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Reading Series, Events, & Publications

Reading Series, Events, & Publications

Penn State boasts an eclectic and vibrant arts community and is proud to host some of the most acclaimed writers in the world alongside up-and-coming authors as well as our own alumni.

Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

At the hub of this literary excitement is the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series. Previous visitors have included Donald Antrim, Rick Bass, Jo Ann Beard, Aimee Bender, Billy Collins, Lydia Davis, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Mark Doty, Stuart Dybek, Linda Gregerson, Alex Lemon, Chinelo Okparanta, Ann Pancake, Francine Prose, Ito Romo, George Saunders, Charles Simic, Anne Stevenson, Melanie Thernstrom, Michael Waters, John Edgar Wideman, and Charles Wright.

The Rolling Reading Series for 2023-2024 includes:

Kelle Groom on October 12, 2023
Chika Unigwe on November 2, 2023
Matthew Salesses on February 22, 2024
Julia Spicher Kasdorf and C.S. Giscombe on March 21, 2024
Christine Hume on April 11, 2024

All readings are held at 6:00pm in Foster Auditorium at Pattee Library and are free and open to the public.

Emily Dickinson Lecture in American Poetry

The generosity of alumni donors George and Barbara Kelly allows us to bring in annually a renowned American poet, who either gives a lecture about poetry or reads his or her own work. Previous visitors include Elizabeth Alexander, Richard Blanco, Rita Dove, Robert Hass, Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Susan Howe, Li-Young Lee, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Alicia Ostriker, Robert Pinksy, Yusef Komunyakaa, Vijay Seshadri, and Tracy K. Smith.

The Emily Dickinson Lecturer for 2023-24 is poet Natasha Trethewey. She will read on September 21, 2023 at 6:00pm in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Freeman Auditorium.

The Fisher Family Family Writer-in-Residence Program

The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence Program brings authors to campus for week-long stays that include classroom visits, one-on-one conferences with graduate students, informal craft lectures, and public readings. Previous residencies have included Sandra Cisneros, Kate Daniels, Lydia Davis, Mary Gaitskill, Kimiko Hahn, Sarah Manguso, Susan Orlean, Paisley Rekdal, George Saunders, David Shields, and Jess Walter.

The Fisher Writer-in-Residence for spring 2024 will be fiction writer and screenwriter Julianna Baggott. She will read on January 25, 2024 at 6:00 pm in Foster Auditorium.

Creative Writing at Penn State Blog

The Creative Writing at Penn State Blog features events, ideas and enlivening discussion about all things literary at PSU.

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For more information, please contact:
Alison Condie Jaenicke
Assistant Teaching Professor of English
Assistant Director of Creative Writing
Former Faculty Advisor, Kalliope Literary Journal
(814) 865-9681