UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND — The University of Richmond Writers Series begins next week, bringing renowned poets and authors to campus to give readings of their work and engage the UR and greater Richmond community.  

Series events include:

Casey Gerald
Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Gerald’s memoir, There Will Be No Miracles Here, was named a “Best Book of 2018” by both NPR and The New York Times. Entertainment Weekly has noted that “Gerald writes a powerful commentary on race in America simply by telling his life story.”  A keynote speaker at SXSW, he has also been featured on TED, PBS Newshour, MSNBC, and in Fast Company and The Financial Times.

Gillian Conoley
Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. She is the author of seven books, including PEACE, an Academy of American Poets Standout Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award.

Chet’la Sebree
Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Carole Weinstein International Center Commons

Sebree graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010 — an alumna of English, creative writing, and the WILL* program. Her first book, Mistress, won the 2018 New Issues Poetry Prize and will be published in October 2019. Her appearance at the University of Richmond is also part of the 2019-20 WILL*/WGSS Speakers Series.

Lauren Groff
March 4, 2020, 7 p.m., Carole Weinstein International Center Commons

Lauren Groff is the author of three novels and two short-story collections, including The Monsters of Templeton, Delicate Edible Birds, and Arcadia, a The New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Medici Book Club Prize.  Her third novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the 2015 American Booksellers’ Association Indies’ Choice Award.  

Laura Sims
March 18, 2020, 7 p.m., Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

Sims is a Richmond native whose latest work is a most recently the psychological thriller Looker. Also a poet, Sims has published four full-length collections, most recently Staying Alive and My god is this a man. Her honors include the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize and a Creative Artists Exchange Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.

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The event with Casey Gerald is co-sponsored by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Robins School of Business.
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School of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of English
Creative Writing
American Literature (19th Century to the present)
The Short Story
The Western
Canadian Literature