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Visiting Writers Program Events
Fall 2013/Spring 2014


Barbara RoganThursday, September 19, 2013
11 Am
Ward Hall Great Room

Barbara Rogan is the author of eight novels and coauthor of several nonfiction books, including Suspicion and Hindsight (Simon & Schuster). Her books have been translated into half a dozen languages, featured by the major book clubs, optioned for movie and television and issued as audio books and ebooks. Her next novel, A Dangerous Fiction, is a mystery set in the publishing world. It comes out in July, 2013 with Viking/Penguin.

She has also worked extensively in publishing, starting out of college as an editor in a large New York publishing house. After moving to Israel, she was the founder and, for 14 years, director of the Barbara Rogan Literary Agency. During that period, she served on the Board of Directors of the Jerusalem Book Fair.

She has taught fiction writing at Hofstra University, and currently teaches in her own online school, Next Level Workshops. She's a frequent lecturer on both the business and craft of writing and teaches seminars and master classes at writers' conferences, including the Surrey Writers' Conference in Vancouver.


Keith FlynnThursday, October 3, 2013
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Keith Flynn is the author of three collections of poetry: The Talking Drum, The Book of Monsters, and The Lost Sea. From1987-1998, he was lyricist and lead singer for the nationally acclaimed rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming through Lake Eerie, Pouch, and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor. His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, including The Colorado Review, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry, Poetry Wales, Rattle, The Southern Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and Crazyhorse. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, and received numerous Pushcart nominations. Flynn is the founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review. He has published to two books, a collection of poems, The Golden Ratio and a collection of essays, The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing. He is currently touring in support of his most recent publication, Colony Collapse Disorder.


Rafaella Del BorgoThursday, November 7, 2013
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Rafaella Del Bourgo was born and raised in southern California. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, she earned a B.A. and a graduate degree in education from UC Berkeley. Her M.A. in creative writing is from San Francisco State University. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, worked on a kibbutz in Israel, hitchhiked across the Middle East, and lived in Tasmania and Hawaii. She currently teaches college-level English and resides in Berkeley with her husband and three cats.

Her poetry has appeared in The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Caveat Lector, Puerto Del Sol, Rattle, Oberon, Nimrod, Spillway and The Bitter Oleander, among other journals. Her many awards include the Lullwater Prize for Poetry in 2003, and in 2006, the Helen Pappas Prize in Poetry and the New River Poets Award. In 2007, 2008 and 2013, she took first place in the Maggi Meyer Poetry Competition. The League of Minnesota Poets awarded her first place in 2009, and the following year, she won the Alan Ginsberg Poetry Award and the Grandmother Earth Poetry Prize. In 2012, she was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize, and she was also awarded the highly prestigious Paumanok Prize for Poetry. Ms. Del Bourgo's poetry has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize.

Her first collection of poems, I Am Not Kissing You, was published in 2003, and she was one of ten poets included in the 2010 anthology, Chapter & Verse: Poems of Jewish Identity. Ms. Del Bourgo's new collection, Inexplicable Business: Poems Domestic and Wild, will be published in 2014 by Finishing Line Press.

Don ColburnThursday, March 13, 2014
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Don Colburn is a writer in Portland. During a long career as a newspaper reporter, he worked for The Washington Post and The Oregonian and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. He is a graduate of Amherst College and has an MFA degree from Warren Wilson College. His poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has published three collections of poetry, two of which won national competitons for publication. His first book, As If Gravity Were a Theory, won the Cider Press Review Book Award, and his first chapbook, Another Way to Begin, won the Finishing Line Press Prize. His most recent chapbook is Because You Might Not Remember. His many writing honors include The Discovery/The Nation Prize, The Iowa Review's McGinnis Award, the Duckabush Poetry Prize and two fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. He is a member of Friends of William Stafford.

Jeffrey GreeneThursday, April 10, 2014
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Jeffrey Greene is the author of four collections of poetry; a book of poems, dialogues and sketches; a memoir; and two personalized nature books, with a third forthcoming in 2015.  His writing has been supported through fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, Rinehart Fund, and Humanities Texas, and he was a winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award, and the "Discovery"/The Nation Award. His poems, short stories, and essays have appeared numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, Agni, Southwest Review and the anthology Strangers in Paris. Musical settings of his poems have been performed by the Mirror Visions Ensemble in Paris, New York City, and Cambridge UK. He is the director of creative writing at the American University of Paris.


April 16, 2014
6 PM
Ward Hall Great Room

Winners of the Raynor Wallace Award for Student Poetry will be announced. The winners will read their poems. Refreshments will be served.


Thursday, April 17, 2014
11 AM
Ward Hall Great Room

Ron Padgett's books include the poetry collections How to Be Perfect, You Never Know, and Great Balls of Fire, as well as three memoirs, Ted: A Personal Memoir of Ted
Berrigan; Oklahoma Tough: My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers; and Joe:
A Memoir of Joe Brainard. Padgett has received Fulbright, NEA, Guggenheim,
and Civitella Ranieri fellowships, and was named Officer in the Order of Arts
and Letters by the French government. A Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of
American Poets, he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society
of America, and his How Long was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in
Poetry. His new book is Collected Poems.


The Visiting Writers Program thanks the following for their support over the years:
Dr. W. Hubert Keen, President
Dr. Lucia Cepriano, Provost
Dr. Lou Reinisch, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
The English and Humanities Faculty
The Office of Communications