Visiting Writers Series

The Wells College Visiting Writers Series was established in 1973.
Under the auspices of the series, Wells College presents three to five events each semester featuring authors who have distinguished themselves in poetry, fiction and/or nonfiction. 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, and the public is welcome to join us.
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.

Ashley Woodfolk holds a master class with Wells students in fall 2019
Cassie Donish gives a public reading, fall 2019
visiting writer in the art exhibit room
handmade prints of poems
view of wells campus from the sky
dan rosenberg reading in faculty parlors

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, and their works regularly appear on "best of the year" lists by the New York Times, National Public Radio and other prestigious media outlets. One visiting author (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 or Stone Canoe, or 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.

Find the visiting writers series on Facebook:

The Visiting Writers Series 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 the College's alumnae, alumni and other friends and supporters.

Visiting Writers Series: Fall 2021

The Wells College English Department is thrilled to welcome these writers to campus virtually and in person. Masks and adherence to all College public health guidelines are required for in-person events. Visit for more details.


Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021

Ada Limón is the author of five poetry collections, including The Carrying,  which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her fourth book, Bright Dead Things, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, she serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte M.F.A. program and lives in Lexington, Ky.

Michelle Gil-Montero

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE, Sept. 20−24, 2021
PUBLIC READING—Friday, Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m., Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall
Michelle Gil-Montero has published several book translations, most recently Edinburgh Notebook by Valerie Mejer Caso. Berlin Interlude and Exilium, both by María Negroni, are forthcoming from Black Square Editions and Ugly Duckling Presse. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA and the Howard Foundation as well as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. She is the author of Attached Houses and Object Permanence. At Saint Vincent College, she directs the minor in Literary Translation and is the founding editor of Eulalia Books.

Jack Wang

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021
MASTER CLASS: "The Science of Fiction: Why We Write Stories"5:00 p.m., Art Exhibit Room (AER), Macmillan Hall
Jack Wang is the author of the story collection We Two Alone, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers’ Union of Canada for best debut collection in English. His fiction has shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Journey Prize. He is a 2021 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Fiction and an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College. His novel-in-progress, The Riveters, received a Research and Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Kazim Ali

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021
Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including several volumes of poetry, novels, and translations. He is currently a professor of literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water.

Previous Seasons


FALL 2020 (PDF)


FALL 2019 (PDF)


Fall 2018 Season (PDF)

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.


Our mission is for every student to think critically, reason wisely and act humanely as they cultivate meaningful lives. On our beautiful lakeside campus, students gain the knowledge, skills and experience to create their own unique path.

170 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026
Admissions: 800.952.9355 |
General Information: 315.364.3266
© 2021 Wells College
The following email addresses are a honeypot intended to test automated bots' ability to parse encoded addresses. Please do not contact these addresses.