Visiting Writers Coming to Campus

February 21, 2013

March 26, 2013 - Jonis Agee

Visiting Writer Jonis Agee will present a Fiction Reading on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Wyckoff Room of the Cullom-Davis Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Jonis Agee is the Adele Hall Professor of English at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the author of twelve books, including five novels - Sweet Eyes, Strange Angels, South of Resurrection, The Weight of Dreams and her most recent, The River Wife and five collections of short fiction - Pretend We've Never Met, Bend This Heart, A .38 Special and a Broken Heart, Taking the Wall, and Acts of Love on Indigo Road. She has also published two books of poetry: Houses and Mercury.

Her awards include ForeWord Magazine's Editor's Choice Award for Taking the Wall, the Gold Medal in Fiction for Acts of Love on Indigo Road, a National Endowment for the Arts grant in fiction, a Loft-McKnight Award, a Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction, and two Nebraska Book Awards. Three of her books - Strange Angels, Bend This Heart, and Sweet Eyes - were named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times.

April 18, 2013 - Brian Barker

Visiting Writer Brian Barker will present a Poetry Reading on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Wyckoff Room of the Cullom-Davis Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

Brian Barker is the author of The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition, and of The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006), winner of the Tupelo Press Editor’s Prize. His poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, American Book Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, The Indiana Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, fugue, and storySouth. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2009 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. He has earned degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, and the University of Houston. He is married to the poet Nicky Beer and teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he co-edits Copper Nickel.