Visiting Writers

2017 Visiting Writers

The Ashland University MFA Program has welcomed a long list of talented writers since its inception. Most of our past readings and craft sessions are available through our Video Archive. We're thrilled to share this year's visiting writers:

Dexter L. Booth 2017 Visiting Writer

Dexter L. Booth, Visiting Writer in Poetry

Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013). His poems have been included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie), as well as Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth is currently a Contributing Editor for Waxwing, and a Ph.D. candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.  

2017 Visiting Writer, Rebecca Makkai. Photo by Phillipe Matsas, Opale

Rebecca Makkai, Visiting Writer in Fiction

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the short story collection Music for Wartime, which appeared in 2015, and of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculty at Sierra Nevada college and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern University.

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2017 Visiting Writer Terry Tempest Williams (c)2014 Zoe Rodriguez Photography

Terry Tempest Williams, Visiting Writer in Creative Nonfiction

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of several books including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Williams has received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen, as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Ms. Williams was featured in Ken Burns' PBS series on the national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, she received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

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Additional 2017 Guests to be announced 

Previous Visiting Writers

Steve Almond | Jennifer Atkinson | Kim Barnes | Mira Bartok | Marilyn Chin | Jim Daniels | J.D. Dolan | Brian Doyle | Andre Dubus III | Gretel Ehrlich | Rhina Espaillat | Thomas French | Alice Fulton | Linda Gregerson | Patricia Hampl | Patricia Henley | Aurora Harris | William Heyen | Garrett Hongo | Kristin Iverson | Richard Jackson | Laura Kasischke | Judith Kitchen | William Kittredge | Thomas Larson | M.L. Liebler | Phillip Lopate | Debra Marquart | Lee Martin | Brenda Miller | Celeste Ng | Kathleen Norris | Alicia Ostriker | Eric Pankey | Leslie Reese | J. Allyn Rosser | David St. John | Scott Russell Sanders | Enid Shomer | Floyd Skloot | Patricia Smith | Cheryl Strayed | Natasha Trethewey | Rosanna Warren | C.K. Williams | David Wojahn | Tobias Wolff | Al Young | Kevin Young