• "If anybody even reads what I'm doing, that's a great day," Ta-Nehisi Coates, on winning a 2015 MacArthur grant, presented this year's Reynolds Lecture.

Literary Arts

The English Department annually presents 10-12 writers, often winners of Pulitzer Prizes, MacArthur "genius grants," National Book Awards and various other honors. All writers brought to campus work with students personally; all public presentations are free.  For more information, please email Elizabeth White at elwhite@davidson.edu or call 704-894-2254.

Key: 900 Room = C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union; CI = Carolina Inn; DFPH = Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center; Hance = Hance Auditorium, Chambers; Lilly = Lilly Family Gallery, Chambers; TTH = Tyler-Tallman Hall, Sloan Music Center


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Anne Balay

Thursday, Feb. 4  •  4:30 p.m.  •  Hance

Anne Balay is the author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her current project, while at Yale on an LGBT Studies Research Fellowship, is on LGBT truckers and the long-haul industry. For more information, contact Ann Fox at anfox@davidson.edu. Sponsored by the Bacca Foundation Visiting Scholar and Artist Program.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Poet

Monday, Feb. 22  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Hance

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of three books of poetry: Lucky Fish, At the Drive-In Volcano, and Miracle Fruit. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite, a chapbook of nature poems. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship in poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and the Chancellor's Medal of Excellence from SUNY-Fredonia, where she teaches poetry writing and environmental literature. In 2016-17, Nezhukumatathil will be the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi's MFA program in creative writing. For more information, contact Alan Michael Parker at amparker@davidson.edu. Sponsored by the English Department.

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Randy Fertel

Tuesday, March 15  •  7 p.m.  •  900 Room

R. Windley Hall & Charles E. Lloyd Awards in Writing

Randy Fertel is the author of The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steaks: A New Orleans Family Memoir, as well as A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation. He holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University. President of the Fertel Foundation and co-founder of the Ridenhour Prizes for Courageous Truth-Telling, Fertel lives in New Orleans and New York.

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Laura Freixas

Thursday, March 17  •  7:30 p.m.  •  Hance

Laura Freixas is the author of novels, short stories, essays, diaries, and autobiographies. An advocate for and critic of women writers, her most recent book is El silencio de las madres (The Silence of Mothers). For more information, contact Kyra Kietrys at kykietrys@davidson.edu. Sponsored by the Gender & Sexuality Studies, English, German, Political Science, Sociology, Russian Studies and Hispanic Studies departments, Dean Rusk International Studies Program and the Public Lectures Committee.

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A. Van Jordan

Thursday, April 21  •  7:30 p.m.  •  TTH

Vereen Bell Memorial Award in Creative Writing

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections of poetry, including The Cineaste and Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. He has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize, as well as Guggenheim and U.S. Artists fellowships. He is the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark. For more information, contact Alan Michael Parker at amparker@davidson.edu. Sponsored by the English Department.

Past Events 2015-16

An Evening with Jagoda Marinić

German novelist, playwright, and essayist, Jagoda Marinić melds literary work with political action. Born to immigrant parents from Dalmatia, she speaks and writes about identity, memory, and integration. She is director of The Intercultural Center, Heidelberg.

The Good Writer: Literary Ethics & the Literary Artist

Featured Amy Bagwell, poet and mixed-media artist, teaches English at Central Piedmont Community College. Jeff Jackson is the author of Mira Corpora, a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and teaches at UNC Charlotte. Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English Alan Michael Parker is the author or editor of 15 works, including The Ladder and The Manifesto Project; both will be published in 2016.
Visiting Assistant Professor L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion, winner of the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series, and co-author with the Phantastique Five, of Prime.

Read Davidson: Lee Smith

Lee Smith is the author of 17 works of fiction including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and Guests on Earth. Her many awards include the North Carolina Award for Literature, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters award; her novel, The Last Girls, was a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Dimestore, a collection of personal essays, will be published in 2016.

Davidson Reads: Keyne Cheshire & Stephanie Post '04

Keyne Cheshire, professor of Classics, is a scholar, poet, and the author of a textbook on Alexander the Great. He rendered Aristophanes' Birds for performance at Davidson. Steph Post '04 is the author of A Tree Born Crooked. A Patricia Cornwell Scholar and winner of the Vereen Bell Memorial Award, she has an M.A. from UNC Wilmington.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Race in America

Reynolds Lecture

Ta-Nehisi Coates' George Polk Award-winning Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent years. A National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates is the author of The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me.