Would you like to attend a reading but aren't able to get to Susquehanna?
Feel free to "attend" participating readings and launches from your own home by watching on Facebook Live! We will livestream several readings throughout the academic year on our Facebook page.
Participating readings will be notated in their description.
Matthew Neill Null and Sarah Rose Nordgren
Isaacs Auditorium | Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Matthew Neill Null, an assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. A native of West Virginia, he is a recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, Mary McCarthy Prize and O. Henry Award. His stories appear in American Short Fiction, Ecotone, the Oxford American and other publications. Originally from North Carolina, Sarah Rose Nordgren is a poet, teacher and multiform text artist. Her books of poetry, Best Bones (2014) and Darwin’s Mother (2017), were published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her work appears in periodicals such as Agni, Ploughshares and The Kenyon Review Online. Among her awards are two winter fellowships in Provincetown and an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Nordgren is an associate editor at 32 Poems.
Kristina Marie Darling
Weber Chapel Auditorium | Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Kristina Marie Darling, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a first-generation college student and an advocate for women in the arts, higher education and the professions. She is the author of 30 books, including Look to Your Left: The Poetics of Spectacle; Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations; and DARK HORSE: Poems. She has lectured on creative writing in such locations as New York University, the Sorbonne Library and the Castle of Otranto.
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Stretansky Concert Hall | Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.
New Orleans native Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a founding member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. He was first runner-up for the Short Story Prize in the 2010 William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for The Pie Man, and also was a finalist for two other short stories, Abracadabra (2010) and Fit (2009). An attorney with the New Orleans firm Adam & Reese, Ruffin received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of New Orleans.
Weber Chapel Auditorium | Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Thi Bui is a teacher and cartoonist whose work sheds light on the treatment of minorities, foreigners and refugees. Bui received her Bachelor of Arts in art and legal studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Arts in art education at New York University. Among her publications is The Best We Could Do, a graphic essay detailing her family’s escape from Vietnam and life in the U.S. Bui is a lecturer at the California College of the Arts.
Isaacs Auditorium, Seibert Hall | Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Born and raised in Colorado by Guyanese parents, Monica Prince writes choreopoems and performance poetry. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English creative writing with a minor in the pedagogy of poetry from Knox College, and she earned her M.F.A. in creative writing with a focus in poetry from Georgia College & State University. She is the author of four produced choreopoems, including two that premiered first at Susquehanna in 2018 and 2019. Her poems and essays have appeared in Madcap Review, Fourth & Sycamore, The Ibis Head Review, Exhume, Texas’s Best Emerging Writers and elsewhere. Her debut poetry collection, Instructions for Temporary Survival, won the Discovery Award for an outstanding first collection by the publisher, Red Mountain Press. She is the managing editor of the Santa Fe Writers Project Quarterly, the author of the chapbook Letters from the Other Woman, and an alumna of the 5 th Woman Fellowship in Knoxville, Tennessee. She teaches activist and performance writing as an assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University.
Stretansky Concert Hall | March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Zakes Mda is a novelist, playwright and professor at Ohio University, and has been a visiting professor at Yale and the University of Vermont. Among his novels are The Heart of Redness (2002), which won the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award, and Little Suns (2015), which won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Mda is also the recipient of the Amstel Playwright of the Year Award (1978–79) and the Sunday Times fiction prize.
Dana Diehl and Billie R. Tadros
Stretansky Concert Hall | April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Dana Diehl (left) earned her Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Susquehanna University and her Master of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, where she served as editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review. She is the author of two short story collections: Our Dreams Might Align and The Classroom. Her fiction chapbook, TV Girls, won the New Delta Review 2017–18 Chapbook Prize. She has published work in Booth, Necessary Fiction and North American Review. She lives and teaches in Tucson, Arizona.
Billie R. Tadros (right) is a professor of English at the University of Scranton. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana and her Master of Fine Arts in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of three books of poems: Graft Fixation, Was Body and The Tree We Planted and Buried You In. She is currently working on a narrative research project exploring the gendered implications of traumatic injuries to self-identified women runners.
We will livestream all of our student readings and launches on our Facebook page!
All 2019-20 readings are at 7 p.m. in the Lore Degenstein Art Gallery.
Lee K. Abbott
Shaye Areheart (Editor/Publisher)
Mary Jo Bang
Elizabeth Beier (Editor)
Madison Smartt Bell
Marcus Burke '11
Bonnie Jo Campbell
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Jeffrey Condran (Author/Publisher)
Andre Dubus III
Melissa Goodrich '11
James Alan McPherson
Salvatore Pane '07
Katie Peirce '00
Jennifer Perrine '00
Robert Peluso (Author/Publisher)
Jayne Anne Phillips
Nick Ripatrazone '03
Kim van Alkemade
Jay Varner '03
Claire Vaye Watkins