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Visiting Scholars and Writers

Connect with the writers you study when they visit campus and join your class

 Scholars and Writers


Sophie Kerr Series Fall 2021


Literary House Events Fall 2021

  • September 23, 5.30 pm: Katherine Larson
    • The Science of Poetry/The Poetry of Science: A Generative Workshop
    • Virtual public event: Registration required. Visit Lit House Events Page Fall 2021 for details.
  • October 7-9: Performances of Plantation Black, a New Play by Phaedra Scott WC ‘14

    • For more information, see Department of Theatre & Dance website:
    • Presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance, co-sponsored by the Rose O’Neill Literary House and the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience
  • November 3-4: Robert Macfarlane
    • Reading and Generative Workshop, co-sponsored with Center for Environment and Society
    • Virtual public event: Registration required. Visit Lit House Events Page Fall 2021 for details.
  • Monday, November 29: First Year Reading 
    • First Year Writers hosted inside the Lit House, audience can watch via the Lit House YouTube channel
    • 7-8 pm


Past Sophie Kerr Events

A sampling of the many scholars and writers who have visited with our students at Washignton College just in the last few years:

  • 2020-2021
    • Sarah Manguso, Melissa Febos, Hanif Abdurraqib, Elaine Weiss, Casey Cep, Scott Newstok, Phil Brady, Tim Seibles, Rick Barot, Lily Hoang, Kathryn Nuernberger
  • 2019-2020
    • Rebecca Makkai, Jason Fagone, Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • 2018-2019
    • Ericka Sánchez, Lucy Corin, Edward P. Jones, Lidia Yuknavitch, Rion Amilcar Scott, Gene Demby
  •  2017-2018
    • Maureen Corrigan, Craig Steven Wilder, Lia Purpura, Terence Hayes, Natalie Diaz, Kim Zarins, Phil Sickler
  • 2016-2017
    • Jericho Brown, Denise Duhamel, Cathy Linh Che, Timothy Donnelly, Phyllis Rackin
  • And going farther back in time
    • Maggie Nelson, Andrew Delbanco, Nick Flynn, Claudia Rankine, Mark Doty, Tim O'Brien, Colum McCann, Toni Morrison, Allen Ginsburg, Katherine Anne Porter....
    • Intrigued? See this comprehensive listing of Sophie Kerr Scholars and Writer who have come to Washington College through the years.