Visiting Writers Series

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series was established in 1973.
Under the auspices of the Series, which is supported by Wells College, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Virginia Kent Cummins Fund (for poets), the Mildred Walker Fund (for fiction writers), and gifts from friends and alumnae, the college presents four to five events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. These writers not only give public readings of their work; they also conduct writing workshops, participate in classes and discussions, and often hold individual conferences with interested student writers. Every poet's visit is commemorated with a hand-printed, limited-edition broadside, printed by Wells College Press. All Visiting Writers Series events are free to attend.
Contact Us

If you have questions about these events, please contact Daniel Rosenberg, Ph.D., head of the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College.

See Our Past Visiting Writers

Readings by Sung J. Woo  •  JR Tappenden  •  Adam Clay  •  Jessica Cuello  •  Jerry Mirskin  •  Martha Collins  •  Martin Rock  •  Steph Burt  •  Contributors and Editors for Journals The Healing Muse and Stone Canoe

The Visiting Writers Series is supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

visiting writer in the art exhibit room
handmade prints of poems
view of wells campus from the sky
visiting writer with lectern and microphone
dan rosenberg reading in faculty parlors
summer view of smith hall and main building

Among the hundreds of writers Wells has hosted over the years, many have been top figures in their field who have won such prestigious awards as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. One (the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky) was even a Nobel Prize winner. Yet, the Visiting Writers Series selects only those writers who can bring something special to the close-knit Wells community, which has had its continuously growing share of ambitious and committed undergraduate writers.

Visiting writers are frequently editors and publishers, or are involved in graduate writing programs, and all have wide publishing experience, so they can help students learn about practical matters relating to the literary scene and publishing in addition to providing hands-on advice and criticism. Sometimes there are group readings by editors and writers representing journals, such as The Healing Muse and Stone Canoe, and by publishers, such as Michael Czarnecki of FootHills Publishing, enabling students to gain exposure to the vital work being done all over the country by small presses and literary magazines.

Visiting Writers Series: Fall 2018

Anjali Sachdeva

Public Reading ~ Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., Art Exhibit Room (Macmillan Hall)
Public Master Class ~ Friday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Parlors (Main Building)

Donika Kelly

Public Reading ~ Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., Art Exhibit Room (Macmillan Hall)
Public Master Class: "On Love and Lack: Generating Tension in Love Poems" ~ Friday, Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Parlors (Main Building)

Bret Shepard

Public Master Class: "On Great Titles" ~ Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12:30 p.m., Faculty Parlors (Main Building)
Public Reading ~ Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., Art Exhibit Room (Macmillan Hall)

editors and Contributors from "the healing muse"

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. (location TBD)

Previous Seasons

Spring 2017 Season (PDF)

Fall 2016 Season (PDF)

Spring 2016 Season (PDF)

Fall 2015 Season (PDF)

Visiting Writers Series Broadsides

For each visiting writer, the Book Arts Center and Press collaborates with Wells' English department to prepare a handmade broadside of the writer's work. View previous broadsides available for purchase here.


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