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In collaboration with departments across campus, including English and the Sophie Kerr Committee, the Lit House hosts a robust reading series. Poets, essayists, fiction writers, playwrights, critics, editors, singer-songwriters, and studio artists routinely join us from around the world for readings, craft talks, and residencies. Recent guests include Chris Abani, Jericho Brown, Joy Castro, Natalie Diaz, Denise Duhamel, Carolyn Forché, Neil Gaiman, Terrance Hayes, Amy Hempel, Saeed Jones, Maggie Nelson, and Anthony Swofford.

Fall 2020 Literary Events

Literary House Series

Persepolis movie posterFall Movie Night: Persepolis

Friday, September 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m. EST, Streaming from the Lit House to your own computer! 

Persepolis is a 2007 animated drama film adapted from the 2000 memoir-in-comic-strips of the same name by Marjane Satrapi who wrote and directed the film in collaboration with Vincent Paronnaud. The film centers on Satrapi’s childhood and adolescence in her home of Tehran during the Iranian Revolution and the internal changes she must face after deciding to leave her cherished country. Rated PG-13 with a runtime of 96 minutes.

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Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series

Sarah MangusoLiving Writers: A Nonfiction Reading by Sarah Manguso

Tuesday, September 8, 6:00–7:00p.m. EST, Virtual Public Event

Born and raised near Boston, writer Sarah Manguso earned her BA at Harvard University and an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her nonfiction works include 300 Arguments (Graywolf, 2017), which was named a best book of the year by more than twenty publications, and Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (Graywolf, 2015). Her poetry collections Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002), feature poems which won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four volumes of The Best American Poetry series. Her other books include the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (2007), published by McSweeney’s as part of 145 Stories in a Small Box; the memoir The Two Kinds of Decay (FSG, 2008), selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Sunday Book Review in addition to being shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize and longlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize; and the hybrid-genre book The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend (FSG, 2012). Manguso is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, and the Rome Prize. She has served as the Mary Routt Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College and a Distinguished Visiting Writer at St. Mary’s College, and has taught at Princeton, Columbia, and the Pratt Institute. For more information, please consult the Literary House website. 


Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series 

Manguso Ongoingness book coverA Generative Workshop with Sarah Manguso 

Wednesday, September 9, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. EST, Virtual Event 







Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series 

Melissa FebosLiving Writers: A Nonfiction Reading by Melissa Febos 

Thursday, October 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m. EST, Virtual Event 

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which The New Yorker called “mesmerizing,” and which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, a Triangle Publishing Award finalist and an Indie Next Pick. Abandon Me was also named a Best Book of 2017 by Esquire, Book Riot, The Cut, Electric Literature, the Brooklyn Rail, Bustle, Refinery29, Salon, The Rumpus, and others. Her second essay collection will be published by Bloomsbury in 2020. Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including The Believer, Tin House, Sewanee Review, Granta, the Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, Post Road, Salon, The New York Times, Elle, the Guardian, Vogue, Dissent, The New York Time Book Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Iowa, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program. For more information, please consult the Literary House website. 


Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series 

Hanif Abdurraqib Living Writers: A Poetry and Nonfiction Reading by Hanif Abdurraqib 

Tuesday, November 17, 6:00–8:00 p.m. EST, Virtual Event 

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in MuzzleVinylPEN America, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADERPitchforkThe New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. With Big Lucks, he released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness in summer 2017 (you cannot get it anymore and he is very sorry.) His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released i n w inter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by BuzzfeedEsquireNPROprah MagazinePasteCBCThe Los Angeles ReviewPitchfork, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. He released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas Press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller and was met with critical acclaim. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, was released in 2019 by Tin House. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School. For more information, please consult the Literary House website.


Literary House Series

Literary HouseFirst-Year Reading 

Monday, November 23, 7:00–8:30 p.m. EST, Virtual Event 

Hear Washington College first-year writers read from their original work! For more information, please consult the Literary House website. 



Spring 2021 Literary Events

Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series 

Lily HoangWriters as Editors Series Presents Lily Hoang

Thursday, February 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House

Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press, 2008), recipient of a PEN Open Books Award, A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2016), winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Non-Fiction Book Prize and finalist for a PEN USA Award, and Parabola (Chiasmus Press, 2009), winner of the Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest. Her other works include the novel The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press, 2010), and Unfinished: stories finished by (Jaded Ibis Press, 2012). With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde (Night B oat B ooks, 2 015). She was M ellon Scholar in Residence in Summer 2017 at Rhodes University in South Africa. She is Editor of Jaded Ibis Press and Executive Editor of HTML Giant. She is the Program Director of the MFA in Writing at UC San Diego. 


Literary House Series

Kathryn NuernbergerWriters as Editors Series Presents Creative Nonfiction Writer Kathryn Nuernberger, 2020 Mary Wood Fellow 

A Reading by the 2020 Mary Wood Fellow

Tuesday, March 9, 5:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House

Kathryn Nuernberger’s newest book of nonfiction is The Witch of the Eye (Sarabande, 2021). Her third poetry collection, Rue, was published in 2020 (BOA). The End of Pink (BOA, 2016) won the 2015 James Laughlin prize from the Academy of American Poets, and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011) won the 2010 Antivenom Prize. A collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past (Ohio State University Press, 2017), won the Non/ Fiction Prize from The Journal. She teaches in the MFA Program at University of Minnesota and she has received grants from the NEA, American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life. 

Literary House Series

Nuernberger Rue cover imageWriting as Ritual Act: A Craft Talk by the 2020 Mary Wood Fellow

Wednesday, March 10, 5:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House





Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series

Rick BarotWriters and Editors Series Presents Rick Barot

A Poetry Reading by Rick Barot

Tuesday, April 20, 5:306:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House

Rick Barot was born in the Philippines, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and attended Wesleyan University and The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize; Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize; and Chord (2015), which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and received the 2016 UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award.  He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry. In 2020, Barot received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, and The Threepenny Review. His work has been included in many anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New CenturyAsian-American Poetry: The Next GenerationLanguage for a New Century, and The Best American Poetry 2012, 2016, and 2020. Barot is the poetry editor of New England Review. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University. He is also the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at PLU. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, was published by Milkweed Editions in February 2020.


Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series

Rick Barot Galleons cover imageA Generative Poetry Workshop with Rick Barot

Wednesday, April 21, 5:306:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House






Literary House Series

Literary House2021 Senior Reading

Wednesday, April 28, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Rose O'Neill Literary House

Hear graduating senior writers read from their original pieces! The Literary House will also announce the winners of the Literary House Genre Fiction Prize, the William W. Warner Prize for Creative Writing on Nature and the Environment, and the Jude & Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize.