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Jenny Offill

Wednesday, April 1 at 8pm, Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS

VWS; April 1, 2015

The Visiting Writers' Series is proud to welcome author Jenny Offill to the AU campus for a reading of her work on Wednesday, April 1 from 8:00-9:30 p.m.

Jenny Offill writes fiction, nonfiction, and literature for children. She is the author of two much admired novels, Last Things and Dept.of Speculation, in addition to being the coeditor (with Elissa Schappell) of The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales of Friendships That Blew Up, Burned Out, or Faded Away. Of Dept. of Speculation, Elaine Blair writes in the New York Review of Books: "It's short and funny and absorbing, an effortless-seeming downhill ride that picks up astonishing narrative speed as it goes. What's remarkable is that Offill achieves this effect using what you might call an experimental or avant-garde style of narration, one that we associate with difficulty and disorientation rather than speed and easy pleasure." A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Offill now teaches in the MFA programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia University, and Queens University of Charlotte.


About the Visiting Writers Series

In a city long known for its creative activity and writers—including Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Katherine Anne Porter, Sterling Brown, William Meredith, and Doris Grumbach—we continue the tradition by serving as a lively venue for creative work by both established and emerging writers.

Former visiting writers and writers in residence include Grace Paley, Amy Bloom, Thomas Mallon, Andre Dubus III and Tim O'Brien. See the partial list of past visiting writers below.

Please see also the Visiting Writers Series 2014-15 Poster and our blog, Café Américain, for interviews and excerpts from VWS authors.

Listen: VWS on iTunesU.

2014-2015 VWS Schedule

Dinaw Mengetsu
October 6, 2014

Richard Rodriguez
October 29, 2014

Patricia Smith
November 5, 2014

Annual Faculty Benefit Reading
February 5, 2015

Rigoberto Gonzalez
March 25, 2015

Jenny Offill
April 1, 2015

Graduating MFA Student Reading
May 10, 2015

Previous Visiting Writers

Azar Nafisi

Claude Brown

Yusef Komunyakaa

Grace Paley

Frank Conroy

Tillie Olsen

David Grossman

Edward P. Jones

Mary Gaitskill

Nick Flynn

Jamaica Kincaid

Jo Ann Beard

Allan Gurganus

Billy Collins

Tayari Jones

Amy Hempel

Ross Gay

David Wojahn


Tony Hoagland

Richard Yates

Thomas Mallon

John Gardner

Tim O'Brien

Jean Valentine

Manil Suri

Colm Toíbín

Allen Ginsberg

Michael Cunningham

Adam Haslett

Li-Young Lee

Mark Doty

Lynn Freed

Edward Hirsch

Eduardo C. Corral

Andrew O'Hagan

Mohsin Hamid


Victor Lavalle

Leila Aboulela

Richard Selzer

Paul Monette

Hanan al-Shaykh

Alice McDermott

Matthew Klam

Galway Kinnell

Major Jackson

Andre Dubus III

Marie Howe

Amy Bloom

Jericho Brown

Thomas Sayers Ellis

Naomi Shihab-Nye

Terrance Hayes

Justin Torres