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The 2013-2014 Raji-Syman Visiting Writers Series

All readings free and open to the public.Mary Jo Bang

Mary Jo Bang
Sept. 30, 2013 |  7:30 p.m.  |  Isaacs Auditorium  

Mary Jo Bang has published a number of well-received poetry collections, including Elegy and The Eye like a Strange Balloon. Winner of a number of awards such as a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Award, and a Pushcart Prize, she directs the creative writing program at Washington University.



Ann PancakeAnn Pancake
Oct. 23, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Isaacs Auditorium

Ann Pancake’s first novel, Strange as this Weather has Been, won the 2007 Weatherford Award. Her collection of stories, Given Ground, won the Bakeless Prize. Winner of an NEA Fellowship, she teaches in the MFA Program at pacific Lutheran University.   



Alison StineAlison Stine

Nov. 11, 2013  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Isaacs Auditorium

Alison Stine’s first two poetry collections have won majors book prizes—Ohio Violence, the Vassar Miller Prize; and Wait, the Brittingham Prize. Winner of the Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, she teaches at Ohio University.



Eula BissEula Biss
March 17, 2014   |  4:30 p.m.  |  Degenstein Center Theater 

Eula Biss’ second book, Notes from No Man’s Land, won the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Criticism Award. A professor at Northwestern University, she has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation and the NEA.



George SaundersGeorge Saunders
April 2, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Isaacs Auditorium 

George Saunders, selected by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the bestselling author of short story collections such as Tenth of December and Pastoralia. He teaches at Syracuse and has been anthologized “everywhere.”



Salvatore PaneSalvatore Pane '07

April 14, 2014  |  7:30 p.m.  |  Isaacs Auditorium

Salvatore Pane, a graduate of Susquehanna’s creative writing program in 2007, published his first novel, Last Call in the City of Bridges, in 2012. Winner of the 2010 Turow-Kinder Award for fiction, he teaches at the University of Indianapolis.



Past Visiting Writers have included:

  • Lee K. Abbott                      
  • Rick Bass
  • Richard Bausch
  • Elizabeth Beier (editor)
  • Madison Smartt Bell
  • Eavan Boland
  • Robert Boswell 
  • David Bradley
  • Fleda Brown
  • Frederick Busch 
  • Bonnie Jo Campbell 
  • Rafael Campo
  • Lorene Cary
  • Joy Castro
  • Dan Chaon
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Billy Collins
  • Bernard Cooper
  • Robert Cording
  • Robert Creeley
  • Fred D'Aguiar
  • Charles D’Ambrosio
  • Lydia Davis
  • Andre Dubus III
  • Stephen Dunn
  • Lynn Emanuel
  • Danielle Evans
  • Carolyn Forché
  • Tom Franklin
  • James Galvin
  • Cristina Garcia
  • Dagoberto Gilb
  • Louise Glück
  • Ron Hansen
  • Joy Harjo
  • James Harms
  • Colin Harrison
  • Larry Heinemann
  • Brian Hanry
  • Edward Hirsch
  • Tony Hoagland
  • Ha Jin
  • Rodney Jones
  • Mary Karr
  • Jill McCorkle
  • James Alan McPherson
  • Sue Miller
  • Antonya Nelson
  • Sharon Olds
  • Stewart O'Nan
  • Katie Peirce '00
  • Jennifer Perrine '00 
  • Tom Perrotta
  • Jayne Anne Phillips
  • Kevin Pilkington
  • Andrew Porter
  • Lia Purpura
  • Claudia Rankine 
  • Nick Ripatrazone '03
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Esmeralda Santiago
  • Zach Savich
  • Bob Shacochis
  • Enid Shomer
  • Rachel Simon
  • Lauren Slater
  • Art Spiegelman
  • Gerald Stern
  • Jay Varner ’03 
  • John Vernon
  • G.C. Waldrep
  • Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Nancy Willard
  • Tobias Wolff 
  • Steve Yarbrough



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