Writers Series

2019-2020

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
5 p.m.
210 Hamilton Smith Hall

Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo and Love and Shame and Love, and two story collections, Esther Stories and Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. His latest book, Am I Alone Here?, a memoir, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Orner’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, Granta, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Southern Review, and many other publications. Stories have been anthologized in Best American Stories and twice received a Pushcart Prize. Orner has been awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, as well as a Fulbright to Namibia. Currently, he is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and lives with his family in Norwich, Vermont. www. PeterOrner.com
Peterorner.com

 


 

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
5 p.m.
210 Hamilton Smith Hall

Michele Filgate

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of a critically accliamed anthology based on her Longreads essayWhat My Mother and I Don’t Talk Aboutpublished by Simon & Schuster. Currently, she is an M.F.A. student at NYU, where she is the recipient of the Stein Fellowship. Her work has appeared in LongreadsThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles TimesThe Boston GlobeRefinery29SliceThe Paris Review DailyTin HouseGulf CoastThe RumpusSalonInterview MagazineBuzzfeedThe Barnes & Noble ReviewPoets & WritersCNN.comTime Out New YorkPeopleThe Daily BeastO, The Oprah MagazineMen's JournalVultureVol. 1 Brooklyn, The Star TribuneThe Quarterly ConversationThe Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. She teaches or has taught creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers' WorkshopCatapult, and Stanford Continuing Studies and is the founder of the Red Ink series. In 2016, Brooklyn Magazine named her one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture." She’s a former board member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Michelefilgate.com

 


 

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
5 p.m.
210 Hamilton Smith Hall

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson is the author of four collections of poetry, including A Piece of Good News. She is the recipient of awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her third collection, The Accounts, won the Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas. She has taught at Bennington College, Deep Springs College, and Tufts University, and she is currently the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of California at Davis. 
katiepeterson.org

                     


 

Kathryn Miles

 

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
5 p.m.
Location TBA

Kathryn (Kate) Miles

Kathryn Miles is an award-winning journalist and science writer. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Louis University and took both her Master of Arts and Doctorate in English from the University of Delaware. Miles is the author of four books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, Superstorm, and Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake.  Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Best American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She currently serves as writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College and as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council.  She lives in Portland, Maine.
kathrynmiles.net


 

Candice Reffe

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020
5 p.m.
Location TBA

Candice Reffe

Candice Reffe’s book of poems Live from the Mood Board won the Elixir Press Antivenom award. Says poet David Rivard: “This book is unlike any that I know of in American poetry, past or present. Written from deep inside the world of fashion and corporate power, it’s ‘news that stays news.’” Candice worked in fashion in New York City for twenty years. Collaborative work she led was a 2018 finalist for the Davos Multinational Circular Economy award and won the 2012 Launch Innovator award. As part of a collective CEO, she led strategy, social impact and innovation. She has twice been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and was awarded a Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Hotel Amerika, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Threepenny Review, Witness, and elsewhere. She lives in Northampton, MA.


 

Thursday April 9, 2020
5 p.m.
Location TBA

Lily King

Lily King grew up in Massachusetts and received her B.A. in English Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at several universities and high schools in this country and abroad.

Lily’s first novel, The Pleasing Hour (1999) won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was a New York Times Notable Book and an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her second, The English Teacher, was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and the winner of the Maine Fiction Award. Her third novel, Father of the Rain (2010), was a New York Times Editors Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Novel of the Year and winner of both the New England Book Award for Fiction and the Maine Fiction Award. It was translated into various languages.

Lily's latest novel, Euphoria, was released in June 2014. It won the Kirkus Award for Fiction 2014, the New England Book Award for Fiction 2014 and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Awards. Euphoria was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times Book Review. It was included in TIME's Top 10 Fiction Books of 2014 and the Amazon Best Books of 2014. Reviewed on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, Emily Eakin called Euphoria, “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace.” The novel is being translated into numerous languages and a feature film is underway.

Lily is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and several anthologies.


 

The UNH Writers Series is made possible through the support of the MacArthur/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Family Charitable Foundation. 

Please contact the UNH English Department for more information about this year's speakers, or with questions about speakers we have brought to campus in previous years. Phone: (603) 862-1313