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River City Writers Series

Past Speakers

Spring 2014

Hampton Sides (in partnership with the Marcus Orr Humanities Center)

Fall 2013

Pam Durban, Dan Chaon

Spring 2013

Lee Smith (in partnership with the Marcus Orr Humanities Center)

Fall 2012

Mary Leader, Lee K. Abbott

Spring 2012

Sonja Livingston, *Roy Blount, Jr.

Fall 2011

Richard Tillinghast, *Bobbie Ann Mason, *Randall Kenan

Spring 2011

*Allan Gurganus, *Dorothy Allison, Albert Goldbarth, *Madison Smartt Bell

Fall 2010

Terry Hummer, Beth Ann Fennelly, Tom Franklin

Spring 2010

*Wyatt Prunty, *Allen Wier, *Elizabeth Spencer

Fall 2009

No visitors

Spring 2009

Eric Schlosser, Elizabeth Strout, James Brasfield

Fall 2008

Ellen Bryant Voigt, Trever Corson, James McBride

Spring 2008

Percival Everett, C.K. Williams

Fall 2007

Joyce Maynard, Charles Baxter

Spring 2007

Alan Shapiro, Josephine Humphreys, Thomas Mallon

Fall 2006

Mark Doty, Robert Stone, Linda Gregerson, Richard Lyons, Tina Barr

Spring 2006

Ann Beattie, Dave Smith, Allen Wier, Naomi Shihab Nye

Fall 2005

Mark Jarman, Kaylie Jones, Richard Bausch, Jill McCorkle

Spring 2005

Antonya Nelson, Stephen Dunn, Tom Williams, John Dufresne, Mark Yakich

Fall 2004

Robert Morgan, Frederick Busch

Spring 2004

Steve Yarbrough, Geoffrey O’Brien, Dara Wier

Fall 2003

Richard Jackson, Bobbie Ann Mason, Robert Olen Butler, Elizabeth Dewberry

Spring 2003

Rodney Jones, James McKinley, Margaret Skinner

Fall 2002

No funds / no visitors

2001-02

Mary Leader, Shara McCallum, Marjorie Agosin, David Galef, Susan Orlean, Steve Stern, Claude Wilkinson

2000-01

John Bensko, Randall Kenan, Pam Durban, Joelle Fraser, Thomas Glave, Terrance Hayes, Patti Kim, James Kimbrell, Mia Leonin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Michael Collier, Carol Frost, Laurance Lieberman, Ed Ochester, Tony Earley, Charles Wright    

1999-2000

Tina Barr, Derek Walcott, Cary Holladay, Allison Joseph, Michael Waters, Richard Ford, Fred D’Aguiar, Bernie Mackinnon

1998-99

Janet Burroway, Allen Wier, Dorothy Allison, Junot Diaz, Dorianne Laux

1997-98

Marvin Bell, George Garrett, Richard Bausch, Randall Kenan, Kim Addonizio

1996-97

Lewis Nordan, Li-Young Lee, Ellen Gilchrist, Eve Shelnutt, Stephen Dobyns, Safiya Henderson-Holmes

1995-96

Heather McHugh, Ishmael Reed, Kamau Braithwaite, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Mary Gaitskill, Edward Hoagland

1994-95

Nancy Willard, Nathaniel Mackey, Stuart Dybek, James Conaway, Eavan Boland, John Bensko, Margaret Skinner

1993-94

Peter Carey, Bei Dao (Zhao Zhenkai), Michael Palmer, Susan Minot

1992-93

Czeslaw Milosz, Harry Crews, Lucille Clifton, Carolyn See, Charles Simic, Barry Hannah

1991-92

Larry McMurtry, Charles Wright, Madison Smartt Bell, Elizabeth Spires, Arthur Flowers, Margaret Skinner, Cynthia Macdonald, Josephine Humphreys, David Leavitt

1990-91

John Updike, W.S. Merwin, Frederick Busch, Ellen Douglas, Rosellen Brown, Jorie Graham, Stanley Plumley, Deborah Digges

1989-90

Pattiann Rogers, Toni Cade Bambara, Charles Baxter, Seamus Heaney, Richard Russo, Joan Silber, Marvin Bell, Alice Quinn, Daniel Halpern, Stanley Lindberg, Ishmael Reed, Michael Waters

1988-89

Donald Justice, Tobias Wolff, Mona Van Duyn, Thomas Keneally, Michael Harper, James Tate, Ellen Bryant Voigt, James Welch

1987-88

Barry Hannah, Marvin Bell, Bobbie Ann Mason, Ellen Gilchrist, Charles Johnson, Luisa Valenzuela, Heather McHugh, Thea Astley, Peter Taylor

1986-87

 W.D. Snodgrass, Richard Ford, Shelby Foote, Mark Strand

1985-86

Nancy Willard, Joy Williams, Rust Hills, William Stafford, Padgett Powell, Robert Mezey

1984-85

Alice Adams, Galway Kinnell

1983-84

Marge Piercy, Linda Pastan, Dudley Randall, James Dickey, Shelby Foote, Barry Hannah

1982-83

Howard Nemerov, Ernest Gaines, Carolyn Forche, Tillie Olsen

1981-82

Carlos Fuentes, Adrienne Rich, David Wagoner

1980-81

Robert Bly, Richard Hugo, Maxine Kumin, Sonia Sanchez

1979-80

William Harrison, Philip Levine, Ishmael Reed, Dianne Wakoski

1978-79

Gwendolyn Brooks, Peter Taylor, Gary Snyder, Al Young

1977-78

Eudora Welty, Margaret Walker Alexander, Robert Bly, Lawrence Raab

*Member authors of Fellowship of Southern Writers, partnership with the University of Memphis.

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