Poets Linh Dinh and Sabrina Orah Mark opened the University of Richmond’s English Department Writers Series Sept. 14.

Born in Vietnam, Dinh moved to the United States at age 12. He has authored a novel, five books of poetry and two short story collections, one of which, “Blood and Soap,” was named by “Village Voice” as one of the best books of 2004. His work has been anthologized in “Best American Poetry” and “Great American Prose Poems.”

Orah Mark has published two books of prose poems. Her poetry has appeared in many journals including the “Harvard Review” and the “Boston Review” and is included in “Best American Poetry.” Orah Mark has received fellowships from the Glenn Shaeffer Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

There are six other events in the annual series. All are free and open to the public and will be held in Weinstein Hall’s Brown-Alley Room.

Other speakers include:

• Julie Carr and G.C. Waldrep, American poets, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

• Deborah Eisenberg, American short story writer, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.

• Donald Revell, American poet, March 3, 7 p.m.

• Danzy Senna, American novelist and memoirist, March 16, 7 p.m.

• Aleš Šteger, Slovenian poet and essayist, and Polina Barskova, Russian poet, March 23, 7 p.m.

• George Saunders, American short story writer, April 6, 7 p.m.

Two academic lectures will supplement the writers series:

• Werner Sollors, Harvard University, “The Rise of Ethnic Modernism in the U.S., 1910-1950;” Sept. 30, 4:30 p.m., Westhampton Center Living Room

• Jerome Christensen, University of California, Irvine, “Bonnie and Clyde;” April 14, 4:30 p.m., location TBA

For more information, call 804-289-8287. For directions to campus, visit www.richmond.edu/visit/directions.html.