March 26, 4:10-6:30 pm Marlo Room, Farinon

Come join us for a writing marathon! There will be prompts of all sorts to inspire your imaginative writing. This free, informal event is open to the entire Lafayette community: students, staff, and faculty. Bring a pen and paper, your journal or laptop, and allow yourself to be inspired by many writing prompts set up throughout the Marlo Room, Farinon, including visual art and a “writing wall.” There are no restrictions on your writing during the marathon. Allow yourself to write freely in any form and to enjoy the entire process. Great coffee and plentiful snacks will be provided. 

Sponsored by: Marquis Literary Magazine


Terrance Hayes

Question & Answer Session

Terrance Hayes

April 2, 4:10-5:30, Kirby 104

2020 H. MacKnight Black Competition Poetry Reading

featuring Terrance Hayes

& Student Competition Winners

April 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Kirby 104

Terrance Hayes’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin (Penguin 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018). To Float In The Space Between was winner of the Poetry Foundation’s 2019 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism and a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.  American Sonnets for My Past And Future Assassin was a finalist the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry, the 2018 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry, and the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Hayes is a Professor of English at New York University. 

Sponsored by:  Lafayette College Department of English

Owen McLeod

2020 Jean Corrie Poetry Reading

& Ice Cream Social
featuring Owen McLeod
& Student Competition Winners
April 13, 4:10-6:30 p.m., Marlo Room, Farinon

Owen McLeod is the author of the award-winning collection Dream Kitchen.  His poems have appeared in many journals, including New England Review, Ploughshares, FIELD, Boulevard, Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, The Yale Review, Missouri Review‘s “Poem of the Week,” and Poetry Daily.  

Sponsor: Lafayette College Department of English


Closs Visiting Writer-in-Residence Alix Ohlin

September 23, 2019

Novelist and short story writer Alix Ohlin will give a public reading of her fiction on Monday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m., in 104 Kirby Hall of Civil Rights. Please also join us earlier on that date at 4:10 p.m. in the Marlo Room of Farinon Center for an informal conversation with Alix Ohlin about fiction writing and the writing life. Alix Ohlin is the author of five books, most recently Dual Citizens (2019). Her previous novel, Inside,was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writer’s Trust Fiction Prize.  Her short stories have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories. A former professor at Lafayette College, she now chairs the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia.


                  Kate Hope Day

October 17, 2019

Please join us on Thursday, October 17th at 7 p.m. in the Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104 for a public reading of her novel. Earlier on that date, at 4:10 p.m., a question-and-answer session with Kate Hope Day will be held in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104.  A former associate producer at HBO, Kate Hope Day holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. Her recently released first novel, If, Then, has met with wide acclaim. Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, calls the novel “an enthralling meditation on the interconnectedness of all things.” The Daily Mail asserts that “Day has a lot of sly, stealthy fun with time-bending and parallel universes, but she also has serious things to say on urban paranoia, climate change and the atomized nature of modern life.”

Flash Fiction Reading

November 13, 2019

Kate Racculia, judge of the 2019 Flash Fiction Contest at Lafayette College, will read her fiction on Wednesday, November 13, at 4:10 p.m, in the Gendebien Room of Skillman Library. Racculia is the author of the novels This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award. Her most recent novel, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts, will appear in October 2019. Joining Kate Racculia at the podium will be the student winner and those receiving honorable mentions for their flash fiction.


CREATIVE WRITING EVENTS 2018-2019, Lafayette College


Reading by Jennifer Gilmore, Thursday, October 4, 4:15pm, Gendebien Room, Skillman 206

Jennifer Gilmore will read from her new book, If Only, just published by Harper Teen. Gilmore is the author of three acclaimed novels for adults, two of which were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year.  If Only, her second young adult novel, has received high praise, including this from a starred Kirkus review: “Gilmore’s gritty multigenerational tale not only seeks to ask adoption’s toughest questions, but dares to offer no easy answers: Not to be missed.” A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Sponsored by:  Friends of Skillman Library and the Department of English


OCTOBER 18, 2018
WRITE-A-THON, 4:10-6:00, Marlo Room, Farinon Student Center, OCTOBER 18, 2018
This free, informal event is open to the entire Lafayette community: students, staff, and faculty. Bring a pen and paper, your journal or laptop, and allow yourself to be inspired by many writing prompts set up throughout the Marlo Room, Farinon, including visual art and a “writing wall.” There are no restrictions on your writing during the marathon. Allow yourself to write freely in any form and to enjoy the entire process. Great coffee and plentiful snacks will be provided.
Sponsors: College Writing Program & Department of English



NOVEMBER 7 & 8, 2018: Brock Clarke
Closs Visiting Writer-in-Residence: Brock Clarke
Fiction Reading: Wednesday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m., Kirby Auditorium 104
Question-and-Answer Session: Thursday, November 8, at 4:10 p.m., Kirby Auditorium 104
Brock Clarke is a novelist, short story writer, and a foremost writer of satire. He is the author of four novels, including the best-selling An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, and three collections of short stories. His novels and short stories have been widely translated and highly awarded. As Victor LaValle has noted, “Brock Clarke wields his wit like a sword.”
Sponsor: Department of English through the Closs Fund


NOVEMBER 27, 2018: Jenn Rossmann





Flash Fiction Reading, Featuring Jenn Rossmann and Winners of the Flash Fiction Contest, 4:10 p.m., Gendebien Room, Skillman Library
Jenn Rossmann is a gifted writer of fiction whose debut novel, The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh, is forthcoming in Fall 2018. Her short stories have appeared widely.
She is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lafayette College.
Sponsor: Department of English


APRIL 16, 2019: Shane McCrae 
MacKnight Black Question & Answer Session with poet Shane McCrae, 4:10 – 5:20, Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104

APRIL 16, 2019
MacKnight Black Poetry Reading, featuring Shane McCrae & Winners of the MacKnight Black Competition in Poetry, 7:00-8:30, Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104
Shane McCrae’s books of poetry include Mule (2011), Blood (2013), and The Animal Too Big to Kill (2015). His most recent book, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), was a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Book Award. He is a recipient of a Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a PEN Center USA Award, and the Whiting Award. He teaches at Columbia University. Sponsor: Department of English



APRIL 25, 2019: Leslieann Hobayan

Jean Corrie Poetry Reading & Ice Cream Social, featuring Leslieann Hobayan & Winners of the Jean Corrie Poetry Competition, 4:10 p.m., Marlo Room, Farinon
Leslieann Hobayan’s poetry has appeared widely, including in The Rumpus, The New York Quarterly, Growing Up Filipino II, Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-AmericanWriters, and Pinoy Poetics. She is a 1995 graduate of Lafayette College and a recipient of a James Merrill Fellowship for Poetry and a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Writing Fellowship. She teaches at Rutgers University.

Spring 2018



4:10-6:30PM, Wilson Room, Pfenning Alumni Center

sam sax is a queer jewish educator & writer. He’s the author of Madness(Penguin 2017) the winner of The National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book Bury It (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) is the Winner of the 2017 James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poems. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, & The MacDowell Colony. He’s the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of four chapbooks. He’s the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award, the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, The American Literary Review Prize, & his poems have appeared in The Academy of American Poets, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Tin House + other journals. He’s the poetry editor at BOAAT Press

Sponsored by the Department of English and the Academy of American Poets.



QUESTION-AND-ANSWER SESSION with MacKnight Black Competition Judge JILL BIALOSKY at 4:10 p.m

Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104


Kirby Hall of Civil Rights 104

Jill Bialosky is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life, as well as four collections of poetry: The Players, Intruder, Subterranean, and The End of Desire. Bialosky is also the author of the novels The Prize, House Under Snow and The Life Room, and she is co-editor, with Helen Schulman, of the anthology Wanting A Child. Her poems and essays appear in The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, among other publications.—Blue Flower Arts

Sponsored by the Department of English.






Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is just out with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College.

Sponsored by the Tapestries Grant and Friends of Skillman Library.

 Fall 2017



Idra Novey is the author of the debut novel Ways to Disappear, winner of the 2017 Sami Rohr Prize, the 2016 Brooklyn Eagles Prize, and a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Her poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series, The Next Coun­try, a final­ist for the 2008 Fore­word Book of the Year Award, and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her fiction and poetry have been translated into ten languages and she’s written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s All Things Con­sid­ered, New York Magazine, and The Paris Review. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writ­ers Mag­a­zine, the PEN Trans­la­tion Fund, and the Poetry Foundation. She’s also translated the work of several prominent Brazilian writers, most recently Clarice Lispector’s novel The Pas­sion Accord­ing to G.H. She’s taught at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, Columbia, NYU, Fordham, the Catholic University of Chile, and in the Bard Prison Initiative. This fall she is the Visiting Distinguished Writer in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Brooklyn.

Sponsored by the Department of English.



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 7pmGendebien Room


Entries should be submitted to Ms. Maureen Mulrooney, Department of English, 316 Pardee Hall, no later than noon on October 13The winner and honorable mentions will be invited to read their work along with the judge, novelist Jennifer Gilmore, at an event on November 14.

If you have questions concerning the competition, please contact Professor Alix Ohlin (ohlina@lafayette.edu).

Jennifer Gilmore is the author of three acclaimed novels for adults. Her first novel for teens is We Were Never HereThe Mothers is currently being adapted to film; Something Red is a New York Times Notable Book; and her first novel, Golden Country, was a New York Times Notable Book, an Amazon Top Ten Debut Fiction of the Year, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The AtlanticBombBookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York TimesPsychology TodayReal SimpleVogue, and the Washington Post. She’s been a MacDowell Fellow, and she teaches creative writing and literature at Harvard University.

She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 4pm-6:10pm,Williams Visual Arts Building Lobby



TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28th, 4:10 PM, Gendebien Room


Cortney Lamar Charleston‘s poems have been published in a range of literary publications, notably POETRY, New England Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly and The Iowa Review. Individual poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on several occasions, and he has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His debut poetry collection, Telepathologies, was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist in several other first book competitions. The book was released in March 2017.

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Linebreak,among others. Hafizah also serves on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, and co-curates the reading series EMPIRE with Ricardo Maldonado. She is on the poetry committee and book ends committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and is currently an Editor for Little A and Day One from Amazon Publishing.

Sponsored by FYS Program.


THURSDAY, November 30th, 4:10PM, Gendebien Room


Alexandra Kleeman is a Staten Island-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the winner of the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize. Her fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, and Guernica, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection.

Sponsored by the STEAM Mellon Arts Grant.