy Pico. With Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She is a Sagittarius.

Chris Abani


Chris Abani is an acclaimed novelist and poet. His most recent books are The Secret History of Las Vegas, The Face: A Memoir and Sanctificum. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award, An Edgar Prize, A Ford USA Artists Fellowship, the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, a Prince Claus Award, the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many honors. Born in Nigeria, he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Board of Trustees Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University. He lives in Chicago.