The University of Richmond Writers Series is an annual program designed to expose Richmond students and the wider community to this generation’s most celebrated writers. This year’s events focus on poetry.

Events include:
Poetry Reading: Emily Hunt
Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Carole Weinstein International Center Commons
Emily Hunt, a 2007 UR graduate, is the programs manager at the Poetry Society of America. Her poetry collection Dark Green was named a “standout debut” by Publishers Weekly and a “must-read poetry debut” by Lit Hub. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, The Iowa Review, The Volta, and the Diagram. Hunt is a winner of the 2012 Iowa Review Poetry Prize and the Deborah Slosberg Memorial Award.

Talk on The Imagination: Mary Ruefle
Poetry and Prose Reading: Mary Ruefle
April 2, 7 p.m., and April 3, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
Mary Ruefle is the author of 13 collections of poetry, fiction, and essays, including My Private Property, The Most of It, and A Little White Shadow. She has received numerous honors and awards, including a Whiting Writers’ Award and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Ruefle is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruefle’s talk on “The Imagination” is April 2, 7 p.m., and her poetry and prose reading is April 3, 7 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown
April 17, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
Jericho Brown is a professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was named by Library Journal as one of the best poetry books of the year. A recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, Brown has also received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“These events focus on poets whose work honors human experience and the imagination,” said English professor Brian Henry, who organized these poetry readings. “Although each poet is quite different, they are all brilliant.”

Writers will participate in Q&As and book signings after these events, which are free and open to the public. This event series is sponsored by the Department of English and the School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office. 

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Professor of English and Creative Writing
Contemporary American, Australian, British poetry
Slovenian poetry (as translator)