Visiting Writers

Visiting Writing Series2022-2023 Visiting writer series


Jeffrey Yang
April 5, 2023 @ 7pm
Murdock 218

Jeffrey Yang

Jeffrey Yang is the author of the poetry collections Line and Light (2022), Hey, Marfa (2018), Vanishing-Line (2011), and An Aquarium (2008), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. He is the translator of Ahmatjan Osman’s Uyghurland, the Farthest Exile (with the author), Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies, Su Shi’s East Slope, and Bei Dao’s autobiography City Gate, Open Up. Yang works as an editor at New Directions Publishing and New York Review of Books. He lives in Beacon, New York.


Mary-Kim Arnold
October 11, 2022 @ 7pm
Murdock 218


Mary-Kim Arnold is a writer, artist, and teacher. She is the author of The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press). Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, Conjunctions, The Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Mary-Kim teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University. She serves as Senior Editor for Collaborative & Cross-Disciplinary Texts at Tupelo Quarterly. Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, Mary-Kim lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children.


grace gilbert
Under 27 Visiting Writer Events: Reading & Craft Workshop
Wednesday, April 20th @ 7pm:  reading by grace gilbert with student winners of Senior Flex contest
Thursday, April 21st 6-8pm:  craft workshop with grace gilbert
 grace (ge) gilbert is an essayist, poet, and artist currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. they are the author of two chapbooks-- NOTIFICATIONS IN THE DARK (Antenna Books 2022) and the closeted diaries (Porkbelly Press 2022). grace is the 2022 MCLA Under 27 Writer-in-Residence Fellow at Mass MoCA, and has received support from Bread Loaf as well as Pittsburgh's City of Asylum. they are currently working on a hybrid poetry/nonfiction book, "holly," about their grandmother who was murdered in 1976. find their work in the Adroit Journal, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, ANMLY, and elsewhere, or check out their website at
Samuel Ace
March 8, 2022


Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist. He is the author of several books, including Our Weather O­ur Sea (Black Radish Books, 2019) and Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Belladonna* Germinal Texts, 2019). He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, as well as a Lambda Literary Award and National Poetry Series finalist. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in or is forthcoming from Poetry, Aufgabe, Fence, The Atlas Review, Black Clock, Mandorla, Versal, The Collagist, Posit, Vinyl, We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, Troubling the Line: Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other publications. He teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College and divides his time between western Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona.  


Brenda Iijima
October 5, 2021


Brenda Iijima is a poet, playwright, choreographer and visual artist. She is the author ofnine books of poetry. Her involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of genre,mode, receptivity, and field of study. Her current work engages submerged and occludedhistories, other-than-human modes of expression and telluric awareness in all forms.Iijima is the founding editor-publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs. She lives inBrooklyn. She will be serving as the judge of this year’s Senior Flex contest at MCLA.

Joanna Howard
November 17, 2021
7 PM
Murdock 218

Joanna Howard

Joanna Howard is Assistant Professor of Literary Arts specializing in prose writing and prose and poetry hybrids, with a background in narrative theory and contemporary literature. She is the author of the novel Rerun Era (McSweeney’s, 2019), Foreign Correspondent (Counterpath, 2013), a story collection On the Winding Stair (Boa editions, 2009) an artist’s book In the Colorless Round, (Noemi, 2006) and Field Glass, a speculative novel co-written with Joanna Ruocco (Sidebrow, 2017). Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Verse, McSweeney’s, Bomb, Chicago Review, Brooklyn Rail, and places elsewhere. She has also collaborated on translations from French, Walls by Marcel Cohen (Black Square, 2009) and Cows by Frederic Boyer (Noemi, 2014).

Previous Visiting Writers

Julie Carr
Julie Carr (2021)
Caryl Pagel (2021)
Khadijah Queen (2020)
Chavisa Woods (2020)
Hilary Plum (2019)
Joanna Ruocco (2019)
Steven Dunn (2018)
Ocean Vuong (2018)
Brian Teare (2017)
Kazim Ali (2017)
Mary Ruefle (2016)
Jessica Fisher (2015)
Reginald Dwayne Betts (2015)
Katherine Hill (2015)
John Murillo (2015)
Ewa Chrusciel (2014)
Catherine Lacey (2014)