Thursday September 19th, 5pm Mub 1
Sponsored by the Frederick Hyde Hibberd '88 Fund
Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls, which was chosen as one of the "Best Books of the Year" by The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and O Magazine, and Use Me, runner up for the PEN Hemingway award, a New York Times "Notable Book" and a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of the Year." She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. Her fiction, non-fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The Paris Review, Bomb, The New York Times Book Review and SPIN as well as anthologies such as The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, The Bitch in the House, Lit Riffs and Cooking & Stealing. Currently, she is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair, and a Founding-editor, now Editor-at-Large, of Tin House magazine. She teaches in the MFA program at Columbia University and the low-residency MFA program at Queens, in Charlotte, N.C. and lives with her family in Brooklyn.
Thursday October 10, 5pm Mub 2
Sponsored by the Frederick Hyde Hibberd "88 Fund
Michael Collier’s most recent collection of poems is An Individual History (2012). The Ledge (2000) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He co-edited, with Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, A William Maxwell Portrait and has published a translation of Euripides’s Medea as well as a collection of essays, Make Us Wave Back. He has received Guggenheim and Thomas Watson fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001–2004, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland and is the director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Thursday October 31, 5pm Mub 1
Josh Weil is the author of The New Valley, a New York Times Editors Choice that won the Sue Kaufman Prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 5-Under-35 Award from the National Book Foundation. Weil’s other writing has appeared in Granta, Esquire, One Story and The New York Times. A recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, he has been Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University and Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. His novel, The Great Glass Sea, is forthcoming in 2014.
Thursday February 6th, 5pm Mub 1
One of the nation’s most prolific travel writers, Rolf Potts has reported from more than sixty countries and published essays of place and culture in a wide range of mediums, from National Geographic Traveler to The New Yorker to Slate.com to National Public Radio. He has appeared on the Travel Channel and served as a columnist for Salon.com and World Hum. Potts is the author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel and Marco Polo Didn't Go There: Stories and Revelations From One Decade as a Postmodern Travel Writer, which won a 2009 Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, and became the first American-authored book to win Italy's prestigious Chatwin Prize for travel writing. His essays have appeared in over 20 literary anthologies and 19 of his stories have been selected as "Notable Mention" in The Best American Travel Writing. The summer writer-in-residence and program director at the Paris American Academy, he teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University.
Thursday March 6th, 5pm Mub 1
Jessica Hendry Nelson
Jessica Hendry Nelson is the author of the memoir in essays, If Only You People Could Follow Directions (Counterpoint Press, February 2014). Her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines including The Threepenny Review and Carolina Quarterly and has been featured as Notable essay in Best American Essays 2012 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Colchester, Vermont, teaches writing at Johnson State College, and is the Senior Nonfiction Editor of The Fiddleback, a literary journal. In 2013, she co-founded the Renegade Writers' Collective in Burlington, Vermont.
Thursday March 27th, 5pm Mub 1
Larissa Szporluk is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Traffic with Macbeth, published by Tupelo Press in 2011. An associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University, she has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The UNH Writers Series is made possible through the support of the MacArthur/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds.